For Additional Information
Director of Economic Development
Town of Bel Air
Economic Development Department
37 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Purpose - Bel Air’s economic development program focuses on creating policies, programs and activities that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the local community. The Town co-partners with numerous public, private and non-profit organizations involved in economic development, such as the Harford County Office of Economic Development, The Bel Air Downtown Alliance and the Maryland Small Business Development Center, to sustain and enhance business recruitment and retention, and identify funding sources for small businesses. This helps to create and retain jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. The economic development program also focuses on tourism, cultural arts and public amenity development such as parking garages, pedestrian pathways, parks and public art. These efforts provide the economic stimulus necessary to preserve Bel Air’s unique character, making it a great place to live, work and play for citizens of all ages.
Archer-Bull and Business of the Year Awards
This architectural design award is presented for exceptional design of new construction or rehabilitation projects. Nomination forms for the Business of the Year are available to download. These are reviewed in September of each year.
Call for Nominations Form
Available Space Inventory
The Economic Development Department publishes a quarterly report identifying commercial properties that are available for lease or sale. Interested parties may contact the property owner or representative for further details. If you are looking for commercial property in Bel Air, please check the attached quarterly report. If you would like to advertise a commercial property that is within the Town boundaries, please contact the department at 410.838.0584 or 410.879.2012.
Inventory - September 2013
Map - September 2013
Business Assistance Publications
The Economic Development Department maintains several publications (free of charge) for individuals interested in starting a new business, operating a home-based business, or finding a business location. For more information, contact the department at 410.838.0584 or 410.879.2012.
The Town of Bel Air is the governmental, financial, commercial and medical center for Harford County with a large daytime population and a rural suburban character.
PDF Download - Demographics
The Economic Development Department maintains a wide variety of materials intended to assist local businesses and prospective businesses. Some items of possible interest include a Market Study, an available space inventory which is updated quarterly and several promotional pamphlets about shopping, parking and events within the Town. To view a copy of the current Market Study click on the PDF Download below.
PDF Downloard - Information Chart
Maryland Green Registry
Organizations Working Toward a Sustainable Maryland.
The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program offering tips and resources for greening your facility as well as the opportunity to share your environmental successes with others. There is no cost to join.
• Maryland Green Registry window decal to display at your facility
Use of the Maryland Green Registry logo on promotional materials
• The posting of your environmental profile, as approved by you, on the Maryland Green Registry website
• Free technical and informational assistance to help you implement environmental best practices
• Information about upcoming webinars and conferences
• Access to the Maryland Green Registry group on LinkedIn
• Eligibility for annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards
Download and complete the MD Green Registry application here: http://mde.maryland.gov/MarylandGreen/Pages/Home.aspx and then e-mail to email@example.com ((mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Public Art Amenities
The Town of Bel Air is the home to manyl public art amenities, including sculptures and murals, that are located throughout the Town.
Historic Downtown Bel Air Mural, Downtown Parking Lot
Mural, Two Sisters’ Gallery
Life Cycle, Tollgate Marketplace
The Door, Kenmore Avenue
Day Break, Ma and Pa Trail at Route 24
Patrick Walker Memorial, Shamrock Park Memorial Grove
Maxey and Me, Bel Air Public Library
Bobcat, Bel Air High School
Butterfly Bench, Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Rockfield
Route 1 Corridor Economic Revitalization Strategy
This Economic Revitalization Strategy for Route 1 in the Town of Bel Air highlights a vision for transforming the Route 1 Corridor into a pedestrian-friendly mixed use urban street. It provides guidance only and a direction for implementation. It is a starting point. Although, there are some detailed recommendations, this document is a work-in-process that gives the Town’s officials, businesses and land owners, and residents a concept for what could occur. How this vision is accomplished will unfold over time through public and private investment, partnerships and individual endeavors. To view a copy of the Route 1 Report click on the PDF Download below.
Small Business Assistance Program
The Town of Bel Air provides assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs to help maximize revenue and support their vision and goals for their business. The Town works in partnership with the Harford County Office of Economic Development to provide financial analysis and assistance programs, and with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Harford Community College to provide assistance with marketing, finance, production, engineering, technology and business plan preparation. Access to training programs and information on the variety of loans from the SBDC is also available through the Town’s economic development program.
Bel Air Arts & Entertainment
Artists, businesses, government and cultural organizations come together in the Bel Air Arts & Entertainment District. As one of 21 designated Arts and Entertainment Districts in Maryland, the 99 acre district covers most of downtown. We have a thriving arts community comprised of many different types of artistic expression. The A&E District boasts concerts, art galleries, dance performances, theater for all ages, festivals and memorable holiday cultural events.
If you are an investor or entrepreneur, we offer tax incentives and personalized economic supports to help you grow your artistic and business dreams. Learn more on our website.