From the office of Sen. Barry Glassman:
Senator Barry Glassman’s Senate Bill 261 – Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory Board will begin the process of moving Harford County’s Higher Education Applied Technology (HEAT) Center to a regional higher educational and research facility.
Harford Community College President Dennis Golladay, Ph.D., Mike Parker, Chair of the Northeastern Maryland Higher Education taskforce and members of the local Army Alliance, joined Senator Glassman in testifying in support of the legislation.
The bill will create the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory Board and renames the HEAT Center to the Northeast Regional Higher Education Center.
The Board will assist and support the development of higher education in Cecil and Harford counties. They will also direct the mission of and help achieve the goals and objectives of expanding undergraduate and graduate programs.
Glassman added that in addition to jobs, BRAC has created a tremendous market for Harford and Cecil to capitalize on the research and development opportunities being brought to the region. “We should be aggressive in developing high tech research and manufacturing jobs. I envision a full fledge university research park and educational center here in Harford County.”
Harford County has already worked with local stakeholders to develop a conceptual plan for the expansion of the current facility. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (D) MD identified Northeastern Maryland as the area that required an expanded higher education facility to carry out the BRAC mission.
Senator Glassman’s House colleagues, Delegates Dave Rudolph (D) 34 and Mary-Dulany James (D) 34 are moving the legislation in the Maryland House.