BELCAMP, Md. — New meeting space is on the way to accommodate the 80 new defense contractors, eight new professional organizations and 2,300 new jobs brought to Harford County by the transformation of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).
In late May, ground was broken for Water’s Edge Events Center, just off Maryland Route 40 in the Water’s Edge Corporate Campus. The campus was once a Bata Shoe Factory; it has become an award-winning residential community and corporate campus on the Bush River.
The 31,588-square-foot events facility is scheduled to open next summer, and it will include a conference center, two banquet halls with water views and outdoor areas, and a private dining area.
“BRAC has transformed Aberdeen Proving Ground into the region’s key workforce center and the state’s third-largest economic powerhouse,” said Jim Foulk, co-owner of the center and president and CEO of Chesapeake Testing.
“These economic impacts have provided a strong case for the development of a large meeting and events facility in Harford County, which is exactly why Water’s Edge Events Center will be a welcome addition to the community,” he said.
A 2011 study by the local economic development office and the Greater Baltimore Committee found that the meeting, convention, and social event spaces in Harford County were insufficient and many organizations had to hold their events outside the county in Baltimore and Philadelphia.