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Harford Chamber of Commerce hosts annual economic outlook breakfast

From left, Andy Guckert, vice president and senior relationship manager in business banking at M&T Bank; Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; and Len Parrish, director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, pose for a photo during the annual Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

From left, Andy Guckert, vice president and senior relationship manager in business banking at M&T Bank; Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; and Len Parrish, director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, pose for a photo during the annual Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Jillian Lader, manager of communications with Harford County Public Schools, chats with Mark Dardozzi, co-owner and vice president of Richlin Catering and Events Center. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Jillian Lader, manager of communications with Harford County Public Schools, chats with Mark Dardozzi, co-owner and vice president of Richlin Catering and Events Center. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

From left, Rod Bourn, founder of Down, Set, Lead!; Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford; and Jay Ellenby, president of Safe Harbors Business Travel LLC, engage in conversation during the annual economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

From left, Rod Bourn, founder of Down, Set, Lead!; Greg Pizzuto, executive director of Visit Harford; and Jay Ellenby, president of Safe Harbors Business Travel LLC, engage in conversation during the annual economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Rachelle Boone, center, a senior account executive with Chesapeake Telephone, and Liz Tutino, executive director of Welcome One Emergency Shelter, get in some networking during the annual economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Rachelle Boone, center, a senior account executive with Chesapeake Telephone, and Liz Tutino, executive director of Welcome One Emergency Shelter, get in some networking during the annual economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and a featured speaker at the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast, gives an economic update to the guests at the Richlin Catering and Events Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and a featured speaker at the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast, gives an economic update to the guests at the Richlin Catering and Events Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast drew 110 guests to the Richlin Catering and Events Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast drew 110 guests to the Richlin Catering and Events Center in Edgewood. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Bill Fritz, senior branch manager at M&T Bank recites the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Bill Fritz, senior branch manager at M&T Bank recites the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and a featured speaker at the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast, poses for a photo with Angela Rose, president and CEO of the Chamber. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and a featured speaker at the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s economic outlook breakfast, poses for a photo with Angela Rose, president and CEO of the Chamber. (Photo by Kate Rodriguez)

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 110 guests to the Richlin Catering and Events Center in Edgewood March 28 for its annual economic outlook breakfast.

Sponsored by M&T Bank, the event featured speakers Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, and Len Parrish, director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development. 

Keating gave his observations of the current national economic environment and predictions for the future.

Parrish discussed the recent strides Harford County has made, including attracting large companies to the area, the development of new business parks and growth in agribusiness and health care options.

Attendees also joined together in a moment of silence for the loss of Harford County community members Tripp Johnson and Andy Klein, a philanthropic icon and county business leader. 

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