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photo of students in college libraryJuliet Morris
Intern, Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences

It’s August which means that the summer season is coming to a close. For many Baltimore County residents, this means the time has finally come to see their victorious Ravens on the field again. For me, August means it is time to buckle up for nine months away at school. Come August 31, I will be making the trek down I-95 to my temporary home at the University of Maryland in College Park.

While I bid “adieu” to the 410 area code, thousands of other students will be pouring into Baltimore County, home to five of the fifteen colleges in the Baltimore metro region.

This includes the Community College of Baltimore County, which educates a whopping 74,000 students each year and accounts for half of all Baltimore County residents who are undergraduates. Towson will once again be bustling with Goucher and Towson students. Owings Mills will be welcoming back Stevenson University scholars and UMBC sweatshirts will be popping up all around Catonsville.

Many college graduates call Baltimore County home. With great proximity to Baltimore City and Washington D.C., what college grad wouldn’t want to live here? The Baltimore-Towson area landed a spot on The Atlantic’s 25 Best Places to Live for Recent Graduates in 2012. It isn’t just recent graduates that are drawn to Baltimore County. An impressive 35.2% of county residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

Baltimore County Public Schools excels in preparing students for college. According to a recent study in Education Week, BCPS has the second-highest graduation rate among the nation’s fifty-largest school districts. Additionally, 52% of Baltimore County traditional and magnet high schools earned a place on national “Best Schools” lists. Many of these impressive graduates will be making their college debut this fall.

Here are a few words of advice for the soon-to-be college freshmen. As a rising sophomore, I am well-versed in surviving the back-to-school chaos. These three tips will help you start on the right foot this school year.

  • Join the Facebook group.

Social media has revolutionized college orientation. Students are now getting acquainted with their fellow classmates in school-specific “class of 2017” groups. Students have the opportunity to get to know floor mates, ask for advice, and even find a roommate.

  • Know what not to buy.

Before you go and buy tons of fun décor for your room, keep in mind the amount of space that you have. I am only packing half of what I brought last year! Consider making another shopping trip after move-in day so you don’t overbuy.

  • Don’t run right to the bookstore.

The cost of textbooks adds up quickly, but a couple strategies can help to cut the cost. Try comparing prices. You might even want to wait until after the first week of classes to buy books. There could be a more cost-effective online book, or you might not even need the book at all.

Remember this August that Baltimore County is more than Ravens nation. It is home to an impressive network of colleges and universities and a central hub for the countless college students who will attend them this fall. And, for me and thousands of others travelling beyond the county borders, Baltimore County will always be home.

Business investment summit explore Towson to Sparksby Rick Cobert, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

The Baltimore County Department of Economic Development launched the first in a series of investment summits with a lively exploration of new projects, upcoming developments, and opportunity sites in the Towson to I-83 business corridor. Partnering with Towson University and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, about 100 invited investors, commercial real estate professionals, developers and business leaders attended the summit. Here’s some of what they heard:

David Hillman, President and CEO, Southern Management Corporation
“By far Baltimore County is the most business friendly place I’ve experienced. The County has more potential and transportation access than other competitive areas.”

Thomas Baum, President, Bozzuto Homes
“I was impressed with the business-friendly environment. Our urban townhomes at Towson Green are drawing families and empty-nesters from the City.

Art Adler, Partner at Caves Valley Partners
“When you compare Towson to college towns such as Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Ann Arbor, Michigan, I believe Towson can capture the same vibrancy.”

Tom Murphy, Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute and former Mayor of Pittsburgh
“In Pittsburgh, we took a vacant Nabisco building, transformed it into offices for Google. Our Principles of Success: Leadership, Strategy, and Design Excellence.” 

Baltimore County Economic Development Executive Director Dan Gundersen
“We can move forward with a common vision to show ourselves and our community that there is no end to what we can accomplish together in Baltimore County.”

Towson City CenterContributed by Fronda Cohen
Office of Communications

It’s hard to miss the black and gold Towson University logo at the top of the gleaming new Towson City Center — you can see it heading north on York Road from the main campus, or heading into downtown Towson from York or Dulaney Valley Roads.  

So what earned Maryland’s largest producer of teachers this lofty spot? Square feet. Towson University is leasing 60,000 square feet of space for its Institute for Well-Being and WTMD Radio studios. 

The Institute for Well-Being is a wonderful addition to downtown Towson, delivering services to make us healthier as individuals and as a community. Four health centers provide a fresh, state-of-the-art learning environment for students in the College of Health Professions and quality care for their clients: The Center for Adults with Autism, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, Wellness Center, and Occupational Therapy Center. Free Wellness Wednesday programs on a range of health topics will be open to the public.   

Each year, the Institute for Well-Being alone will bring over 2,300 clients, students, health care professionals and faculty to downtown Towson. Towson City Center is now 100% leased, with tenants including MileOne and Remedi Senior Care corporate headquarters, BusinessSuites, and WMS Partners. That means more breakfasts, lunches and dinners served at restaurants, more customers for downtown shops, and more opportunities for businesses to grow in downtown Towson.

Here’s to the black and gold!

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