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Baltimore County to host webinar on COVID-19’s economic impact, opportunities

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter the local economy for years and decades to come.

“Exploring Economic Impacts and Opportunities in the Baltimore Region” is the fifth session in the “Baltimore County Business Forum – COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar series.  The session will be held on July 1 at 1 p.m.

Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development Director Will Anderson will moderate this 60-minute session, where an expert panel will discuss the pandemic’s impact on businesses, recovery forecast trends and the unique opportunities emerging in business sectors like technology, logistics, domestic manufacturing, retail distribution and others.

“It’s important for government to partner with our business community to provide a data-informed analysis of where we are now and to offer insights into emerging trends and areas for potential economic expansion in the coming months and years,” said County Executive Olszewski, who will offer his perspective on the role of local government in supporting business resilience.

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The webinar will be presented live via Cisco WebEx on Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m., and webinar access information is posted online here. Recorded video of the completed webinar will be posted there shortly afterwards. People are invited to submit questions during the webinar via the live WebEx questions feature, or in advance by emailing

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Daraius Irani, V.P. of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University
  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Scott Phillips, Managing Director, Legal and Business Consulting Services, LLC
  • Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at University System of Maryland
  • Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) provides a comprehensive overview of resources and assistance available to help affected individuals and businesses. This information is available on the department’s website here.

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