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  1. Olszewski Announces Major Community Benefits to Tradepoint Atlantic Agreement, Support for Deal

    Tradepoint Atlantic to increase MBE/WBE requirement, project labor transparency and donate land for recreation

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic officials announced that they have collaborated to significantly enhance the benefits that the community will receive from a pending public infrastructure agreement to support redevelopment of Sparrows Point into a global logistics hub.

    After negotiating these new community benefits, County Executive Olszewski announced his support for the pending deal which is scheduled to be voted on by the Baltimore County Council later today.

    “By engaging our communities and working in partnership with Tradepoint Atlantic, we took a good deal and made it even better,” said Olszewski.  “Growing up in the shadow of the steel mill, I’ve seen firsthand how transformative this project can be and am proud to support this agreement which will expand opportunity for the community.”

    “Since the beginning of this project over four years ago, we have been actively engaging the community as we work to transform Sparrows Point.  We are proud of the strong community partnerships that have been forged and are committed to working with all public stakeholders to ensure this generational project is a success we can all be proud of,” said Aaron Tomarchio, Senior Vice President of Tradepoint Atlantic.

    Tradepoint Atlantic has agreed to convey to the County a substantial parcel of environmentally clean, developable, accessible land for a new public park. The developer will work with the private sector to seek funding for amenities for the land that could include multi-purpose fields or other recreational features.

    MBE Goals and Labor Transparency

    Ahead of a County Council vote on a public infrastructure support agreement, Tradepoint Atlantic also has agreed, at the request of County Council members and the County Executive, to increase the minority business requirements for the infrastructure improvements from 15% to 20%, and improve reporting transparency for project labor agreements.

    “The redevelopment of Tradepoint Atlantic is a fresh start for our district and the whole region and I thank County Executive Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic for working to add much-needed lifestyle amenities for the local community,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell. “We have been seeking an opportunity for rec and open space on the site and I am glad the commitment has been made.”

    "I strongly encouraged Tradepoint Atlantic to increase their minority contractor participation because it is important that when we make public investments, everybody gets a seat at the table,” said Council Chair Julian E. Jones.

    “When we invest taxpayer dollars, it is particularly important that developers be accountable for their commitments to labor and their obligation to engage community,” said 2nd District Councilman Izzy Patoka.

    The proposed infrastructure agreement already includes the donation of land to the County for a new Fire and Police facility that would serve the Tradepoint Atlantic businesses and nearby communities. 

    Public roads, water and sewer infrastructure would support more than 17,000 new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact.

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:07:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/olszewski-announces-major-community-benefits-to-tradepoint-atlantic-agreement-support-for-deal
  2. Shop Local with Free Holiday Parking

    Olszewski encourages local shopping  

    Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County December 21-25, just before Christmas.

    County Executive-Elect John Olszewski, Jr., with his daughter Daria, encouraged local shopping in a video recorded in downtown Towson.

    “We encourage everyone to get out and support locally owned shops and restaurants in this festive holiday season,” said Olszewski.

    Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:40:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/shop-local-with-free-holiday-parking
  3. Fire Chief Preis to Retire December 31

        

    Baltimore County Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III announced today he will retire on December 31, 2018 to begin a new career in the private sector. At the request of County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., he will serve for several months as a transition advisor to the County Executive.

    Olszewski has named Assistant Chief Jennifer L. Aubert-Utz to serve as Acting Fire Chief beginning January 1, 2019.

    “I want to express my sincere thanks to Chief Preis for his 28 years of service to the residents of Baltimore County,” Olszewski said. “He has provided valuable insight into Baltimore County’s Fire and EMS operations, and I want to thank him for continuing to assist us in the coming months as we work to build a better Baltimore County.”

    Chief Preis, 52, informed County Executive Olszewski earlier this week of his decision to retire. He was appointed in 2017 by the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; he replaced John J. Hohman, who retired after a long tenure as Fire Chief. A life member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Chief Preis has served on numerous professional boards including the Maryland EMS Board, which oversees budgets for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Shock Trauma, Maryland State Police Aviation Command and the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

    “I truly believe that the Baltimore County Fire Department has given me the most rewarding career one could have,” Chief Preis said.

    Assistant Chief Aubert-Utz, 45, is an 18-year Baltimore County Fire Department veteran. She began as a Firefighter/EMT and has held every rank in the Department up to Assistant Chief. Aubert-Utz holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Management with a focus on public safety and leadership. She also earned the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer designation.

    “In nearly two decades of service to Baltimore County, Assistant Chief Aubert-Utz has earned the respect of her colleagues and our residents,” Olszewski said. “She has the experience and talent to guide the Department through this transition, and I have great faith in her ability to lead the fire service.”

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:08:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/fire-chief-preis-to-retire-december-31
  4. County Executive Olszewski Provides Update on Transition Efforts

    Transition team meetings, progress will be updated online prior to final report being issued in January

    As he continues his efforts to modernize County government, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today provided an update on his transition team’s progress, releasing the full rosters of his transition team work groups and schedule of work group meetings.

