Elkton Town Hall — March 3, 2010 — The commissioners were asked if the town was interested in “showcasing” Elkton at the final Fort Monmouth, NJ Relocation Fair on May 26, 2010 by Cecil County Dept. of Economic Development marketing coordinator Erika Quesenbery. Traditionally Economic Development works with the hospital, college, Chamber of Commerce, schools and other county-wide agencies to set-up a marketing display for the two-day recruiting events. But since this is the last relocation fair Economic Development is approaching the towns to see if municipalities want to “showcase what they have to offer” at the final one day opportunity. “The day for the lights to be turned off at Fort Monmouth and turned on at Aberdeen Providing Ground is Sept. 15, 2011,” Erika told the commissioners.
“Since BRAC talk has started, what percentage of people has come this way?” Commissioner Givens inquired. About 1300 relocated workers are presently at Aberdeen Proving Ground and of those 400 have permanently settled in Cecil County, while an additional 120 are renting was the reply. “We were projected to receive 7% but do the math on those numbers and it’s a lot more than 7% of people who are moving down,” she added. When the Commissioner observed that Cecil’s percentage of base realignment workers settling here from Monmouth County, NJ was nearing 50% the marketing director said “we’re getting there. They’re also going to Harford, Baltimore, York, Lancaster and New Castle counties.” Since the county is attracting, 40% of the available pool of militiary-related workers from the Northern New Jersey base Cecil is competiting successfully against other jurisidctions that are undertaking the same initiative. “So it’s more dispersed in other areas,” the commissioner concluded.