The Chamber hosted a great event this morning: The 2018 Regional Economic Forum, presented by the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee.
The Committee gathered our own Allan Kittleman, Ike Leggett (Montgomery County), and Steven Schuh (Anne Arundel County) for discussion about economic issues that affect all 3 County Executives and their respective Counties.
The common themes are Amazon, transportation, and Baltimore City.
If we are successful in having Amazon land in Montgomery County, it will benefit all 3 counties, and the entire state. Howard and Anne Arundel have pledged to do what they can to support Montgomery’s bid for the location.
Transportation is an issue for all counties, but their issues are different. Montgomery relies on its mass transit, Howard is looking at vehicles and bicycles, and Anne Arundel, due to its waterways, has unique issues that limit options for transportation other than vehicles.
All 3 acknowledged that Baltimore City has serious crime and drug problems that affect the entire state. They all have good relationships with the Mayor and are trying to help.
What is so very evident from this morning’s event is that these executives work together and share information and resources. How fortunate we are that these leaders are so accessible to each other and to us.
I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the moderator, Mike Kelly, who is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. Moderating a panel is a difficult task, and Mike did it exceptionally well!
In my real life, I am a principal attorney at Offit Kurman. But, I am so proud to be on the Board of Directors of the Chamber. The Chamber is doing great things for its members, and the Board is populated by representatives who give so generously of their time and expertise.