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Following Progress in Major Indicators, Baltimore County Continues Efforts to Reopen Businesses

Following progress in major indicators including expanded testing and increased access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for nursing homes, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced new actions to reopen key portions of Baltimore County’s economy while maintaining public health measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner that protects the health of our residents,” Olszewski said. “While these steps are important, we’re not out of the woods yet, and I urge all residents to continue practicing social distancing to limit the spread of this virus.”

New Actions Effective Friday, May 22

County Executive Olszewski will issue an executive order stating that effective Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m., Baltimore County will take the following actions:

  • Retail stores may reopen for in-store retail with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. This applies to all retail establishments outside of those considered essential under the state’s previous orders. Curbside pickup and delivery is strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions should remain in place. Shopping malls must continue to stay closed except for retail establishments that can be accessed from the outside.

  • Barber shops and hair salons may reopen with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. They may operate by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Other personal services establishments must remain closed until further notice.

Clarification on Religious Institution Restrictions

County Executive Olszewski also clarified that the restrictions that were in place on all religious institutions in the state prior to last week remain in place in Baltimore County. That means that the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 remain in place, either indoors or outdoors. Religious institutions may hold drive-through or drive-in services, as some have done.

Residents Encouraged to Continue to Stay at Home

Baltimore County’s prohibition on indoor and outdoor gatherings or events of 10 or more people at all locations and venues remains in place.

Residents and visitors to Baltimore County should strive to stay at home unless they are traveling to work or medical appointments, shopping for groceries or other retail goods, or traveling to outdoor recreational opportunities. Older and more vulnerable residents are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.

Residents and visitors should practice safe physical distancing and wear masks in public, and frequently wash their hands and sanitize high-touch areas.

Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so.


Board Will Consist of a Diverse Array of Talented and Knowledgeable Individuals From Across the Region

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:

  • Chris Brandt, CEO, Audacious Inquiry
  • Cale Christensen, Whiting Turner
  • Renee Christoff, Head of Global Associate Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, T. Rowe Price
  • Lee Coplan, Owner and Partner, Hord Coplan Macht
  • Robert Dashiel, Founder and Principal, The Law Office of Robert Fulton Dashiell
  • Mike Donilon, DBC Head of Open Gate Brewery, Guinness Open Gate
  • Scott Dorsey, Chairman and CEO, Merritt Properties
  • Nakeia Drummond, Founder and Chief Strategist, NLD Strategic
  • Pete Forakis, Titan Industrial Services
  • Suzy Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers
  • Marina Hong, Vice President, HR, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions
  • Nigel Knowles, CEO, LCG Technologies
  • Olga Maltseva, President and COO, Healytics
  • Carla Nelson Chambers, Managing Principal, The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC
  • Rodney Oddoye, Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs, BGE
  • Scott Phillips, Principal, N. Scott Phillips Legal and Business Consulting Services
  • Eileen Rivera Ley, Training Director, Blind Savvy USA
  • Lori Robinson, Vice President Corporate Branding, Communications and Community Relations, McCormick
  • Timmy Ruppersberger, Director of Business and Community Relations, Clapp Communication
  • Jason St. John, Litigation Department Chairman, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Marcus Stephens, Executive Creative Director, Plank Industries
  • Donna Stevenson, President and CEO, Early Morning Software
  • Aaron Tomarchio, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tradepoint Atlantic
  • Jason Weiner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Lifebridge Health

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:

EXECUTIVE ORDER
No. 20-001
 
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

  1. Purpose. The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board (hereinafter, the “Board”) will provide input, as an advisory body to the Administration on topics such as economic development, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy. Additionally, the Advisory Board will serve as a collaborative forum for partnerships between public and private elements of the local economy to be identified and developed. The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board shall perform the following duties:
  • Offer guidance to the Administration on specific initiatives of economic development, job creation, and quality of life goals of the county.
  • Provide input in creating a comprehensive, data-informed, long-term strategy with goals and metrics that tie together economic development, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy.
  • Explore potential marketing strategies to better position Baltimore County in an effort to attract and retain businesses.
  • Explore models across the country for effective public/private partnerships.
  • Consider regional approaches to workforce and economic development.
  1. Membership. The County Executive shall appoint members who provide expertise in varying industries, geography and experiences. The County Executive shall appoint members to the Board who are representative of the county’s diversity.
  2. Terms. Members will serve a two-year term, beginning on February 25, 2020. A member may not serve more than two full, consecutive terms.

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.

