The Governor's Workforce Investment Board Announces New Chairman


New chair to oversee the GWIB’s Center for Industry Initiative

BALTIMORE, MD (March 12, 2013)--Today Martin G. Knott, Jr., President of Knott Mechanical, Inc. was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as the new Chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB).

The GWIB is the Governor’s chief policy making body for workforce development. It is a business-led board of 45 members, a majority of whom represent the business community, as mandated by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). Other members include the governor and the lieutenant governor, cabinet secretaries, college presidents, the state superintendent of schools, elected officials, and representatives of labor and nonprofit organizations. The GWIB is responsible for developing policies and strategies to form a coordinated workforce system from a variety of educational, employment and training programs in the State of Maryland.

“Martin is dedicated to ensuring that Maryland’s workforce is fully prepared to meet the future demands of Maryland employers,” said Governor O’Malley. “His determination in helping bridge our skills gap and strengthen our workforce – particularly through construction industry initiatives--will serve Maryland well, as we move forward in the new economy.”

“I’m pleased to see Martin appointed as GWIB chair,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Leonard Howie. “He knows how to succeed and he’s determined to provide opportunities for all Marylanders to succeed in the 21st century workforce.”

Knott will be responsible for the GWIB efforts related to the implementation of the Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Department of Business and Economic Development. In addition, he will oversee the GWIB’s Center for Industry Initiative activities related to workforce data collection.

“Many thanks to Governor O’Malley for the opportunity to serve as chair of the GWIB. Serving on the GWIB has provided me with valuable insight into the comprehensive approaches needed to align business, workforce systems, and economic development initiatives in Maryland,” said Mr. Knott. “I look forward to building on former Chairman Bill Robertson’s many accomplishments as we explore new ways to grow and expand our highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce.”

Knott, who has served on the Board since 2007, has been instrumental in leading the GWIB’s successful construction industry initiative process which assessed and addressed Maryland’s construction industry workforce needs. Under his leadership, the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) was formed as an independent 501(c) (3) corporation through the GWIB. The primary mission of the MCCEI is to work in partnership with business and government to build a world-class educational system for Maryland’s construction industry. The MCCEI promotes construction as a career of choice and serves as an information marketplace for the industry and for career seekers.

Governor O’Malley also appointed Knott to the board of MEDCO (Maryland Economic Development Corporation), where he is currently serving as the chair. Knott also serves on several local charity boards, including the Signal 13 Foundation, Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Foundation, the Baltimore Outward Bound Center, and the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation.

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