Tower Federal Credit Union Sponsors BWI Business Partnership Signature Breakfast
Laurel, MD—Tower Federal Credit Union sponsored the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Business Partnership's Signature Breakfast on April 29 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, Md. The featured speaker was Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Ph. D., President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Dr. Hrabowski spoke to over 300 business owners, military personnel, state and local government representatives and elected officials about the importance of education in Maryland, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
“For any region of the country, if we are to succeed, leadership and brain power will be critical,” he says. “Listen first, think in layers, build partnerships.”
Dr. Hrabowski acknowledged the recent unrest in Baltimore. “Life is a struggle, but the joy comes after the struggle.” Despite the problems, Hrabowski says he is optimistic about the city's future. “I believe in this region. I believe in Baltimore. We are all inextricably tied together. When we talk about business development we need to talk about community development. We need to support our youth and help them succeed.”
Dr. Hrabowski applauded Old Mill Middle School South, located in Millersville, Md., for winning a $10,000 donation from the non-profit Code.org in Maryland's first “Hour of Code” contest. The contest is designed to promote computer science, technology and cybersecurity and provide hands-on experience with computer programming in the classroom. Only one school in each state receives the award. Several students from Old Mill Middle School were honorary attendees at the breakfast.
“We are honored to sponsor events like the BWI Business Partnership breakfast,” says Martin Breland, Tower's President and CEO. “Education has always been a priority for Tower, and we strive to promote financial literacy, especially to our younger members.”
The breakfast concluded with a $250 donation from the BWI Business Partnership to Old Mill Middle School South. The Partnership also announced it has established an annual Engineering Essay Contest at the school.