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Earlier this week on Baltimore County Now, County Executive Kamenetz shared dozens of interesting facts about why Baltimore County is such a great place to live. That got me thinking — Baltimore County is also a great place to work and do business. The County has seen hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment over the last three years, and we’re just getting started. The list below includes just a few highlights of Baltimore County’s thriving business community. (Sorry, we don’t have room to gloat about all 21,000 Baltimore County employers and new investment — but we’re equally proud of their successes.)
- A 2012 KPMG study ranked the Baltimore region as having the sixth-lowest cost of doing business among all U.S. metro areas.
- With more than 21,000 employers, Baltimore County is the largest job center in the region and the second-largest job center in Maryland.
- Erickson Living and the Community College of Baltimore County were named 2013 National Top Workplaces in a national poll of more than one million workers.
- Two of the federal government's largest agencies, the Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are headquartered in Baltimore County.
- More than 500 manufacturers can claim a “made in Baltimore County” label on their products, including McCormick, Medifast and Stanley Black & Decker DIY & Construction Headquarters.
- Health, IT, defense and financial services firms with major Baltimore County operations include T. Rowe Price, General Dynamics IT, Lockheed Martin, Pay Pal and AAI.
- Downtown Towson has seen more than $600 million in new private investment in office, residential, retail and entertainment development since 2010.
- Nearly $700 million is being invested in Owings Mills, including the Metro Centre at Owings Mills transit-oriented development and the Foundry Row retail-office project anchored by Wegmans.
- New shopping and housing are coming to Dundalk as developers are recognizing the community's market potential. Some old favorites are getting a facelift, while new homes and retail are on the way.
- The $100 million Greenleigh at Crossroads in White Marsh/Middle River will be Baltimore County’s first major town center designed around the principles of “new urbanism.” The 200-acre community will combine a mix of residential styles, offices, shops and pedestrian-friendly open spaces.
With a great location, low cost of doing business, dynamic workforce and stable tax rates (the Baltimore County property tax rate hasn’t gone up in 25 years, and the income tax rate has not changed in 21 years), no wonder business is booming in Baltimore County.
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While we don’t expect everyone to be in the market for horseshoes or a transmission for a school bus, you just might find yourself looking for barbecue seasonings, caulk, or eye shadow. The “shopping list” below includes just a few of the hundreds of manufacturers making products of all kinds right here in Baltimore County.
- You never know whether it will be the scent of cinnamon or nutmeg coming from McCormick’s Hunt Valley plants. The global seasoning and flavoring company is headquartered in Sparks.
- There’s a little bit of White Marsh in buses, ambulances, small trucks, and the latest energy-saving vehicles. The GM Baltimore Plant manufactures hybrid and medium-duty transmissions and electric drive motors to propel hybrid and plug-in vehicles.
- Salute your favorite Boy Scout when he earns a badge made by Lion Brothers in Owings Mills.
- It’s ice tea and lemonade season. Grand Brands in Rosedale manufactures TrueLemon and TrueLime flavorings, crystallized lemon and lime substitutes made with 100% all-natural ingredients.
- Cover Girl cosmetics come off the assembly line at Procter & Gamble Beauty in Cockeysville.
- DAP, Inc., is at the center of the push to save energy by weatherizing buildings. The company manufactures caulks and sealants at its Rosedale plant.
- Keep it clean with windshield wiper blades made by Saver Automotive in Halethorpe.
- Explore worlds historic and imagined with Sid Meier’s Civilization series of video games, developed by the creative team at Firaxis Games in Sparks.
- Patch the patio with Sakrete concrete, made by Bonsal American in Middle River.
- For the fleet of feet, Victory Racing Plate in Rosedale crafts custom horseshoes for thoroughbreds around the world, including more Triple Crown winners than any other brand.
Support our local Baltimore County manufacturers. It’s good stuff!