Phillip A. Singerman
Maryland Technology Development Corporation

Phillip A. Singerman is Executive Director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an independent corporation created by the State Legislature to promote economic development through the commercialization, development and deployment of technology. Mr. Singerman's appointment was approved by the Corporation's Board of Directors in August 1999.

TEDCO's current program responsibilities exceed $8.0 million. TEDCO has initiated innovative technology transfer programs linking Maryland companies with universities and federal research laboratories, developed a comprehensive statewide business incubation program, created a seed funding program for technology development opportunities, and issued path-breaking studies benchmarking the State's technology resources. During its first three years of operations, TEDCO leveraged grants and contracts exceeding $3.0 million from the National Science Foundation, the federal Economic Development Administration, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Navy, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

Mr. Singerman serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, the International Economic Development Council, the State's Enterprise Investment Fund Advisory Board, East Baltimore Development, Inc., UMCP's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the UMB Incubator Board of Directors, the Council on Competitiveness Center for Regional Innovation. In October, 2002, Mr. Singerman received the BETA (Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate) Award from the Greater Baltimore Tech Council. Previous Board positions include NGA's Advisory Committee on Entrepreneurial Policy, the Mountain Maryland Entrepreneurial Development Center, the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation, and the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Singerman served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, a Presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Singerman directed the Economic Development Administration (EDA), whose mission is assisting the nation's economically distressed communities to develop and diversify their economies. In FY99, EDA's funding exceeded $400 million, administered by a staff of 260 employees in six regional and 20 state offices. During Mr. Singerman's tenure, EDA completed an agency-wide reinvention process, re-engineered its grant-making procedures, streamlined its organization, and initiated comprehensive program evaluation, while reducing its workforce by 30%. In 1998, EDA achieved the first Congressional reauthorization of its programs since 1981 and the first overall reform of the agency's processes since its inception in 1965.

Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Singerman served for 12 years as the President/CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a State-sponsored industry/university partnership that promotes regional economic competitiveness through innovation and technology. Mr. Singerman also served as a planning consultant to the City of Philadelphia, coordinating technology and business development re-use strategies for the Philadelphia Naval Base complex.

Mr. Singerman's three decades of experience in economic development also includes positions as: Director, Mayor's Office of Policy Development, City of Philadelphia; Director, Policy Development, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities; Executive Assistant to the Development Administrator, City of New Haven; and Economic Development Planner, New Haven City Plan Commission. Mr. Singerman also served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America, working in rural community development.

Mr. Singerman received his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, and his Master of Arts and Doctorate in Political Science from Yale University. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the interaction between politics and bureaucracy in New Haven's urban renewal program. He has taught urban politics and regional development at Barnard College (Columbia University), the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Center of Government, and Yale College.

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