Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Friday that Lawrence Twele has been selected to serve as acting President and CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, filling the vacancy created when Laura Neuman was sworn in as Anne Arundel County Executive.
Twele has been Executive Vice President of the Economic Development Authority since June 2011.
"Larry is a skilled economic development professional and is just the right person to continue the momentum we have built in Howard County," Ulman said in a statement. "Laura Neuman did a terrific job, but I'm certain we won't skip a beat under Larry's leadership."
Twele said in a statement he is "honored by the County Executive's and Board of Director's faith" in his ability.
"Serving in this capacity will allow me to carry out the economic development mission of the HCEDA, while building on the groundwork laid by Laura Neuman. I am proud to be a part of the HCEDA team focused on attracting and growing business in Howard County," he said.
Catherine Ward, chairperson of the Economic Development Association's Board of Directors, said Twele is "uniquely qualified" to assume the role of acting President and CEO.
"I have great confidence in Larry's ability and his steady hand in leading and moving the HCEDA forward," she said in a statement.
The Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Monday to vote on Twele's appointment.
Before joining the Economic Development Authority, Twele was the Director of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development, where he spent more than 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 business 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 his position in Carroll, Twele spent almost seven years with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, where he was responsible for the statewide regional office system.
He currently serves as a Vice President of the Maryland Economic Development Association and has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.