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photo of greene Turtle signFronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications


What started in the ‘60s as the place in town to get Frye boots became a friendly sports bar for college kids in 2004. Now, the Greene Turtle in Towson is ready to take on a new role: a casual, restaurant that appeals to families, neighbors, and film fans. 

“We see the Greene Turtle in Towson as a family-priced option for dinner before a movie, a gathering spot for local high school teams after a lacrosse game, a date night destination, and a neighborhood night spot for adults,” said co-owner Jill Guidera Packo, who with her brother Jeff Guidera are following in the tradition of the family owned Finkelstein Bootery at 408 York Road.  “What’s new is the rooftop Turtle Shell.”

When you step into the new third floor addition, you’re in a sleek, open, comfortable space with panoramic views of downtown Towson. There’s seating for over 100 at custom-made wood tables or at the long, full service bar.  A separate kitchen serves the Turtle Shell, which features a steam seafood bar.

From the glass enclosed rooftop you see expansive views of downtown Towson – look south down York Road past Towson University; look north at the changing reflections in Towson City Center. Windows open in warm weather to catch the breeze and an open deck area features heaters in cooler weather. 

The new Cinemark theatres at Towson Square (opening later in 2014) are expected to attract more than 500,000 movie-goers each year, making the Greene Turtle a fun, locally-owned stop before or after a feature. 
It’s a great time to be a restaurant in Towson --and an even better time to visit what’s new downtown.


By Helga Weschke, Acting Deputy Director
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Image of Baltimore County businesses.

From a golf cart parts company in Rosedale to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Hunt Valley, cybersecurity firms in Catonsville to industrial suppliers in Dundalk, teams from the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development met with over 350 companies in one week to deliver a single, clear message: “Your business is an important economic driver in the local economy.”

“We are very fortunate that over 20,000 employers have chosen Baltimore County as their home. It is critical to our economic success that we maintain a healthy, welcoming business climate  so these companies can grow and prosper,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in declaring September 30 to October 4 Business 1st Week. "We want to make sure that our diverse business community knows that Baltimore County has the resources in place to support their success."

Business 1st Week is an opportunity for the County’s business and workforce development staff to hear what business issues keep company CEO’s up at night, and how county resources can help support and grow their operations. Companies received an overview of financing opportunities, free workforce recruitment and training programs, tax credits, and innovation and commercialization programs available to Baltimore County businesses.

So what did we learn after a week blanketing the County? Our business community is certainly diverse when you look at it from street level. In a single day, one team visited a product design company, an HVAC repair firm, greeting card importer, and clothing recycling company. We also learned that the workforce is the key component to an operations success.

We appreciated the chance to meet and thank companies for being part of our economic prosperity.

And we’ll do it again – once our feet recover!

For more information on business programs and services, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business or call 410-887-8000.


photo of large bridge construction componenetsFronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

A tunnel project in Virginia has brought new jobs to Sparrows Point. Let me explain. 

These days, if you walk along the dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial Park in Dundalk, you’ll see huge concrete tubes in the making.  Let me define huge. These sections of reinforced concrete are 32 inches thick and wide enough in diameter to fit more than two lanes of traffic.  The tubes are being manufactured by SKW Constructors for a tunnel project in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

SKW and its subcontractors have hired about 100 carpenters, concrete finishers, mechanics, structural and reinforcing iron workers, surveyors, truck drivers and laborers for the massive project.  These positions already are filled, but SKW is currently hiring certified crane operators. 

“SKW is a huge boost in the County’s efforts to bring new businesses and new jobs back to Sparrows Point,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

Senator Norman Stone recalled the great manufacturing tradition at the Sparrows Point shipyard.  “Workers at Sparrows Point built Liberty Ships here during World War II.  Even though it isn’t ship building, it is good to see some manufacturing jobs back at the shipyard.  I am hopeful that these jobs will be performed by local workers.”

In Sparrows Point, SKW found a perfect location for heavy industrial construction and shipping, taking advantage of one of the largest privately owned graving docks on the east coast.

By next winter, the first sections of tunnel tubes should be finished, floated out of the dock, and shipped by barge to Virginia for the Elizabeth River Tunnels project.  As soon as the first shipment is on its way, construction of another five sections begins, along with production of huge industrial fans to circulate air in the tunnels.

“It feels good to know we’re exporting a little bit of Sparrows Point down to Virginia,” said County Executive Kamenetz.  “This is the beginning of what promises to be a brand new Sparrows Point with thousands of new jobs coming to the region.  I am committed to building on this good news, and our next step is to ensure that the Port of Baltimore expands its operation to Sparrows Point as soon as possible.  I will do everything that I can to work with Port and State officials to move that process forward.”

To see the size of the concrete tunnel tubes, check out this slide show.


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