COLUMBIA, Md. - Lawrence F. Twele was unanimously approved as the Howard County Economic Development Authority's CEO Thursday.
The role is one Twele, selected for the job by county executive Ken Ulman and unanimously voted in by the board of directors, had been working in since February 22.
Twele was tapped to fill the position when it was left empty as the previous CEO, Laura Newman was named the new county executive in Anne Arundel County. Newman filled the position previously held by John Leopold, who convicted of misconduct in office.
"I cannot think of a better person to build on the progress we have made in Howard County and take us to the next level," said County Executive Ulman. "For close to two years, Larry has been a driving force behind our business development successes and now he will guide the way."
"When the County Executive indicated that he wanted to nominate Larry to permanently fill the position of CEO, we had no hesitation in accepting his recommendation," said Catherine M. Ward, chair of the HCEDA board. "Larry brings both county and state economic development experience and he knows what it takes to get the job done. We are pleased that he agreed to accept this important role."
Twele said he is honored to have been tapped for the position.
"I am very grateful to the County Executive and our board for their faith in my ability," Twele said. "I take this role seriously and will work tirelessly to promote Howard County as the premier county to live, work and do business. It is my honor to serve."
Before joining the HCEDA as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for business development, Twele was the Director of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development, where he spent over six years guiding business development, business retention, workforce development and tourism. While in Carroll, he launched several programs such as the development of Enterprise Carroll, an investment program designed to assist resident businesses upgrade and develop new technologies. He also initiated legislation for a green building tax credit and a Gateway Tax Credit Program to encourage redevelopment along major thoroughfares entering the county. Before joining Carroll County, he spent almost seven years with DBED, where he was responsible for the statewide regional office system. Major accomplishments include launching a regional business retention program and playing a key role in coordinating and facilitating major expansion projects in the Baltimore Region.
Prior to joining DBED, he spent 7 years in management in a Fortune Global 500 manufacturing firm and 3 years as a manager of a small business. With both large and small business experience, he has well rounded knowledge to understand the issues that confront local businesses.
Twele earned his CEcD (Certified Economic Developer credentials) in March 2009. He has a Master's of Business Administration from Loyola College (Maryland) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland.
He currently serves as Vice President of the Maryland Economic Development Association and been a member since 1998 where he has held positions as Secretary and Chair of the Program Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.