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Keyword: economic and workforce development

By Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Office of Communications

At the White House today: Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson. Anderson is attending the White House Upskill Summit, joining 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America. The Summit is addressing ways to equip workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs.

Baltimore County was asked to participate in this select group because of its diverse economy in a strong metropolitan job center and the County’s commitment to innovation around workforce collaboration.

“Here in Baltimore County, our workforce and economic development teams are building new partnerships to bring our businesses, educators and County career centers together around these important goals,” said Anderson. “Baltimore County’s leadership role in the national Accelerated Connections for Employment program already is changing lives as parents, adults and youth learn new skills that will lead to jobs.” 

President Obama issued a call to action in January “to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they don’t have a higher education.”


photo of a man playing saxophoneFronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

This is about creativity.  And it starts with a few numbers.

Every day, more than 1,800 people work in 591 visual arts and photography businesses in Baltimore County. No, that does not count folks taking selfies.  These are real jobs in real companies.

Film, radio and television companies employ over 1,700 people, with nearly 1,000 people working in music, theater and the performing arts in Baltimore County.

All told, Baltimore County is home to 1,924 arts-related businesses that employ 6,448 people according 2014 Dunn & Bradstreet data.  Creative industries represent 4.4% of all businesses in Baltimore County, from performing and visual arts to design and publishing. 

But this is more than a numbers game.  Creative industries represent significant economic impact, stimulate innovation, and enrich our quality of life.

So whether you are an artist at a game development company, photographer, theater director, musician, advertising writer, designer, television producer or on the film crew, you’re in good company in Baltimore County.

Bring on the imagination!


image of shrink-wrapped spongeby Rick Johnson, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The next time you open a pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, pay close attention to the inner wrapping. Notice the thin brown paper that helps seal in the candy's freshness. How does each packet get cut to perfection? For this precision, thank Mann-Pak, a veteran and family-owned packaging company in Middle River. 

Mann-Pak wraps more than just peanut butter cups. Thousands of products in grocery stores are sealed in shrink-wrapped packages from Mann-Pack, including paper towels, sponges, tissue multi-packs, confectionery wraps, and baked goods. In fact, Mann-Pak provides flexible packaging for major food industries and industrial organizations around the world. 

Products include Go-Green packaging that uses a proprietary process that reduces CO2 emissions by using less material and less energy. 

In business for more than 25 years, the company has become one of four major sources in the country for printing shrink film products in multiple markets. These markets include, poultry, bakery, candy, dairy, light industrial, and home table top paper goods. Mann-Pack serves companies internationally, including firms in South America, Mexico, Canada, and Asia.

Mann-Pak is proud to be known as a veteran-owned business. Working with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, Mann-Pak's goal is to hire veterans to fill positions in their production operation, with significant growth forecast for 2015.

Although a small company now, Mann-Pak is capable of big things. And they’ll keep on helping those peanut butter cups stay fresh!  

For more information on locating in Baltimore County, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov, call 410-887-8000 or visit online at www.BaltimoreCountyBusiness.com.


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