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The Anne Arundel Trade Council is courting hundreds of corporations from around the country, trying to draw new business and boost economic development.

The trade council, with the help of the county Office of Economic Development, will sponsor the county's first Executive Tour in April for corporate chief executive officers. The bus tour will highlight commercial properties and stress the quality of life in Anne Arundel.

Tour committee chairman Tad Wood of Smithy Braedon said the tour will build on Annapolis' national name recognition and focus on the county as a whole.

"Tour participants will gain an appreciation of the county's strategic location, excellent infrastructure, ChesapeakeBay setting and other quality of life attributes," Wood said.

Organizers, who will send invitations to about 500 companies by March 1,hope to persuade companies to move here, thereby advancing the county's economic development.

"We think there's so much that's attractive in this county for business people," said Jeanette Wessel, trade council executive director. "We just have to tell them about it."

County Executive Robert R. Neall will kick off the April 29 tour witha breakfast address. The three-hour drive will start

at the PowerTechnology Center in Annapolis and stop at city business and touristsites, including the Naval Academy.

From there, it will cover thearea around Baltimore-Washington International Airport, as well as business parks, shopping malls and housing developments. A county economic development officer and officials of key industries will narrate.

The tour will wind up at Odenton's Piney Orchard planned community.

Dan Colussy, chief executive officer of UNC Inc., a manufacturer of jet engine and aircraft parts, will address tour participants at a luncheon.

Colussy, a sailing enthusiast, moved his company to the county from Falls Church, Va., in 1985.

Regional businesses will support the tour through corporate sponsorships, in exchange for listings and advertisements in the comprehensive 1992 Executive Tour Guide given to tour participants.

Any business interested in sponsoring the tour should contact the trade council.

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