In sports, the cliche goes that a tie is like kissing one's sister, which is to say, one isn't supposed to feel emotion about the result. In Baltimore County, Executive Roger B. Hayden is trying not to get too emotional about his county's new "sister," South Glamorgan County in Wales.
Mr. Hayden today welcomes the arrival of a Welsh delegation from the United Kingdom. The Baltimore County leader has said he won't be content to exchange Christmas cards and wants tangible economic benefits to accrue from the sister county relationship. He and some staffers traveled to Wales last January for a formal signing of the agreement. About a dozen people from South Glamorgan will visit this coming week.
Already, one idea has been seriously discussed: Two economic development staffers, one from each county, would swap homes for several months to find and foster business opportunities in the other's land. Baltimore County officials also have made contact with a laser disc company eager to open facilities in the United States. The Welsh leaders feel they can provide Baltimore County businesses with a foothold into the European Community market. As for tourism, both sides view themselves as sources of less expensive lodging near major cities and attractions.