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November 2014:

Back Into the Light at Long Reach Village Center »

A few months ago, on a rainy night, Karen Hitcho attended a meeting near the Long Reach Village Center. When the meeting concluded, she said, “I had to walk through the space between the old Safeway and Stonehouse (the community center). I stepped in water up to mid-calf. I couldn’t see anything.”


Human Trafficking: It’s Happening Right Here, Right Now »

It happens every day, not far from where you live. It’s out of sight and, sadly, almost as out of mind to most citizens. Many think it isn’t happening around affluent areas, like much of Howard and Anne Arundel counties.


Economic Development Office Established in Laurel »

The City of Laurel established a new Office of Economic Development under the Office of the City Administrator in October, and named Karl Brendle as the city’s first economic development officer.


Howard County Holds First Public Safety Symposium »

The Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services (HCDFRS) hosted its first-ever regional Safety Symposium on Oct. 14 and 15 at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, in Marriottsville.


Northrop Grumman Open House Showcases Manufacturing »

As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s third annual Manufacturing Day, held on Oct. 3, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC), in Linthicum, joined more than 1,600 businesses across the nation to demonstrate how modern manufacturing jobs can deliver good paychecks, stimulating careers and job satisfaction.


Q&A With Orchard Development President & CEO Earl Armiger »

Since 1979, Earl Armiger’s company, Ellicott City-based Orchard Development, has developed land for more than 6,500 residential units, initially specializing in planned communities and garden apartments; in recent years, however, the firm has expanded into for-sale apartments, adaptive reuse and revitalization projects.


Biz Roundup »

Federal Funding Matched by State, Feds for Widening of Route 175 U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, along with other local dignitaries, at an Oct. 27 press conference at Fort Meade, announced $10 million in federal funding to widen Route 175 at Fort Meade to cut down on congestion and make the roadway safer [...]


Ulman Leads ‘Wall Breaking’ at Columbia Flier Building, Future Home of MCE »

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman led other county officials and business leaders in a ceremonial “wall breaking” at the Columbia Flier building. The event marks the start of renovations that will transform the property into the future home of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).


Polio Plus: Rotary’s Legacy to the World »

Rotary International (RI) has been involved in the fight against polio for more than 30 years. In the early 1980s, Rotary established its polio project, Polio Plus, aimed at controlling, and later on eradicating, the poliovirus from the face of the earth by 2005.


Fiscal 2015 HCAC Grant Awards Announced »

Forty-five arts and cultural organizations will receive $527,619 in matching grants from the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) for fiscal 2015.


AACC’s CSLI Releases Fall Survey Results »

The Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI) of Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) recently (Oct. 13–16) conducted a survey focusing on Anne Arundel County residents’ views concerning the following issues.


LHC Welcomes Class of ’15 »

Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the members of the LHC of 2015.


SBA Continues to Zero Out Fees on Small Loans, Expand Relief for Larger Loans to Vets »

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30 will be extended through fiscal 2015.


Gov. Brown or Gov. Hogan: You Know More Than I Do »

You readers know a whole lot more about how the election turned out than I do.


Considering Energy, Affordable Housing Changes »

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) launched a new interactive online resource in October that functions as a virtual town hall. Known as EngageHoward, the web site allows residents to share ideas, make suggestions and collaborate on planning-related challenges at http://engagehoward.mindmixer.com.


Taxes a Big Issue, Despite Relatively Lower Taxes »

The race for Howard County executive appeared to be a toss-up between Republican Allan Kittleman and Democrat Courtney Watson. Kittleman’s folks said polling had him ahead, but Watson had twice as much money, more group endorsements and — above all — party registration and voting trends in her favor.


Killer on the Road »

A number of friends and I have been having a conversation (which, naturally, includes passed-on videos and e-mails) about the future of driverless cars. The most famous of these experiments was conducted by Google, which is progressing to the point of trials in California.


From the Other Side of the Table: Debriefing »

The government marketplace has a few unique advantages compared to the private sector to counterbalance the many typical hurdles and frustrations.


Four Secrets to Breaking the Multi-tasking Habit »

If you often feel like there’s too much to do and not enough hours in a day, it may be a good idea to reevaluate how you’re spending your time. What should you stop doing so you can focus on more important matters?


Enjoy Great Tastes of Italy at Vivo »

This month, our search for a great meal led us to the Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, which is located in Hanover at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.


An MBA: The Timeless Calling Card? »

As the economy has struggled over the past several years and employers have found themselves scrutinizing every cost center for efficiencies, there has been a shift away from helping employees achieve their Master of Business Administration, or MBA, the gold standard of graduate business degrees.


Personal Perspective: Charity Linked to E-Commerce Can Advance a Nonprofit’s Cause »

Like most of us, you probably use Amazon.com for a variety of regular online purchases. If so, you have certainly been offered the opportunity to link your purchases to the AmazonSmile program.


Personal Perspective: Why Traditional Branding Is Dead »

There’s one particular area of marketing that small and medium-sized businesses often lose fortunes on. One area that has so much bad advice and hype, that it’s surprising it hasn’t been banned from colleges and universities yet.


Business Briefs »

HCC Partners With 13 Maryland Community Colleges on $15M DOL Grant Howard Community College (HCC) is one of the 14 Maryland community colleges that has partnered to receive nearly $15 million in federal grant funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program. Kate Hetherington, president of HCC, and [...]


People In Business »

HCAC Welcomes Trio to Board The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) has added three community leaders to its board of directors. They are Earl Armiger, Orchard Development; Mary Kay Kenney, Maryland University of Integrative Health; and George Wilson, Howard County Public School System Fine Arts Advisory Council. Wilhelm Adds Two Wilhelm Commercial Builders, of Annapolis [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

We at Columbia Association (CA) are very thankful that six CA facilities will soon be connected to the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), a grant-funded project that is vastly increasing Internet speeds around the state.


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Howard County Housing Extends App Deadline for Veterans-Only Lottery In honor of Veteran’s Day, Howard County Housing has extended the deadline for a new initiative that will allow a service-disabled veteran to purchase a newly constructed home offering a unique blend of affordability, green features and universal design in Howard County. Located at 8815 Glenrobbin [...]


Spotlight On New Business »

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Opens in Columbia County Executive Ken Ulman and the owners of Maryland’s first Sky Zone Trampoline Park recently cut the ribbon at the facility to welcome the new attraction to Howard County. The 31,000-square-foot trampoline park, located at 7175 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, is part of a California-based nationwide chain. The [...]