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  1. Submit your nomination for Baltimore County’s 2017 Woman of the Year

    Commission for Women accepting nominations through January 13 

    The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its annual “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards. This is the 35th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community.

    The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 13, 2017. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March 2017.

    Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the awards. Nominees for “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

    Questions or requests for nomination forms should be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2659. Nomination forms are also available online at


    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:30:00 GMT
  2. Kamenetz elected President of Maryland Association of Counties

    Pledges to advocate for county governments in Annapolis

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was elected President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) at its winter conference in Cambridge this morning.

    MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

    “I am both proud and humbled to become President of MACo, where we will articulate the budgetary, education, land use and transportation needs of each county,” said Kamenetz.  “MACo also provides a productive forum to exchange best-practice ideas."

    Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. 

    In his formal address, Kamenetz identified areas of common purpose that leaders in local government would promote, including issues of education, infrastructure, public health, environment, workforce development and fiscal responsibility.

    With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

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    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:30:00 GMT
  3. Shirtmaking in America alive in Baltimore County

    By Bryan Dunn, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

    Inside the factory, sewing machines line up in rows, sounding like newsroom typewriters clacking in pre-computer days. Workers perform traditional operations, individually marking, cutting and sewing each piece with a master’s touch.

    The classic shape of the sewing machines sit naturally on the historic factory floor in Essex. The owner of the Aetna Shirt Company points to a portion of the building that was once a dance hall and men’s club circa 1922. Some of the original floor is still intact.

    A century of craftsmanship

    Aetna Shirt was founded in Baltimore in 1916. In contrast to its historic setting in eastern Baltimore County, Aetna Shirt combines traditional techniques with digitized marking and cutting technology and computerized machinery to ensure a consistent, yet customized, product. A new 21st century venture, Urban Design, manufactures shirts for retail stores in Japan.  

    Dr. Daniel Kohn, owner of Aetna Shirt, describes the company’s focus, “Aetna offers diverse types of shirts including oxford buttons downs, Italian style formals, military formals and lab coats for clients ranging from the U.S. Army and Air Force to Johns Hopkins University.” 

    Watch the video below to get an inside look at a lost manufacturing art, alive and well in Baltimore County.


    The next generation of shirt-making

    Aetna offers tutorials for aspiring designers and shirt-makers. Participants study the shirt-making process to better understand the challenges and advantages of making shirts domestically. Visit to learn more. 

    Baltimore County is home to 492 manufacturing companies and 13,800 manufacturing jobs that generate $948 million in total annual wages.

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:51:00 GMT
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