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EDC President & CEO Announces New Board Chair

Largo, Md –  Gwen S. McCall, President & CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, today announced that former County Executive Wayne K. Curry has been elected the new chairman of the EDC Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to have a leader whose roots in this county run deep,” said McCall. “He brings an enviable combination of government and economic development experience to our board, and we will benefit greatly from that.”

Curry is President of NAI Michael and served two terms as Prince George’s County Executive, from 1994 to 2002. He was chairman of the Transition Team for current County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.

“Wayne Curry is the consummate ambassador for our great County and I am extremely pleased that he is continuing his life-long commitment of service as Chairman of the Board for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. His passionate voice and visionary leadership will be definite assets to achieving our goal as a thriving jurisdiction in the Metropolitan Washington region,” said Baker. “Additionally, I want to commend the work of outgoing Chair Jason Groves and the great work that he accomplished.  Through his efforts and the hard working staff of the EDC, Prince George’s County is primed for business.”

Curry says he hopes to use his position on the board to help stimulate economic growth in the county, and to bring awareness legislatively to those issues that have a direct impact on local development.

 “I am encouraged by what I see happening at the EDC,” said Curry. “President McCall and Mr. Baker’s economic development team have really taken the bull by the horns and reenergized our efforts to attract and retain local businesses. I want to use my position to supplement their efforts and to become a stronger advocate for all the opportunities that lie before us.”

Former EDC Board Chairman Jason Groves, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Medifast, resigned citing increased responsibilities at the company.

“Having served as chairman during the transition that brought in Ms. McCall and her new team, I am very proud of the reorganization and structural changes that have been implemented to provide greater service to the citizens of Prince George’s County,” said Groves.

Groves served as chairman of the EDC for nearly two years. “When I was elected chairman of the EDC Board, I was Assistant VP of Government Affairs for Verizon Maryland. I joined Medifast in November 2011. It has grown tremendously and, as a result, I don’t have the time required to continue to serve effectively.”

Curry is a board member and General Counsel for the Prince George’s Business Roundtable. He was General Counsel of Community Hospital and Healthcare Systems, Inc.; past president of Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce; former director of First American Bank of Maryland; past president of the J. Franklin Bourne Bar Association, and a former partner in several prestigious local law firms. He served on the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Maryland Port Authority.

Curry’s past affiliations also include: Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 1994-2002; past chair, School Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Black Male Achievement, Prince George's County; past chair, Substance Abuse Advisory Board, Prince George's County; member, Woodrow Wilson Bridge Improvement Study Coordination Committee, 1992-97; Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-99; Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2002-03. Member, Governor's Commission on Minority Business Reform, 2003; and the Maryland Port Commission, 2003-06.

Friday, April 5, 2013
Contact: Angela Wright

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