Harford Community College and The Dresher Foundation are bringing together leaders and emerging leaders from the business, government, and education communities to provide input on how to best to maximize the full potential of Harford County. The Connect Harford Symposium will be held on November 1, 2013 at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College.

The day will kick off with keynote speaker Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (ret.), who was the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. He served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011). Drawing on his own experiences, Admiral Mullen will discuss how leaders can collaborate across community sectors to spark new ideas, promote growth, and create a promising future.

Jim Dresher, Trustee, The Dresher Foundation, stated “The Dresher Foundation is proud to partner with Harford Community College in the first-ever Connect Harford symposium. Bringing together leaders in business, government, and education to share ideas and work toward common goals will benefit our community. We are fortunate to have Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as our initial speaker. His presence highlights the importance of Aberdeen Proving Ground and the entire defense industry as important elements of our future. We hope this will become an important annual event in Harford County.”

Dr. Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College, said “We expect this symposium to be the first of many. Aptly named Connect Harford, leaders from a wide swath of businesses and institutions will come together in an interactive environment to exchange ideas on issues important to them and the future of the county, while working together for the common good.”

During the day, there will be breakout sessions on topics such as Harford Business: Building a Diverse Economic Base; Harford People: Establishing Harford County as a Sought-after Place to Live, Work, and Play; Harford Education: Accelerating STEM and Preparing K-20 for Citizenship, Leadership, and Career; and Bridging the Silos: Removing Barriers to Open the Lines of Communication. In addition, there will be information sharing between groups, as well as a discussion about the future and what action needs to be taken to ensure that Harford County becomes a destination for knowledge workers by 2025, and much more.

Registration and a continental breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 8 AM. The event concludes with closing remarks at 1:45 PM. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend the event, but reservations are required. RSVP by October 15 to or call 443-412-2631.

Partnering organizations include APG Federal Credit Union, Army Alliance, City of Aberdeen, City of Havre de Grace, Harford Community College, Harford Community College Foundation, Inc., Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford County Public Library, The Dresher Foundation, and Town of Bel Air.