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Dominick Murray Confirmed As Economic Development Secretary

BALTIMORE, MD (February 14, 2013) – Dominick Murray, who was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) in December by Governor Martin O’Malley, has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee. He will be sworn in by Governor O’Malley on February 21 at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room in Annapolis.

“I am honored to serve the citizens and businesses of Maryland,” said Murray. “I recognize that one of the most important goals of the O’Malley-Brown Administration is to make it easier for businesses to do business in Maryland. That is key to creating and retaining the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Murray has been an integral part of Governor O’Malley’s business development and job growth team for more than 10 years, having led Baltimore City’s economic development efforts during the Governor’s tenure as Mayor of Baltimore. In that role, Murray streamlined the City’s development and permitting processes, facilitated inter-agency communication on development issues and acted as a business community ombudsman for the Mayor’s office.

Murray joined DBED in 2007 and previously served as the Department’s Deputy Secretary since 2009. He led the agency’s regional development team and offered critical assistance to Maryland’s local economic development offices and businesses. Murray also designed and implemented DBED’s participation in the Governor’s Delivery Unit, which works with agencies to help them align state and federal resources around 15 strategic and visionary goals the Governor has outlined to improve the quality of life in Maryland. He has served on critical technology and business development boards, including the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Technology Council, the Maryland Aviation Administration board, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and the Governor’s Workforce Investment board.

A Michigan native who earned a BA from the University of Detroit, Murray also brings to the position significant private sector experience and perspective. He spent more than a decade in integrated logistics support, technical training and technical writing at Westinghouse and Chrysler, followed by senior management and sales positions at GE Capital and CBS Radio, as well as at small companies like O/E Mid-Atlantic, G1440 and ARIS Corp. His public service also includes membership on the boards of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center and the UMBC Cooperative Education Office. 

ABOUT DBED: The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit www.ChooseMaryland.org.

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