Press Release, Calvert County Government

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Dec. 19, 2018– Calvert County Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle recently completed the Leadership Maryland Program, a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Slagle is one of 50 Maryland business and community leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26thclass – the Class of 2018 – who completed the eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

“As this year’s Leadership Maryland cohort completes its program, their journey as a graduate of our state’s finest organization of professionals begins,” said Leadership Maryland Board Chairman Dr. Memo F. Diriker. “Over the past eight months they have learned about our state, the critical issues it faces and, above all, themselves. On behalf of the Board, I congratulate each of them for completing this defining milestone and I look forward to seeing them apply these lessons to accomplish great things for our state.”

Slagle has worked for Calvert County Government for more than 10 years of combined service and began her career with county government as the county’s first business retention specialist with DED in 2005. Prior to joining the DED, Slagle served as director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center where she oversaw programs for the Southern Maryland region. She also served as business development manager for DED, director of government/member relations with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and business development specialist with the former Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, now Maryland Department of Commerce. Slagle is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland and member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, the International Economic Development Council and Northeastern Economic Developers Association.

The Leadership Maryland participants attended a two-day opening retreat in April followed by five intense two-day sessions in various locations across the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multiculturalism/diversity. These sessions were followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration Dec. 4, 2018.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please, call 410-841-2101 or

For information on the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the many services the county offers the business community, contact the department at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880; or by email

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