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Major new projects expand County’s diverse business base
Welcome to Baltimore County! Our business landscape is
a diverse, thriving mix of healthcare, education, technology, defense, finance and manufacturing firms. Employers here benefit from proximity to Maryland’s largest city, a pool of graduates from some
of the Mid-Atlantic’s most prestigious universities and plenty of new developments that are just getting underway or have been recently completed.
That’s why major employers are doubling down on their Baltimore County investments. Stanley Black & Decker recently announced it would support 400 jobs at the new Greenleigh at Crossroads development. That’s in addition to the 1,600 jobs at the company’s Towson facility. Spice giant McCormick & Co. is working on a new headquarters facility in Hunt Valley that will house 900 employees. Bank of America will add 600 new jobs at
its own Hunt Valley complex by 2020, and MedStar Health recently added 8,000 square
feet to its Timonium facility, as part of a $10 million renovation.
Major new developments in Owings Mills and Towson are adding to the excitement. Towson Circle East is a $30 million mixed- use development that will include more than 240,000 square feet of new and refurbished retail space. Recent projects in Owings Mills include Foundry Row, Metro Centre and Mill Station, a brand-new 575,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center that will be anchored by Costco.
Other new attractions just beginning to thrive include the Guinness Open Gate Brewery
& Barrel House in Halethorpe — which is expected to attract some 300,000 visitors annually — and Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100- acre multimodal industrial site that has already attracted some big tenants, including Amazon, FedEx Ground and Harley-Davidson.
Baltimore County is able to accomplish its goals because of a skilled workforce that is
well-trained to compete in the 21st century, particularly in the sectors of information technology, engineering and the sciences. Many of these skilled workers come from
the many colleges and universities in the area, including Johns Hopkins University,
the University of Maryland and its satellites, and Baltimore County community colleges. The County also provides financial and programmatic support to business incubators at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Baltimore County government also offers numerous resources to help residents start a business — everything from access to capital to the guidance of an experienced mentor.
Baltimore County’s smart-growth policies provide the foundation for creating exciting mixed-use live/work settings next to Baltimore City and the Chesapeake Bay.
The County is also in a strategic location
to help boost local business. The area’s picturesque Mid-Atlantic setting has a deep- water port for streamlined import/export transactions and is easily accessed from points both north and south via I-95 — the main route for moving along the East Coast.
The County’s quality of life is high, with tight- knit communities, an array of recreational outlets, a range of acclaimed restaurants,
a wealth of arts and culture and nationally recognized public schools.
The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development are working hard to ensure that businesses get all the support they need.
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