R. Michael Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, addressed more than 30 commercial real estate professionals at the NAIOP Maryland Developers Council luncheon with the message that the “Maryland economy can and will be better.” His remarks occurred at The Capital Grille in Baltimore City.

“More than 40 states around the country would gladly trade their assets with Maryland’s,” he stated. “The problem the last few years has been the attitude towards our business climate and it is significantly easier to fix that issue. And, that is what we are aiming to do. Our DBED office has three simple goals: retain businesses in Maryland by giving them what they need to be successful; growing existing businesses and attract new companies to the State from time to time.”

Gill joined Governor Larry Hogan at the recent International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas and termed the trip “an enormous success and a home run.” He explained that the group “sat in on eight business meetings the first day, visited different Maryland companies with booths at the show and attended various functions and gatherings.”

“The Governor ran on one single issue – attracting jobs and new companies to the State of Maryland. We can already see progress. Cyber-security is not a fad and Maryland is home to five of the top seven cyber centers from around the country.”