Historic Agreement Between County and City Officials
Annapolis, MD (9-4-15) Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides, President and CEO of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation Bob Hannon, and members of both the City and County Council gathered today to witness an agreement, creating a partnership unlike any other in local government history.
County Executive Schuh and Mayor Pantelides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that utilizes input from both city and county transition teams and focuses on creating a better way to coordinate economic development efforts.
“We stand at the doorstep of a historic partnership between the city and county,” said County Executive Schuh. “I am excited for the future as we work to collaborate to ensure both jurisdictions work more efficiently and effectively together.”
“The city stands to benefit greatly from this collaboration with the County by realizing our recruitment and retention goals through data collection, technical assistance, and funding solutions,” Mayor Pantelides said. “Our goal, when we started the economic development effort six months ago, was to understand how we can best serve the city and county businesses, while working with already established business associations, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Conference and Visitors Bureau. This partnership helps us accomplish our goal.”
The MOU outlines significant resource sharing and recognizes the city’s creation of an Economic Development Division within the Department of Planning and Zoning and the hiring of a city economic development manager.
Hollis G. Minor was named to that position during today’s event. Prior to accepting the position, Ms. Minor worked as a business consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center, providing the Anne Arundel County small business community (businesses with up to $14 million in revenues and 500 employees) with consulting and training services to increase their economic impact. Ms. Minor has also served as President of the Minor Group, Inc., located in Annapolis, since 1997. She will begin her new post on Tuesday, September 8.
Highlights of the MOU include:
- The City will commit funding, staff positions and technical and administrative resources to the operation of the Economic Development Division for purposes of its Economic Development Program.
- The City will ensure the Economic Development Division collaborates with the AAEDC to provide the financing, technical and regulatory guidance in support of City investors, real estate brokers and businesses.
- The City will establish an “Economic Development Advisory Task Force” to assist the City with development of a City economic development plan.
- The AAEDC will cooperate with the City in recruitment of businesses and identification of economic development opportunities that benefit both the City and the County.
- The AAEDC will assist the City’s Economic Development Division in promoting business financing and entrepreneur programs to City businesses.
- The AAEDC will facilitate business development counseling to City businesses through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is housed in AAEDC offices.
Over the next several months, the city and county will be entering into other arrangements, making both better stewards of taxpayer’s money.