Charles County, Maryland

County Announces Economic Development Advisory Board Members

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:45am

County Announces Economic Development Advisory Board Members

10 county business leaders to serve on board

Charles County announced today the members of the newly formed Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB), an entity created by the Board of Commissioners. The advisory board is one of the key recommendations from the county’s recently launched five-year Economic Development Strategic Plan, “A Proactive Approach to Shaping the Economic Future of Charles County, Maryland,”  and consists of 10 board members, all with corporate level experience in business, particularly in the county’s target industries. 

“We, along with the County Commissioners, are pleased to announce the 10 inaugural members of our Economic Development Advisory Board,” said Director for the Economic Development Department Darrell Brown. “The establishment of the EDAB shows the county’s commitment to implementing the five-year Economic Development Strategic Plan, and we look forward to an open dialogue with the business community as we move forward with the plan’s other recommendations.” 

Chosen from a pool of applicants based on business experience, the advisory board members, whose terms will be three years (with initial terms varying for one or two years for staggered terms), include:  

•Randall Williams, Meinhardt Properties president and Economic Development Advisory Board chair 
•Andrew Welburn, The Welburn Organization president
•Bradley Gottfried, College of Southern Maryland president
•Darlene Breck, Southern Maryland Business Center owner
•Paul Blackwood, University of Maryland Medical System Planning vice president
•Harry Shasho, Shasho Consulting, P.A. Commercial Real Estate president and broker
•Jeffrey Guido, Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment for Charles County field representative
•Kimberly Hill, Charles County Public Schools superintendent
•Olajide Ijadare, Mesmo, Inc. founder and president
•Sheila Zattau, Advanced Vision Systems, Inc. marketing manager

The advisory board will play an integral role in advising the Economic Development Department by sharing ideas, solutions, and creative approaches to business and economic development issues facing the county. 

“I’m honored to serve as the first chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board,” said Randall Williams, president of Meinhardt Properties. “I look forward to leading my fellow board members as we actively support the Economic Development Department in implementing the recommendations of the five-year Economic Development Strategic Plan, as well as creating a direct line of communication between the board and members of the Charles County business community.” 

For more information about the Economic Development Advisory Board, email EDAB@MeetCharlesCounty.com. For more information about the county’s economic development efforts, visit www.MeetCharlesCounty.com


About Charles County Government
The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

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