Lawrence Twele, CEcD

Howard County Economic Development Authority
Columbia, MD

Larry Twele is CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) where he leads the team responsible for economic development, business growth and innovation strategy for Howard County, Maryland. Recently, Larry and his team were recognized by the Maryland Economic Development Association and the International Economic Development Council for their efforts to restore businesses in Ellicott City after the historic 2016 flood. 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, Larry held leadership positions in the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development 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. Larry also spent seven years in management in a Fortune Global 500 manufacturing firm and as a manager of a small business. Larry has served as the President of the Maryland Economic Development Association and the MEDA Foundation and has served on the transition teams for two Maryland governors.

Larry 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.