Welcome to The Business Monthly’s Salute to the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WAACCC). We are honored to have this opportunity to highlight the economic growth going on in our area, as well as the activities of our highly engaged, advocacy-driven chamber of commerce.

The chamber traditionally covers the 11 Anne Arundel communities bounded by Route 3 in the south, Route 97 in the east, and the Anne Arundel county line to the north and to the west. However, in actuality, our membership footprint covers much of central Maryland, from Annapolis to Baltimore to the outskirts of D.C.

We welcome anyone with an interest in our vibrant economic area, which includes Fort Meade, Odenton Town Center, and Maryland Live! Casino and Arundel Mills. With Fort Meade (the largest employer in Maryland) alone representing more than $20 billion in economic impact to the region and Maryland Live! Casino generating more than $50 million per month in revenues, there is plenty of opportunity in West County.

Inside, you will find articles about the Odenton Town Center, Fort Meade, Arundel Mills and the most important issue facing our area: transportation infrastructure. We have also included information about the WAACCC’s efforts on behalf of our members in our 2014 Annual Report.

Our focus for this year is on engaging our members, and I look forward to the opportunity to involve you in the activities of the chamber. Whether your interest is in our advocacy efforts, our promotion of your business, the information we provide about area growth and opportunities or the connections we help you develop, the WAACCC is your place for business.

— Donna Logan, First National Bank, chairman of the board

— Claire Louder, president & CEO, West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce