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.

Staff: Sophia Silbergeld, 410-727-2820

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. 2018 meeting dates will be announced.