-To Talk with Businesses, Local Government, Citizens About Regional Financial Issues –
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 6, 2010) –Comptroller Peter Franchot will launch a statewide economic listening tour Tuesday with stops in all 23 counties and Baltimore City designed to hear directly from business leaders, government officials and private citizens about economic conditions.
“Too often, as state officials, we fail to really ask residents what is happening in their corner markets, in local government offices and at hometown churches,” said Comptroller Franchot. “This listening tour will allow Marylanders from all walks of life to tell me the conditions of their communities and share ideas for ways to improve our state,” he added.
During the initiative, Comptroller Franchot will meet with representatives from key Maryland industries including agriculture, labor, life sciences, information technology, health care, mining, wineries, real estate, banking, military contracting and hospitality. Additionally, he will talk with senior citizens, students, clergy, small business owners, municipal government leaders, and watermen.
Since taking office in 2007, Franchot has fostered a stronger working relationship between the Comptroller’s Office and the business community. Along with creating the Comptroller’s Business Advisory Council to meet with him quarterly, he also established the first Economic Advisory Panel, consisting of business leaders across the state, to advise the Board of Revenue Estimates on economic conditions that will affect revenue performance in the near-term future. The listening tour is another step in involving all Marylanders in the state’s economic recovery.
Franchot’s tour begins in Prince George’s County on May 11 and runs until the end of the month.