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JUNE Regional Business News

June 2015

JMT Moving 600 Employees to New Headquarters Building in Hunt Valley
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), a nationally ranked architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Sparks, announced it will move to a new building to be built on Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley. The five-story, 130,000-square-foot building will consolidate about 600 Baltimore County employees to the new, larger headquarters. “JMT’s new headquarters near the recently announced McCormick campus in Hunt Valley anchors another home-grown success in Baltimore County,” says Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “In over 40 years, JMT has grown into one of the top-ranked architectural and engineering firms in the country. With this new headquarters building, we look forward to even more growth by JMT here in Baltimore County.”

Preservation Awards Announced
The Harford County Historic Preservation Commission presented its 20th annual awards during a recent ceremony at the historic Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air.

Special Preservation Awards were presented to Joe A. Swisher for his interviews on the television program “Historic Harford with Joe A. Swisher”; to Heidi Glatfelter for her efforts to promote education and public history through her book, “Havre de Grace in the War of 1812,” and for her contribution to a multi-site exhibit project that told the story of the British attack on the town; and to the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College for three noteworthy educational and public history events and displays. A Preservationist Honor Award was presented to Walter Holloway for his dedication and significant contributions as a volunteer for the Historical Society of Harford County.

Preservation Project Awards were presented to the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Historical Society of Harford County, the Liriodendron Foundation, the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House and to the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse.

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Geneau M. Thames Joins Management Team
Harford Mutual Insurance announced a new addition to the management team, Geneau M. Thames, Esq., who will be filling the newly created position of General Counsel and Director of Compliance. This director-level position reports to the President/CEO and is an expansion of the primary legal counsel role, in which Thames will be responsible for developing and managing corporate compliance, corporate governance, and federal/state regulatory oversight. Thames was the former Hiring, Associate Training and Retention Partner of Niles, Barton, & Wilmer, LLP, where she counseled Harford Mutual on various litigation cases and compliance matters. Prior to joining the law firm in 2004, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas J.S. Waxter, Jr. for the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.

Harford Co. Joins GBC’s Global Cities Initiative
Harford County is one of six partner jurisdictions joining the Greater Baltimore Committee in its Global Cities Initiative. Spearheaded by Brookings Institute and JP Morgan Chase, the program looks more closely at the global impact on our local economy and increases awareness of local exporters.

Freedom Federal Credit Union Continues Charitable Giving
Freedom Federal Credit Union proudly presented The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation representatives with its annual gift of $10,000. This year’s donation is the second installment of Freedom’s five-year commitment totaling $50,000 to support The Foundation. The two organizations have a long-standing partnership dating back 41 years to when Fallston Hospital Credit Union merged with then MATCOM Federal Credit Union, which later became Freedom Federal Credit Union. Freedom continues to play a vital role as the Credit Union for the team members of the two local University of Maryland Medical System hospitals – Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC), and Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH).

FreedomFederagAlso, Freedom Federal Credit Union proudly presented Harford County Public Schools representatives with its annual donation of $25,000 as the primary sponsor of the 2015 Harford County Public Schools Annual Employee Recognition Program. The program includes a banquet dinner to honor teachers, administrators and support staff from across the county school system for their dedicated years of service.

Baltimore County Boost Fund Approves $580,000 in Small Business Loans
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced $580,000 in new loans to seven small, minority-and women-owned businesses from the Baltimore County Boost Fund, a flexible financing resource for entrepreneurs. A total of $1.38 million in loans have been approved since the program launched in October 2014. “The Boost Fund offers flexible loans to support promising companies. We are especially pleased to provide loans to cybersecurity, edtech and environmental technology companies at bwtech@UMBC and the TU Incubator, university business incubators that are nurturing entrepreneurship and the next generation of great Baltimore County companies,” says Kamenetz.

Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership Expands Team
The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing in the State of Maryland, announced that the organization has expanded its team with a new Steward of Sales and Client Services, Roman Traska. In this role, Traska will be responsible for building relationships and helping Maryland manufacturers look to MD MEP to improve manufacturing processes, products, sustainability, sales and market size.

Freedom Federal Credit Union Recognizes “Core Values Award” Recipient
Freedom Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Marshall Sweatt as the winner of the “Core Values Award” for the first quarter of 2015. This award, based on employee nominations and chosen by a volunteer committee of employees, recognizes Freedom employees who strongly demonstrate the Credit Union’s core values. Marshall’s nomination recognizes his work ethic, patience, and skill developing programming solutions.

Saint Agnes Hospital Unveils New Plans, Partners and Tenants at Gibbons Commons Groundbreaking
Recently at the future site of Gibbons Commons, Saint Agnes Hospital, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, celebrated the groundbreaking of the community with Bon Secours Gibbons Apartments as the first project to begin construction. Saint Agnes also announced that Royal Farms, Kibby’s Restaurant & Lounge and the Y of Central Maryland are new partners of the 32-acre mixed-use community.

Boys & Girls Clubs Harford County Achieves National Accreditation
Boys & Girls Club Harford County has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Boys & Girls Club Harford County provides after-school and summer youth development programs across five core areas to Harford County youth ages 6 to 18. It took Boys & Girls Club Harford County 18 months to achieve accreditation. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Boys & Girls Club Harford County’s programs, services, management, and administration. I95