Harford County Business Advisory Council names new chairman

Craig A. Ward, president of Frederick Ward Associates in Bel Air, Md., has been named the new chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Harford County Business Advisory Council.

“Craig Ward’s depth of experience, breadth of knowledge and civic commitment to Harford County position him well to lead this business council as its members work  to strengthen the business climate in our region,” said GBC President & CEO Donald C. Fry.

The GBC’s Harford County Business Advisory Council, along with GBC councils in Baltimore and Howard counties, engage local business involvement and resources in a regionally-focused approach toward business climate issues.

The councils meet quarterly to discuss specific issues that may be hindering their business growth and quality of life. Each council monitors changes in legislation that affect the region’s businesses and develop strategies for the GBC to use to advocate on behalf of the business community to local and state legislators.

In addition, the councils serve as a source of emerging ideas or projects for the GBC.

Founded in 2010, the GBC’s Harford council is comprised of all different industries including accounting, banking, real estate, legal affairs, hospitality and education

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 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.

To become involved in the Harford Business Advisory Council or other GBC councils, contact Sara Garbarino at 410-727-2820, ext. 29.

Craig A. Ward Biography

Trained as a Civil Engineer and Land Planner, Mr. Ward has risen to the rank of President of Frederick Ward Associates in Bel Air, MD. Throughout his thirty year professional career, Mr. Ward has built a diverse portfolio of development and public works design projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. With an emphasis on feasibility analysis and early stage project development, Mr. Ward has managed and designed projects from local to regional scale including community and Planned residential, retail, commercial, industrial, institutional and mixed-use development along with public utilities, roadways, parks, schools and other civic works.

As his career has advanced, Mr. Ward has taken a leadership role in the broader aspects of development, community growth, government services and economic development in HarfordCounty and beyond.  All growing communities are faced with challenges and Mr. Ward has helped shape public policy through his involvement on numerous appointed Commissions and Task Forces addressing such issues as Land Use and Community Master Planning, Zoning and Building Code review and enforcement, Adequate Public Facilities regulations, Solid Waste Management, Economic Development and Sustainable Design.  He has also served as a faculty member and advisor for the Land Surveying Department of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville.

Mr. Ward also has a strong commitment to corporate citizenship.  He has served as President of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, a volunteer business group overseeing the Main Street Maryland program in Bel Air, which is viewed as one of the most successful Main Street programs in the State.  He also serves on the Board of the Harford Business Roundtable for Education, supporting the local school system, another successful and model program.  Mr. Ward is also currently serving on the Board of the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, and various roles with the Greater Baltimore Committee, Harford Community College and the Harford County Government.  He has previously served on the Boards of the Harford County Home Builders Association, the YMCA of Central Maryland, the Harford Leadership Academy, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Highlands School, and the Building Congress and Exchange Foundation Board.  Through his leadership, Frederick Ward Associates was awarded the Harford County Business of the Year award in 2001 and the Town of Bel Air Business of the Year award in 2002.



Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 1984


Professional Registration

Registered Professional Engineer — Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan, New York and New Jersey

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)


Professional Associations

American Planning Association

Urban Land Institute

American Society of Civil Engineers

Society of American Military Engineers

Home Builders Association of Maryland


Leadership Development

HarfordLeadershipAcademy – Class of 1995

Leadership Maryland – Class of 2004


Professional Employment

Frederick Ward Associates, Inc., Bel Air, MD; President – 2003 – present; Vice President – 1984-2003

Dewberry and Davis, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD, Fairfax, VA; Design Engineer – 1977-1979, 1982-1984

Moran Engineering, Berkeley, CA; Design Engineer – 1980-1982

Bowman & Williams, Santa Cruz, CA; Design Engineer – 1979-1980

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