In his State of the County address Thursday, County Executive Ken Ulman echoed the words of Economic Development Authority CEO Laura Neuman when he warned of successful communities becoming complacent.
Neuman joined the EDA in mid-April of last year and has since brought in her own hires in six positions in an effort to bring her “private-sector” approach to the organization.
She told HoCoMojo that the job has been “great fun,” and that although she sees herself returning to the private sector – where she was a successful equity-builder – she plans to remain at the EDA for the “foreseeable future.”
“I can feel safe in saying that I will not be here for 17 years,” like former director Dick Story, “But I certainly plan to stay here for the time being. I don’t have any plans for a change,” she said on the program.
Neuman has said that Howard County shares a lot with Silicon Valley and that it should be a place where technology-oriented companies want to locate.
“If I was going to start a start-up tomorrow,” she told Patch, “I’d put it in Columbia.”
And who knows? Maybe one day, she will.
“I can tell you that I’m quite sure eventually, some day in the distant future, I’ll return to the private sector,” Neuman said on HoCoMoJo. “I like to make money, and if you’re going to work this hard you ought to be paid well for it.”