Baltimore County’s businesses, its government, and its people share a common vision for a bright future — not merely over the next five or ten years, but for generations to come.
"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."
- John Olszewski, Jr.
Baltimore County has retained its triple-A bond ratings from all three major rating agencies, allowing the County to continue issuing bonds at the lowest possible interest rate—saving millions of dollars for County taxpayers.
Moody’s Investor Service, Fitch Ratings, and S&P Global Ratings have each affirmed the County’s triple-A rating, making Baltimore County one of only 49 counties nationwide to receive the highest rating from all three agencies.
“Our strong, diverse, and growing economy—as well as our efforts to address our County’s fiscal challenges head-on—has ensured Baltimore County has maintained the top-tier rating,” Olszewski said. “While we’ve taken critical steps to place Baltimore County on stronger fiscal footing, we must and will continue to balance future investments in our priorities and obligations, allowing us to make the investments needed without risking our county’s long-term fiscal health.”
In their reports, the rating agencies noted Baltimore County’s very strong economy, very strong management and diverse tax base. The ratings also incorporate the new financial policies and revenue enhancements that the County’s new administration team is implementing.
The Administration’s first budget closed an $81 million deficit and trimmed $35 million in unnecessary spending while making record investments in public education and taking steps to increase the County’s investment in the trust fund, which supports retiree health care benefits also known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB).
The County is currently holding the second annual budget town hall series to hear from residents about their thoughts and concerns on how the county should prioritize future spending. Olszewski will submit his second budget on April 15, 2020.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today issued an Executive Order to create the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board, which will provide input and guidance to the administration on economic development, job creation, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy.
“Baltimore County is already an extraordinary place to do business, with one of the best-educated workforces in the country and over 21,000 diverse businesses. But we know we can do even better,” County Executive Olszewski said. “This new advisory board will bring together respected, thoughtful, entrepreneurial leaders to help us ensure Baltimore County remains an economic engine for the entire region and that we can build a better economy for every resident.”
Chaired by Marcus Wang, Co-Founder, President and General Manager of ZytoGen, and co-chaired by Ali Von Paris, CEO and Founder of Route One Apparel, the Advisory Board will consist of a diverse array of talented and knowledgeable individuals from across the region, including:
The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board will be tasked with exploring potential marketing strategies to better position Baltimore County in an effort to attract and retain businesses; examining best practice models across the country for effective public-private partnerships; and providing input in creating a comprehensive, data-informed, long-term economic development strategy with goals and metrics.
The formation of this Advisory Board fulfills a key recommendation outlined in the 2019 Baltimore County Government Transition Team Report, which called for efforts to engage with a diverse group of business leaders and employers in shaping Baltimore County’s economic development strategies.
The Economic Development Advisory Board will host their first meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030.
The full text of the Executive Order is provided below:
BALTIMORE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
WHEREAS, Baltimore County has 847,000 residents—the third largest population in Maryland; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County has one of the most well-educated workforces with a bachelor’s degree attainment nearly 10 percent higher than the national average; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County is home to 21,344 diverse businesses spanning across nine different industries with a total workforce of 374,646; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County government is an economic engine for the region, employing more than 8,000 employees, and spending approximately $3.6 billion annually in operating expenses; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County is a AAA-bond-rated County because of strong partnerships, infrastructure investment and sound fiscal management; and
WHEREAS, a key recommendation outlined in the 2019 Baltimore County Government Transition Board Report is to establish an Economic Development Commission; and
WHEREAS, it is important to engage with a diverse group of business leaders and employers in shaping Baltimore County’s Economic Development strategies;
Now, therefore, it is this 21 day of February 2020, by the County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland, ordered that the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board shall be created and charged as follows:
Section I: Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board
The terms of appointed members are staggered as required by the terms in effect for members of the Board on February 25, 2020.
At the end of a term, a member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
Section II: Staff Assistance
Staff assistance shall be provided by the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Section III. Effective Date.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately according to its terms.
The 2020 Special General Election for the 7th Congressional District will coincide with the 2020 Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, April 28. Voters may vote by absentee ballot, visit their local early voting center during early voting, which takes place April 16 through April 23, or they can go to their polling place on Election Day. Important deadlines for these elections are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address or request a polling place reassignment is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.
To vote in the upcoming presidential primary election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the November 3 Presidential General Election—should register by this deadline. This is also the last day for registered voters to change their party affiliation.
To vote for the special general election contest for the 7th Congressional District, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the April 28 Special General Election—should register by the deadline. Only voters registered in the 7th Congressional District will have the opportunity to vote for the special general election contest. See if you are registered in the 7th Congressional District.
Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address or change their party affiliation online. Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information.
Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on April 7, and a mailed application must be postmarked by April 7. Voters who want to update their address can do so at their local early voting center during the early voting period from April 16 through April 23.
Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:
You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail, or download and print a voter registration application.
Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities.Verify voter registration status or find out if an assigned polling place is accessible online. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on April 7. The request form (PDF) is also available online. Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail.
On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.
Individuals who miss the April 7 deadline to register will have the opportunity to register to vote at an early voting center during early voting or at their polling place on Election Day. To register to vote on Election Day, individuals need to go to their assigned polling place where they live and bring a document that proves where they live. This can be:
For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Election at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today issued the following statement in response to the Baltimore County Council’s passage of a resolution moving the start time for work sessions of the County Council:
“The best governments are transparent, accessible, and connected, and I'm proud of the significant strides my administration has already taken to open Baltimore County government like never before. I've long championed moving the start time of public meetings so that they are more accessible to the public, and I applaud the County Council for moving forward with this reform.”
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of a Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to identify improvements to the County’s code enforcement program in order to better serve County residents.
“Baltimore County code enforcement has immense potential to significantly improve resident’s day-to-day quality of life,” Olszewski said. “Over the course of my first year in office, residents have consistently told us that they want to see more proactive and responsive code enforcement. This group will convene community voices from across our County to serve as partners in our efforts to improve customer service and better meet the needs of all residents.”
Baltimore County Code Enforcement is charged with investigating code and zoning complaints and identifying violations of the Baltimore County Code, International Residential Code and the Life Safety Code. Baltimore County’s 25 inspectors respond to over 18,000 code complaints each year.
Chaired by Mike Mallinoff, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections—which oversees the County’s code enforcement efforts—and co-chaired by Councilman Izzy Patoka, the work group will consist of community representatives from each council district:
The work group will be tasked with examining the following four areas of code enforcement, as well any additional aspects of code enforcement identified for reform:
The Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group will host their first meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse, Room 118. Meeting minutes will be recorded from each listening session. Additional meeting information will be available on the Work Group’s web page. Within 30 days of the last meeting, the Work Group will issue a final report with recommendations.
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