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October 2012

U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Receives Employer Merit Award
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, CECOM, will receive the 2012 Employer Merit Award from the Harford County Commission on Disabilities in recognition of its efforts to promote and facilitate the employment of individuals with disabilities. CECOM will be recognized at the Commission’s annual luncheon Oct. 19 at the Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air.

As an agency that prides itself on diversity, CECOM ensures current employees with disabilities are provided all the necessary tools to display their abilities, as well as prepare the workforce, environment, and facilities that make up Communications-Electronics Command for future employees with disabilities. Other recent initiatives include increasing the number of handicap parking spaces by 38 percent beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; developing a written emergency evacuation procedure for all buildings and conducting regular evacuation exercises to ensure employees requiring assistance are included in the plans; hiring 91 disabled employees; establishing a software application development and purchasing process whereby the Disability Program Manager is included to ensure Section 508 compliance is considered.

St. John Properties, Inc. Acquires 18 Acres Within Baltimore Crossroads @95 to Improve Business Park Access and Flow
St. John Properties, Inc. has acquired 18 acres of land situated within Baltimore Crossroads @95, a 1,000-acre mixed-use business community on MD Route 43 near Interstate 95 in the White Marsh section of Baltimore County. Since 2004, the company has developed 16 buildings representing half a million square feet of commercial office, R&D/flex and retail space in the park.

St. John Properties intends to utilize the new acreage to connect two existing land parcels and create a contiguous 60-acre building plot within Baltimore Crossroads@ 95. This road and infrastructure construction activity, which is designed to improve access and circulation within the existing business community, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Upon completion, Baltimore Crossroads @95 is configured to support more than five million square feet of commercial office, R&D/flex, warehouse and industrial space, as well as two hotels and 450,000 square feet of retail space.

“Baltimore Crossroads@95 continues to attract a diverse array of companies, retailers and organizations looking for a mixed-use business community with immediate access to the Interstate 95 corridor as well as Baltimore City,” says Jerry Wit, Senior Vice President, Marketing for St. John Properties. “This park remains the largest piece of undeveloped industrial property in the greater Baltimore metropolitan region and, with this new property acquisition, we are making logistics and circulation improvements that better address the needs of our existing and future tenants.”

TEDCO Invests More Than $1.1 Million in 16 Maryland Startups
In its continued effort to spur economic development and bring concepts from the laboratory to the marketplace, The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) announced that 16 companies have received a total of $1,170,885 in funding from the organization. Funds were awarded to startups representing a wide-range of industries including biotechnology, education, food, medicine and disease treatment, fitness, environmental innovation and entertainment. “As the first place entrepreneurs in Maryland often look for support, TEDCO is in a unique position to help companies make their businesses a commercial reality. Each of these companies show great promise and marketability and we look forward to tracking their growth,” says Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO.

Harford County Announces New Program to Connect, Grow Small Businesses
Harford County Executive David R. Craig and James Richardson, director of the Office of Economic Development, have announced Harford County’s newest initiative, “Entrepreneurs Edge,” to help small and family owned businesses.

“The goal of Entrepreneurs Edge is to provide a coordinated and enhanced effort to support and increase the growth of start-up businesses in Harford County,” says County Executive Craig. “We have a great county with an already strong economic base, and we are looking to grow our business community, especially small businesses, which are the lifeblood of any thriving economy.”
Partnering with the Harford County Office of Economic Development will be Harford County Public Library, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College, Small Business Development Center and Harford Business Innovation Center. Harford County Public Library will become a significant point of entry for entrepreneurs and will assist in the entrepreneur’s growth and development.

Towson University Awarded Military Friendly Schools Title
Towson University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list. The list is compiled by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Towson University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” says Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and Director for G.I. Jobs. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

“Towson is always working to improve its services to veteran students to encourage success in their pursuit of a higher education,” says Patrick Young, Towson’s Coordinator of Veteran Services.

Daniel Thomas Of St. John Properties, Inc. Appointed Chairman Of Advisory Board
Daniel Thomas of St. John Properties, Inc. has been appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board for the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business Real Estate and Economic Development Program. Joining Thomas on the advisory board this year are Josh Neiman, Assistant Director of Development, Maryland Economic Development Corporation; Poli Peters, Director of Operations, Richmond American Homes; and Cathy Ward, Senior Vice President-Asset Management and Leasing, Corporate Office Properties Trust.

The University of Baltimore Real Estate and Economic Development Program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the commercial real estate and economic development industries. The multi-disciplined curriculum, which is the only program of its kind in the State of Maryland, addresses practice areas such as real estate principles and transactions, market analysis, public economic and land use and real estate law. “A career in commercial real estate offers tremendous opportunities in a diverse range of sectors such as finance, leasing, development and property management, and the University of Baltimore program offers an unparalleled foundation for young professionals interested in pursuing this path,” says Thomas.

