June 2017



Glassman Administration Awards $1.5 million in Tourism Funding

County Executive Barry Glassman announced on June 15 that 29 local nonprofits will receive a total of $1.5 million in funding to plan and implement a variety of tourism related activities including historical, cultural, agricultural, heritage, and eco-tourism operations in fiscal year 2018. 

2017 Harford County Growth Report Now Available

In coordination with The Daily Record, the Office of Economic Development has released its 2017 Growth Report. It's packed with an impressive array of success stories, tidbits and milestones about businesses and organizations located right here in Harford County.

Women in Business Event Hosted 

Women entrepreneurs attended PNC's Women in Business event on June 8 to network and hear from Janice McLean-Deloatch, author of The Autobiography of an Entrepreneur. Bonnie Barresi from Harford County's Office of Economic Development also provided attendees with insight on what the office has to offer and some tips to starting a business.
Defense Leadership Breakfast Hosted at The GATE

A Defense Leadership Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Office of Economic Development and St. John Properties, was held on June 22. Leaders from the GATE Office and Technology Park gathered at the GATE at Aberdeen Proving Ground to network and to hear more about business services, available from Harford County, the State of Maryland and key community partners. 
10th Annual Golf 4 STEM Education Charity Tournament Held

The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) hosted its 10th Annual Golf 4 STEM event on June 5 to benefit Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education initiatives. Click below to learn more about NMTC:

Communications - Electronics Command (CECOM) Unveils Hall of Fame Memorial

CECOM held its 2nd annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for five new members at Aberdeen Proving Ground. After the ceremony, attendees were led to CECOM headquarters where the Hall of Fame Memorial was unveiled.

First Small Business Financial Seminar a Success

The Office of Economic Development hosted its first session in its Small Business Financial Seminar series, Accounting and Bookkeeping, in coordination with Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra on June 21. The event was well-attended and a portion was even streamed on Facebook Live! Don't forget to register for our upcoming July seminar:

Harford Community College Hosts Edgewood Hall Grand Reopening 

Harford Community College held a grand reopening on June 8 of its Edgewood Hall. The renovation and expansion added state-of-the-art food science labs and construction labs for both open enrollment classes and contract training for specialized programs.

Maryland Minimum Wage to Increase Effective July 1, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, the Maryland minimum wage will increase to $9.25/hr. This raise is part of the state's several-year plan until a $15/hr is expected to take effect by July 2022.  

July 23 Deadline for Innovator of the Year Nominations

Innovator of the Year shines a light on the men and women who have created new products, services or programs that have had a positive effect on their business, industry or the community. Nominations are due by July 23.

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Attention Business & Property Owners: Deadline for Enterprise Zone Certification is October 1

Harford County's two Enterprise Zones, (1) Aberdeen/Havre de Grace, and (2) Edgewood/Joppa, are designated areas for growth and development (see map) where qualifying businesses can receive tax incentives to ensure business retention, increase business expansion, encourage job creation, and revitalize industrial areas of Harford County.
Grant Funding Available for Workforce Technical Training

If your company is in need of technical training for employees in network systems, data communications or other high-tech fields, the Office of Economic Development (OED) may be able to assist. The Workforce Technical Training Grant Program is a competitive grant program that helps Harford County companies pay for employee's technical training. Last year, OED helped 26 businesses and 455 employees get training. Grants are subject to certain conditions, availability, and approval.  Business Development Associate Bonnie Barresi can answer any questions you have and assist you with the entire application process. 
First round of applications begin July 1 and the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017. 

"Bid Harford!"

Calling all local contractors and interested parties: follow the link below to the Harford County procurement bid board to see the latest opportunities to do business in Harford County. Some bids require pre-qualification with the Department of Procurement: click here for details.

Harford Transit LINK is Hiring

Harford Transit LINK, the public transportation supplier for Harford County, now has open positions for full time and part time qualified transit bus operators. Positions are available with flexible work hours which could supplement your retirement income. All positions require a "B" CDL license with air brake and passenger endorsements.  Our Part Time Provisional Transit Bus Driver Position requires a CDL; however, we will train you and help you acquire your air brake and passenger endorsement.  Now available:
  • Full Time Transit Bus Driver: grant-funded positions which include benefits, liberal time-off & retirement
  • Part Time Transit Bus Driver: grant-funded including retirement
  • Part Time Provisional Transit Bus Driver: grant-funded including retirement. 

Things are heating up at the GroundFloor this summer as we continue to grow our startup community. Bird Seed Source is one of our newest members with a fledgling online marketplace for bird seed. Co-founders Todd Metcalfe, Scott Behm and Sarah White have an interesting take on the economics of the bird seed industry and are using it to their advantage as they launch and grow their company. Welcome Bird Seed Source! You, too can be a part of our entrepreneurial community by calling the GroundFloor at (443) 559-4880 to learn more.
TEDCO is in the building! TEDCO has announced that our very own Jack Schammel is the Harford County mentor under their Rural Business Innovation Initiative. RBI 2 is an early stop for growth-oriented startups seeking support and capital.
Don't miss our Startup Breakfast on July 26 at the GroundFloor. Join us at 8:00 a.m. for carbs, coffee and startup wisdom. Click Here for more details.
CACI Makes Washington Post's 2017 Top Workplaces List

CACI International, with a presence in Harford County, has been included in The Washington Post's 2017 Top Workplaces list in the "large company" category for the third year in a row. 

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Celebrates 100 Years

Congratulations to the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, a U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Laboratory, on its 100th anniversary!

Harford Community College Awarded $200,000 Grant for Technical Education
Maryland has one of the Top Six Tech Workforces in the Country!

Technology and innovation have always been a priority in Maryland and Harford County. This dedication to technology puts Maryland in the top six tech workforces in the country. 

Gordon Food Service Recognized by Susquehanna Workforce Network

Gordon Food Service was presented with t he Donald Thomey Workforce Leadership Award by  Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) during SWN's 34th Annual Meeting on June 16. The Donald Thomey Workforce Leadership Award is given each year to companies that demonstrate a commitment to innovative workforce practices and community leadership. Congratulations to Gordon Food Service!
101 Walter Ward Blvd., Abingdon, MD 21009
Celebrated 10 years serving the community!
16 Bel Air S. Pkwy., Bel Air, MD 21015
Hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony June 15.

Do you know a company or business celebrating a milestone? 
Let us know! 410-638-3059 or oed@harfordcountymd.gov


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