Upcoming Events

Aug 23

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is comprised of Partnership members interested in growing the membership while enhancing the experience offered.

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Aug 30

Nonprofit Resource Roundtable

Partnership members with a focus or interest in the nonprofit world gather to network and share ideas & connections

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Sep 14

Laurie Barnett, Southwest Airlines

Ms. Barnett is responsible for guiding the efforts of Media Relations, Employee Communications, Emergency Response & Business Continuity, Strategic Public Relations, Community Programs & Engagement, Visual Communication, and Community Affairs & Grassroots

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July 2018 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

The keyword in BWI Business Partnership is…..PARTNERSHIP.  There is no better honor than to be able to stand up and share support and praise about our partners.  This was the case most recently, when I had the opportunity to testify in support of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Southwest Airlines at the Board of Public Works meeting on July 19th.

Hosted by Governor Hogan, along with our State Comptroller and Treasurer, I joined others in the community in giving testimonies with thoughts and insight in support of both the airport and the airline that ultimately led to the board's approval for the expenditure of BWI Airport’s expedited procurement request. 

The BWI Airport team requested an expedited procurement with an estimated cost of $60M to develop a Concourse A 5-Gate Extension.  These improvements will provide additional gates and associated support facilities to meet existing and projected demand for Southwest operations during the renovation and expansion of the A/B Connector and Baggage Handling System as well as their expanded operations post construction. 

Throughout my comments to our Maryland leadership I highlighted the mission of the BWI Business Partnership: to facilitate quality relationships among leaders from business, government, and organizations striving to make a difference by accelerating positive growth in the BWI Region.  BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and Southwest Airlines are two great examples of the above mission, and it was an honor to support their efforts.  Once again, the procurement request was approved!  Congratulations to the BWI Airport leadership and their entire team. This is great news for our entire community.

Ed Rothstein (COL, Ret.) | Executive Director

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Upcoming Partnership Events

Join 12 of the region's associations and chambers for one of the largest networking breakfasts of the year! Bring your best elevator pitch and LOTS of business cards!


A 20+ year veteran of Southwest Airlines, Ms. Barnett is responsible for guiding the efforts of SWA's Strategic Public Relations, Employee and Visual Communications, Social Business, Community Outreach, and Preparedness functions.


Save the Date

2018 Signature Breakfast Dates:

October 12, 2018

November 16, 2018

December 14, 2018

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In the News

Airport Expansion

Annapolis, Maryland – (July 18, 2018) – Maryland officials on Thursday approved a $60 million renovation and expansion project at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot and residents who live near the airport.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to fund the project — which airport officials say is needed to fix aging infrastructure...

With Thursday’s vote, the Maryland Aviation Administration said it plans to solicit bids for the project and award the job by December. The expedited procurement process would allow construction to break ground in January and finish by July 2020.

Smith said the expedited schedule is needed to retain Southwest at the airport.

Testimony in support of the Expansion begins at 55:23

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation Celebrates 25 Years of Growing the County’s Business Community, Economy

Annapolis, Maryland – (July 18, 2018) – Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh joined staff and board members of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) to mark the organization’s silver anniversary. Mr. Schuh presented a county citation to AAEDC staff and its board of directors and gave brief remarks on AAEDC’s impact on the local and state economy.

“Since its official inception in July of 1993, AAEDC has played a significant role in expanding our business community and ushering in major real estate development projects that have raised the profile of Anne Arundel County,” said Mr. Schuh. “AAEDC has been instrumental in helping businesses start, grow and relocate here, enterprises that range from small mom-and-pop shops to industry icons. Their work has translated into thousands of jobs and a strong economy for Anne Arundel County.”

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Summer Youth Initiative

Discover the Possibilities!

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Aviation Administration, along with its industry partners, are reaching out to 50 Baltimore City youth to take them inside of one of the most fascinating workplaces in the world, a major metropolitan airport. For one week, they will be immersed in the day-to-day excitement of flight operations, airport security, transportation, and business.

The goal is to provide young minds with the unique opportunity to experience, up close and personal, the wide range of jobs and potential careers that the world of commercial aviation and transportation has to offer.

Participants will enjoy unprecedented access to BWI Marshall Airport and other facilities where they will see and do things the average passenger or visitor never gets to experience. With guides and mentors by their side every step of the way, they will literally explore the airport, inside and out. From this exceptional vantage point they will see and learn about the people and the variety of jobs necessary to make BWI Marshall Airport operate.