  1. Quorum. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and an affirmative vote of the majority of those present at any meeting shall be sufficient for any official action.
  2. Chair. The Chair of the Board shall be selected by the County Executive.
  3. Compensation. A member of the Board:
  1. May not receive compensation as a member of the Board; but
  2. Is entitled to reimbursement for expenses necessarily incurred, if approved by the Board and provided for in the county operating budget
  1. Meetings. The Board shall meet at quarterly as well as at the request of the Chair as frequently as required to perform its duties.

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.


In Observance of International Human Rights Day, Olszewski Issues Executive Order Fostering Diversity and Equity

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today issued an Executive Order creating a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Community Advisory Council and Employee Advisory Council, both aimed at advancing equity and inclusion in Baltimore County and changing the culture of County government to consistently focus on equity in decision-making.

The Executive Order also establishes a Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity that articulates the government’s commitment to applying an equity lens to all its work.

“Baltimore County is a large, diverse jurisdiction, and our communities have complex needs. We have a responsibility to ensure that our government serves our communities in an equitable way, and that we are doing everything in our power to celebrate diversity and advance equal opportunity,” Olszewski said.

Today’s Executive Order comes on Human Rights Day, an international observance commemorating December 10, 1948: the day United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

Baltimore County’s Diversity

Baltimore County has 847,000 residents—the third largest population in Maryland. Nearly 30 percent of the County’s population is African American, 100,000 residents are foreign-born, and students in the County’s school system speak 97 different languages. Nine percent of the County’s households live below the federal poverty line, and 29 percent fall under the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), threshold, according to the United Way. Given Baltimore County’s diversity, Olszewski’s transition team identified a need to take steps to advance equity and inclusion.

Earlier this year, Olszewski included funding in his budget to create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and named Troy Williams as the County’s first-ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

“Advancing the cause of equity and inclusion requires a concerted effort to change the way we think and the way we work, and the steps outlined in today’s executive order are designed to help our government better respond to the needs of our communities,” Williams said.

The Executive Order

The Executive Order outlines a number of steps to advance the cause of equity and inclusion:

  • Articulates a policy statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Baltimore County government shall advance fair policies and practices by making decisions, providing opportunities and allocating resources and services through a diversity, inclusion and equity lens that ensures engagement, growth and prosperity for all county employees, residents, visitors and stakeholders.
  • Creates a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Employee Awareness Program in order to ensure all county employees understand the policy statement and the county’s commitment to equitable decision-making.
  • Establishes a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Employee Advisory Council to advocate for, engage in and respond to issues, concerns and needs of the County workforce as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Establishes a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Community Advisory Council to advocate for, engage in and respond to issues, concerns and needs of county residents as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity.

The full text of the Executive Order is provided below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY: POLICY STATEMENT; EMPLOYEE AWARENESS PROGRAM; EMPLOYEE ADVISORY COUNCIL; AND COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

WHEREAS, Baltimore County has 847,000 residents—the third largest population in Maryland; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County recognizes that diversity is one of the county’s greatest strengths; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative for county government to demonstrate a core commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity practices that give voice to and strengthen all populations and communities; and
WHEREAS, nearly 30 percent of the County’s population is African American, 100,000 residents are foreign-born, and students in the County’s school system speak 97 different languages; and
WHEREAS, nine percent of the County’s households live below the federal poverty line, and 29 percent fall under the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE, threshold; and
WHEREAS, the veteran population density in the County is between four and six percent of Maryland’s total veteran population; and
WHEREAS, 17 percent of County residents are persons over the age of 65; and
WHEREAS, more than seven percent of county residents, under the age of 65, are living with a disability; and
WHEREAS, four percent of the adult population in Maryland identifies as LGBT; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County is home to over 4,000 immigrant entrepreneurs who contribute to the small business economy; 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, it is critically important that all county employment, procurement and operational activities foster equitable outcomes for all individuals, populations and communities, particularly those that have been traditionally underserved; and
WHEREAS, it is important for every county employee to understand their professional obligation to promulgate polices, provide services and make decisions through an equity lens whenever possible; and
WHEREAS, it is the goal of this Administration to ensure that all county resources, opportunities and services are administered in an equitable manner, that values diversity and inclusion for all county employees, residents, visitors and stakeholders; and
WHEREAS, it is the goal of this Administration to ensure that every county employee is aware of Baltimore County’s policy statement on diversity, inclusion and equity; and
WHEREAS, it is the goal of this Administration to provide employees with the opportunity to take on an active roles in fostering an enterprise-wide culture that acknowledges, values and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity; and
WHEREAS, it is the goal of this Administration to provide diverse groups of county residents with the opportunity to provide advocacy and counsel to county leadership on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity;
Now, therefore, it is this 10th day of December, 2019, by the County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland ordered that the Administration shall pursue and implement, the following with regard to diversity, inclusion and equity:

Section I. Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

Baltimore County government shall advance fair policies and practices by making decisions, providing opportunities and allocating resources and services through a diversity, inclusion and equity lens that ensures engagement, growth and prosperity for all county employees, residents, visitors and stakeholders.

