Baltimore County Now
Executive Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
They're longer than four football fields and can carry three times the cargo of any vessel. And they're coming soon to a port near you.
A new generation of super ships will begin sailing through the Panama Canal beginning in 2014. The Port of Baltimore is getting ready for these huge visitors, with the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Dundalk undergoing a major expansion.
Baltimore County has launched a major economic development initiative to help us capitalize on the Port's tremendous growth. A new Sparrows Point Partnership brings together 16 prominent business and private sector leaders to look at port-related business and job growth opportunities in Sparrows Point, North Point, Essex, Rossville and Middle River.
We already have a strong industrial base that includes a network of manufacturers, suppliers, logistics and distribution companies and their trained workers. We have deepwater access, two commercial rail lines, interstate access, and land zoned for industry.
Bring on the super ships!
Baltimore County Executive
Once again, the hard-working men and women at RG Steel Sparrows Point are facing tough times. We are keenly aware that thousands of workers and their families depend on steel making for their livelihood -- plus thousands more who work for suppliers and businesses related to the Sparrows Point mill.
Baltimore County's rapid response workforce development team will be working with RG Steel, the United Steelworkers and our State partners to be sure workers have timely information about all unemployment benefits and resources available to them. We encourage Sparrows Point workers to take advantage of the free services and workshops available at Baltimore County's workforce development centers. Free career consultation, seminars, and job placement assistance are available at the Eastpoint, Hunt Valley and Liberty Center career centers. For more information on our Division of Workforce Development, please click here.