From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig accompanied by James Richardson, Director of the Office of Economic Development and members of his staff, kicked off the 2010 Harford County Business Appreciation Week on Monday September 20 in Aberdeen. The county executive accompanied by Mayor Michael E. Bennett spent several hours visiting four local businesses in Aberdeen. The businesses honored by the county and city were C&S Wholesale Grocers, John H. Myer & Sons, Saxon’s Diamond Center and the recently opened PROST German Restaurant.
On Wednesday business visits continued in Bel Air and the northwestern part of the county. Bel Air Town Administrator Chris Schlehr was on hand to honor WSMT Insurance and Kelly Financial Group for their steadfast commitment to Downtown Bel Air for so many years. Other businesses recognized throughout the day include; Bala Family Practice, Madonna Seafood, Madonna Auto Sales & Service, Clear Meadow Farm and Jarrettsville Pharmacy. Additionally, Harford Awards was held later Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, Business Appreciation Week continued in the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor. Several well established businesses and a rehabilitation project were all part of the days stops. Businesses recognized included Alcore Incorporated and Pat’s Pizzeria.
The last stop was an exciting site tour of Luna’s House Animal Care and Education Center. The day concluded with a USGBC Branch networking event-LEED “See the Green”. A tour of the newly constructed LEED Silver North Gate Building A in Aberdeen was given by USGBC volunteers. Brief remarks were made by Lorraine Costello, County Administrator regarding the “Harford County Executive Challenge” and Jim Richardson, Director of Economic Development publicly launched the newly formed Harford County Green Business Network (HCGBN).
On Friday, Business Appreciation Week concluded in Havre de Grace. The County Executive presided over the annual Tourism Breakfast which has become an integral part of Business Appreciation Week. With over one million visitors coming to Harford County annually, the business of tourism is a significant part of Harford County’s economy. This year’s breakfast was themed around the sports travel industry. Terry Hasseltine, Director of Sports Marketing for the State of Maryland was the guest speaker at Maryland’s premiere golf destination, Bulle Rock.
Approximately 60 stakeholders attended the breakfast and learned how Harford County is well positioned to capture a piece of this $182 billion dollar industry. Following the breakfast Mayor Wayne Daugherty of Havre de Grace helped recognize the Laurrapin Grille, EFC Systems, Inc, Bill Denny’s CARSTAR Collision Repair and the Super 8 Hotel. All were honored for the economic contribution to Havre de Grace and the County.
“This was a great week for Harford County Government,” stated County Executive Craig. “We were fortunate to visit, meet with and discuss matters of critical importance to our business community which ultimately affects all of us in Harford County. I look forward to building and strengthening our partnership with local businesses,” the county executive remarked.