EAGB Staff Tours Harford County
EAGB staff is on tour to gain fresh perspective and updates on the economic development assets and opportunities of the Greater Baltimore region. We recently visited Harford County to meet with Steve Overbay, Deputy Director, Community & Economic Development. Below are highlights from our tour:
- The site of the AMMP (Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Process) program - AMMP is a national consortium for the research and development of new, large-scale 3D printing technologies and equipment, and will house the first machine in the world capable of 3D printing aluminum. Managed by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the program is federally-funded and designed around next generation advanced manufacturing to create an ecosystem among government, industry, and academia. NCMS announced the program launch in October 2018 on the site of the former HEAT Center which serves as host to AMMP. Harford County has committed the facility for the program as well as renovation funds. The Governor and the Maryland Department of Commerce have also committed financial support for the program which is located outside of the APG gates, making it accessible to private industry and university partners. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is a key collaborator in AMMP; future development could expand into joint services to support aviation and other defense initiatives.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (second from right) meets with leaders supporting the Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Processes program (AMMP) - a national consortium for the research and development of new large-scale 3D printing technologies and equipment - at its home at the former HEAT Center in Aberdeen.
- Perryman Peninsula – There is considerable development opportunities for distribution and logistics centers on the Peninsula. Kuehne & Nagel, The Container Store and PrimeSource have all recently signed leases to occupy Eastgate 95, an industrial park located on the Perryman Peninsula, with the goal of creating 400 jobs. Perryman is the ideal location for distribution and logistics centers as it allows access to one third of the nation’s population within an overnight drive.
- Aberdeen is the future site of a new University of Maryland Medicine System Upper Chesapeake Medical Campus (rendering pictured). The Aberdeen campus will include a full service 24/7 Emergency Department as well as inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services.
- We viewed the C5ISR Complex located inside the gates of Aberdeen Proving Ground– the Army’s global communications headquarters and also the location of the highest concentration of advanced degrees on a U.S. installation. C5ISR stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. Also, with the recent creation of the Army’s Futures Command, APG is now home to one of its Cross Functional Teams – ‘Networks’ – which is commanded by a two-star General.
- Industry supports the APG mission: Approximately 150 defense contracting companies are established here in Harford County with 16 professional defense associations hosting local chapters in Harford.
- Harford County is the lead agency for the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, named a “Great American Defense Community” in 2018.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s global communication headquarters and Harford County’s largest employer.
- Enjoyed beautiful views of Bulle Rock Golf Course and residences – the only 5-star public golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic region. Zagat readers rated Bulle Rock among the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Golf Digest named Bulle Rock as one of only 12 ‘five-star facilities’ in the country.
- Bel Air, the County seat, is home to many restaurants and shops and was named one of the ‘Top 100 Best Small Towns’ by Livability and also named the ‘Number One Place to Retire in Maryland’ by Smart Assets.com. We also visited Havre de Grace, the self-proclaimed ‘Decoy Capital of the World’ that was named one of “America’s 20 Best Small Towns” by Smithsonian Magazine. Aberdeen, home to Ripken Baseball and the Aberdeen Ironbirds, was named an “All-America City” by National Civic League. Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Bel Air were named the 2nd, 3rd and 4th “Safest Cities in Maryland” respectively by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
Aberdeen, home to Ripken Baseball and the Aberdeen Ironbirds, was named an “All-America City” by National Civic League. Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Bel Air were respectively named the 2nd, 3rd and 4th “Safest Cities in Maryland” by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
To learn more about Harford County, download Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development’s free APPAR8 App, turn up your volume, scan the logo of the tree as seen below, and enjoy the custom 3-D animation.
To make the tree come to life, download the free APPAR8 App, turn up your volume, scan the logo, and enjoy the custom animation.
Steve Overbay shows Michele Whelley, EAGB President & CEO, and Sharon Markley Schreiber, EAGB COO, how to use the Harford app.
There’s still more to learn about Harford County and the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development. Stay connected by visiting their websites and social media channels: