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Leonard Howie Led State Agency from 2012 to 2015, Served as Obama Appointee in U.S. Labor Department

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today nominated Leonard J. Howie III to serve as the County’s Director of Economic and Workforce Development.

Howie, who formerly served as Maryland Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), brings more than 30 years of management experience and more than a decade in senior leadership roles in state and federal government to Baltimore County.

“During these challenging times, we need experienced, team-oriented leaders, and Leonard brings an impressive track-record and the passion we need to support our families and businesses and continue building our economy,” Olszewski said. “Leonard’s vast experience in government and expertise in supporting our workforce will be critical as we recover from the pandemic and continue to build a better Baltimore County, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our team.”

As the Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Howie will lead Baltimore County’s efforts to improve workforce development, attract and retain businesses, and expand the County’s economy. Coming to County Government amid the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis, he will be tasked with leading the County’s efforts to assist workers and businesses as we recover.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the people of Baltimore County, and I look forward to working with the County’s team to help businesses and support working families during these unprecedented times,” Howie said.

As Secretary of DLLR, Howie oversaw an agency with over 1,600 employees and an operating budget of $360 million working to protect and empower Marylanders. Prior to his time as Secretary, Howie served as the Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where he was a driving force towards increasing customer service delivery and results-oriented accountability, and as Deputy Secretary of DLLR from 2007 to 2011, where he was instrumental in integrating adult learning programs into the agency’s workforce development division.

In 2015, Howie joined the Obama Administration and was appointed to serve as Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, where he led the Department’s fifth largest agency and helped the U.S. Secretary of Labor create strategies that supported workers following injuries and illnesses. He later served as Administrative Appeals Judge for the U.S. Department of Labor, worked in private practice focusing on labor and education issues, and most recently was the Acting CEO of WorkSource Montgomery.

Howie has also served as an Attorney Advisor with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. He began his career in service as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, and has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1994.

His nomination is subject to approval by the County Council.


Free Webinars to Feature Q&A With Finance and Legal Professionals

As Baltimore County businesses face unprecedented threats to their continued viability, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that the County’s economic and workforce development professionals will host a series of free webinars to help small businesses and affected workers navigate available assistance resources and plan for eventual economic recovery.

The series will offer participants live direct access to panels of local subject matter experts. Topics will focus on support resources for small businesses and affected workers, progressing from immediate stopgap financial programs to longer-term recovery strategies.

“We know that businesses and families are struggling during this global health crisis and we will continue to do all we can to help people figure out which programs best support their immediate and longer-term needs,” said County Executive Olszewski, who plans to participate in Tuesday’s online session.

Series Kicks Off Tuesday, April 21 With a Session on Small Business Relief Resources

The first “Baltimore County Business Forum—COVID and Beyond,” will be presented live via Cisco WebEx on Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m., and webinar access information will be posted on the County website at baltimorecountybusiness.com. Recorded video of the completed webinars will be posted on the webpage.

The 60-minute session will be moderated by Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson and will feature an expert panel with a live question and answer session with local subject matter specialists. The panelists include experienced legal and financial professionals who are advising clients every day on COVID-19 issues, and are themselves members of the Baltimore County small businesses community.

  • John Fiedler, CPA, Wolfe & Fiedler, PA
  • Charles R. Kassouf, Attorney, Managing Member of The Law Office of Charles R. Kassouf, LLC
  • David Miller, CPA, Partner at Kenneally & Company
  • Carla Nelson Chambers, Managing Principal of The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC

“It can be overwhelming to figure out what local, state and federal stimulus programs you qualify for and which programs may be most helpful given individual circumstances,” said Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson. “This first webinar will provide an overview, plus offer business people the chance to ask specific legal and financial questions of our expert panel.”

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) has compiled an overview of resources and assistance available to affected employers and employees. This information is available on the department’s website and updates are posted on Facebook.


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.


 
 
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