Science Café at Abingdon library
Last month, NMTC sponsored the first Science Cafe of the season at the Abingdon library. The presenter was Dr. H. John Wood, an astronomer who was the lead optics engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope. He recently guided work to use satellites to measure the ice on Earth’s poles. Dr. Wood explained how satellites with photon-counting laser altimeters are measuring Earth’s polar ice caps. Science Cafes are designed to help non-scientists learn about how science and technology impact our everyday lives.

Old Post Office is 75 Years Young
The Historical Society of Harford County held an event on Sept. 13 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Old Post Office in Bel Air. County Executive David Craig gave remarks during the event to an audience of political representatives, business people and members and friends of the Historical Society.

Henry Peden, President of the Historical Society and Maryanna Skowronski, Director of the Society, kicked off a significant fundraising effort aimed at renovation, repair, removal and restoration of the aging structure. “It’s a tribute to the original builders that this building has lasted this long without a major rehabilitation” says Peden. “But we are now dealing with issues like a leaking roof and leaking windows as well as plumbing and electrical issues that just have to be addressed.” The Campaign got a shot in the arm with a $50,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which represents about 10 percent of the amount needed to complete all the projects.

Chesapeake Urology Associates Signs Endorsement Program With Former Baltimore Raven
Aquarius Sports and Entertainment recently announced that Chesapeake Urology Associates has entered into an endorsement marketing relationship with former NFL wide receiver and current Baltimore Ravens TV/Radio broadcaster Qadry Ismail. Ismail will serve as a brand ambassador for Chesapeake’s Ravens partnership by voicing over radio spots, making appearances and appearing in collateral and advertising campaigns promoting Chesapeake Urology’s services and preventive care messaging.

Smiths Detection Expands in Edgewood
Smiths Detection is expanding with 100,000 square feet into a new building at its U.S. headquarters in Edgewood, bringing Smiths’ total presence in the county to 245,000 square feet. The expansion will generate 103 new jobs, increasing total workforce in Harford County to 325 full-time jobs, making Smiths one of the top 10 employers in Harford County.

LEAD For Tomorrow Graduates 27 Future Community Leaders
LEAD for Tomorrow (Lead, Educate, Advocate and Decide) high school leadership program, a program of Greater Excellence in Education Foundation (GEEF), graduated 27 high school students who successfully completed a one-week, intensive study of Harford County in its inaugural year.

Participants attended five full day sessions, traveling throughout Harford County, focusing on specific topics such as Business and Government, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Health and Human Services, and a day for debriefing, personal goal planning and a hands on simulation of money management in the real world.

Boys & Girls Clubs Director Resigns To Take New Post
Harford County Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director Randy Acosta has left the organization to take a position with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. “For the past three years, Randy has led our staff and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs with a new level of energy,” says Board of Directors President Tory Pierce. “He is a former Boys & Girls Club member himself and when he came to Harford County, he brought with him a needed sense of urgency, which allowed him to successfully lead the clubs through a period of growth and change. His new position will allow him to take those qualities to yet another well-respected organization.”

Family Pet Hospital Opens in Perry Hall
Located at 9810 Belair Road, newly opened Family Pet Hospital is a future model of full service state-of-the-art pet hospitals where preventative care and early diagnosis of fatal diseases are the hallmark of the operation. Providing convenience for busy pet owners, Family Pet Hospital is open on Saturdays and Sundays with extended evening hours during the week. Affordability comes from the efficient, technology-based business model – it’s a completely paper free practice, using iPads and mobile apps for all data and client communication, which allows the hospital to pass on saving to the client.

CCBC to Launch Short Term Career Training in Machine Tool Technology
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is launching a short-term career training program in machine tool technology. Completing the program successfully will enable student participants to receive three certifications from the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) along with their CCBC Continuing Education certificate.

The manufacturing facility of today is filled with computer-driven equipment, and today’s machinist is a well-educated technician able to fill a job in a versatile cross-trained workforce. “The machine shop at CCBC Catonsville is one of the finest machine tool training centers in the Mid-Atlantic region,” says Jay Bouis, coordinator of Technical Training at CCBC. “If students are looking to rapidly position themselves for entry-level employment in precision machining and CNC, or if a company is looking to quickly ramp-up employees’ skills in the area, this training is the solution.”

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region Welcomes Heather Ziehl
The Arc NCR is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Ziehl as Marketing and Events Coordinator as part of the Development Team. Ziehl has an extensive background in events, sponsorships, marketing and fundraising. As an independent marketing consultant, she has effectively connected several local non-profits, businesses and consumers; bringing them all together for social, economic and community growth and success. In her new role at The Arc NCR, Ziehl is responsible for the coordination of projects, events, campaigns and other fundraising initiatives.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces Executive Changes
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Inc., a community based mentoring program designed to help at-risk children, has named Bradley S. Chambers, president of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, chairman, and Stuart O. Simms, attorney with Brown Goldstein Levy, chairman emeritus, of its board of directors. The organization also announced that Robin A. Tomechko, president and chief executive officer, will step down after 29 years with the
organization. “Robin has a deep compassion and devotion to helping children who face challenges,” Chambers says. “She has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children throughout the Baltimore region. That is her legacy, one we are all proud to share.”

