Former N.Y. Development Official Hired by Balto. Co.

May 10, 2011

Baltimore County has hired a former top development official from New York State to serve as chief of the local economic development department.

Daniel C. Gundersen was New York’s commissioner of Economic Development in 2007 and 2008, and has recently been a senior advisor for Econsult Corp., based in Philadelphia.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the appointment in a statement.

“The stakes are high, and this is a very important appointment. Mr. Gundersen’s extensive contacts with the private sector will be invaluable in Baltimore County,” the statement said. “He respects and understands the very important role that the private sector plays in our economy. That was very important to me.”

Gunderson will become acting director June 1, and will need County Council approval to make the appointment official.

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