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Ruth A. “Ruthy” Davis has been named the new director of regional workforce and economic development for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

Davis will implement the policies, goals and objectives set by the regional Workforce Investment Board, and oversee management of the operations of the region’s One-Stop Career Center delivery system, the Southern Maryland JobSource.

Davis also will serve as the liaison with federal, state and local governments and community organizations in advancement of workforce and regional economic development efforts, according to a council news release.

“The executive board is delighted to appoint an individual who not only has the skills to lead our workforce and economic development initiatives but also shares our passionate commitment to advocacy for the region's interests and development of programs to meet regionwide needs and goals,” said Mary Lynn Stone, co-chairwoman of the council’s executive board, in the release.

“Given Ruthy’s local knowledge and focus, as well as her broad business experience, we are excited that she will lead our JobSource team to provide the citizens and businesses of our region with the tools necessary to create jobs and sustain economic growth,” said Eric Franklin, chairman of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, in the release.

Davis said she was impressed by the work of the council and the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board.

“My focus will be on strengthening collaborations with our regional partners, fostering new strategic relationships and expanding our funding sources to implement new initiatives that will enhance the quality of life of all the people of Southern Maryland,” Davis said in the release.

She owned a small business in Southern Maryland and has held numerous leadership positions with Verizon, Bell Laboratories and Bell Communications Research. Davis was hired by the council in 2010 as a business services representative for the JobSource Workforce Program and spent six months working for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as a project manager for discretionary grants.

She most recently worked for the council as the lead business services/discretionary grants manager and served on the director’s transition team until her appointment Oct. 29.

Davis is a longtime Southern Maryland resident and holds a bachelor’s of science in mathematics and a bachelor’s of art in English from Bethany College.