On Friday, March 24th, the BWI Business Partnership Offices were relocated to 1306 Concourse Drive, Suite 215, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.  All telephone/fax numbers and email addresses remain the same.

"The move, while just a couple of buildings over from the one we occupied for 9 years, went seamlessly," states executive director, Greg Pecoraro.  "We look forward to showing off our new office sometime in the near future."

 

Internships are not just for college students anymore.  Professionals in businesses and organizations across the region are participating in high school internship programs as mentors during the summer months as well as throughout the school year.  In Anne Arundel County Public Schools ninety-eight percent (98%) of the business mentors can't wait to get their next high school intern.

High school interns have a lot to offer their internship sites.  Today's students experience much more than the traditional high school curriculum and are highly-qualified to contribute in meaningful ways to the internships they pursue.  Don't let the perceived lack of experience deter you from considering a high school intern.  High school students have significant skill-sets as well as workplace professional and social skills.  High school magnet programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Biomedical and Allied Health, Performing and Visual Arts, and Signature programs prepare students to come to their internships with a wide variety of experience and a passion for learning.

Whether you need to complete a highly specialized project or need assistance in completing every day tasks, there is a high school intern to fit your needs.  For example, many employers might need a tech-savvy student to help them with their social media presence, perform market research or much more.

In Anne Arundel County Public Schools, our online internship portal -- www.aacpsstudentinernships.org -- and team of internship facilitators will make selecting and managing an intern a rewarding experience for you and your business.

To learn more about this awesome program, contact Tammy Diedrich at tdiedrich@aacps.org or 410.266.3185.

By Greg Pecoraro, Executive Director, BWI Business Partnership

As Maryland’s legislature gets down to business in Annapolis, transportation issues once again are sharply in focus. As the Governor seeks repeal of the transportation scoring bill enacted by the General Assembly last year over his veto, he has announced that many road projects in the State’s Consolidated Transportation program are now in jeopardy. These include projects in the BWI-Fort Meade region including improvements for MD 175, MD 198, MD 295, and MD 32. These projects are critical to providing better access to the region’s major economic engines, as well as allowing for the movements of commuters, goods, and services traveling along the Baltimore Washington corridor. As the region’s leading transportation advocate, the Partnership is working to ensure that these critical projects remain on schedule.

We are again supporting legislation that removes the 35% mandated farebox recovery imposed on the MTA, and replaces it with true performance metrics to help it become more reliable and efficient. The farebox recovery mandate, almost unique to Maryland’s transit system, has been a barrier to investing in the system, as greater investment requires an ever higher return from the farebox. Consequently, there is a disincentive to invest in the existing system, and a huge barrier to develop new services. Alternatively, measuring ridership, on-time performance, proximity to employment, cultural, and commercial venues as well as farebox receipts would help the MTA make its services more beneficial, efficient, and cost effective. It may also create an opportunity to increase the State’s investment in Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS).

Some legislators and transportation advocates are also calling for additional growth and investment in the MARC service between Baltimore and Washington on both lines. They are encouraging the MTA to plan more frequent trains on the Penn line, and expand service on the Camden line to run throughout the day in both directions.

The Partnership will be working to encourage policymakers in consider the impact all these improvements would have on our region. The entire Fort Meade/NSA complex and affiliated sites supports 190,000 jobs, generates $26.9 billion in total output and $13 billion in total wages. Additionally, the critical nature of their contribution to the national defense in these times of heightened concerns over cyber security cannot be measured. The total economic impact of BWI Marshall Airport runs to 97,000 jobs and more than $10 billion in personal and business revenues.  Transportation into and through this region is critical to both these facilities, and we will continue our efforts to share this message with decision makers in Annapolis and local governments.

The board and staff of the BWI Business Partnership is pleased to welcome Danielle C. Carter as Administrative Assistant.  When you visit or call the Partnership, her cheery personality will greet you. Danielle hails from New York City via Odenton, Maryland, so she is familiar with the area that the Partnership represents.  And, you'll have a opportunity to meet her at the February 22nd Signature Breakfast featuring Michael Moore, President of Tradepoint Atlantic.  (If you haven't registered -- you have until this Friday, February 17th!)

 

 

Happy New Year from the Board and Staff of the BWI Business Partnership.  If you would like to start the year off right and join this dynamic organization, please feel free to contact us.