Glassman Provides Business-Focused Update at Harford Chamber State of the County Event
January 28, 2021
Bel Air, MD – On Thursday, January 21st, The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the County event in a virtual format, sponsored by MedStar Health. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman offered his State of the County Address and answered various business-focused questions.
Harford Chamber Board Chair Lee Tayson welcomed guests and recognized dignitaries in attendance. Dr. Sean Curtin, physician for MedStar Health and Head Team Physician for the Baltimore Orioles, provided an update on the important strides that MedStar is making in our community. MedStar’s Bel Air Campus has grown from 40 to now over 100 physicians/providers since opening its doors in 2016. MedStar professionals continue to help our community through the pandemic with testing, treatments, vaccinations, and research.
Bob Gilbert, President of Medstar Ambulatory Services, introduced County Executive Glassman. “Despite some reductions in capital spending, and long-range projects, we still funded education, completed the second phase of salary improvements for law enforcement and correctional officers, funded increases for county employees, and kept the county moving forward,” Glassman began. While the county budget is on track for the year, legislation at the state level is being closely monitored for fiscal notes that may have an impact.
Throughout the past year, Harford County fought to receive and quickly distribute grant funding to our local businesses and organizations; awarding aid to over 1,750 small businesses. Seven million dollars in CARES Act funding was distributed to the Harford County Public School system. As life transitioned to a virtual format, the necessity for expanded broadband access across the county was a top priority. Funding from the CARES ACT and Harford County Government, the Harford County Public Library system was able to distribute mobile internet hot spots. Additionally, Harford County Government is aggressively moving forward with enhanced broadband infrastructure.
Although the pandemic presented unforeseen obstacles, Harford County’s economic vitality is staying a steady course proven through the retention of a Triple-A Bond rating, plans for a privately-owned $12 million sports complex in Edgewood, and an extremely competitive housing market. Glassman closed his remarks by stating that he will continue to keep businesses open to the greatest extent allowed by the State of Maryland.
Angela Rose, President & CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, finished the event with legislative updates. Rose stated, “During these uncertain times, it is imperative for small businesses to have their voice heard concerning legislation that will directly and significantly impact operations. The Chamber is committed to advocating for the business community at the federal, state, and local levels.”
The Harford Chamber’s State of the County event is always an excellent opportunity for Harford County businesspeople to directly communicate with the County Executive, as well as strengthen connections with colleagues.
About the Harford County Chamber of Commerce: The Harford County Chamber of Commerce has worked continually as the recognized voice of business in Harford County since 1976. The Harford Chamber is the premier business advocate in the county, helping members connect and thrive to create a vibrant economy across all sectors.
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