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Gov. O'Malley To Lead State Economic Development Trip to India

Trip is believed to be the first by a Maryland Governor to India. Republicans ask O'Malley to focus on making Maryland friendlier to businesses already in the state.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced he will lead his first trade mission to India in late November, according to an announcement made late Friday.

The governor will visit Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. Among those accompanying O'Malley will be Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

A spokeswoman for O'Malley did not return calls seeking comment.

In a statement, O'Malley cited India's rapid economic growth, which is expected to make the country the world's largest economy by 2050.

"With their industries modernizing and a young and career-oriented middle class, it is an ideal time to promote Maryland as a U.S. headquarters for Indian companies, particularly those in biotech and cyber security, and also open new doors for trade for our small and mid-sized businesses," said O'Malley, who reopened an office in New Dehli in 2009 to focus on bio- and information technology, as well as aerospace and defense.

O'Malley led a 68-member delegation to China, South Korea and Vietnam earlier this year. The trip led to $85 million in direct investment in the state, according to the governor's press release.

Justin Ready, a state delegate from Carroll County and the executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, said O'Malley should also focus on making the state more business friendly.

"We really would like to see some progress made on Maryland's regulatory and tax burdens for small businesses," Ready said. "The focus seems to be on pie in the sky and business from far away but not on the things we can do here in Maryland."

"What are we doing to make the state friendly for Maryland businesses?" Ready asked.

Elisha B. Pulivarti, executive director of the Maryland India Business Roundtable, said India "is a very important country" for Maryland.

"We are excited about it and we support him," said Pulivarti, whose group will honor O'Malley next month as well as Leggett for their work with the state's Indian community. "We want to bring as many businesses and investment to Maryland as we can. We want to create jobs. That's the bottom line."

Pulivarti said 5,000 businesses in Maryland are owned by Indian Americans. He said that many thousands more come to Maryland because of the proximity to Washington and because of the research and development efforts at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

O'Malley, he said, is the "first Maryland governor to travel to India."

Gloria Swanson March 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
O'Malley did not get my vote because I could not find anything that he did for Baltimore City that floated my boat! I am an Ehrlich fan.
Gloria Swanson March 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Some of them might be going along for the ride!!! LOL
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 02:23 PM
icetrout and Gloria, you do recognize this article is 18 months old and you've been had by Urge Tech selling his wares, don't you? Urge Tech's posting put this article back on the Board.
Gloria Swanson March 03, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Rob---and when you sell your house, you get to pay the 3.75% sales tax on it slipped into "Obamacare". O'Malley's idol---LOL but not really funny.
Gloria Swanson March 03, 2013 at 02:40 PM
FIFA-----OOPS!!!!!! Pays to check the date doesn't it? Who would have thought an old article would be on internet? Oh well. Won't be suckered in again, I hope!

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