Harford County Business Advisory Council

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Mission: The Harford County Business Advisory Council serves as a sounding board for the GBC in Harford County. It engages local business involvement and resources in a regionally focused approach toward business climate issues. It also monitors changes in legislation that affect their jurisdiction and develops policy statements for the GBC to use to advocate on behalf of the business community to local and state legislators. The council also promotes economic development opportunities and quality of life in the county..

Membership: The Harford County Business Advisory Council includes the following member companies: Battelle, BCV Commercial Realty, Boyle Buick GMC Truck, CNA, Inc., Georgia Tech Research Institute, Harford Community College, Harford County Office of Economic Development, MITRE, Quviant Management Group, RKS Realty, Skye Hospitality, LLC, Stone House Publications, Susquehanna Bank, The Kelly Group, Towson University, Weyrich, Cronin, & Sorra, Chartered and William H. Cox Jr. Real Estate.

What does the committee do? The council’s work has included completing a Harford County Destination Market Study in coordination with the Harford County Office of Economic Development. The study supported the need for building and expanding restaurants in the county, as well as looking at a building a conference center and/or sport facility. In addition, the study provided suggestions for long-term sustainable funding sources for Harford County.

The council also provided the GBC with regional input, including, research, data and testimony for the GBC’s Chesapeake Conference of CEO’s. The conference is a facilitated, day-long series of workshops that focuses on issues related to strengthening Maryland’s business climate.

The council had also worked with defense contractors, APG and other Harford County associations on promoting the need for better public transportation and for strengthening the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Harford County currently experiences a number of transportation-related barriers due to the enormous growth around APG.

In addition, the council often invites speakers to meetings in order to keep informed about developments in key areas, such as higher education offerings in Harford County, including current and future educational demands, development projects, transportation, workforce, etc.

Contact: Sophia Silbergeld at 410-727-2820


2015 Harford County Business Advisory Council News:

The Harford County Business Advisory Council is focused on educating Harford County businesses about mental health and addiction treatment services and needs in Harford County, specifically as it relates to Maryland’s expanding heroin/opioid epidemic.

At its October 26, 2015 meeting the Harford County Business Advisory Council learned about Maryland’s Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. Richard A. Tabuteau, senior adviser for Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, made the presentation.

Harford County has one of the highest rates of heroin-related deaths in the state, per capita, Tabuteau said.

The task force released an interim report in August 2015, which includes findings, workgroup updates and 10 recommendations. The group is working on its final report, which is due Dec. 1, 2015.

“Destigmatizing this disease is going to be a big piece of this,” Tabuteau said.

Tabuteau said communities discussing their opioid issue, getting treatment facilities into communities and reforming prescription drug monitoring are among the hurdles to getting Maryland’s heroin/opioid epidemic under control.

The Harford County Business Advisory Council decided at its June 10, 2015 meeting to assemble an information kit that includes a resource guide to addiction treatment services to disseminate to Harford County businesses in an effort to educate the community and increase awareness about what health officials in the county say is an expanding heroin/opioid epidemic.

Beth Jones, director of addiction services for the Harford County Health Department, provided council members at the meeting with heroin overdose-related deaths statistics.

In 2014, Harford County ranked seventh in the state for the number of heroin-related intoxication deaths, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The county had 23 heroin-related deaths; Baltimore City ranked No. 1 in the state with 192 heroin-related deaths.

In 2014, Harford County ranked fourth for the number of prescription opioid-related intoxication deaths in the state, according to the DHMH. Harford County had 20 opioid-related deaths.

Baltimore City ranked No. 1 with 83 opioid-related deaths.


Harford County Business Advisory Council meetings

Meetings are from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at University Center of Northeastern Maryland, Room 130, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen, MD 21001.

2016 meeting dates will be announced.