Stanley Black and Decker Creates 
400 Jobs in Baltimore County

Towson-based company Stanley Black and Decker announced plans to add 400 jobs in Baltimore County as it opens a new facility in Middle River. According to the Baltimore County Government, Stanley Black and Decker plans to add employees to its global tools and storage department in the Greenleigh at Crossroads development. The new office will provide space to employees working in a wide range of fields from electromechanical engineering to company marketing.

According to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Stanley Black and Decker’s investment in Baltimore County is reflective of the region’s dedication to innovation.

“This major expansion by a global industrial leader shows their confidence in Baltimore County’s innovation economy and our highly skilled workers,” he said.

National Bike Share Program Comes to Towson

Spin Co., a San Francisco-based bike-share company, recently launched a pilot version of its bike-sharing program on the campuses of Towson University and Goucher College. To test ridership before rolling out a potential expansion of the program in late spring, Spin distributed around 130 bicycles around the two campuses. Unlike other programs that have designated docks and pickup points, Spin uses a GPS and digital app to keep track of their bikes, creating a level of flexibility that has proved popular among Towson and Goucher students.

Pamela Mooney, Towson University’s director of parking and transportation, said she is happy with the program’s implementation.

“Alternative transportation is one of the parking and transportation department’s areas of responsibility as well as trying to be green and minimize our carbon footprint,” Mooney said. “We hope that students will migrate to the bikes versus the buses.”

Towson University OpenS 
Renovated Fitness Center

Towson University recently completed a 94,000-square-foot addition to Burdick Hall, the university’s recreation center. The state-of-the-art facility and renovation, which cost $42.5 million, is meant to promote student health and wellness and provide more space for the university’s growing enrollment. In addition to more space, the center now has two rubber floored courts, three studios for group fitness classes, a cycling studio, a sprint hill and simulated stadium stairs.

Towson University’s Director of Campus Recreation Grady Sheffield is enthusiastic about the results.

“This is a game-changer, not only for the department but the university as a whole,” he said. “Campus recreation will still be one of the largest facilitators of career readiness competencies that employers look for in college graduates but on a much larger scale and to more students who seek employment on campus.”

Katherine Vettori Named Towson University Women’s Soccer Coach

Earlier this year, Katherine Vettori was named the new coach of Towson University’s women’s varsity soccer team. Vettori, who has lived in Towson for the last 17 years, previously served as the head coach of Baltimore’s Loyola University. Vettori stepped down from Loyola in 2013 after a successful five-year tenure that earned her MAAC Conference Coach of the Year in 2009.

Vettori said she is excited and ready for the challenge of shaping Towson’s team into prominent league contenders.

“The team is fantastic. I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s time to take the program in a different direction. I’ve been given the resources to do something special here.”