Baltimore County’s businesses, its government, and its people share a common vision for a bright future — not merely over the next five or ten years, but for generations to come.
By Carol Brooks, Senior Workforce Analyst, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
The data is in. According to the Jobs of the Future report, nine key industries drive 50 percent of Baltimore County’s employment, and will account for 75 percent of the County’s job growth through 2024.
Our local economy is vibrant, balanced by both stability and dynamic growth across a broad range of industry sectors:
More than 17,000 jobs are coming with the redevelopment of Sparrows Point. According to a 2016 study by Sage Policy Group, Tradepoint Atlantic’s redevelopment at Sparrows Point will create 10,000 direct jobs, and 7,000 indirect jobs by 2025, primarily in transportation, distribution and logistics.
With over 60,000 healthcare workers, Baltimore County’s healthcare industry generates $3 billion in worker income. Baltimore County is home to more than 2,700 healthcare employers including five major medical centers.
Baltimore County serves as a major location for corporate headquarters and branch office operations, with a strong base of 4,500 professional and business services companies. Employment growth in the professional and business services sector has generally outpaced overall employment growth in the County and is expected to continue through 2024.
The Information Technology (IT) industry is the fastest growing of Baltimore County’s nine priority industries. Overall employment in IT occupations increased by 46 percent (2001-2015) and is projected to increase by 19 percent through 2024.
The construction industry is one of Baltimore County’s leading industries – accounting for six percent of the County’s overall employment. Although hit by the recession, construction is projected to continue to grow through 2024. Employment projections indicate a bright outlook, spurred by strong job growth from major construction and development projects throughout the Greater Baltimore region.
Baltimore County accounts for 14 percent of Maryland’s manufacturing jobs and is home to 36 percent of the Baltimore Region’s top 25 manufacturers. More than 500 manufacturing employers benefit from Baltimore County’s strategic location and integrated supply chain with distribution networks.
Office and Administrative Support occupations account for 11 percent of all Baltimore County employment. Support Service Occupations across all industries are critical to the daily operation, administration, and management of business, and can be an entry-point to any of the industries.
This is all great news for Baltimore County…but what does it all mean for the average job seeker? The recent graduate? A business owner who needs to hire and train their workforce?
Baltimore County has projected growth across its industries, but jobs have changed and there’s greater employer demand for advanced professional skills and technical credentials. The Baltimore County Job Connector Toolkit helps align anticipated business needs with the local workforce and education systems to build a skilled talent pipeline.
The toolkit features “at-a-glance” reference sheets highlighting economic and occupational data on nine targeted industry sectors.
Industry Overview Key economic and labor market data on the local, regional and state levels.
Occupational Overview A look at career clusters within each industry and summaries of in-demand occupations.
Spotlight Jobs Featured middle-skill jobs with projected high growth.
In-Demand Occupations A detailed list of employment and wage data for leading entry- and middle-skill occupations within the industry.
“This toolkit serves to guide Baltimore County’s workforce system with a framework and resources to develop and sustain effective career pathways systems and programs,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Job seekers need to keep their skills and credentials up-to-date to meet the demands of today’s employers. It’s equally important to understand local economic trends when researching opportunities that fit one’s career goals. Individuals at any career phase can use the Toolkit to identify how to translate knowledge and expertise into in-demand occupations in Baltimore County.
Workforce and education professionals can use these resources to better assist students, adult-learners, job-seekers, and people making career transitions in making informed decisions about their employment and training goals. Using this data in tandem with comprehensive career counseling resources can give job seekers a competitive advantage and help them understand how to maximize their earning potential over the course of a career.
Identifying and closing skill gaps in the workforce means businesses can be more productive and competitive. Employers can use the data to understand current trends and the economic impact of Baltimore County’s business communities when considering starting, expanding or maintaining a business in Baltimore County.
With the Job Connector Toolkit, we can learn more about where job growth will occur in Baltimore County and how businesses, workers, and our overall economy can benefit from the jobs of the future.
To further its commitment to diversity in contracting, Baltimore County is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct a comprehensive disparity study of the County’s procurement practices. Baltimore County is committed to supporting all business in our area by effecting the equitable distribution of County expenditures throughout the business community.
“County government purchasing is a significant force in the local economy. We want to make sure that minority businesses are getting their fair share,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.
The disparity study will examine Baltimore County contracting from fiscal years 2013 through 2018 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2018).
More information on the Disparity Study proposal solicitation is available on-line.
Interested contractors are invited to attend a pre-proposal conference August 17, 10:00 a.m., Historic Courthouse, Purchasing Division, 400 Washington Avenue, Room 148, Towson, MD 21204. Bids are due August 28, 2018. This solicitation has a 20% MBE/WBE requirement.
In 2017, Baltimore County launched a program to continue improving competitiveness for small and minority owned businesses. A prequalification process for businesses that want to bid for County contracts was streamlined, reducing application processing time from 90 days to 30 days. The County’s Small Business Purchasing Program established a tier-based system to provide opportunities for small firms to bid as prime contractors. In July 2017, changes were made to the Executive Order for Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise permitting self-performance in meeting 50% of subcontracting goals.
