Baltimore County News
Will Anderson, Director, Baltimore County Economic & Workforce Development
The 3,100 acres at Sparrows Point are rapidly living up to their potential as one of the most important job generators in the region. What did Baltimore County do to plan for this next generation jobs opportunity?
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Tradepoint Atlantic CEO Michael Moore discuss the vision for bringing 10,000 jobs back to Sparrows Point. Get a first-hand look at this massive project, based on the work of the Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group spearheaded by Baltimore County consisting of port officials and business, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution executives.
“We want to have good middle skill jobs available that pay a decent wage and have great benefits,” says County Executive Kamenetz. “We are trying to create that next generation of job opportunity at Sparrows Point.”
Learn more about Tradepoint Atlantic: www.tradepointatlantic.com
Next Up Baltimore County explores what makes Baltimore County a great place to live and work. The show features interviews with local business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators and is produced by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to online access, Next Up runs on Baltimore County cable channel 25 at the following times: Monday, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Tuesday 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 9:00 p.m. Thursday 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
A new purpose-built auto terminal at Tradepoint Atlantic will soon welcome its first vessel to Sparrows Point. Pasha Automotive Services, a global logistics and transportation company, is leasing 21 acres for roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) operations for imported automobiles.
Initially, between 40-50 jobs will be created, with more jobs anticipated as additional site capacity is built. Pasha has the potential to expand to 150 acres at the terminal.
“Tradepoint Atlantic is rapidly living up to its potential as the most important jobs generator in the region,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With each new tenant, we come closer to returning 10,000 jobs to Sparrows Point.”
The new terminal adds important roll-on/roll-off capacity for the Port of Baltimore and positions Sparrows Point as the East Coast location of choice for automotive processing. Fiat Chrysler vehicles will be the first imports at the Sparrows Point terminal.
Tradepoint Atlantic has invested $5 million on infrastructure upgrades such as berth improvements, security upgrades and additional roadway infrastructure for the site.
“Port related uses have been central to our vision for bringing jobs back to Sparrows Point since 2013, when the County’s Sparrows Point Partnership developed a blueprint for maximizing the potential for this unique peninsula. No single East Coast location has the same level of waterfront, large storage areas and transportation access as the Sparrows Point peninsula,” added Kamenetz.
Sparrows Point could become the East Coast hub for renewable wind energy. Baltimore County has applied for a federal grant to support infrastructure upgrades at the former Sparrows Point shipyard to accommodate assembly, fabrication and shipping for the offshore wind industry.
“It’s critical that we support sources of clean, renewable energy – for our health, to protect our fragile environment and increase energy independence. From an economic standpoint, Baltimore County can lead the way as the center for a new clean energy industry that builds, assembles and distributes offshore wind products,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz. “We’re talking new jobs, new investment and leadership in a new American industry.”
Construction and permanent jobs
If the $26 million federal grant is approved, the WIND START project could bring as many as 1,200 construction jobs and over 900 permanent jobs to the Sparrows Point peninsula.
The project could jumpstart Baltimore County as the Atlantic hub for assembling and shipping the blades, towers, generators and cables necessary for offshore windmills.
The grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation makes the case for the WIND START intermodal transportation project on 15-acres of the Sparrows Point peninsula. Sparrows Point Shipyard LLC and their partner US Wind would upgrade piers and bulkheads, staging areas and ship-to-road access to support offshore wind development.
Clean energy in the Sparrows Point Partnership vision
“We’re competing for new business and jobs wherever we can. Clean energy has been part of our vision for Sparrows Point since 2013, when the County’s Sparrows Point Partnership developed a blueprint for maximizing the potential for this unique peninsula. No single East Coast location has the same level of waterfront, large storage areas and transportation access as the Sparrows Point peninsula,” added Kamenetz.
The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development submitted the application for the 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Revised April 6, 2016