Marine vet hired by Harford to run Aberdeen Proving Ground liaison consortium

CSSC is Harford County's prime agency for handling BRAC and other APG related initiatives

Daniel Whipp, a Harford County native and Marine Corps veteran, has been hired to lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman.

The CSSC, an arm of the Harford County Office of Economic Development, is a 52-member regional consortium of government, industry and academia representatives whose primary focus is the economic vitality of the region in support of sustaining the mission of Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to a county government news release.

The CSSC Office is co-located with the Office of Economic Development at the Swan Creek Village Center on Route 40 in Havre de Grace, about two miles from APG.

"We are pleased to have Daniel join our team and lead the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor and its regional initiatives," Karen Holt, director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development, said in a statement.

The position opened with the recent retirement of Denise Carnaggio after nearly 30 years of county government service, most recently as CSSC coordinator.

Whipp's salary is $55,000 a year, county spokesperson Cindy Mumby said.

Whipp is a 2014 Loyola University MBA graduate. He received his bachelor of science in business administration with a minor in finance from York College of Pennsylvania before enlisting in the Marine Corps, where he attended The Basic School in Quantico, Va., completing the Marine Officer Leadership Course.

Whipp was then stationed at Fort Sill, OK where he completed the artillery officers' course, a leadership training required for officers selected to serve within an artillery unit or as a liaison representative working with other combat arms specialties. He successfully completed an operational deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Gasmir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan from May 2011 through June 2012, and was then stationed at Marine Corps Base Pendleton through February 2013.

Following graduation from Loyola's accelerated MBA program, Whipp worked as a problem solver area manager at Amazon in Baltimore.

CSSC is the financial link to federal dollars infused in the APG community for planning and assessment as a BRAC growth community. To date, CSSC has received more than $10 million in federal funding from the DoD Office of Economic Adjustment and executed more than 25 studies and analyses, from curriculum needs to research park feasibility, commuter services and, most recently, the Joint Land Use Study with Harford, Cecil and Kent counties, the cities of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace and APG.

"CSSC is a critical entity in terms of communication and collaboration across our region for our defense community," Glassman said. "Although we strive for a diversified economy, we recognize the vital role DoD and the related contracting community contributes as an economic engine."

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