For years we have heard candidates for public office here in Cecil County tout the need to bring more jobs to our county. While on some level this need may be true, there have now been a few thousand new jobs created here in the county over the past 5-6 years. These jobs have largely been in the logistics and warehouse industry. Companies like Amazon, Lidl, and Medline have brought us a number of warehouse and distribution type jobs. These are typically great entry-level jobs and have certainly served to provide income and benefits for our workforce.
Now that we have a solid baseline of entry-level jobs, the focus must shift on bringing higher paying, career worthy employment to the county. The County has designated a section of the county along Rt 40 as our future “growth corridor” and have over the years encouraged growth in this area from new businesses. Legislation from our former Delegate, and a former Harford County Delegate largely paved the way for these warehouse jobs we have now, and future legislation can continue to pave the way for this targeted growth.
I will work in Annapolis to bring back the necessary funding to aid our County Executive and Council in fulfilling the promise to the people of Cecil County to bring better jobs to this area. This legislation should include funding for continued infrastructure development in our growth corridor, as well as incentives that will attract employers with more robust employment opportunities to our county.