Looking to the Future

Date: May 23, 2016

In May, more than 100 guests joined United Way for an “In Their Own Words” breakfast in Baltimore County with Michael E. Moore, CEO of Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC. Moore shared the dynamic plan that is transforming Sparrows Point into a global leader in logistics and trade, “igniting a new era of promise and opportunity.” Sparrows Point is the most unique and complex large scale industrial projects in the country with more than 3,000 acres in a major metropolitan market,  a deep water port, a short-line railroad that connects directly to two major rail lines (CSX & NS), a major interstate highway, and an industrial water treatment plant.

Since steelmaking ceased in 2012, Sparrows Point is being environmentally rejuvenated and economically reinvented. “We are charged with transforming an old steel mill into an economic engine,” Moore said. “The legacy and heritage of this site bears a burden and responsibility to get this right.”

Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, kicked off the event. Furst discussed the individuals and families being helped in central Maryland with United Way’s Family Stability Program and acknowledged the Family Stability Program in Dundalk as an example of successful collaboration among numerous organizations, all working together to create a stable and self-sufficient population in Baltimore County.

Furst also welcomed Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Dr. Kurtinitis spoke of the relationship CCBC and their students have with United Way of Central Maryland. Students and staff have enjoyed volunteering with United Way at numerous events, including the annual Project Homeless Connect, a city-wide resource fair that brings more than 100 services to nearly 2,000 individuals and families who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness. Dr. Kurtinitis shared how some of her students have benefited from United Way’s services, including the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline. “How can you study and learn at a higher education institution when you are worried about finding your next meal or where you will sleep that night?” said Dr. Kurtinitis. More than 50 percent of students at CCBC receive financial aid and many are not strangers to hunger and homelessness at some point in their lives.

Guy Flynn, partner at DLA Piper, introduced Michael Moore and shared Moore’s voracious reading habits and impressive résumé. Moore’s lengthy tenure in logistics included 18 moves spanning six countries.

Regina Aris, vice chair of United Way’s Baltimore County Partnership Board and assistant director at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, acknowledged her fellow partnership board members, under the leadership of Chair Ken Westary, VP for Institutional Advancement at CCBC. Aris encouraged guests to reach out to partnership board members to become more engaged in the community and help change the odds for individuals and families facing homelessness in central Maryland.

This was United Way’s first “In Their Own Words” breakfast in Baltimore County, made possible thanks to the generosity of Community College of Baltimore County, event sponsor, and DLA Piper, “In Their Own Words” series sponsor.

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