A: I believe the best distinction for Harford County in recent years is how we have successfully survived the recession. Our economy has been strong, we have worked to make our local government more efficient and we have maintained the vital services for our citizens.
Q: Any important countywide changes or new programs Harford County residents should know about?
A: Harford County has developed new programs and resources to assist citizens in starting their own businesses. The Ground Floor at Harford opened in May 2013 in the Swan Creek Shopping Center, just two miles from Aberdeen Proving Ground. The facility provides a community-driven workspace and collaboration center for independent software application development. Harford County wants to provide an environment that fosters technology development and entrepreneurial activities. The Office of Economic Development introduced Harford’s Entrepreneurs Edge in partnership with the Harford County Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College, the Small Business Development Center and Harford Business Innovation Center. This business development network provides tools, training and guidance.
Q: Where should new residents look for resources and information?
A: The most up-to-date information on parks and recreation, county ordinances and links to other county resources can be found at harfordcountymd.gov. For visitor information on attractions and events, visit the tourism website at harfordmd.com. For local information on business resources visit Economic Development’s website at harfordbusiness.org.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about summer in Harford County?
A: Harford County hosts so many wonderful annual festivals — the BBQ Bash in Bel Air, the Seafood Festival in Havre de Grace, July Fourth celebrations and parades in our towns, the Darlington Apple Festival. My family really enjoys attending outdoor summer concerts, and Harford County offers many choices at our attractions and wineries.
Q: What’s the most anticipated annual event?
A: From a family perspective, Melinda and I look forward to our annual holiday celebrations and special family time with our children and eight grandchildren. From a social perspective, Melinda and I look forward to the annual Harford United Charities Gala, which this year raised a million dollars for local charities.
Q: What’s on the horizon for Harford County?
A: Due to its location on the I-95 corridor and close proximity to major cities, Harford County should continue to remain attractive to new businesses and residents. With a possible BRAC 2015, Aberdeen Proving Ground may gain some additional missions. Quality of life with excellent schools, affordable housing, available retail and job opportunities make Harford County an attractive place to live and raise a family.
Q: Next year marks the end of your term as county executive, so what’s on the horizon for David Craig?
A: I have been exploring the possibility of running for governor in 2014. I would like to have the opportunity to offer my vision of efficient government to Maryland citizens.