Mary Burkholder, Annapolis' former economic development director, yesterday was appointed assistant secretary for marketing in the state's economic development agency.
Burkholder, 36, has been with Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development since last year and takes over from Victor Hoskins, who earlier this week was named deputy commissioner of Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development.
"Mary has demonstrated a real aggressiveness in pursuing opportunities," said James Brady, DBED's secretary. "And, just as importantly, I think she's developed the respect not only of the people in the department but also of economic development people around the state."
Burkholder's job is to promote Maryland as a location in which to do business.
She and her staff of 70 will work trade shows, cultivate site-selection consultants, oversee marketing literature and call on prospects.
Relatively slow employment growth in the 1990s has prompted the state to devote much more attention to industrial recruitment, as the federal government has shrunk and businesses have flocked to the South.
Maryland has quintupled annual spending from its "Sunny Day" business incentive fund to almost $30 million in recent years, and the General Assembly passed a job-creation tax credit last year.
Recent prominent Sunny Day deals include an $11.5 million package for Northrop Grumman Corp., a $1 million package for T. Rowe Price Associates and a $3 million, state-and-Baltimore City deal to retain Domino Sugar.
Before arriving at DBED, Burkholder spent nine years with the city of Annapolis, where she worked in the planning department from 1988 to 1994 and was economic development director from 1994 to 1996.
Most recently, she was DBED's director of business development.
Brady called Hoskins, Burkholder's predecessor, "a real asset while he was here."
Pub Date: 9/12/97