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Baltimore County’s blueprint for implementing the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is open for public comment. The draft plan outlines how the County will work to achieve a job-driven workforce system that helps job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services so they succeed in the labor market. The plan also addresses ways to match employers with the skilled workers needed to compete in the global economy.

The local plan was developed by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Baltimore County Workforce Development Board. The Board consists of a diverse group of local businesses, major employers, labor representatives and community partners.

The plan incorporates priorities adopted in the most recent federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law July, 2014.

Submitting public comment

The Baltimore County Local Workforce Area Plan draft is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business. Comments will be accepted until September 15, 2016 and should be sent to localplancomments@baltimorecountymd.gov. Please include a page reference for each comment to facilitate review. 


Commemorates Women’s Equality Day 2016

The Baltimore County Commission for Woman is hosting an issues forum and a commemoration ceremony to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. The event, co-hosted by the Maryland Commission for Women will take place the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m.

The forum, “Voices of Maryland Women,” recognizes Women’s Equality Day, which is August 26, and will offer participants a chance to discuss issues and challenges that women still face and to explore ways to improve the lives of women. The Commission for Women plans to develop a report based on the forum with recommendations for improvements to local and state programs, legislation and policies. The report will be presented to the Baltimore County Executive and County Council, the Governor and members of the state legislature.

The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required at https://voicesofmarylandwomenbaltimorecountycfw.eventbrite.com

For more information people may call 410-887-2659, e-mail women@baltimorecountymd.gov or visit the Commission’s website at


Project to widen roadway and add sidewalks 

The Department of Public Works plans major improvements to Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane to address decades-old pedestrian safety and traffic issues. If adjacent property-owners support the proposed changes, approximately a half-mile of Windsor Mill Road will be widened and sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road in the next several years.

“We are poised for progress to greatly improve traffic and safety on this busy section of Windsor Mill Road, providing safe walkways for students and other people walking in the community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The proposed work will include widening the roadway from 22 feet to 36 feet and installing curbs, gutters and other necessary drainage improvements. The project is currently in the design phase, and tangible improvements are not anticipated for several years, pending a consensus of adjacent property owners. At that point, the County will negotiate right-of-way agreements with property owners, relocate utility poles and begin construction. Windsor Mill Road is currently funded only for design, and the project’s progress will hinge on local support. This is a capital project and there is no cost to the property owners.

"I am very excited to see this project move forward. The installation of sidewalks will significantly improve the safety of everyone who travels on Windsor Mill Road, both pedestrians and drivers," said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.

 Public meeting set for September 14

To gauge community interest and support, the Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 14 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Community Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 21207.

For more information, people may contact Rahee Famili or Angelica Daniel, Highway Design Division, Department of Public Works, at 410 887-3739 or send an email to rjfamili@baltimorecountymd.gov or adaniel@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 


 
 

Revised April 6, 2016