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Md. changes name, structure of economic development agency

Maryland officials promoted on Thursday a restructuring of the state’s economic development arm, saying the newly named Department of Commerce will foster a more business-friendly culture.

The agency had been known as the Department of Business and Economic Development since the Glendening administration. Its name and structure were changed in April by legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. The law took effect Thursday.

TheHogan administrationsaid it’s more than a name change: The Commerce Department will also seek to better coordinate the state’s economic developmentefforts through a new subcabinet to include leaders from the Departments of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Transportation; Environment; Planning; and Housing and Community Development.

Read full article here from The Baltimore Sun


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