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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.


Highlights County’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler was a recipient of Bmorenews.com’s Joe Manns Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented yesterday, November 8, during the National Black Wall Street Summit 2018. The daylong event, presented by Bmorenews.com in conjunction with the Greater Baltimore Urban League, featured business and civic leaders who came together to discuss viable, proactive solutions to the challenges facing African American-owned businesses.

“I am honored to receive this special award from Doni Glover who continues to celebrate African American entrepreneurs and professionals and provide resources and networking opportunities for their success,” said Mohler. “Baltimore County will continue to take a leadership role in fostering access to economic opportunity for all businesses, including those that are minority and women-owned.”

As Mohler accepted his award, he highlighted the County’s Minority and Women's Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) program, noting:

  • 2018 Disparity Study (for period 2013-2018)
  • Achievement of the highest MBE/WBE subcontracting participation, since the inception of the program, by reaching 20% participation from all departments collectively in FY 2018
  • 2018 “Meet the Primes” event boasted highest attendance since its inception. The purpose of this event is to facilitate a business-to-business networking venue to open the dialogue between primes and potential subcontractors.  Primes come prepared to discuss their prequalification requirements and upcoming projects. Potential subcontractors come to market their business.

Additional award recipients include Baltimore Council Chairman Julian Jones, former U.S. Congressman and former NAACP CEO Kweisi Mfume, former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon and AFRO American Newspaper Publisher and CEO Emeritus Jake Oliver.


County Prepares to Launch OpenBaltCo as Phase I of Open Data Initiative

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler is asking citizens what information and data they would like to see displayed in an easy-to-use format on the Baltimore County website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov. Effective immediately, County citizens may share their suggestions as to what data should be easily available on the County website by sending an email to transparency@baltimorecountymd.gov 

“Our staff will evaluate and discuss every single suggestion that is received,” said Mohler. “The time is long overdue for Baltimore County to become more open and transparent and move toward being a truly open government. Our team is creating the OpenBaltCo page on the County’s website that will be available by the end of the month. We will not wait until all of the data is compiled before starting this initiative. We will begin by displaying data that is complete and then look to expand that information as quickly as possible.”

Earlier this fall, Mohler initiated the first community survey of County citizens in a decade, and those results will be available in several weeks. OpenBaltCo is the first phase of the County’s full commitment to open data and community engagement. “Step one is to get a large amount of important information about government operations on the web and make it easily accessible to citizens,” said Mohler. “Step two will be to use that information in an interactive way to help people participate in a meaningful way in their government.”

“I am very pleased that County Executive Mohler is beginning the County’s transformation to engage the public in a meaningful way,” said County Executive Elect John Olszewski, Jr.  “This is a great first step, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running to build on this effort and truly become a more open, accessible, and transparent government.”

“I was very supportive of the community survey, and I am very supportive of this latest effort to engage our communities in their government,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.  “How can you improve if you don’t know what the people that you represent think?”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017