Delegate Carl Anderton Joins Maryland Department of Commerce as Director of Rural Economic Strategy

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kevin Anderson today announced the appointment of Maryland State Del. Carl L. Anderton, Jr. as the agency’s new director of rural economic strategy effective July 24, 2024.

“We are excited to welcome Delegate Anderton to the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary Anderson. “We look forward to leveraging Carl’s wealth of experience and relationships across our state to direct our efforts and support economic development, job creation, and growth in our rural communities.”

Anderton, who is serving his third term in the Maryland House of Delegates representing Legislative District 38B, is a member of the Appropriations Committee and its Education and Economic Development Subcommittee, as well as the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Apprenticeship 2030 Commission. He previously served as mayor of Delmar, Maryland and president of the Maryland Municipal League.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to join the Moore-Miller Administration and continue my public service career in this crucially important role,” said Del. Anderton. “The creation of this new position within the Department of Commerce underscores Gov. Moore’s commitment to Leave No One Behind, and I look forward to working with our partners in local government, the private sector, and our policymakers to ensure that the State is being a strong and productive partner to stimulate economic growth in our rural communities.”

As director of rural economic strategy, Anderton will serve as the Department’s principal adviser on rural economic development and spearhead the Administration’s strategies and policies on expanding economic opportunities and business growth in rural communities, with priority focus on Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore.

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