Harford County Office of Economic Development | November 2017
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Edgewood Redevelopment Plan Presentation Launches Coordinated Path Forward for Community


On November 15, more than 70 Edgewood area stakeholders came to Edgewood High School to see the results of the Edgewood Small Area Study.  The presentation by the Harford County Office of Economic Development, in conjunction with Thomas Comitta Associates, revealed the study’s recommendations for future land use, open space and recreation, transportation and building an improved reputation for the Edgewood area.   The Edgewood Small Area Study is part of the implementation of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Joint Land Use Study. See the full results and recommendations at the Edgewood Small Area Study page.

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Harford Has It: Buy In - Harford County's New Shop Local Campaign Launches

In time for the holiday shopping season, the Harford County Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to encourage residents to shop local through “Harford Has It: Buy In.” The campaign, announced on November 15, was based on the findings of a study commissioned by OED with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore on the economic impacts of buying local in Harford County.  Businesses and residents can “buy in” to the spirit of the “Harford Has It” campaign at the Harford Has It website. There you can read the study, download free logo packs, and more.


Dunlop Protective Footwear Announces Plans to Expand Production

Dunlop Protective Footwear, a global manufacturer of protective footwear located in Harford County, is planning to expand its United States-based production. With assistance from a $100,000 training grant provided by the Maryland Department of Commerce's Partnership for Workforce Quality program, the company expects to nearly double the number of PVC boots and more than triple the number of Purofort® boots it manufactures by 2020. Dunlop provides protective footwear for workers in various industries, including food processing, oil, gas, and mining, as well as agriculture and construction. READ MORE

Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Named '2018 Great American Defense Community' 

The Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor is one of five communities across the country named a 2018 Great American Defense Community. The Great American Defense Communities, now in its third year, recognizes the overall support that communities and regions in the U.S. provide to improve the quality of life of service members and military families. Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support. This year’s selected communities will be honored throughout the year, including at the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., in June 2018. READ MORE

Susquehanna Workforce Network Awarded Job Training Grant

The Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) was recently awarded an IT/Cyber Grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's EARN Program. The purpose of the program is to grow the pipeline of workers entering IT/Cyber occupations and to help area businesses upgrade current employee skill sets.  The project will feature training options for those new to the industry and for employees currently in Information Technology occupations who need additional certifications to advance in their careers.  For more information on this program, incumbent worker training, and on-the-job training related to the IT/Cyber industry, please contact Joseph Ricci, Program Specialist at Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., at 410-939-4240.

Joint Land Use Study Meeting Moves Program into Next Phase

Regional officials met with Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) personnel on November 13 to address findings and recommendations of the APG Joint Land Use Study, and to identify mitigation strategies and next steps regarding the Edgewood Small Area Study. This team's recommendations and proposed funding request to the Office of Economic Development will be presented at the APG Community Leadership reception on November 30, and then move into its implementation phase.

First County-Owned Bus Shelter Opens in Aberdeen 

State, county and municipal officials cut the ribbon for the first Harford County-owned bus shelter, located at the Aberdeen MARC Train Station, on October 26. The MARC Train Station is the most widely-used bus stop in the county with approximately 45,000 passenger trips annually. The bus shelter install is the first in a long-term plan by Harford Transit LINK to enhance route stops throughout Harford County. 

Office of Economic Development Hosts Breakfast for Business Leaders 

The Harford County Office of Economic Development hosted Aberdeen and Havre de Grace area business leaders at The GroundFloor on November 14 for a breakfast networking event and overview of available economic and workforce development resources. County Executive Barry Glassman (pictured left) provided a brief overview of the County’s fiscal landscape and thanked attendees for doing business in Harford County.
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Harford Leadership Academy

Join the successful community development program that is designed to create a committed, involved, and diverse network of leaders within the county. The 14-week program meets once a week, and begins on February 22. READ MORE


Small Business Financial Series - The Law and Your Business

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Office of Economic Development, 2021 Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace

This free workshop will provide answers to the legal questions and explore some of the fundamental legal issues that small business owners face. READ MORE 

NMTC Disruptive Technology Summit - Preparing You for Monumental Technology Change

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), 510 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, with cooperation from Aberdeen Proving Ground, will show you the top game changing technologies that will forever impact the future success or failure of your business or government program.  Leave with business-building ideas that will help you re-think your business model, and give you a competitive edge.  READ MORE

SMART PROC Small Business Procurement Conference

Thursday, November 30 - Friday, December 1, 2017
Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD
The two-day event offers valuable insights from procurement experts in government, business, and academia that will benefit large contractors, small businesses, minority- and women-owned concerns, and businesses run by service-disabled veterans. READ MORE

Baltimore Business Journal's Fast 50 Awards   

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
The Center Club, 100 Light Street #16, Baltimore 
Join in honoring Maryland's 50 Fastest-growing Private Companies, as selected by the Baltimore Business Journal, at an awards presentation with Toby Buzzuto, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Buzzuto Group, as the keynote speaker. Several Harford County businesses were selected for the list. 

