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- Services Available With or Without Insurance Coverage

Baltimore County health officials want to remind residents that services are available to assist uninsured and underinsured residents in need of substance use disorder treatment. Treatment services are provided at low or no cost based on income.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides treatment for substance abusers and their families, offers programs and services to prevent substance abuse, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of substance abuse prevention and treatment services. If you or someone you love is in need of help, the following services are available in various locations throughout the County:

·        Outpatient treatment

·        Intensive outpatient treatment

·        Medication-assisted treatment

·        Residential treatment

·        Recovery support services

·        Family support and education

·        Overdose response training

For a directory of services for adolescents and adults, visit the Baltimore County Department of Health website.

Bird Transit, Crown and Mile Stones on Display at Maryland Historical Society

On Thursday evening, October 8, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz commemorated the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon survey in Baltimore County by unveiling America’s most historic scientific instrument – the newly restored and conserved Bird Transit, used by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon 250 years ago.

The instrument was discovered and then restored by a nationwide fund raising effort, organized by local surveyors and engineers. It will reside in Independence Hall in Philadelphia after its two-week exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society. The replacement Crown Stone and Mile Stone – both four feet tall and weighing 400 pounds each – will be on display as well through the weekend. They are replicas of the original stones and will be placed at the Mason Dixon Line later this month – one on York Road and the other in a farm field (original location) which is now owned by Larry Malone.

18th Century Outstanding Engineering and Scientific Achievement

Kevin Kamenetz at the Maryland Historical Society

Lasting from 1763 to 1768, the Mason Dixon survey was the most outstanding engineering and scientific achievement of the 18th century. Commissioned to settle a long standing boundary dispute between the Penns, the proprietors of Pennsylvania, and the Calverts, the proprietors of Maryland, the survey established the boundaries of what is now Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

“It’s important to recognize the incredible work of surveyors and engineers, who have helped shape our world,” said Kamenetz. “Even 250 years ago, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields of study were front and center as we charted the course of our nation.”

Kamenetz was joined by officials from the National Park Service, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, the County’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, and members from the Fall Conference for the Maryland Society of Surveyors and Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Baltimore County resident David Thaler, who was responsible for preserving the Bird Transit, coordinated the event in conjunction with the conference.

photo of GM WHite Marsh plantManufacturing, of Course!

Manufacturing, for many, harkens to World War II, when Baltimore Bombers were built at Glenn L. Martin and steel churned from Sparrows Point.

The legacy smokestack industries as we knew them are gone, but Baltimore County manufacturing has kept what is vital to compete in the 21st century: innovation, precision, and a skilled workforce with generations of success in making things.

County Has Largest Number of Manufacturers in Maryland

National Manufacturing Month is more than another name for October. It’s a time to celebrate the 14,000 manufacturing jobs in Baltimore County. With 839 companies, Baltimore County has the largest number of manufacturers in Maryland, according to the Maryland Workforce Exchange.  

Whether it’s aerospace defense, bio tech, industrial, pharmaceutical, information technology, apparel, food, or life sciences, a variety of manufacturers call Baltimore County home. Thousands work at McCormick, Stanley Black and Decker and BD Diagnostic Systems, each with Baltimore manufacturing legacies going back more than a hundred years.

No more 19th century manufacturing and R&D here! For example, McCormick’s Technical Innovation Center is equipped with idea lounges, whiteboards and test kitchens - think “Google” for food. The GM plant in White Marsh with its all-white interior, looking as crisp as an Apple store, manufactures hybrid transmissions and motors for electric cars.

Advanced, precision manufacturing can be found on all sides of the county. Middle River is home to Lockheed Martin and Middle River Aircraft systems, which produce advanced global security and aerospace technology. Textron Systems develops unmanned systems in Cockeysville, while Zentech in Windsor Mill is making circuit boards for defense, aerospace, medical, and communications. 

On the “delicious” side… there are headquarters and manufacturing for nutrition and weight loss company Medifast, Michele’s Granola, and Tessamae’s All Natural food products.

Why Here?

So, why do 839 companies make things here? Baltimore County is in the center of the mid-Atlantic market, with a robust freight system, connected highways, a world-class port, and available industrial and flex sites. As these companies grow and implement even more advanced technologies, they find a skilled workforce trained to innovate.

The Education Connection

bwtech@UMBC and the Towson Incubator are cultivation hubs for innovative thinkers. Baltimore County’s Fab Lab, one of the only 3-D fabrication labs open to the public in the Mid-Atlantic, is putting inventors and students at the helm of laser cutters, 3-D printers and prototyping. Recently, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) announced a course for Design Fabrications and Advanced Manufacturing – a two year associates degree to give students essential skills in the new world of advanced manufacturing.

The new Sollers Point Technical High School, located in Dundalk, is a great example of what’s possible. The high school feels like a college campus outfitted with professional grade mechanical shops where students learn advanced circuitry and hydraulics.

Designing Workforce Training Around Employers’ Needs

Baltimore County Job Centers are providing training designed around employers talent needs. The Department of Economic and Workforce Development is working with CCBC and other vendors to offer state-of-the-art training – usually vetted by businesses themselves – in high demand occupations like project management, health services, information technology, diesel service mechanics, commercial construction and real estate. A specialized manufacturing program is being considered for the upcoming year.

More than Just Conveyor Belts

Manufacturing is not a one-direction conveyor belt anymore. So when you’re sitting back after a hard day at work, enjoying a Baltimore County-made beverage from DuClaw or Heavy Seas, think about how manufacturing has changed. And celebrate advanced manufacturing’s multi-directional network of ideas.

Bryan Dunn
Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development

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