Gouge to push area in N.Y.

Commissioner joins metro leaders today on promotional trip

Making business contacts

Carroll County

April 25, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A delegation including Carroll County Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge is in New York today to market the Baltimore area.

The two-day sales mission, which ends this evening, was organized by the Greater Baltimore Alliance, an economic development group that is also sending representatives.

"This will give us a great opportunity to promote the positives of the Baltimore region - our educational systems, libraries, open space and parks, the professional ball teams and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra," said Gouge, a Greater Baltimore Alliance board member. "We go on these trips with an open mind, realizing that what benefits one county is a benefit to others."

David S. Iannucci, secretary of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Howard County Executive James N. Robey, Harford County Executive James Harkins and Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens are also expected to make the trip to New York.

While in New York, Gouge will meet with representatives from more than a dozen different companies, including Estee Lauder, NBC and North American Realty Advisory Services, a real estate consulting firm. Nearly all of them have ties to Maryland, said Jim Smith, an alliance spokesman.

The trip will cost Carroll taxpayers about $1,500, Gouge said. In past years, she has traveled to Los Angeles and Chicago with the alliance to promote the region.

Jack Lyburn, Carroll's economic development director, accompanied Gouge to Chicago but is unable to go to New York.

"I've got too much going on here," he said. "We're getting ready to close on some major deals."

Gouge's trip to Chicago two years ago could soon be profitable for Carroll. She said yesterday that an industrial developer she met there hopes to develop a multimillion-dollar business center near Carroll County Regional Airport along Route 97 north of Westminster. Lyburn would not comment.

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