C4ISR Holiday Ball 

Friday, December 1, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  
Top of the Bay, 30 Plumb Point Loop, Aberdeen Proving Ground 
Celebrate the true meaning of the holidays through the lens of a solider by attending an Army ball that includes cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. READ MORE  

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore's 2017 Annual Meeting 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell Street, Baltimore
Join more than 400 government, business, and community leaders in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of EAGB, its accomplishments over the past two decades, and the future of Maryland as a global economic leader. READ MORE

Eat, Drink, and Be Ugly Holiday Party hosted by the American Association of the United States Army - Aberdeen 

Friday, December 15, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
Ruggles Golf Course, 5600 Maryland Boulevard, Aberdeen Proving Ground 
Support the soldiers of the 29th Combat Aviation Division by dressing in your ugliest sweater and participating in this festive fundraiser dedicated to supporting these Harford County soldiers during their current deployment to Iraq. READ MORE

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Six Harford County Businesses Make Baltimore Business Journal's Top 50 Fastest-growing Companies 

The Baltimore Business Journal is highlighting the 50 fastest-growing private companies in Maryland at its annual Fast 50 Awards on November 30. Of the 50 companies on this list, ten award-winners will be selected based on revenue growth over a year, evidence of competitive expansion, and the company's ability to innovate and tap into new markets. Six companies have a physical presence in Harford County, including: A Bright Idea; Greene Turtle; KCI Technologies; MidAtlantic Photographic LLC; St. John Properties; and Stella May Contracting. Congratulations to the finalists!

Harford County Events Celebrate Veterans and Active Military

As appropriate in a largely military community located close to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Havre de Grace High School had the privilege to perform in the Annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11. This trip followed closely behind the Harford County Chamber of Commerce's annual Spirit of Thanks Tour on November 9, a collaborative tour between the business community and active duty military to promote education, remembrance and camaraderie. Within the county, Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Havre de Grace all hosted annual Veterans Day ceremonies, including wreath-laying ceremonies with the playing of the National Anthem and taps, to honor Harford County residents who have served in the military.

Bel Air Businesses Awarded for their Economic Achievements

Independent Brewing Company won 2017 Business of the Year and Spartan Surfaces was honored with the “Archer-Bull Award” for their contributions to Bel Air’s economic development by the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission. The awards were presented at the annual banquet on October 26 at Rockfield Manor. The honors are awarded to the business that contribute most to the community in terms of volunteer service and community development throughout the year. The “Archer-Bull Award,” named after 19th century Bel Air architect George Archer and builder Jacob Bull, is given to a business that demonstrates architectural excellence. Congratulations! READ MORE


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Expert Advice for Businesses: Sitting Down with Harford's Business Edge Consultant Jack Schammel

The Small Business Resource Center in Harford County helps you develop your small business, providing access to result-driven business knowledge and entrepreneurial support. Make an appointment with Jack Schammel for one-on-one guidance about starting and growing your business!

Jack Schammel

CEO, Leading Logic LLC
Providing management & mentoring services on behalf of HBE and TEDCO jack@leadinglogic.biz 

Office Hours

2021 Pulaski Highway, Suite D | Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Harford's Business Edge | Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. TEDCO | Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (by appointment only)

We sat down with Jack Schammel for an interview. 
Find out a bit more about Jack and what he can do for you!

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Susquehanna Workforce Network Announces New Training Opportunities

Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) has new training opportunities for the following:
  • Entry Level Manufacturing Training
    Technicians perform preventative maintenance on equipment, diagnose and solve equipment problems.
    16% growth industry | Graduates can earn average of $22.82 per hour
  • Warehouse Distribution Technician Training
    Learn all aspects of the warehouse distribution industry. Training gives you an employment advantage.
    1300 new jobs - 8.7% Industry Growth | Average weekly salary - $686.00
  • IT/CYBER Training
    Information Technology certifications are the fastest growing in demand certifications in Cecil and Harford Counties.
    800 new jobs - 9.8% Industry Growth | Average wage range per hour - $23.90 - $44.65
For information regarding these training opportunities, please contact:
Clara Henry: Susquehanna Workforce Center – UC, 410-272-5400


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