Economic Development Chief Appointed

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 23, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed Barry Sedlik, a long-time CMTA associate and friend, as Undersecretary and Senior Advisor for Economic Development. With the Legislature’s elimination of the Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency in last year’s budget agreement, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency becomes California’s lead agency on economic development policy and advocacy.

"For many years, Barry has been an outspoken advocate for improving California’s industrial climate and I look forward to working with him as he assumes this important new role," said CMTA President, Jack Stewart. "It is critical for California manufacturers to have an individual with Barry’s background and understanding of manufacturing issues in a senior administration position."

Barry has served as vice chairman of business development for the World Trade Center Association of Los Angeles and Long Beach since 2003. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of the World Trade Center Association, as chief operating officer at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and as Director of Economic and Business Development for Southern California Edison. Among his many civic activities, Barry was a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Board of Directors, serving as its Chairman from 1999-2001.
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