SECU Names Brandon S. McClure to manage Bel Air Branch
Brandon McClure is a SECU veteran who most recently served as Assistant Branch Manager, and is also an Exceptional Engagement Coach, providing training on deepening member relationships, new sales techniques, and how this contributes to the member experience.

As Manager of SECU’s Bel Air Branch, McClure will be responsible for supervising all branch staff and operations, maximizing member satisfaction while meeting branch performance goals in sales, service, and operations through a needs based approach. “Through his unwavering focus on our members and an in-depth knowledge of products and relationship building techniques, Brandon has achieved outstanding results, leading teams in successfully cross-selling products and services,” says Christopher Groshko, Senior Manager of Retail Banking at SECU. “Given his track record and focus on teamwork, Brandon will have a tremendous impact in his new leadership role in Bel Air.”

Goldsmith ’05 awarded Bronze Star Medal
Lance Corporal Collin Goldsmith ‘05, USMC, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony in California on Aug. 3. While leading a dismounted patrol into South Gavmishi, Collin alerted his team of a grenade and immediately tackled a Marine exposed to the blast. He shielded the Marine and absorbed the blast, suffering a severe concussion and losing consciousness for over one minute. His heroic and selfless act undoubtedly saved his fellow Marine.

In part, the citation reads: “By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative and total dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Goldsmith reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

U.S. Department of Defense Organizations Launch Inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA-JSTO) partnered with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) to launch its inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI).

The two-week residential program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), afforded 23 high school students from Maryland and Virginia and six high school teachers from Cecil and Harford County Public Schools the opportunity to work on leading-edge science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects with Department of Defense (DoD) scientists and engineers. In addition, students and teachers participated in extracurricular activities and toured sites, such as the Maryland Science Center, Fort McHenry and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
“As leaders within the chemical and biological defense enterprise, we have a responsibility to attract and sustain a highly-skilled technical workforce that is prepared to protect our nation against current and future threats,” says Alan Rudolph, Ph.D., director of the Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, DTRA.

“The chemical and biological defense community has been dedicated to offering students and teachers relevant hands-on STEM experiences,” says ECBC Technical Director Joseph D. Wienand. “I am very proud and honored that ECBC was part of this first-of-its-kind DoD STEM initiative, and that we were able to collectively make a significant impact in the lives of participating students and teachers.”

Barry D. Justice Named as TAPE Vice President, Capture Executive
TAPE has named Barry D. Justice Vice President, Capture Executive. Justice will lead TAPE’s efforts in capturing new contracts in each of its core business areas. “Barry has a strong history of leadership in government contracting with an exceptional expertise in growing new business,” says Jim Brantley, TAPE Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “His reputation and industry knowledge will bring great value to TAPE,” Brantley added.

Before joining TAPE, Justice worked as a private consultant advising small companies on strategic positioning and teaming for developing new business. Prior to that, Justice was a Director at Northrop Grumman in the Information Sector where he was responsible for leading a $120 million division.
“I am very happy to be part of the TAPE team; I have known Louisa and Bill Jaffe for many years and being at TAPE feels like home. TAPE’s reputation for high quality performance and the incredibly talented staff are the main things that influenced me to join. TAPE is well positioned to launch to new heights and I am excited to play an important part in that future,” says Justice. Before embarking on his private sector career, Justice served in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for more than 20 years.

Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Helps Children in Need
Every year educators spend hundreds to thousands of dollars of their own money to provide school supplies for students. For the past seven years, the Greater Excellence in Education Foundation (GEEF) has worked with area businesses to set up school supply donation sites for its Tools for Schools program. Each year these school supplies are sorted, counted, packed and delivered to the Harford County Public Schools for students in need. This year, United Way of Central Maryland’s (UWCM’s) Community Partnership Board of Harford County collaborated with GEEF to pick up all the school supply donations from area businesses for its 1st annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, which collected $7,500 in school supplies. Added to the supplies previously collected through GEEF’s Tools for Schools program, GEEF delivered $11,500 in school supplies for students in need during the month of August.

JC Penny Announces Cris Cromwell as Abingdon Store Leader
Cris Cromwell has been announced as store leader of the new JC Penny store in Abingdon. Cromwell began his JC Penny career 18 years ago as a merchandise manager trainee. Since then, he has held a variety of positions with the company, most recently as a store leader in Baltimore. “Cris is a talented leader who brings a wealth of retail knowledge to the position, making him a great choice to introduce Abingdon’s newest shopping destination,” says district leader Robert Arnold. I95