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Mark King, president, adidas Group North America and chairman of the TaylorMade Golf Company, gives the keynote address at Connect Harford on October 1 at Harford Community College.

Connect Harford event focuses on economic growth

Connect Harford, a gathering of leaders in business, government and education dedicated to promoting and inspiring economic growth and prosperity for Harford County, took place recently at APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford  Community College in Bel Air.

Mark King, president of adidas Group North America and chairman of TaylorMade Golf Company, gave the keynote address and explored the day’s theme of “Invite the Possibilities.”

Following King’s remarks, a panel comprised of Rick Decker, executive director of the Northeast Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority (NMAMIA), Sherifa Clarke, owner of Laurrapin Grille in Havre de Grace, and Rob Ward, president, Pendant Automation, discussed three areas in which Harford County has the potential to be a national and/or regional leader. Those areas are additive manufacturing, farm-to-fork and entrepreneurship.

Connect Harford, presented by The Dresher Foundation and hosted by Harford Community College, concluded with an “open market lunch” featuring locally sourced foods and networking opportunities.

“Connect Harford was energizing. Joining the discussion were leaders of many organizations that are already doing very good work in the county,” said Dr. Dennis Golladay, president of Harford Community College. “This year we also invited the millennial generation to join the discussion. Their insights are key to maintaining Harford County as a great place to live and work now and in the future.”

Eric McLauchlin, partner, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC (left), talks with Rick Decker, executive director, Northeast Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority and a presenter at Connect Harford.

Eric McLauchlin, partner, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC (left), talks with Rick Decker, executive director, Northeast Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority and a presenter at Connect Harford.

Richard Norling, legislative director, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (left), Billy Boniface, president, Harford County Council, Paul Muddiman, vice president, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., and Beetle Smith, vice president, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, get ready for the second Connect Harford.

Richard Norling, legislative director, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (left), Billy Boniface, president, Harford County Council, Paul Muddiman, vice president, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., and Beetle Smith, vice president, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, get ready for the second Connect Harford.

Laura Pasternak, principal & chief brand strategist, MarketPoint (left), Bryan Kelly, partner, The Kelly Group, and Dr. Dennis Golladay, president, Harford Community College, gather before the start of Connect Harford.

Laura Pasternak, principal & chief brand strategist, MarketPoint (left), Bryan Kelly, partner, The Kelly Group, and Dr. Dennis Golladay, president, Harford Community College, gather before the start of Connect Harford.

Mary Hastler, chief executive officer, Harford County Public Library (left), and Mary Chance, director of administration, Harford County Government, attend Connect Harford, a gathering of business, education and government leaders at Harford Community College on October 1.

Mary Hastler, chief executive officer, Harford County Public Library (left), and Mary Chance, director of administration, Harford County Government, attend Connect Harford, a gathering of business, education and government leaders at Harford Community College on October 1.