Essex is now qualified to apply for State funding for projects leading to increased economic, transportation and housing choices, and environmental improvements. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded Essex the designation of Maryland Sustainable Community, based on an application submitted in April by the Baltimore County Department of Planning, the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce.
“We are pleased that the State has recognized the tremendous potential in the Essex community and the Eastern Boulevard business corridor,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “The County’s Department of Planning has worked with each community to help identify unique opportunities for enhancing the health, housing, small business climate, and quality of life in these areas.”
Working in collaboration with the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force and the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, the Baltimore County Department of Planning identified Essex as an area in need of revitalization and developed a comprehensive strategy to encourage and guide local investment. The newly designated Sustainable Community now will refine these strategies and submit applications to the State requesting funding for specific projects.
"I want to thank the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force, a Chamber committee, for the outstanding work they already have done to organize, plan and implement improvements to this area," said Chesapeake Gateway Chamber President Jaime Alvarez. "The Task Force consists of outstanding business people who live and work in this community and are committed to making a difference."
Cliff O'Connell of Cliff's Hi-Tech Body Shop commented about how well Baltimore County's Department of Planning and the Maryland DHCD worked together and with the Task Force to maneuver through the application process. Sam Weaver of Weaver's Marine Service added, "We want to thank the professionals in both departments for their guidance and help. This designation will make a big difference as we work toward revitalizing the Essex business district." O'Connell and Weaver serve as Co-Chairmen of the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force.
The Maryland Sustainable Community program focuses on partnerships to support revitalization and reinvestment in older communities. The Sustainable Community designation, which lasts five years, opens eligibility for state programs and resources, such as Neighborhood BusinessWorks, Community Legacy and the Strategic Demolition Fund.
“This is excellent news and now is an ideal time to focus on the Essex area and provide revitalization efforts that will benefit the area as a whole,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell.
“Essex is perfectly positioned for strategic reinvestment that will help maximize the area’s wonderful amenities like prime water access, great communities and wonderful schools and parks,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.
The Essex Sustainable Community Area includes approximately 4,233 acres, including a mix of residential communities and the Eastern Boulevard Commercial Corridor extending from the Back River Bridge to just over the Middle River Bridge abutting the Lockheed Martin Property. The boundaries of the area were determined using the 2010 Census Tracts combined with various County overlays including the Essex Commercial Revitalization District and the Essex Design Review Panel area.
These areas have been specifically targeted for revitalization efforts. Recently there have been major investments on the east side of the County including Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore Crossroads. These projects, although still under construction, are adding major investment, infrastructure and jobs to the area. The Essex Sustainable Community area lies between both of these key projects.
Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler released the following statement in response to efforts to limit bus and light rail service between Baltimore City and Baltimore County:
"I will inform the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) that I do not support any effort to limit bus and light rail service from Baltimore City to the County. While I understand the frustration that was caused by a recent disruption at White Marsh Mall, stigmatizing and creating hardship for City residents is not an acceptable response. It is 2018. Not 1950. We are neighbors with Baltimore City and stand with them. We cannot and should not put a moat around our City partners. We must continue to work together on complex issues for the good of the Baltimore region."
By Diana Creasy, Department of Economic & Workforce Development
Sitting along Maryland Route 43 in Middle River, Baltimore Crossroads is changing the economic landscape of eastern Baltimore County. One of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest mixed-use communities, Baltimore Crossroads offers over 6,000,000 square feet of office, flex, warehouse and industrial space, along with a hotel, retail villages and luxury apartment homes.
Greenleigh at Crossroads, a development inside Baltimore Crossroads, is transforming how Baltimore County citizens are thriving, right in their own neighborhood. Conveniently located along the I-95 and I-695 corridor, Greenleigh at Crossroads is the largest “new urbanism” community in the County, with 1,500 single family homes, townhomes, and luxury apartments, all with easy access to the commercial properties on site. Offices, residences, shops and services are connected by a network of open spaces for more walking, and less driving, creating a more convenient, enjoyable place to live and work. A new, 120 room Marriott SpringHill Suites is now open, offering short and long-term stays for locals and visitors.
Stanley Black & Decker is adding 400 new jobs in Baltimore County to support the company’s growing tool and storage division. The Fortune 500/S&P 500 company is investing $8.5 million to build-out new office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads, with workers already moving to their new Middle River offices.
When Baltimore Crossroads is fully built out, it is expected to attract 10,000 jobs. Stanley Black & Decker, Mary Sue Candies, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design, Breakthru Beverage Maryland, and Synagro are just a few of the companies that already have brought jobs to Middle River.
The late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s vision was to turn vacant property zoned for development into an upscale mixed-use community to boost economic development and create jobs. With Greenleigh at Crossroads, developers St. John Properties and Somerset Construction are bringing that vision to reality.
Serving as Baltimore County’s thirteenth County Executive, Don Mohler was elected to fill the remaining term of Kevin Kamenetz who died on May 10, 2018. Mohler served as Chief of Staff to Kamenetz since 2010. Learn More.