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Ground Up podcast: Baltimore County economic development chief Will Anderson talks growth, TIF and beer

Out the county, hon.

That’s Bawlmerese for the suburbs surrounding the city. In particular Baltimore County.

In the decades after World War II that jurisdiction’s population surged from more than 270,000 people in 1950 to nearly 656,000 in 1980. The number of residents calling Baltimore County home now tops 831,000, compared to the city’s roughly 611,000 residents.

Now the county, once a refuge from the city for residents in search of a white picket fence, spacious yard, and maybe even a garage, is arguably the metro’s “economic engine.” The county is home to 21,364 businesses and 374,646 employees.

Baltimore County has attracted investment in a variety of projects including multimodal distribution hub Tradepoint Atlantic on Sparrows Point, the $350 million mixed-use Towson Row, and Open Gate Brewery & Barrel in Halethorpe, the home of Guinness in America.

“Particularly from outside the area, Baltimore is just a single word that means one thing to people, and we have to show them what our city really is, and the amenities in our city, and we have to show them what our county is. Because they’re not always the same and people have a short attention span, and many people are pleasantly surprised to see what we have here,” Will Anderson, executive director of Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, said.

On this week’s episode of the Ground Up podcast, Anderson explains the county’s effort’s to encourage manufacturing, universities spurring business growth, and dealing with challenges to the workforce pipeline.


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