Hayden offers economic growth plan Conservative tone matches the times

October 09, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

After personally re-inventing Baltimore County's Economic Development Commission and chairing weekly meetings through the summer, County Executive Roger B. Hayden presented his new economic growth plan yesterday at a Pikesville business luncheon.

Sounding what is now a familiar theme, Mr. Hayden told the crowd gathered at the annual business awards luncheon, jointly sponsored by the county and the Chamber of Commerce, there will never be a "return to the days when government attempts to do all things for all people."

His plan, distributed in summary form and outlined briefly by commission chairman H. Grant Hathaway and director E. Neil Jacobs, is a conservative one to match the uncertain economic times. It emphasizes holding on to the businesses and industries already in the county, revitalizing older business districts, and targeting industries that might be attracted to the Baltimore area.

Also of prime interest is the new 313-acre Sparrows Point Industrial Park, and a life-sciences research park planned for an 80-acre section of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Mr. Hathaway said the commission, which Mr. Hayden restored to its full complement of 25 members, will actively seek out meetings with various county business groups to see what they want and need to thrive. Also, the commission will help market the area, provide a good business climate, cooperate with other area local governments, and plan the infrastructure needed for more business development.

The plan also stated that a major goal is to find uses for the Rosewood School in Owings Mills and for Spring Grove Hospital near UMBC in Catonsville.

Since late June, when former commission director Kenneth C. Nohe resigned after several months of turmoil, Mr. Hayden has replaced the commission's chairman, director and over half the membership. He has also personally chaired weekly commission meetings and helped write the new plan.

Mr. Nohe sparked controversy by firing three high-ranking xTC commission staffers, spending $1,700 entertaining business and government people in January, and feuding with Samuel Cook, the former commission chairman.

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