    “We’re proud to have recruited a diverse coalition of thoughtful leaders from across the Baltimore region to lead our work groups and begin building a better Baltimore County,” said County Executive Olszewski. “We are laying the foundation to set goals and priorities and provide every resident access to the 21st-century government they deserve.”

    Each transition work group is developing a comprehensive set of recommendations that will inform policy priorities, reform how Baltimore County does business and improve the delivery of services and resources provided by county government.

    The Education Work Group is co-chaired by Diana Morris, Director, Open Society Institute and Ed Gilliss, Partner, Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid LLP.

    The members of the Education Work Group include:

    • Abby Beytin
    • Allie Carter
    • Melissa Broome
    • Yara Cheikh
    • Tony Fugett
    • Marisol Johnson
    • Tam Lynne Kelley
    • Jennifer Lynch
    • Ligia Mardari
    • Sean McComb
    • Eric Washington

    The Jobs & Economic Development Work Group is co-chaired by Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University; Freeman Hrabowski, President UMBC; and Shina Parker, CEO Integrity Title.

    The members of the Job Creation & Economic Development Work Group include:

    • Kirk Baumgart
    • Rick Binetti
    • Brandon Bonnano
    • Dante Daniels
    • Linda Dworak
    • Chickie Grayson
    • Jessica Hack
    • Marci Hunn
    • Joe Jones
    • Adam Kane
    • Sandra Kurtinitis
    • Erich March
    • Jon Mayers
    •  Amy Menzer
    • Sam Neuberger
    • Tommy Obrecht
    • Odette Ramos
    • Hugh Sisson

    The Public Safety Work Group is co-chaired by Sheryl Goldstein, VP, Abell Foundation and Carl Jackson, Community Activist.

    The members of the Public Safety Work Group include:

    • Elizabeth Alex
    • Craig Coleman                                           
    • Bryen Glass
    • Dyana Forester
    • Mary Livingston
    • Aisha Khan
    • Raees Khan
    • Ganesha Martin
    • Kevin O’Connor
    • Garry Pace
    • John Ripley
    • Anthony Russell            
    • Keith Tiedemann
    • Mark Weir
    • Alonza Williams  

    The Health & Human Services Work Group is co-chaired by Talib Horne, Executive Director, Bon Secours Community Works; Gill Wylie, President, Johns Hopkins Medical Management; and Bill McCarthy, Executive Director, Catholic Charities.The members of the Health & Human Services Work Group include:

    • Lauren Averella
    • Amy Blank
    • Lisa Budlow
    • John Chessare
    • Jean Gaffney
    • Justin Holliday
    • Ricarra Jones
    • Amy Kleine
    • Dawn O’Neill
    • Mark Puente
    • Tom Smyth
    • Brock Yetso
    • Mark Yost

    The Diversity, Inclusion, Quality of Life Work Group is co-chaired Vicki Almond, County Council, District 2 and Chuck Tildon, VP, United Way of Central Maryland.

    The members of the Diversity, Inclusion & Quality Of Life Work Group include:

    • Rabbi Jessy Dressin
    • Sara Elalamy
    • Charles Fink
    • Doug Hoffberger
    • Linwood Jackson
    • Bobbie Laur
    • Cindy Leppert
    • Pam Newland
    • Gray Parsons
    • Susan Radke
    • Doug Riley
    • Shanaysha Sauls
    • Jason St. John
    • Morgan Streeter
    • Lisa Weiderlight

    The Government Reform & Innovation Work Group is co-chaired by Beth Blauer, Executive Director, JHU GovEx; Lisa Hamilton, President & CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Roy Meyers, Professor, UMBC.

    The members of the Government Reform and Innovation Work Group include:

    • Akbar Ansari
    • Sonny Appolonia
    • Mitch Butta
    • Sheldon Caplis
    • Rob Gavel
    • Mandee Heinl
    • Kevin Mooring
    • Jeff Supik
    • Shirley Supik
    • Maria Tildon

    The Sustainability, Transportation, Infrastructure workgroup is co-chaired by Anwer Hasan, Senior VP, Louis Berger and Tim Regan, President, Whiting-Turner.

    The members of Sustainability, Transportation & Infrastructure Work Group include:

    • Ed Adams
    • Joan Bryan
    • Chris Burton
    • Charlie Fenwick
    • John Hawks
    • Brent Howard
    • Marsha McLaughlin
    • Teresa Moore
    • Peter O’Malley
    • Klaus Philipsen
    • Scott Phillips
    • Tom Pilon
    • Rob Poleski
    • Todd Schuler
    • Jim Smith
    • Tyrone Taborn
    • Ted Venetoulis

    In order to develop these recommendations, work group members are reviewing department data and consulting with policy experts and community members.

    Each work group will continue their work, meeting throughout December and January and will issue a final report on January 31, 2019.

    The full schedule of work group meetings is available online.

    Residents can continue to monitor the transition team’s progress, submit ideas, and find information about workgroup meetings on the County’s website.

    Community members can continue to submit ideas for the transition online or by emailing ideas@baltimorecountymd.gov. These community suggestions will be reviewed by the transition team and incorporated into the final report.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-provides-update-on-transition-efforts
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