Welcome to The Business Monthly’s Salute to the West County Chamber (WCC). 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 WCC 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 north and west; but, 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, the Odenton Town Center (OTC), Maryland Live! Casino and Arundel Mills, and Waugh Chapel. With Fort Meade alone representing nearly $27 billion in economic impact to the region — the largest employer in the State of Maryland — and Maryland Live! Casino generating more than $1 million per day in revenues, there is plenty of opportunity in West County.

In this section, you will find articles about the OTC, Fort Meade and Arundel Mills. We have also included information about the WCC’s efforts on behalf of our members in our 2016 Annual Report.

With ongoing revisions to the OTC Master Plan (adoption is expected this spring), a very busy legislative session and hope for new OTC infrastructure in the county’s budget, the WCC’s focus this year is on advocacy. 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 WCC is your place for business.