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Howard Co. EDA names executive v.p.

The Howard County Economic Development Authority said it has hired a veteran economic development official as Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Vernon Thompson, formerly executive director of the Cecil County Office of Economic Development, and deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, took the Howard County post on Monday.

Thompson has over 27 years of experience in the field of economic development.

He succeeds Lawrence Twele in the No. 2 county economic development agency post.

Twele became the CEO of the county EDA in March, following Laura Neuman being named to the post of Anne Arundel County Executive.