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graphic portait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. BaltimoreCountyExecutive Kevin Kamenetz

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time this morning with an enthusiastic audience at our 8th Annual Baltimore County Content of Character Awards, held at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson.  I felt truly honored and humbled to present the keynote speech commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring the life and legacy of a man who changed this country forever. I had the opportunity to highlight four County residents who personify Dr. King’s principles by taking action in their communities every day to effect positive change.

These individuals know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a blueprint for change through his words and by his actions. They fully understand what Dr. King was saying when he told us, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Western School of Technology senior, Radhika Patel, volunteers her time tutoring, taking environmental action, interning at the University of Maryland Medical Center and teaching religion.

Jacob Badin, a senior at Western School of Technology, has accrued over 1,100 volunteer hours since middle school. He is involved in student government, the Future Educators of America, his school’s open houses, the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp, and numerous charities. 

Dr. Marlene Mahipat, a chiropractor with a thriving practice, founded two non-profit organizations - Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE), which serves disadvantaged families, children; and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE), which helps low-income people who might otherwise surrender their pets. 

Rashad Holloway, through his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, feeds the homeless by serving at soup kitchens, fights homelessness and cancer by participating in walk-a-thons, conducts domestic violence workshops, and help high school seniors by earn scholarships.

These outstanding Baltimore County community members’ “content of character” leads them to follow Dr. King’s example in working to improve the lives of others every day.

rendering f Towson SquareCounty Executive Kevin Kamenetz

‘Dinner and a movie’ will soon have a whole new meaning in downtown Towson.  I was excited to announce that three restaurants – all new to Baltimore County – are the first of eight best-in-class restaurants joining Cinemark Theatres in the new Towson Square entertainment center coming to downtown Towson.  Towson Square is an expansion of the successful Towson Circle development which features Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s and Pier 1 Imports.

La Tagliatella, with restaurants throughout Europe, features generous portions of northern Italian cuisine. Towson will be one of their first U.S. restaurants. Nando’s Peri-Peri, a South African-owned restaurant with locations in 34 countries on five continents, specializes in Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is known for its mesquite-grilled cuisine and lively outdoor patio.

Cinemark Theatres also is bringing their new VIP-level seating concept to Towson, featuring full bar service and premium food choices for over-21 movie patrons.  There will be a total of 15 state-of-the-art screens with 3,400 stadium-style seats, bringing the latest films and theatre experiences to downtown Towson.

We expect Towson Square to draw people from throughout the Baltimore area, so we’re getting ready right now. Construction is underway on a new 650-space underground parking garage to be operated by the Baltimore County Revenue Authority.  The movie theatres and restaurants will be open in 2014. 

Stay tuned – there’s more coming soon to a downtown near you.  

Dan Gundersen
Executive Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Photograph of BD Diagnostics sign on Loveton Circle.You see BD’s blue and orange logo when you travel north on I-83, but how many people know what the company actually does? I recently joined County Executive Kamenetz on a visit to BD in Sparks – headquarters of its Diagnostics Systems unit – to find out more about one of the region’s largest life sciences employers.

Tom Polen, President of BD Diagnostics - Diagnostic Systems, spends a lot of time on the road, whether the road is in China, Canada, or BD’s corporate headquarters in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Tom briefed us on BD’s extensive Baltimore County operations. 

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is a Fortune 500 company-- #316 to be exact. With more than 1,600 employees in Baltimore County, BD’s Diagnostics Systems unit develops, manufactures and sells advanced medical devices that help diagnose infectious diseases and cancers. BD has six locations in Sparks and Cockeysville in more than one million square feet of space – about the size of White Marsh mall if you put all the buildings together. BD products are designed, built and shipped from Baltimore County to hospitals, medical offices and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

At BD labs in Sparks, biomedical scientists have developed new software and instruments to more accurately and quickly identify which type of infection a patient has and which drug will be most effective to fight it.  These extensive research and development operations will lead to the discovery of new diagnostic tools to improve people’s health and cut health care costs. 

BD’s plant in Cockeysville operates 24/7 and manufactures millions (Or something less specific than the actual quantity) of petri dishes per year. Petri dishes are used in labs to grow cultures that help detect and diagnose diseases and develop new drugs.

BD’s Diagnostic Systems unit was born out of four Baltimore biotech start-up companies that commercialized research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. Today, the ideas, innovation and science born in Baltimore universities are key elements of BD, one of Baltimore County and Maryland’s largest employers and a worldwide leader in combating disease.

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