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By Diana Creasy, Baltimore County Economic & Workforce Development

One company is revolutionizing security systems to improve emergency response. Another firm is making it easier to pay without cash. A third Israeli company is helping companies improve fleet management.

These entrepreneurial Israeli firms have chosen Baltimore County as the place to grow their business in the United States. The County’s economic development team, the icybercenter@bwtech, Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC) and World Trade Center Institute offer resources for international firms to thrive here.

The services offered by Baltimore County are attractive to international firms, particularly companies in the tech space. Located next to a leading university, UMBC, bwtech@UMBC offers assistance for start-up technology companies to help them make valuable connections with customers, suppliers and academic institutions. The new icybercenter@bwtech incubator program creates a soft landing for small international companies looking to set up a U.S. operation.

MIDC promotes bi-lateral trade and investment and connects companies and entrepreneurs from Maryland and Israel for sales, distribution, investment, representation and joint R&D.

Nayax: Easier Cashless Payments

With seven international offices, Nayax decided to make Baltimore County home for their eighth. A global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of cashless devices in several different industries, Nayax has been able to leverage resources in Baltimore County to continue to expand.

“Our sales and support staff has grown 33 percent in just the past five months,” said Harry Kozlovsky, Executive Customer Success Manager for Nayax. “Our location in Baltimore County has allowed us to expand our employment opportunities, as well as be a convenient location to reach our North American customers easily.”

Jedvice: Proactive Security

Eran Jedwab, Founder & CEO of Jedvice, has found the resources in Baltimore County very helpful to the company’s growth. “I’ve been able to meet with government and school officials to show off our product and how it can help the community,” said Jedwab. “There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for our product and I’m hopeful for our future here.”

Jedvice helps deliver the deployment and operation of security systems. Their main product, JedEye, is a mobile solution that provides contextual and situational awareness in emergencies such as active shooter incidents to help improve field responder’s responses. JedEye revolutionizes the use of cameras and sensors to facilitate proactive security and daily monitoring operations.

ISR Corporation: Fleet Fleets

A pioneer in the IoT fleet telematics industry, ISR Corporation has installed custom fleet management systems for numerous governmental and commercial clients around the world. Their newest product, ISR FleetTrack® is a cloud-based browser application that enables real-time GPS tracking, event recording and a new array of safety features. This enables fleet managers to better utilize resources to save time, fuel, money and overtime. ISR’s Maryland location is in Halethorpe.

Resources for Business

The County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development works to support businesses as they grow their markets through international trade and helps international companies looking to invest or locate operations in Baltimore County. This includes helping companies find space, ensuring a skilled workforce is available, making valuable industry connections and partnering with organizations to ensure a smooth move across the globe.

Shalom to Baltimore County’s Israeli companies. And welcome to companies from around the world.

To learn more about how Baltimore County can help your global business, visit:


Toolkit helps job seekers, businesses

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:

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Financial Services
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Information Technology

Baltimore County’s jobs future looks bright over the next decade

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?

Introducing the Job Connector Toolkit

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.                

Using the Job Connector Toolkit

Job Seekers

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 Professionals

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.

Employers

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.


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

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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017