By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
5:36 PM EST, November 18, 2013
The chief technology officer of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education has been tapped to head economic development efforts in Baltimore County, where leaders say they want to put more emphasis on workforce training.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Monday he has nominated Will Anderson to the post and will introduce legislation to rename the county's economic development department the Economic and Workforce Development Department.
In 2011, the county merged its Office of Workforce Development into the Department of Economic Development, and officials said the name change would underscore its goals.
Kamenetz said employers regularly tell him they have jobs available but need employees with specific skills to fill them.
"The county must serve the employment needs of its existing employers, helping them grow. I am confident that we can do that," Kamenetz said in a statement. "Providing a steady stream of well-trained workers will be job one in Baltimore County's economic development plan."
County spokeswoman Fronda Cohen said the administration wants Anderson to examine ways to develop a "closer relationship between what employers need and the skills that workers have."
The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is a coalition of business leaders focused on education reform and student achievement. Anderson, a Catonsville resident, has been chief technology officer there since 2002. County officials said he has led the group's business partnership efforts.
Anderson received a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1989 and a master's degree in interdisciplinary science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1996. He also has certification in Web systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The County Council will vote on Anderson's nomination Dec. 2. If confirmed, he would replace Dan Gundersen, who resigned last month, and would start Dec. 30.
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