Paul J. Kelly, Jr., Executive Director/President
Paul J. Kelly, Jr. has served as the Executive Director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation since July, 2017. He brings a wealth of technical and practical experience to the CEDC, along with a passion to improve the economic condition and quality of life for the citizens of Allegany County and the surrounding area.
Paul graduated magna cum laude in 1995 from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor Of Political Science degree, and he graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. Paul was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 1998, and also admitted to practice before the United States Federal Courts in 1999.
Paul began his legal career with McGuire Woods, LLP, in Baltimore, Maryland. Wanting to return home to the Allegany County area, he joined the law firm of Friend & Rozas, LLC in Cumberland, Maryland around 2001, and later opened his own law firm and a real estate development company around 2006. Paul maintained a diverse transactional practice during his legal career. He has worked with entrepreneurs, businesses of all sizes, charitable institutions, and all levels of government on matters of corporate formation, operation, acquisition and sale, dissolution, and finance; residential and commercial real estate acquisition and sale, leasing, construction, development and finance; contract preparation for lending, the sale of tangible and intangible goods, and the sale and development of real estate; various employment matters including contract negotiation, worker’s compensation claims, and other compensation, benefits, retention and discharge issues. Paul also maintained a very active litigation practice before the trial and appellate courts of Maryland including litigation related to the above-mentioned transactional matters.
Matt Miller, Economic Development Specialist
Matt serves as the Economic Development Specialist of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation. He brings a vast amount of knowledge in the areas of business development, workforce development, business attraction, retention and expansion. Prior to becoming employed with the CEDC, Matt worked at First Peoples Community Credit Union as their Business Development Officer.
Born and raised in the tri-state area, Matt has a passion for the success of Cumberland. After graduation from West Virginia University, he immediately sought to become actively involved in our community. His work with local non-profit organizations, particularly in the arena of event planning, has showcased his skills and passion for the work he does. His main project has been the creation of the Tri-State Wing-Off, an event fundraiser that has grown to attract people from all of the country and thousands of dollars each year to help support 15 area non-profit organizations. Matt has been involved in countless charitable events and organizations and is well-known in the community for his philanthropic devotion.
Matt’s enthusiasm and dedication toward community betterment will help enable the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation to reach the goals of their strategic plan. Matt is fully focused on, and attentive to, thoughts and concerns from our citizens as he is devoted to job creation and improvement of quality of life.