Section II. Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Employee Awareness Program.

A.  Purpose.
The Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Awareness Program is intended to ensure that every Baltimore County employee is aware of the county’s policy statement regarding diversity, inclusion and equity, while also providing general awareness education.

B. Program Components.

  1. Every current county employee shall annually be provided with a copy of the Baltimore County Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
  2. Every current county employee shall annually provide a signed acknowledgement of the Baltimore County Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
  3. All of the county’s new employee orientation sessions shall include a presentation that minimally addresses the following topics:
    1. Review and signed acknowledgement of the Baltimore County Policy Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
    2. Applying an equity lens to policies, practices and decision-making.
    3. Introduction to cultural competency.
  4. The county may institute additional diversity, inclusion and equity training for all county employees as deemed necessary.

Section III. Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Employee Advisory Council.

A. Purpose.
The Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Employee Advisory Council (hereinafter, “The Employee Council”) shall advocate for, engage in and respond to issues, concerns and needs of the workforce as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity across government. The Employee Council’s responsibilities shall include:

  1. Providing advisement to, and working collaboratively with, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer on specific workforce diversity, inclusion and equity issues, to include: employee training, customer service delivery, public policy analysis and impacts, workplace accommodations and other relevant topics.
  2. Assisting in the planning of workplace initiatives and/or events designed to foster a culture that acknowledges, advances and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity across the enterprise.

B.  Membership.
The Employee Council shall consist of at least 12 and not more than 20 voting members. The voting members shall consist of current Baltimore County employees, drawn from a cross-section of professional classifications, departments and agencies. The Employee Council will seek to maintain diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/identity, national origin, religion, physical/mental ability and other relevant classifications.

C. Terms.
Each voting member will be appointed by the Baltimore County Executive for a term of one year. An appointed member may be re-appointed for not more than three consecutive one-year terms.

D. Chair.
The Chair of the Employee Council shall be the Baltimore County Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The Chair shall have one vote, equal to that of each voting member of the Employee Council.

E. Meetings.
The Employee Council shall meet at the request of the Chair as frequently as required to perform its duties, but not less than quarterly.

F. Quorum.
A majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and an affirmative vote of the majority of those present at any meeting shall be sufficient for any official action.

Section IV.  Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Community Advisory Council.

A. Purpose.
The Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Community Advisory Council (hereinafter, “The Community Council”) shall advocate for, engage in and respond to issues, concerns and needs of county residents as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity. The Community Council’s responsibilities shall include:

  1. Providing advisement to, and working collaboratively with, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer on specific community diversity, inclusion and equity issues, to include: community education and awareness; equitable access to government opportunities, resources and services; public policy analysis and impacts; public accommodations; and other relevant topics.
  2. Assisting in the planning of community initiatives and/or events designed to foster a culture that acknowledges, advances and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity county-wide.

B.  Membership.
The Community Council shall consist of at least 7 and not more than 14 voting members. Each County Council member shall appoint one representative from each of their respective council districts. The County Executive shall also appoint up to 7 additional members, serving at-large. The Community Council will seek to maintain diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/identity, national origin, religion, physical/mental ability and other relevant classifications.

C. Terms.
Each voting member will be appointed by the Baltimore County Executive for a term of two years. An appointed member may not serve more than two consecutive two-year terms.

D. Chair.
The Chair of the Community Council shall be elected to a one year term by the voting membership. The Chair shall have one vote, equal to that of each voting member of the Community Council.

E. Meetings.
The Community Council shall meet at the request of the Chair as frequently as required to perform its duties, but not less than quarterly.

F. Quorum.
A majority of voting members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and an affirmative vote of the majority of those present at any meeting shall be sufficient for any official action.

Section V. Staff Assistance.

Staff assistance shall be provided by the Office of Human Resources and the Baltimore County Executive’s Office.

Section VI. Effective Date.

This Executive Order shall take effect immediately according to its terms.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017