Karen Holt

Economic Development
Title: Federal Installation Administrator, CSSC
Phone: 410-638-3059

Ms. Holt served as Regional BRAC Manager in Harford County's Office of Economic Development from 2006-2014 where she was responsible for grant administration, operations and communications for the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (CSSC) Consortium, a regional, 50+ organizational effort, established to address BRAC growth and support mission sustainability of the Aberdeen Proving Ground community. Through the Office of Economic Adjustment, the CSSC Regional Office secured more than $10 million in federal funding for infrastructure, transportation and other growth issues while serving as the region's clearinghouse for defense community news and information. She provided site management of the APG-CSSC Commuter Services Center staffed at APG as an installation/community partnership as well as the GroundFloor at Harford, a collaborative work space for app developers/designers, start ups and entrepreneurs She further served as editor to the CSSC Asset a quarterly, digital publication for the Greater APG community. Most recent CSSC study projects included the University Research Park: Advancing the Aberdeen Region as a Technology Hub, APG Community Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), and the APG Telework Feasibility and Best Practice Study.

Ms. Holt served as Public Information Officer for Cecil County Public Schools for more than 10 years before joining Harford County's Office of Economic Development. Prior positions included coordinating tourism-related economic development and local business efforts with Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, providing public relations and marketing for a federally-funded community development grant program through Cecil College; and serving as Public Affairs Assistant with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Ms. Holt serves as a board member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the Susquehanna Workforce Network, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore Economic Advisory Board, the Greater Baltimore Committee's Harford County Business Council, a member of the Women in Defense Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC), the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Advisory Board (NMHEAB) and the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership for Maryland (RAMP-MD). Ms. Holt has served as a liaison to the Army Alliance, Inc., board member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Aberdeen Chapter, as well as served on the Governor's Task Force for Higher Education in Northeastern Maryland in 2011 and chaired the Local Government Subcommittee's Education Workgroup for Maryland's BRAC Sub-Cabinet in 2008. She is active in community charity work in support of wounded warriors. 

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