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Date: Nov 8, 2017

by Kara Eppel, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

When I walk outside of my home, work, or school, there is one common thing I see: the American flag. While our veterans have fought hard for this flag, when they end their service some experience issues re-entering the workforce, finding housing, and accessing physical and mental healthcare.

The Baltimore County Homefront Work Group gathers resources to assure that these men and women receive the assistance they deserve.

Baltimore County Homefront provides case management for healthcare and housing services as well as career counseling to veterans. The work group includes representatives from Baltimore County and federal agencies, veterans organizations, community based organizations and government agencies from surrounding counties. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss housing, healthcare, advocacy, employment and benefits for veterans. Veterans are invited to attend these meetings and add vital input on policy, strategies and services.

Larry Simmons, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Co-Chair of the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group says “this is one of the most rewarding responsibilities I have with county government. The Homefront Work Group has so much to offer our veterans.”

Baltimore County Homefront has sponsored veterans housing and health fairs, Flag Day celebrations, and annual veterans employment fairs at the Baby Boomer-Senior Expo. The group also holds food and clothing drives for veterans as well as provides people living in homeless veteran camps with meals, clothes, and medical assistance.

Sergeant First Class Greg Wood says that “organizations like this are a godsend. It’s amazing how many military providers there are for veterans, and how expedient and eager they are to help.”

Homefront Services for veterans and their families

What can the Homefront Work Group do for a veteran or the family of a veteran? Do you need affordable housing, subsidized healthcare, or financial assistance? Have you dreamed of going to college but never had the ability to afford the tuition? Do you need help finding employment or are you looking for legal help?

Contact the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group through Maryland’s Veteran Hotline at 1-877-770-4801.

Veterans have served us well. Now it is our turn to serve them.


Amazon is delivering more than 1,500 full time jobs to a new 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in Baltimore County. Associates working at the $225 million facility under construction at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point will pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books, housewares and toys.

“This is what job creation looks like: a world class company investing in the region, bringing 1,500 new jobs to Baltimore County. We are pleased to welcome Amazon to the growing list of companies with a Tradepoint Atlantic address,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Amazon joins Under Armour, FedEx Ground, Pasha Automotive, Access World, Harley Davidson and others as tenants of Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100 acre development in eastern Baltimore County that is one of the largest economic development projects on the East Coast.  

“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in historic Sparrows Point and to continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience. Maryland has an incredible workforce, and we are happy to add to the more than 5,000 associates already serving customers in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.

The Amazon fulfillment center comes on the heels of 425 jobs at a FedEx Ground facility that opened at Tradepoint Atlantic in July 2017. A new Under Armour e-commerce house will bring 1,000 more jobs at full capacity. The 1.3 million square foot Under Armour facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

“Tradepoint Atlantic is pleased to add Amazon to its portfolio of tenants seeking the logistical and supply chain advantages our unique industrial park can provide. It is further proof that Tradepoint Atlantic is a destination of choice for top brands seeking a 21st century multi-modal logistics platform,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer for Tradepoint Atlantic.  

Bringing jobs back to the Point

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon when Tradepoint Atlantic is fully developed. But jobs are already coming back to the Point. By this time next year, there will be more people working at Sparrows Point than when the steel mill closed there in 2012,” added County Executive Kamenetz.

When fully developed, Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 permanent jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion by 2025, according to a Sage Policy Group study.

Baltimore County supporting job growth

“Baltimore County continues to proactively put key pieces in place to support development of Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Kamenetz.

In October 2017, Baltimore County submitted a $25 million request to the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The County also initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone, established a foreign trade zone to expand global commerce, and is facilitating employee recruitment and screening for companies locating at Tradepoint Atlantic.

Learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017