How SWN Collaborates with Economic Developers
Workforce issues can be a tremendous barrier to retaining, growing, and attracting businesses. As an economic developer, achieving success with this mission is directly impacted by the ability of our regional workforce stakeholders to find effective and innovative solutions to our workforce challenges. The Susquehanna Workforce Network makes investments to solve the critical workforce issues businesses and workers face in our region. We focus on increasing the skills of all workers to improve their economic security and better meet the needs of businesses. We connect business and workers with education and economic development opportunities to produce the skilled workforce necessary for the region to compete in the New Economy.
Economic Development Collaborators
Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development
The Harford County Office of Economic Development provides a variety of programs and services to foster business retention, growth and new investment for all size businesses. The executive director of the Susquehanna Workforce Network and its board members serve on the Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board. This collaboration ensures alignment between workforce development and economic development. Business representatives from the SWN and economic development staff are in continuous collaboration to support a variety of needs of our growing business community. This collaboration ensures alignment between workforce development and economic development.
Among OED’s programs are Workforce Technical Training Grants that assist companies in accelerating the technical training to their employers; Entrepreneurs Edge, which helps bring ideas to reality by assisting entrepreneurs to develop their business plans and ideas; and Harford’s Business Incubator supports the growth of young technology companies.
Cecil County Office of Economic Development
The Cecil County Office of Economic Development stimulates economic growth and job creation through the expansion of the county’s existing business and agricultural base, attraction of new business and the development of tourism. The executive director of the Susquehanna Workforce Network and its board members serve on the Cecil County Economic Development Commission. Business Representatives from the SWN and economic development staff are in continuous collaboration to support a variety of needs of our growing business community. This collaboration ensures alignment between workforce development and economic development.
Cecil OED’s Fast Track Designation, Enterprise Zones, and Revolving Loan Fund support the growth of the county’s business community.
The Army Alliance is dedicated to the well-being of programs and organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Army Alliance works to:
- Maintain Aberdeen Proving Ground as a key national defense asset and an economic driver to Maryland and Delaware by supporting its organizations, programs, and missions.
- Articulate Aberdeen Proving Ground’s value to national defense as a center of research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition.
- Help attract government and industry organizations to increase the region’s economic viability.
- Act as a coordinating body for organizations, groups, clubs, and individuals who have interest in maintaining a healthy and stable Aberdeen Proving Ground.