Business Conditions in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County’s economy is out of balance. While we benefit greatly from the presence of such federal assets as Fort Meade, NSA, the Naval Academy and the businesses linked to them, the business environment for our private employers is difficult.

As a result, our local economy is overly dependent on federal spending. As federal spending contracts in the years to come, our local economy will suffer unless we create a more business-friendly climate in our County.

I am nurturing our federal assets while reinvigorating our private economy through conservative fiscal policies in order to create jobs.

Policies to Promote Private Employment:

Business owners who operate in multiple jurisdictions regard Anne Arundel County’s regulatory structure as one of the worst in the State.

As a business owner who contributes to the County tax base, I know firsthand how frustrating it can be for small businesses to get started, create jobs and grow in the current environment.

I am working to remove unnecessary layers of regulation, simplify our laws and improve processes so that our local businesses will thrive and create jobs. I am reforming the permitting process so that permit applications are handled expeditiously, courteously, cost-effectively and in a manner consistent with law.

The Cost of Doing Business:

The County has allowed taxes and fees on employers to reach levels that impede economic activity and kill jobs. I am working with the County Council to reduce taxes and fees over time to bring down the cost of doing business and to drive job creation.

Town Centers:

Annapolis Towne Center is a successful model of turning an unproductive eyesore into a thriving and attractive hub of retail and residential development. Glen Burnie Town Center is also a success, and Arundel Mills is expanding our tax base. But two areas need particular attention: Odenton Town Center and Pasadena.

After some progress in Odenton, the County’s critical role in coordinating the permit process, building infrastructure, and attracting the right commercial and retail tenants has stalled. Pasadena is the only major town in our County without a town center, and its major thoroughfare is in need of renewal. As County Executive, I am facilitating efforts to promote appropriate development in these communities.