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With Hybrid Program, Young People will Participate in Virtual or Onsite Opportunities

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities.

“While we’re still in uncharted territory, we remain committed to providing our young people with opportunities to gain job experience that will be valuable throughout their lives,” Olszewski said. “Students with summer employment are more likely to achieve in the classroom and will be better prepared to succeed in the workforce. I want to thank our team for their ingenuity in providing this innovative option to ensure we can support as many young people as possible.”

Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities.

Virtual participants will utilize an online platform called Baltimore County Youth Career EDGE to engage in customized work experiences focused on Baltimore County’s nine key industries (PDF). The virtual training will expose young people to high-growth occupations in the County and will better prepare students for entry into the workforce. Youth participating in the virtual work-experience will receive stipends for successful completion of modules.

Youth who participate in onsite opportunities will be placed in one of 12 Baltimore County departments, including efforts to assist with the County’s COVID-19 response to prepare and distribute food, as well as over 20 community employers. Students who participate onsite, either with the County or with a private employer, will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety training as appropriate. Youth with on-site placements will work up to 25 hours per week, earning $11 per hour.

Supporting Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program was a key recommendation of Olszewski’s transition team. In 2019, 194 youth participated in the program. Earlier this year, County Executive Olszewski announced an effort to grow the program with a goal of 300 participants.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, the County remains on track to meet that goal this year.

More Information

More information about Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program is available at:

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.

Tourism Celebration Grant Will Leverage Over $200,000 in County Funding; Applications Open Until April 2

Baltimore County today announced the inaugural Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grant program, a new opportunity to enhance the visitor experience in Baltimore County by leveraging $210,000 in County funding for tourism or cultural arts events.

Beginning today, individuals and organizations may apply for grants between $2,000 to $20,000 for an event taking place in Baltimore County between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The grants will require applicants to secure or provide matching funds.

The application process for Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grants is now open. Applicants must apply by Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4 p.m.

“This Tourism Celebration Grant will energize our local economy by supporting events that can draw more visitors, build meaningful partnerships, elevate community stakeholders, and better connect residents with all that Baltimore County has to offer,” Olszewski said. “We’re excited for the potential of this new opportunity to further enhance arts and tourism opportunities across Baltimore County.”

The Tourism Celebration Grant is the latest effort from the Olszewski Administration to expand Baltimore County’s tourism industry as a fundamental pillar of economic development.

A recent study conducted for the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development found that expanded investments and strategic improvements to the tourism sector could generate approximately $7 billion in tourism spending over a 10-year period.

Application and Guidelines Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be held regarding the grant application and guidelines:

Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Towson Chamber of Commerce
44 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Friday, March 13, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
400 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Towson, Maryland 21204

Contact to RSVP for the information sessions or with any questions regarding the grant or application process.

Baltimore County will consider the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusivity in its assessment of these grant applications.

All events must be family-friendly and accessible. Complete grant application information is available on the County Tourism and Cultural Arts web page.

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