Economic Development Case Study: Anne Arundel County, MD

June 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Anne Arundel County, Maryland is a long way from Snohomish County, Washington in terms of miles, but there are some interesting parallels for Snohomish leaders to consider. The Anne Arundel County ED Corporation, a private nonprofit corporation, is an innovative ED organization that is focused on furthering the broader economic vitality of Anne Arundel County.

These are:

1. Both have significant defense sector influences.

2. Both are part of larger metropolitan areas, which are sources of opportunities and competition for economic development.

3. Both are working to manage and balance growth on a countywide basis.

4. Both are located on major bodies of water.

5. Both have significant urban and rural/agricultural area concentrations.

A few things in Anne Arundel County that Snohomish County leaders might look in addition to the commonalities are:

1. Anne Arundel County Government does not operate its own economic development operations, the Anne Arundel County ED Corporation provides these service on behalf of County Government.

2. The public and private sectors have done a relatively effective job of working together.

3. Anne Arundel County is served by a light rail service and the MARC commuter train, which relieves some of the commuting pressures and lessens the demands on the environment in terms of autos, emissions, and energy use

It’s worth a look. It is important to bear in mind there are no case studies, but many that provide useful learning examples of helpful tips.

A recent article in the Annapolis Capital Newspaper provides a useful Q&A about Anne Arundel County ED Corporation: Click here to read the article.


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