The Grove Wins Best in Category Award for Community and Economic Development – ​​Baltimore Sun

The National Association of Counties (NaCo) named The Grove Best in Category for Community and Economic Development, receiving its highest award in 2022.

The Grove at Harford is an agribusiness incubator enabling local farmers, artists and food processors to sell their products directly to consumers and promote commerce and the sustainability of local agriculture. Vendors rent space in The Grove’s open-air barn-like building with eight indoor stalls, two kiosks, and outdoor stalls available.

“A lot of these vendors are sort of incubators,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “The whole philosophy behind The Grove is that people starting a business have to rent commercial and expensive space to come here. We rent them a booth and they start small and attract people.

The grove also hosts special events that make it a destination for residents to gather in the heart of Harford’s farming community and enjoy food, entertainment and shopping.

The grove site includes a location for local agricultural offices and meeting rooms, a preserved historic house featuring farm-themed artifacts, an agricultural-themed playground, and walking trails that will connect soon to an agriculture-themed library under construction.

Although many wondered what The Grove would become when it was built in 2020, The Grove seems to have become the incubator Glassman wanted it to be. Le Bosquet is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from April to December, except public holidays. Fourth Fridays are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The grove is at 3519 Conowingo Road at Street.

Additionally, three additional NACo Achievement Awards were given to Harford County programs that support first responders to the opioid epidemic, help disabled beneficiaries navigate Medicare, and improve land preservation using the technology. Harford County has won a total of 20 NACo awards under the Glassman administration.

“The NACo awards are important because they focus on programs that really help people and can be replicated by other jurisdictions,” Glassman said. “I am proud that Harford County continues to be a leader in this area, and I want to thank my staff for bringing these programs to our citizens and businesses. »

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Harford County’s award-winning programs in 2022 are:

Understand the role of first responders in recovery

Understanding the Role of First Responders in Recovery is a two-hour training that educates first responders about the illness of addiction and identifies opportunities for them to encourage treatment and provide resources to family members at home . The training includes information about the risk of first responder substance use disorder due to PTSD, long hours, repetitive traumatic calls, and little sleep or downtime. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems for Required Continuing Education Units along with other state agencies has been approved as a best practice.

ALVIN — The Farmland Valuation Index

ALVIN: The Farmland Valuation Index is a computer program that establishes a monetary value for land placed in agricultural preservation. The program assesses soil productivity, land quality, development potential, site location and other factors to develop an assessment. It calculates a competitive ranking score to prioritize plots assessed for inclusion in the county’s agricultural preservation program.

Transition to Medicare

The Harford County Transitioning to Medicare Educational Brief for the Disabled Population Under 65 is a step-by-step resource to help them meet timelines and navigate the transition from Medicaid to Medicare from more informed and organized way. This population has limited choices that supplement Medicare and timelines that are often missed because access to timely information and resources can be sporadic and confusing. The resources in the pack allow beneficiaries to follow the transition steps to becoming properly insured and able to make informed choices as their circumstances change.