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Commerce Cabinet

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Established October 1, 2015, the Commerce Cabinet is comprised of the Secretaries of the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Labor, Li​censing and Regulation, Environment, Housing and Community Development, Planning, and the Governor's Office of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs.​

The Cabinet advises the Governor on proposals to enhance the state’s business climate; gathers information the Cabinet considers necessary to promote its goals; collaborates to facilitate and expedite critical economic development projects in the state; and provides other assistance that may be required to further the goals of the state and enhance its business climate.

Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike GillChair 

The Cabinet is chaired by Acting Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. The Chair convenes monthly meetings and is responsible for the oversight, direction and accountability of the work of the Cabinet. The Chair's office also provides the primary staff for the Cabinet.​


  • Kelly Schulz, Acting Secretary, Department of Commerce, Chair
  • Pete Rhan, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • James E. Rzepkowski, Acting Secretary, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)
  • Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
  • Ken Holt, Secretary, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Robert S. McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning (MDP)​
  • Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Governor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs


Julie W​o​​​​epke​, Executive Director
Maryland Economic Development Commission
Office of the Secretary
Maryland Department of Commerce
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


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