House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Friday that he has created a work group of delegates to study strategies for economic revitalization of the Baltimore region.
Busch said he has directed the nine-member panel to review existing programs and recommend ways in which state and local governments can wrtk together more effectively. The speaker said the work group will seek advice from universities and the private sector on economic revitalization strategies for the metropolitan region.
"The Baltimore region has historically been a hub of economic activity in the State of Maryland," Busch said in a statement released by his office. "We need to better leverage the strengths of the region to bolster investment and job creation, including the Port of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland in Baltimore City; new opportunities at Sparrows Point; and, the (military base realignment) process in Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard Counties."
Chairing the panel will be Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell of Baltimore. Joining him will be Dels. Steve Lafferty (Baltimore County), Joseline Peña-Melnyk(Prince George's/Anne Arundel), Guy Guzzone (Howard), Mary Washington (Baltimore), Dana Stein (Baltimore County) Brian Feldman (Montgomery), A. Wade Kach (Baltimore County) and Peter Hammen (Baltimore). All except Kach are Democrats.
The work group is expected to make some interim recommendations during the current legislative session and to continue its work though the year to develop ideas for the 2014 session.