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17,000 new jobs supported

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler has submitted a public infrastructure agreement to the County Council to support Tradepoint Atlantic’s development of 3,200 acres at Sparrows Point.

Public roads, water and sewer infrastructure would support over 17,000 new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact. An analysis commissioned by the County from RKG Associates projects $294 million in County tax revenues through 2048 as a result of development at Tradepoint Atlantic.

“Securing 17,000 new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact anywhere in the County has a positive impact everywhere in the County,” said County Executive Don Mohler. “With proper infrastructure investment, Tradepoint Atlantic will be a transformational economic development project for the County and the entire region.”

Tradepoint Atlantic is turning a vacant 3,200 acre industrial site into a global logistics hub. The redevelopment of the former steel mill site is Baltimore County’s largest economic development project in over a generation.

Proposed Agreement

Under the proposed agreement, which must be approved by the County Council, Baltimore County would reimburse Tradepoint Atlantic for up to $34 million in road construction costs and up to $44 million in water and sewer infrastructure.

“It took months to reach this agreement, but the wait was worth it. This is a much better deal for county taxpayers than the original proposal,” said County Executive Mohler.

The County will reimburse Tradepoint Atlantic for road costs through a portion of the funds that the State of Maryland pays to Baltimore County for new projects within a designated Enterprise Zone.

Water and sewer infrastructure would be funded through the Metropolitan District Fund [Metro], a program designed to fund public water and sewer projects.

Independent Analysis

“We’ve done our due diligence to be certain that our investment in public infrastructure at Tradepoint Atlantic is a good deal for the people of Baltimore County in terms of new jobs and increased revenue to the County,” said Mohler. “That’s why we asked a third-party consultant to conduct an independent economic and fiscal impact analysis.”

The RKG Associates Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis and Revenue Projections report is available on the Baltimore County website.

Council Action

“Tradepoint Atlantic has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to our county. The Council looks forward to thoroughly studying the agreement and hearing from all stakeholders,” said Council Chair Julian Jones.

The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to discuss the Tradepoint Atlantic public infrastructure agreement at a December 11 public work session.

Tradepoint Atlantic Companies

FedEx, Amazon, Under Armour, Pasha Automotive, Gotham Greens and Perdue are among the companies that already have opened or signed leases for new facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point.

“There already are more people working at Tradepoint Atlantic today than when the steel mill closed in 2012,” said Mohler.


Baltimore County’s Job Connector has partnered with Amazon to host several upcoming hiring events in September for jobs at the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sparrows Point. The company is immediately hiring full-time associates to work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship  customer items, such as home goods, toys and books.

Interested candidates must first complete an application online at amazon.com/baltimorejobs. At that time, candidates may schedule a time and location for their in-person interview. The hiring events are invite-only, no walk-ins will be accepted.

“Amazon is hiring more than 1,500 full-time jobs, with great benefits starting on day one,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

“We want to put a big Amazon smile on a lot of faces. There’s nothing like knowing you just got a new job,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler

Job Connector’s Amazon hiring events are conducted in partnership with Integrity Staffing Solutions. Visit amazon.com/baltimorejobs for a full job description.

  • You must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify for employment as an Amazon fulfillment associate.
  • Before arriving at the hiring event, all applicants must fill out an application online at amazon.com/baltimorejobs.  Once you receive an acceptance confirmation, you will be able to schedule an in-person interview at the hiring event that works best for your schedule.
  • Applicants attending Job Connector events should be registered in the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE). Visit mwejobs.maryland.gov to register.

Amazon Fulfillment Center at Sparrows Point

Amazon is delivering more than 1,500 full-time jobs to the company’s new 855,000 square foot fulfillment center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point. Associates will work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books, housewares and toys.


Gotham Greens, a national pioneer in high-tech urban farming, is opening a 100,000 square foot greenhouse facility at Tradepoint Atlantic, bringing 60 full-time jobs to the site of a former steel mill. Baltimore will be the third market for the growing ag-tech company, following New York and Chicago.

“Gotham Greens represents a new generation of jobs at Sparrows Point,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Gotham Greens’ decision to locate at Tradepoint Atlantic is another step toward bringing 17,000 quality jobs to eastern Baltimore County and the region.”

Gotham Greens’ Baltimore County facility will grow fresh produce for restaurants, grocers and food service companies in the mid-Atlantic region. The climate controlled hydroponic greenhouse will be powered by 100% renewable electricity and use recycled irrigation water that yields more than 30 times that of conventional farms, with higher levels of food safety and environmental sustainability.

Photo credit: Gotham Greens and Julie McMahon

“Today marks a true milestone in the continuing revitalization of Sparrows Point. A community synonymous with the production of steel will now be home to a leading agriculture tech firm, producing locally-grown premium produce while bringing green jobs to the community,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer of Tradepoint Atlantic.

“Urban agriculture, at its core, is about reconnecting with the community through food, jobs and economic development. To that end, we’ve found a great partner and are proud to be part of the American industrial turnaround story taking place at Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens.

Gotham Greens is expected to open at Tradepoint Atlantic in early 2019.

Economic and Jobs Impact

An economic impact report projects Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion when development of the 3,100 acre site is completed in 2025, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon at full development, but jobs already are coming back to Sparrows Point from world class companies including FedEx Ground and Under Armour,” added Kamenetz.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017