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Len R. Parrish

Harford County Community & Economic Development

parrish-lenmf1Len R. Parrish recently led the merger of two major Harford County departments that will ultimately help connect people with housing, jobs and transportation.

Community and economic development are now one united department. Parrish helped grow a housing agency with fewer than 20 employees to a larger agency with more than 80 employees and the broader focus.

“By building strong communities, we are able to ensure we have a workforce that companies are looking for and living wage jobs that people want,” Parrish said. “We are able to provide educational opportunities for all and an environment where people want to live and raise their families.”

Parrish emphasizes that it takes an entire community to make this happen, and attributes his own success to relationships.

Parrish chairs the Harford County Partnership Board for the United Way of Central Maryland and is a board member of a halfway house for women recovering from homelessness and substance abuse, the Homecoming Project, Inc. He is also a board member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.

He helped to initiate the County Executive’s Day of Service program and helped bring Project Homeless Connect to Harford County, the first jurisdiction outside of Baltimore to host the event.

Last year, the department invested almost $11 million in housing and community development projects, he said. They have also improved the transit system, investing in technology to improve route efficiencies and providing the first of several shelters for those waiting for transit.

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