Harford County Council District E
My name is Bridgette Johnson. I was born in Havre de Grace and raised on Elizabeth Street and then Locust Road. I’m a local girl who enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. After graduating Havre de Grace High School, I joined the military and lived outside of Maryland for fifteen years. Serving in the military, taught me discipline and how to be laser focused on achieving my goals. In 2002, I returned to Maryland to complete my graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing my studies on economic development. During my time in graduate school, I worked for the City of Havre de Grace in the Department of Economic Development and Planning putting to use my skills in design, housing, transportation and government planning. When the Department of Economic Development and Planning split into two separate departments, I was promoted to Manager of the Office of Economic Development. I brought the Main Street Program to Havre de Grace, as part of my continued efforts to market the city, while continuing to focus on business retention and new business development.
In 2008, I took a position in the Harford County Office of Economic Development as a Sr. Business Development Associate. Working at the City level was a wonderful foundational experience for working at the County. My focus at the County was business retention, business attraction, managing the Enterprise Zone program and special projects including assisting with the writing and application for the Aberdeen BRAC Zone. My experiences working for the County Economic Development Office gave me a thorough understanding of the local government. Knowing the intricacies of how each department interacts with the council, how the legislation really comes to be and knowing the different policies at the county and state levels, will serve me well if elected to serve on the County Council. After eight years of working at Harford County Government, I wanted to find a way to expedite the progress of our economic development goals throughout the County. I decided to venture out on my own as an Entrepreneur and founded the Harford Development Corporation (HDC) in August 2016. The Harford Development Corporation consists of a 9-member board of influential private sector business leaders, all of whom have over 125 years of combined experience in the development industry. The HDC seeks to lessen the burden on government resources by increasing private sector investment in the areas of land development, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, transportation and employment.
In June, 2017 I launched my own firm named Bridgeline Solutions, LLC and turned the running of the HDC over to the Board. As President and CEO of Bridgeline Solutions, LLC, my goal is to assist in attracting the right businesses to our community. The firm offers comprehensive, master, sustainable community plans; develops marketing strategies to boost community competitiveness, creates business attraction and retention programs, as well as research, grant writing and advocacy. Bridgeline Solutions also serves as the exclusive Economic Development Consultant to the Harford Development Corporation. I continue to manage the day to day operations for the HDC and assist the board of directors as the organization evolves into a focused, project-oriented catalyst for business growth in Harford County.
My educational background and work experience in the field of government, economic development and the private sector has given me a different perspective on business and social challenges facing the citizens of Harford County. I see a clear path forward to achieving our goals and have the existing relationships to make things happen.
I’m very excited about my campaign and eager to hit the campaign trail. If elected to serve on the Harford County Council I will make history as the first ever African American woman to serve on the council and that alone will be quite an accomplishment and an honor. However, there has been no greater accomplishment or honor than being a mother to my daughter, Bria. Bria recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Journalism (Broadcasting).