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The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland recently announced that Ruth A. “Ruthy” Davis has been named as the new director of Regional Workforce and Economic Development.
In support of the council’s statutory mission as the regional economic development agency for Southern Maryland, Davis will implement the policies, goals and objectives set by the regional Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and oversee management of the operations of the region’s one-stop career center delivery system, the Southern Maryland JobSource, according to a press release. She will also serve as the liaison with federal, state and local governments and community organizations in advancement of workforce and regional economic development efforts.
“I am deeply impressed by the work of the Council and the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, and am honored to continue my work in this position of leadership,” said Davis in the release. “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 has extensive business experience, having owned a small business in Southern Maryland and having held numerous leadership positions with Verizon, Bell Laboratories and Bell Communications Research. She 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 Transition Team up until her appointment Oct. 29.
“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 region-wide 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,” Eric Franklin, chairman of the Southern Maryland WIB, said in the release.
Davis is a longtime resident of Southern Maryland and holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and in English from Bethany College.