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Harford Chamber of Commerce hosts annual State of the County luncheon

Cindy Mumby, Harford County’s director of governmental and community relations, chats with James Martin, president of Ward Properties. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Cindy Mumby, Harford County’s director of governmental and community relations, chats with James Martin, president of Ward Properties. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, enjoys a chat with Theresa Wiseman, president of MediaWise Inc. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, enjoys a chat with Theresa Wiseman, president of MediaWise Inc. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Patrice Ricciardi, director of business development with Freedom Federal Credit Union and Harford Chamber of Commerce board chair; Philip Logan, executive vice president and director of strategic initiatives at Chesapeake Bank of Maryland; and Dawn Hamilton, vice president of product management with Freedom Federal Credit Union, attended the chamber’s annual State of the County luncheon. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Patrice Ricciardi, director of business development with Freedom Federal Credit Union and Harford Chamber of Commerce board chair; Philip Logan, executive vice president and director of strategic initiatives at Chesapeake Bank of Maryland; and Dawn Hamilton, vice president of product management with Freedom Federal Credit Union, attended the chamber’s annual State of the County luncheon. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Stephani Spector, economic development specialist with the city of Aberdeen; Vickie Horne, executive director of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce; Robert Wagner, Harford County Councilman; Deborah Button, legislative aide in the Office of Councilman Robert Wagner; and Harford County Councilman Barry Glassman pose for a photo during the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County luncheon. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Stephani Spector, economic development specialist with the city of Aberdeen; Vickie Horne, executive director of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce; Robert Wagner, Harford County Councilman; Deborah Button, legislative aide in the Office of Councilman Robert Wagner; and Harford County Councilman Barry Glassman pose for a photo during the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County luncheon. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Steve Overbay, deputy director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development; Harford County Executive Barry Glassman; Angela Rose, President and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce; and Len Parrish, director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, gather for a photo. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Steve Overbay, deputy director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development; Harford County Executive Barry Glassman; Angela Rose, President and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce; and Len Parrish, director of the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development, gather for a photo. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Stephanie Nay, left,  graphic design manager with Harford County Government, enjoys a conversation with Mary Hastler, CEO of the Harford County Public Library. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Stephanie Nay, left, graphic design manager with Harford County Government, enjoys a conversation with Mary Hastler, CEO of the Harford County Public Library. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Carolyn Evans, an attorney with the Law Offices of Anthony J. DiPaula, and Janet Garinther, a Realtor with Cummings & Co. Real Estate, chat with Micheal Leaf, a member with Pessin Katz Law P.A. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

From left, Carolyn Evans, an attorney with the Law Offices of Anthony J. DiPaula, and Janet Garinther, a Realtor with Cummings & Co. Real Estate, chat with Micheal Leaf, a member with Pessin Katz Law P.A. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Dawn Hamilton, center left, vice president of product management with Freedom Federal Credit Union, chat with Phil Logan, executive vice president and director of strategic initiatives with Chesapeake Bank of Maryland and a former chair of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Dawn Hamilton, center left, vice president of product management with Freedom Federal Credit Union, chat with Phil Logan, executive vice president and director of strategic initiatives with Chesapeake Bank of Maryland and a former chair of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Guests mingle and network during the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County luncheon Jan. 16 at Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

Guests mingle and network during the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County luncheon Jan. 16 at Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp. (Photo by Sophia Joy Photography)

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the County luncheon Jan. 16 at Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp.

Keynote speaker Harford County Executive Barry Glassman gave his State of Business Address, focusing on the many ways Harford County is an ideal environment for business to thrive.

The afternoon began with welcome remarks from Harford Chamber Board Chair Patrice Ricciardi, followed by the pledge and invocation given by Aaron Piccirilli, vice president of philanthropy at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center. Breast cancer survivor Nancy Petty also reflected on her experience as a patient at the Medstar Health Cancer Center in Bel Air.

Glassman then spoke on the Choose Civility Campaign, which encourages Harford Countians to treat each other with kindness, respect, and tolerance. In closing, Angela Rose, president and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, gave an update on the Chamber Organized Network for Education and Career Training (CONECT) initiative, which aims to bring together students, educational institutions and businesses to recruit and develop a talented workforce to lead Harford County into the future.

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