Connect Harford 2015

Maximizing Opportunities around Mobility and Connectivity in Harford County.

  • Community Revitalization and Redevelopment in Harford County
  • Planning and Innovation for Transportation in Harford County
  • Attracting tomorrow’s workforce to Harford County

Yolanda Vazquez of Comcast Newsmakers speaks with Dr. Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College, about Connect Harford and how it was originally founded. The 3rd annual Connect Harford event takes place on September 29, 2015. Recorded on 9/1/2015.

Connect Harford is a unique and visionary gathering of leaders in business, government, and education who are dedicated to promoting and inspiring economic growth and a prosperous future for the diverse community that is Harford County. 

Harford County possesses many assets – educated workforce, technological innovations, strong educational institutions, healthy business environment, and prime geographic location – which provide it with the potential of becoming one of the top places to live, work, and play in the United States.

Through conversations identifying economic opportunities, addressing barriers, sharing innovative solutions, and providing access to information, Connect Harford will inspire all stakeholders—current and future—to take the actions needed today to make their vision a reality tomorrow.

Full Agenda
Moving Harford County forward.

7:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome
8:20 Keynote: Lisa Bodell,CEO of futurethink
9:10 Break
9:25 Vision for Harford County: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive
10:00 Break

Information Sessions (choose one of three):
#1 - Attracting tomorrow's workforce to Harford County

#2 - Planning and Innovation for Transportation in Harford County
#3 - Community Revitalization and Redevelopment in Harford County
11:10 Break
11:30  Information Sessions (choose on of three):
#1 - Attracting tomorrow's workforce to Harford County
#2 - Planning and Innovation for Transportation in Harford County
#3 - Community Revitalization and Redevelopment in Harford County
12:30 Thank You and Closing Remarks: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive
12:45  Box Lunch

Attracting Tomorrow's Workforce to Harford County

Changing generational trends are impacting how organizations work and how they attract employees. What will tomorrow’s workforce look like? What’s important to them? What challenges do Harford employers face in succession planning? What can Harford County offer to attract the next generation workforce? This session will look at employer needs and recruitment efforts (including perspectives from both APG and private industry) as well as explore what is realistic for Harford County and what work should be done today to ensure our communities offer the amenities and resources that will attract the desired labor force of tomorrow.

Moderator: Karen Holt,  Director, Harford County Office of Economic Development


  • Tom Sadowski, President & CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
  • Sally L. Smoot, Deputy Director, Civilian Human Resources Agency - Northeast/Europe Region (CHRA-NE/EU) 
  • Ted Wasielewski, Director, Human Resources, Gordon Food Service, Mid-Atlantic Division
  • Daraius Irani, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Division of Innovation & Applied Research; Chief Economist, Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University
  • Bruce England, Executive Director, Susquehanna Workforce Network

Planning and Innovation for Transportation in Harford County

Today more than ever, we’re a mobile society -- always on the move. Despite common misperceptions, much has been done to address the transportation needs of Harford County. This session will share information about transportation priorities and projects currently underway, shed light on problems that have been identified, and highlight the plans in place to implement solutions. Panelists will discuss the process for funding projects, long-term planning around multiple modes of transportation (road, rail, bus, bike), impediments and challenges that could use your help, as well as innovative thinking and best practices being successfully implemented elsewhere. 

Moderator: Steve Overbay, Deputy Director, Harford County Office of Economic Development


  • Jim Ports, Deputy Secretary – Operations, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Michael Kelly, Executive Director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Timothy Whittie, P.E., Director, Harford County Department of Public Works

Community Revitalization and Redevelopment in Harford County

As we envision the future of Harford County, there is an opportunity to embrace market forces to effect positive change. What are the opportunities to revitalize and redevelop communities? What do investors, developers and retailers look for?  Given the county’s demographics, what’s possible - what does the right mix look like?  How do we address the obstacles? In this session, panelists will discuss the possibilities for redevelopment in Harford County, looking at residential, commercial and retail aspects and highlighting the realities of what can be done, how long it might take, and what involvement is needed from the community to support forward movement.

Moderator: Eric McLauchlin, Chair of Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board, and founding partner at Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC


  • W. Paul Thompson, Jr., President, Architectural Design Works, Inc. (ADW)
  • Clark Turner, Owner, Clark Turner Homes
  • Stewart Lee, Chief Lending Officer, 1st Mariner Bank
  • Phyllis Grover, Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Aberdeen

Planning Committee

  • Barbara Canavan, Harford County
    Public Schools
  • Jim Dresher, The Dresher Foundation
  • Patti Dresher, The Dresher Foundation
  • Jeff Foulk, SURVICE Engineering
  • Rajiv Goel, Offit/Kurman
  • Dennis Golladay, Harford Community College
  • Mary Hastler, Harford County
    Public Library
  • Karen Holt, Harford County Government
  • Maryland State Senator J.B. Jennings
  • Pam Klahr, Harford County
    Chamber of Commerce
  • Genene LaCour, APG Federal Credit Union
  • Don Lewis, APG Federal Credit Union
  • Jill McClune, Avon Protection Systems/Army Alliance
  • Brenda Morrison, Harford Community College
  • Michael A. Parker, Leidos
  • Robin Platts, The Dresher Foundation
  • Jim Richardson, Harford County Government
  • Lyle Sheldon, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
  • Craig Ward, Frederick Ward
    Associates, Inc.