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York native named to state position on small business, diversity opportunities

A York man who works for the state Department of Community and Economic Development has been named to a new post designed to improve the contracting environment in Pennsylvania for small businesses, including those owned by women, veterans and African Americans.

Kerry Kirkland, most recently DCED’s central regional director, was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday to the new position of deputy secretary for diversity, inclusion and small business opportunities in the state’s Department of General Services.

“We are looking forward to using his more than 38 years of experience and involvement with developing policies and programs for small diverse and small businesses to our benefit as we look for innovative ways to position these businesses for success in Pennsylvania’s economy,” Wolf said in a statement.

According to the Department of General Services webpage, small diverse businesses include those owned by minorities, women, members of the LGBT community, veterans and veterans with disabilities.

Kirkland is the former president and CEO of Kirkland Consulting, a management and training firm.

At DCED, he provided technical assistance to businesses, local governments and nonprofits to help revitalize city business districts and neighborhoods throughout a 24-county region.

Kirkland has served as the vice president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, and also is co-founder of the American Contract Compliance Association, the world’s largest contract compliance training organization.

He also served as associate deputy administrator and regional administrator with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In the new role, Kirkland will serve as the senior public official to represent and advise the Wolf administration and the department on statewide policies and programs to increase the participation of small diverse and small businesses in contracting and the state’s overall economy, a statement from the governor’s office said.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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