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  1. Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.9%

    Baltimore County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9% in December, continuing the positive employment trend in Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction. The unemployment rate began at 6.2% in January 2015 and steadily dropped by 1.3 percentage points, with only minor fluctuations, to end the year with December’s 4.9% rate. 

    “More and more, Baltimore County residents continue to find jobs. This upward trend signals a strengthening local economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "While that is great progress, we cannot rest until everyone who wants a job has a job.”

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:10:00 GMT
  2. February Edition of “Hello Baltimore County” Public Affairs Show Now Airing

    TV Show Highlights Black History Month, Snow Removal and Heart Healthy Tips

    The February edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:

    Winter Storm Operations – Get the perspective from behind the plow from two of Baltimore County’s Snowfighters.

    Black History Month Museum Tour – Join us for a video tour of the Diggs-Johnson Museum and learn about their educational programs.

    Heart Healthy Tips – Baltimore County’s top doc, Director of Health and Human Services, Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., offers sound advice on preventing and treating heart disease.   

    To view streaming video of the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page at

    In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

    Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

    Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.

    Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

    Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.

    Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

    Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

    Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:26:00 GMT
  3. Just Call Us “Komen County!”

    Jennifer Werry Stewart
    Baltimore County Government Coordinator, 2015 Race for the Cure
    Chief of Staff, Baltimore County Fire Department

    If you are in Hunt Valley on a certain Sunday morning every October, you will be amazed to witness what looks like a sea of pink filling the roads and sidewalks!

    I am excited to report that, once again, Baltimore County employees have been the top fundraiser among groups participating in the 2015 Race for the Cure. We are happy to partner with Komen Maryland to host the Race for the Cure each year and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is pleased to serve as the honorary chair for this remarkable event.

    Special congratulations go out to Paramedic/Firefighter Linda Sears who was this year’s recipient of The Power of One award from Komen Maryland, presented to her at its annual appreciation reception last week by Komen Maryland Executive Director, Mark Roeder. (Photo credit: Ashley Michelle Photography.)

    Linda has been the captain of the Fire Department’s Race for the Cure team for nine years and during that time, the team has raised $93,000 to support those affected by breast cancer. Linda was instrumental in registering people to participate in the race and created commemorative t-shirts each year to raise donations.

    Baltimore County Government was also recognized at the reception as the top group fundraiser for the 2015 Race for the Cure. Sixteen teams from various county agencies collected almost $30,000 last year.

    Thanks very much to everyone who participated, and let’s beat our own record and make Hunt Valley even pinker this coming October!

    Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:51:00 GMT
  4. BCPS Needs Your Voice

    Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

    Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is so fortunate to have the support of students, their families, staff, elected officials, business partners, and community members. By working together, we are preparing every student for success in the future and ensuring that the county remains strong.

    Every year, we ask for your opinions on how our schools and system are doing so that we can pinpoint areas for improvement. The 2016 BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is now available online at

    There are separate but related questions for students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff. The survey is anonymous and only takes about five minutes via phone, tablet, or computer. We want to know what you think about academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness.

    Last year, we received almost 75,000 responses. That was a huge increase from prior years, but I know we can do better. Individuals who fit into more than one category can take the survey more than once: as a staff member, as a community member, and for each school your children attend.

    Parents can choose to take the survey at a school or the public library. In addition to English, this year’s survey is also available for parents and community members in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Yoruba, Russian, French, Tagalog, Uzbek, Amharic, Korean and Gujarati.

    I want to hear from all of you! Please take a moment and share your voice by February 29.

    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:19:00 GMT
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