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  1. Mohler Submits Tradepoint Atlantic Infrastructure Agreement to County Council

    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.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:20:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/mohler-submits-tradepoint-atlantic-infrastructure-agreement-to-county-council
  2. American Education Week from a Student’s Perspective

    By Margot Deguet-Delury, Junior, Carver Center for Arts & Technology

    I am now in my eleventh year as a student in the Baltimore County school system. And the guidance counselors, teachers, and peers that I talked to in the past weren’t lying— junior year is a lot of work. This is the year of crushing everything you possibly can into your schedule, throwing yourself into your passions, begrudgingly spending your evenings on the classes you don’t particularly like, and hoping that somehow your dream college will notice you.

    For students, this can be a taxing process. I’m currently taking four AP classes, starting a club against gun violence and serving as Vice-President of our school Model UN team.  And I still doubt whether I will even begin to stand out from thousands of equally qualified students.

    My success in high school is also an undertaking for my parents. They worry over watching their daughter work so hard, and they probably can’t help but wonder whether it’s worth it.

    My dad was born and raised in France and he claims to have never done any homework at all. My mom thinks that I’m bordering on having a caffeine addiction, and has come downstairs a few too many times to find me sleeping on the couch, my head lying on an open textbook.

    For me, American Education Week is about the parents who have sacrificed their time, energy, and gas mileage to making sure that your education always comes first. It is about the parents who sometimes don’t understand why you have to miss family movie nights, game nights, and even dinner, to brush up on the process of neurotransmission.

    Parents should see, first hand, that their time, and their child’s time, is being put to good use. They need to know how interesting AP Psychology is, how passionate their child’s Literary Arts teacher is, and how much the school cares about their child’s future.

    I am beyond grateful for the community that has helped me along to my junior year. My teachers, friends and family have supported me through every late night and stress-inducing final exam. Baltimore County schools have helped me to become the most focused and involved version of myself. My parents have supported me - and stocked the house with finals week snacks.

    Frankly, my parents have come to enough American Education Weeks, recitals, and poetry readings to know what my life is like at school. But for those parents who haven’t taken this opportunity, I would highly recommend it. Give yourself a chance to see the place your child is growing up in, and give your kid a chance to show off everything they’ve been doing.

    Outwardly, your kids might blush and complain of embarrassment, but I’ll bet they’re secretly happy, even proud, of how much you care.

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:04:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/american-education-week-from-a-student-s-perspective
  3. Significant Drop in Baltimore County Unemployment Rate

    4.0% bests Maryland rate for the month

     

    In just one month, 1,400 people came off unemployment in Baltimore County. The Baltimore County unemployment rate is now 4.0%, a significant drop of .3% over the previous month, and lower than the Maryland’s September rate.

    “This is great economic news. We all benefit when more people bring home a paycheck,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

    The leisure and hospitality and government sectors saw the most job gains.

    Employment growth is driven by job creation in new business developments throughout the County, including Tradepoint Atlantic, downtown Towson, Owings Mills and expansions of the County’s major health care facilities.

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:35:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/significant-drop-in-baltimore-county-unemployment-rate
  4. Mohler Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Bmorenews.com

    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.

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/mohler-receives-lifetime-achievement-award-from-bmorenews-com
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