Economic Development

Improving the economy remains Susan's top priority.   Promoting a conservative economic vision that supports good paying jobs, increasing take home pay and upward mobility to empower people out of poverty and grow the strengthen the middle class has been the focus of Susan's efforts.  "Quality jobs are too scarce and many families suffer from financial insecurity as the cost of living rises while incomes stay flat or decline.  They feel anxiety about the impact of Obamacare on access and affordability of healthcare and our small businesses are overwhelmed with new taxes and increasing regulations," Krebs said.

Susan, Governor Ehrlich and Senator Kittleman lend a hand at the Warfield Complex groundbreaking, the beginning of an economic renaissance for South Carroll County.

Susan beleives that the state and federal government have too many regulations that hurt the economy.  She has worked hard to promote a business-friendly climate in Maryland, where new jobs and investments from private enterprise will be welcomed.

In Carroll County, new businesses will reduce our property tax load by broadening the tax base, creating jobs and re-energizing some of our county’s neglected architectural treasures. Susan championed local economic projects—all of them “clean industry”—that will produce more than 1,000 high-quality jobs without compromising our roads or environment.

Warfield Commerce and Cultural Center

Susan helped the Town of Sykesville launch its decade-long project to turn vacant Springfield Hospital wards into the most ambitious commercial project ever attempted in Carroll County.

  • Brought Governor Ehrlich and three Cabinet Secretaries, all enthusiastic supporters of the Sykesville/county/state project, to Warfield for the May 2005 groundbreaking.

  • Convinced the state to accelerate construction of the now completed Route 32/851 intersection, which serves as Warfield’s gateway.
  • Helped Sykesville capture state dollars as the Town pieced together $13 million in county and state funds for the road and renovation project.
  • Smoothed the way for Nexion Health, an Eldersburg corporation, to win a state historic tax credit so it could renovate one of the old hospital buildings into its new headquarters.

Governor Ehrlich joins the excitement as Nexion Health President Fran Kirley shows him the old Springfield Hospital building he renovated as part of the planned Warfield Corporate and Culture Center.

Maryland Public Safety Education andTraining Center

  • Ensured that the much-delayed police academic center project, a renovation of vacant Springfield Hospital buildings, stayed on track.
  • Joined Governor Ehrlich in November 2004 to dedicate the Police Education and Training Center, which prepares as many as 500 cadets a day to work as local or state police officers all over Maryland.
    Economic prosperity
  • Fought against higher taxes and burdensome regulations that threaten to drive businesses from Maryland.
  • Co-sponsored Right -to-Work Legislation in Maryland
  • Earned one of the highest cumulative ratings for a Maryland Delegate on business-related legislation, according to Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), which holds politicians accountable for our state’s economic health.
  • Endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in every election.
  • As an appointee to the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, interacted with manufacturers across Maryland about programs that help them grow and create jobs.

Universal access to broadband internet in under-served areas

  • Co-sponsored legislation aimed at providing public and private broadband access all over Maryland.
  • Ensured that Carroll County was part of the state’s Task Force on Broadband Communications Deployment in Underserved Rural Areas, a move that is critical to the success of planned projects like the Westminster Technology Park.

A Qualified Workforce

  • Support expanded career and technology opportunities in our high schools and community colleges
  • As a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, helped to fill Carroll Community College’s new Nursing building with qualified instructors to help solve Maryland’s nurse shortage.
  • Responded to real-life needs of business by working to provide qualified employees in fields like Information Technology and Bioscience.
  • Sponsored legislation to ensure that teachers are adequately prepared to teach scientifically based reading programs, which are phonics based.