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Date: Mar 5, 2018

Kamenetz Recognized Three Outstanding Women at March 1 Ceremony

It was a full house Thursday evening as  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Commission for Women recognized three outstanding women at a ceremony in the County Council Chambers in the Historic Courthouse. The annual Woman of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2018 award winners are:

  • Laura Clary, BSN, RN as the “Woman of the Year,” a GBMC nurse, clinical manager of GBMC’s Safe Program, advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and recipient of the 2017 America’s Most Amazing Nurse from Prevention Magazine. She lives in Essex.
  • Assistant Baltimore County Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz as the “Woman Making a Difference,” a leader in a male-dominated profession and the highest-ranking woman with the Baltimore County Fire Department. She resides in Parkville.
  • Gabriella McLean as the “2018 Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School championing homelessness among children and young adults.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz participated in the recognition ceremony, together with members of the Commission for Women, the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation.

“I appreciate the decades of positive impact the Commission for Women has made with their outreach and educational initiatives for women and girls in our County and I especially commend them for their efforts confronting the issue of human trafficking,” said Kamenetz.  

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

Photos of the awards ceremony are posted on the County’s website, where they may be viewed and downloaded.

Employment could grow to 1,500 at Hunt Valley campus by 2020

Bank of America is planning to add about 600 new jobs at its Hunt Valley complex, significantly expanding its Baltimore County operations. The anticipated increase follows the addition of nearly 300 jobs in 2017.

“Adding 900 new jobs in three years is a big boost for our economy. Bank of America chose to expand in Baltimore County because we provided what the company needed -- a talented financial services workforce and responsive local government that expedited approvals to meet the expansion timeline,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Bank of America, one of the world’s leading financial institutions and the largest bank in the Baltimore region, anticipates a total of about 1,500 jobs at its Hunt Valley campus by 2020.

Bank of America upgraded a two-building 377,000 square foot complex at McCormick and Shawan Roads in Hunt Valley, upgrading interiors and increasing parking to accommodate their growing workforce.

“We are pleased to expand our base of operations in Baltimore County and the great state of Maryland, and we are appreciative of our public servants who work tirelessly on behalf of the community we are proud to serve,” said Bank of America Greater Maryland Market President Sabina Kelly.

Hunt Valley is one of Baltimore County’s most vibrant employment centers, with McCormick’s new global headquarters opening in 2018, light rail and interstate access, and the amenities of Hunt Valley Towne Centre across the street from the Bank of America campus.

The new jobs primarily will comprise call center and staff support positions.

“Our new Baltimore County Job Connector program is launching just as Bank of America is beginning recruitment for 600 new jobs,” added Kamenetz.

Kamenetz recently announced a $2.5 million Baltimore County Job Connector program to help businesses recruit, train and match workers with jobs in high-demand fields such as corporate operations/customer service, healthcare and logistics/distribution.

Individuals interested in applying for currently open positions at Bank of America may visit Job seekers can meet with a career counselor at a Baltimore County American Job Center in Hunt Valley, Randallstown or Eastpoint.

Bank of America’s job growth in Baltimore County comes as Fortune 500 company Stanley Black & Decker announced 400 new jobs coming to Greenleigh at Crossroads in White Marsh-Middle River. FedEx Ground, Under Armour, Pasha Automotive and a new 1,000-job Amazon fulfillment center are meeting the jobs potential of the redevelopment of Sparrows Point at Tradepoint Atlantic.

Revised September 11, 2017