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Date: Jun 10, 2020

Under Anderson’s Tenure, Baltimore County Made Significant Progress in a Number of Key Projects and Priorities

Baltimore County Director of Department Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson announced today that he will depart Baltimore County government, effective July 31, 2020.

“Will has been a dedicated partner and tireless worker who has played a key role in many transformational economic development projects across Baltimore County,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olzewski said. “I extend my gratitude for his years of service to the people of Baltimore County and I wish him the very best.”

“It’s been an honor to serve and I’m so proud of the impact our team has achieved by meeting the needs of our existing employers, helping them grow, and capitalizing on Baltimore County’s unique assets to expand opportunity. Few things are as satisfying as helping people find new jobs, or companies hire new people,” Director Anderson said. “We live in a special place, one with great resiliency and deeply connected, diverse communities. These strengths drive my love and optimism for our county and region. I’m confident that Baltimore County will continue to innovate and expand on what is possible in the years to come.”

Mr. Anderson joined Baltimore County government as the Director of Economic and Workforce Development in 2013. Under Anderson’s tenure, Baltimore County made significant progress in a number of key projects and priorities, including:

  • The redevelopment of Tradepoint Atlantic at Sparrows Point. During Anderson’s time with Baltimore County the historic site transformed from a shuttered steel mill into a hub for global commerce while creating thousands of new jobs from companies, including FedEx Ground, Amazon and Under Armour.
  • Bringing the Guinness Open Gate Brewery to Baltimore County in 2018, the first U.S. Guinness brewery since 1954. The $50 million project has become a major tourist attraction in Baltimore County welcoming more than 400,000 visitors in its first year.
  • Reinvigorating the stalled $700 million Owings Mills-Metro Centre project, Baltimore County’s first Transit Oriented Development.
  • Supporting downtown Towson’s ongoing renaissance, attracting $1 billion in private development through projects including Towson Circle, Towson Row and renovations at the Shops at Kenilworth.
  • Helping ensure McCormick & Co. headquarters remained in Baltimore County, retaining thousands of jobs while supporting other major projects, including the expansion of Stanley Black & Decker in Greenleigh and the new Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Timonium.
  • Supporting efforts to earn Baltimore County’s first Arts & Entertainment District designation in Catonsville.
  • Adding tourism as a pillar of the County’s economic development strategy.

Baltimore County will engage in a search to identify Anderson’s replacement.

Partnering with Towson Chamber Of Commerce, the County Will Close Pennsylvania Avenue to Traffic on Saturday and Sunday Evenings; Parking Enforcement Will Restart Friday, June 12

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that beginning this Saturday, June 13, Baltimore County will close down Pennsylvania Avenue, between York Road and Washington Avenue, to all vehicular traffic during certain hours in order to allow local establishments to provide expanded outdoor seating. The Seats on the Streets initiative was developed in partnership with the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

“Baltimore County’s restaurants and bars make our neighborhoods more vibrant and are vital to our local economy. We’re excited to begin Baltimore County’s first Seats on the Streets program in Towson this weekend to ensure residents can safely enjoy some of their favorite places to eat,” said Olszewski. “This commonsense and innovative initiative is an important first step, and we’ll continue working with communities across Baltimore County to help local businesses recover from this pandemic.”

Seats on the Streets dining will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the month of June. The program may be extended as appropriate.

The following restaurants will be offering expanded outdoor dining space along Pennsylvania Avenue:

  • Charles Village Pub
  • C&R Pub
  • Nacho Mama's Towson
  • The Point Towson (open for street-side carryout)
  • Slice NY Pizza Pasta & Grill

Establishments will be required to follow all requirements of applicable Executive Orders, and requirements and guidance issued by local, state and federal authorities, to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Residents attending must respect all guidelines, observe social distancing, and wear a mask when not seated and eating.

“We are so grateful to work with the County for this first-of-its-kind event and appreciate that they have fast-tracked our restaurants’ applications to make this happen,” said Nancy Hafford, Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are looking forward to seeing their customers and getting more of their employees back to work, while keeping people safe.”

Supporting the Recovery of Local Bars and Restaurants

Public health experts, including the CDC, have identified outdoor restaurant and bar seating—combined with social distancing and sanitary practices—as a lower-risk option compared to indoor seating. This initiative will complement existing drive-through, delivery, take-out and curbside pickup options.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support the recovery of local bars and restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore County is also currently offering conditional approval of applications for establishments to provide expanded outdoor table service on their premises until further notice. Establishments can apply on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page. Ahead of Maryland allowing outdoor dining, County officials also proactively provided guidance to restaurateurs to help establishments prepare for expanded dining.

Baltimore County will continue to work with communities to identify future Seats on the Streets locations in the coming weeks. Interested communities can also submit a temporary road closure permit request on the Expanded Outdoor Table Service for Restaurants and Bars page.

Parking Enforcement to Restart Friday, June 12

Additionally, County officials announced that starting Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m., all County-operated parking meters will be operational during their posted operating hours. Residents must adhere to all posted rates and time limits on meters. Baltimore County had temporarily suspended parking meters back in March 2020.

For the most recent information on the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit the Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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