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Boards and Commissions

​​​​​​​The following boards and commissions provide recommendations and direction to the Department. These boards focus on targeted groups and industry sectors such as small business, federal facilities, tourism and manufacturing. They serve as a critical link to let the governor and our agency know the issues Maryland businesses are facing — and the best way to solve them.​

  • Maryland Economic Development Commission - Establishes policies to create a competitive economic climate for business growth.

  • Commerce Cabinet - Comprised of Maryland Secretaries of commerce-related agencies, the Cabinet advises the Governor on proposals to enhance the state’s business climate.

  • E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority​ - Implements the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund,​ a program that supports Maryland's nonprofit institutions of higher education.​

  • Manufacturing Commission - Works with Commerce​​ to encourage new and expanding manufacturing enterprises in Maryland.

  • Maryland Marketing Partnership​ - Develops a state branding strategy, markets the state’s assets, and encourages the location and growth of new businesses in Maryland.​

  • Maryland Small Business ​Financing Authority - Promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

  • Maryland State Arts Council - Encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for Maryland citizens.

  • MIDFA/MEDAAF A​​uthority​ - The Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority (MIDFA) and the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF) are both served by the same Authority members. For MIDFA, the Authority reviews and approves financing transactions being issued as private activity bonds and loan guarantees; for MEDAAF, the Authority reviews and approves loans to support economic development initiatives​.

  • Military Installation​ Council - Identifies infrastructure and community support needed to develop the State's military installations.

  • Life Sciences Advisory Board - Supports the state's biotechnology and ​h​ealth IT industry sectors​.

  • Public Art C​​​ommission - Implements Maryland's first formal public art program, enhancing the cultural landscape of Maryland communities.

  • Tourism Development Board - Guides activities to develop and market the state as a destination.

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