Balto. Co. development appointee meets council
New Baltimore County economic development director Daniel C. Gundersen hopes to tie up loose projects as he starts his new position.
He told the County Council on Tuesday that he plans to set priorities among a variety of projects, small and large-scale, ongoing and stagnant while addressing major concerns, such as the impending closure of Solo Cup Co., in Owings Mills.
“Moving forward there needs to be a strategic vision and a strategic plan that is well coordinated with all of the different offices of the county,” Gundersen said.
Councilman Tom Quirk said he does not want smaller retail development projects, such as those along Frederick Road in Catonsville, to get overlooked. Gundersen said that would not be the case.
“Economic development in my book is about all of the inputs to economic prosperity. Too often we look at economic development and we say it’s either industrial development, commercial development, [or] business park formation,” he said. “Economic development today is so much broader. … It’s also innovation and intellectual capital. What you’ll see in me is a willingness to work with others wherever they may be housed, in whatever office.”
The council is slated to confirm Gundersen’s appointment on Monday.