The report from the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor shows Harford County, the home of the Proving Ground getting six in ten of the transfers.
In a distant second is Cecil County, with 18.2 percent of the transfers, even though bridge and I-95 tolls raise the cost of commuting to the Proving Ground. Discounts are available that can sharply reduce those tolls.
Bel Air, in Harford County, is the prime spot for relocations with two of its zip codes accounting for 580 relocations.
Nearly 170 transfers came were in Elkton zip codes, with a comparable number from the Port Deposit and Perryville areas.
New Castle County is third with 6.7 percent of transferees with Baltimore County at 5.4 percent, a disappointing figure for that area, given its proximity to Aberdeen.
As for Delaware, transferees are choosing the Bear-Glasgow area with the 19701 and 19702 zip codes accounting for nearly 80 relocations. The Newark zip code of 19711 gained 35 residents and Middletown (19709) accounting for 35. Real estate agents in Cecil and New Castle counties are hoping some of the prime residential areas are taken in Harford to help their sluggish markets get a boost.
It is worth noting that the current figures are based on about 2,700 relocations, with more than 350 personnel not accounted for in the figures provided by the U.S. Army. More than 8,000 jobs are coming directly to the Proving Ground, with thousands more in and around the base. Delaware is hoping that some of those jobs and companies might come in this direction. One drawing card comes with the the increasingly strong ties between the University of Delaware. and the Proving Ground. – Doug Rainey,