Laurie Boyer, president of the Maryland Economic Development Association, is the new executive director of Rockville Economic Development Inc.
For the past five years Boyer was director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. She has more than 15 years of government and economic development experience, according to a statement from the Rockville nonprofit.
“There’s a lot of potential here, and I think there’s a lot of great opportunities, not only for me but for the organization,” said Boyer, who earned her certified economic developer designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2006.
“It’s something I am committed to and look forward to working with for quite a while,” she said.
Boyer succeeds Sally Sternbach, who left the organization in February to become deputy director of Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development. Sternbach had been executive director since 2003.
Boyer’s salary information is confidential, according to a spokeswoman. Sternbach was compensated nearly $122,000 in 2010, according to tax documents. The organization reported revenues of $573,892 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, finishing that year with net assets of $447,843.
Boyer said she was not hired with a list of goals, but looks forward to building upon the success the Rockville organization has had.
The group houses the Rockville Women’s Business Center; coordinates the STEM Postdoc Conference and Career Fair; supports the Innovate program, which teaches postdocs and research scientists how to start high-tech and life sciences companies; supports the Rockville Innovation Center business incubator; and runs the StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition.
It also hosts educational programs, produces two annual business appreciation week events, and coordinates a “Why Rockville?” advertising campaign.
Boyer serves on the MEDA Foundation Board and is a member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the International Economic Development Council, the Greater Washington Initiative and NAIOP, a commercial real estate association.
She holds a master’s in communication studies from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and a bachelor’s in communications and Spanish from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.