CEO, Howard County Economic Development Authority
Larry Twele has served as CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) since 2013. Before joining the HCEDA, he was the Director of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development where he spent over six years guiding business development, business retention, workforce development and tourism. Prior to this position, Twele spent seven years with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development where he held several positions, including managing the statewide regional office system. Major accomplishments include launching a regional business retention program and playing a key role in coordinating and facilitating major expansion projects in the Baltimore Region. Prior to his work in economic development, he spent time in the private sector in management positions of a Fortune Global 500 manufacturing firm and a small business. Twele Larry has served as the President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and now serves on the MEDA Foundation Board of Directors.
He holds a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Loyola University, Maryland and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. He earned Certified Economic Developer credentials in March 2009. Most recently, he and his team were recognized with the Transformational Excellence Award by the Maryland Economic Development Association and the Unsung Hero Award from the Small Business Administration for their efforts in the Ellicott City flood recovery.