Hayden selects 13 to serve on economic development panel


Thirteen new members have been appointed to Baltimore County's 25-member Economic Development Commission, leaving only the director's position vacant.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden has been trying to rebuild the volunteer commission and its staff, which has been decimated by firings and turmoil during the last six months. The director, Kenneth C. Nohe, and the chairman, A. Samuel Cook, have both resigned.

In July, Mr. Hayden named H. Grant Hathaway, chairman of the Maryland National Bank and vice chairman of MNC Financial Inc., to chair the commission. This week Mr. Hayden said he would name a new commission director by Sept. 1.

The executive has been meeting with the commission each week, working with members to write a long-term economic growth strategy for the county.

Those named Thursday are George V. McGowan, chief executive officer of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.; James T. Dresher Jr. of Bel Air, past president of the Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce; Raymond V. Haysbert, CEO, Parks Sausage Co.; Robert E. Latshaw, president of Latshaw Commercial Properties; Oliver S. Travers, CEO Schenuit Investments Inc.; Michael R. Merson, CEO Helix Health Systems; Charles Sheeler, president of C.J. Langenfelder and Son; Stephen F. Page, vice president of Black and Decker Corp.; Thomas H. Maddux, CEO, American Stone-Mix Inc.; Harlow Fullwood Jr., president of Fullwood Foods; Michael J. Batza Jr., CEO, Heritage Properties Inc.; William F. Ward Jr., CEO, Ward Machinery Co.; and,Russell R. Jones of Phoenix., retired Bethlehem Steel executive and former board chairman of United Way of Central Maryland.

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