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House business climate group makes its rounds

Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., D-St. Mary's (Photo: Maryland State Archives)

The House of Delegates work group formed this year to study Maryland’s business climate has been meeting with business leaders the state since the General Assembly concluded, the work group’s co-chairman said Wednesday.

Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., a St. Mary’s Democrat, said one meeting of the 10-member group was with Milt Peterson, a Virginia developer whose Peterson Cos. built National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

“We have a bad reputation, especially when it comes to Virginia,” Bohanan told a meeting of economic development professionals at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. “We need to take a good honest assessment.”

He said lawmakers were soliciting thoughts from business leaders on how to improve Maryland’s business climate in order to attract and retain businesses in the state. The group will then take recommendations back to the 141-member House.

Del. Galen R. Clagett, D-Frederick, co-chairs the work group. House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve, D-Montgomery; Del. Pamela G. Beidle, D-Anne Arundel; Del. C. William “Bill” Frick, D-Montgomery; Del. Keith E. Haynes, D-Baltimore; Del. Stephen S. Hershey Jr., R-Eastern Shore; Del. Marvin E. Holmes Jr., D-Prince George’s; Del. John A. Olszewski Jr., D-Baltimore County; and Del. Jay Walker, D-Prince George’s, round out the panel.


  1. Marilyn Balcombe

    “…….has been meeting with businessmen around the state since the General Assembly concluded”

    Were there no businesswomen involved??

    I know that might sound petty but this is the 21st century. The term “businessmen” is a throw back to the 60’s. The terms business leaders, business representatives, or business men and women, should be used when referring to business leaders, business representatives or business men and women.

    Marilyn Balcombe
    Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
    aka – Business woman

  2. Alexander Pyles

    A fair point, Marilyn. Thanks for the comment.