The program will be activity-driven to keep participants engaged and interested. They will go out on the airfield, observe air operations, visit the fire rescue facility and airport security training facilities, climb aboard the huge equipment used for snow removal, and directly interact with the people who do a variety of interesting jobs every day. In addition, BWI Marshall Airport is engaging its transportation partners at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies, and the hospitality industry to expose the range of career opportunities related to transportation and tourism.

A key component of the program will be the close interaction between program partner chaperones and campers as well as a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds including airline pilots and other professionals. It is here where the young people will hear about the importance of staying in school, hard work, commitment, and the personal discipline required to achieve one’s dream of working in an exciting and challenging environment.

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Transportation News

County Connector Shuttle Launch

On April 19, 2018, County Executive Steve Schuh stood between the Arundel Mills Mall and Live! Casino & Hotel and announced the upcoming launch of an initiative designed to tackle the challenge of connecting people to jobs in Anne Arundel County. “Connecting people with skills to the jobs that are hiring new employees is crucial to maintaining our prosperity and driving economic growth here in Anne Arundel County,” Schuh commented. Recognizing the large employers of the region, he proceeded to describe the county’s vision of a FREE shuttle that will allow job seekers and employees to access employment centers.

The County Connector launched on July 1, making stops at the BWI Light Rail; BWI MARC/Amtrak Station; Mathison Way; Dorsey/Candlewood stop; Arundel Mills/Live! Casino; and Arundel Preserve. This project, funded by the Local Development Council of Anne Arundel County, is an expansion of the pre-existing MillsRide Shuttle, which was operated by the Partnership and ran a loop between the mall/casino and the Cromwell Light Rail station between the hours of 9:30pm and 12:30am every night. The Local Development Council’s sole purpose is to advise the County Executive on the needs and priorities of the communities surrounding the Maryland Live! Casino and the expenditure of video lottery terminal funds. Together, it was determined that growing the geographic area covered by the shuttle to include the business district and the airport, as well as increasing its hours of operation was the key to servicing the community in the most beneficial way.

The BWI Business Partnership teamed up with the county’s Office of Transportation and is spearheading the pilot shuttle program. From July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019, the shuttle will operate 365 days a year, 19 hours a day (14 hours on Sundays and Holidays). Riders will be able to download an app that will track the location of the shuttle on the route, estimated times of arrivals, and will provide them with the means to send feedback to the Partnership. Issues or delays in service will be effectively communicated through the app, and the Partnership will utilize the technology to identify the most heavily used stops needs of the workforce.

The County Connector street team is currently meeting with human resource managers in the area, educating employees, and exhibiting at job fairs. To arrange a meeting or for more information, please contact the BWI Business Partnership at 410.859.1000 or email commute@bwipartner.org

Smart Airports & Regions Conference

Partnership COO Cate Sheehy will be attending the SMART AIRPORTS & REGIONS Conference & Exhibition from July 23-26 in Edmonton, Alberta. She is presenting on a panel coverin g the topic of Incorporating Urban and Commercial Development in and around the Airport Area.

The focus of the panel session is to provide examples of mixed commercial land use and airport area development as key drivers in boosting airport revenues, job creation, and attracting big business to the airport locality. Ms. Sheehy will be representing BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and its community partners as she reviews commercial strategies for maximizing the profitability of the airport area and discusses new urban conurbation development around the Airport and connected transportation links.

The Smart Airports & Regions Conference is the premier event covering how SMART Airports and their adjacent Regions are leveraging “Connectivity” to stimulate “Innovation and Opportunity”.

The Partnership will be joined by over 500 delegates from 200 organizations and 60 Airports/Airport Authorities.

Transportation Map

Every Thursday, the Partnership website will update its Transportation Map of all things transportation news-related in the Region! Scrolling over and clicking on an icon will reveal an update about that particular area as well as a link to an article with more information.


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Member Events

"Water, Water Everywhere"

August 15-18, 2018
Roland Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, Maryland

MACo’s 2018 Summer Conference will focus on all the ways counties work with water. From the health of the Bay and Maryland’s waterways to the infrastructure, treatment, and regulations that ensure safe and healthy water flows through our pipes, county governments are keeping our residents afloat. Conference sessions will discuss the Bay, water infrastructure, watermen and oyster/fishery/habitat issues, floods and other natural disasters, and ways to put the wind back in the sails of a tight budget.

Jacobsen Daniels Open House

August 27, 2018
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Partners In Care 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 4, 2018
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

November 8-10, 2017
The Hotel at UMD

The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry where business and public sector leaders convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s Tourism industry.  The summit attracts more than 250 attendees who engage with a variety of keynote speakers on industry trends, legislative representatives during a tourism town hall, participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination. This will be the 38th year of the MTTS through a continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and hundreds of volunteers.

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