Tuesday, October 13, 2015


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September 2015:

Plan to Close Laurel Hospital Sparks Outrage »

Citizens and elected officials packed the Laurel City Council Chamber on Aug. 10 for a town hall meeting to address Dimensions Healthcare’s plans to close Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) by 2018.

Odenton’s Master Plan Reviewed: Thumb’s Up for Version 3 »

The Odenton Town Center Master Plan Review Task Force — a group of a dozen stakeholders, ranging from local officials to members of the business community — has completed its exhaustive and sometimes tedious effort to create an approach that is intended to more easily facilitate development in what is considered its growth hub.

Hop Vines Creep Back Into Prominence in Maryland »

The expanding craft beer phenomenon has been responsible for a lot of local and regional economic activity. It’s resulted in new breweries and brewpubs, new restaurants and taproom outlets focused on craft beer, plus tourism and partnering opportunities, to name just a few examples.

BWI Marshall’s International Presence on Rise in Region »

The William Donald Schaefer International Terminal at what was then known simply as BWI Airport was completed in 1997, with the expectation that the facility would soon greatly broaden the airport’s horizons.

Packaging Firm Takes Off With High Pressure Processing Technology »

Elkridge-based Maryland Packaging is expanding with a foray into high pressure processing (HPP), a new technology that kills microorganisms on food products to dramatically expand the shelf life. HPP is also referred to as pascalization and bridgmanization.

Biz Roundup »

Maryland Live! Generates 60% of State’s Fiscal ’15 Casino Revenue Revenue generated from The Cordish Companies’ Maryland Live! Casino was responsible for 60% of the fiscal 2015 casino revenue contribution to the state of Maryland. According to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Maryland casinos contributed $487 million in revenues to the state in [...]

Q&A With Howard County Deputy Director of Planning & Zoning Raj Kudchadkar »

Raj Kudchadkar was first hired as a planner in 2001 with the Resurrection Project, a community development corporation that helps revitalize impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago;

Laurel Park Station, Other Howard Developments Move Forward »

The Canadian-based Stronach Group, owner of the Laurel Park thoroughbred racetrack, is moving ahead with plans to develop Laurel Park Station, a 64-acre Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project in North Laurel.

Sun Shines on Iron Chefs at Howard County Fair Cook-Off »

Excitement was in the air and the sun was shining when the 2015 Howard County Farm-City Celebration kicked off with the Iron Chef Cook-Off and the presentation of this year’s Farm-City Scholarship at the Howard County Fair in mid-August.

Cuba: New Opportunities for Maryland Companies »

The recent uptick in the number of events focused on business opportunities in Cuba is hard to miss and was the focus of the Cuba Opportunity Summit, which was hosted by Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School’s online business journal, last April, as well as The Brookings Institution’s panel “Re-thinking Cuba: New Opportunities for Development,“ which was held in June.

Goin’ ‘Downy Oshun’ for Some R&R — and Plenty of Work »

When close to a thousand state and local officials flock to Ocean City in mid-August at the height of vacation season, the temptation is to call it a typical waste of taxpayer dollars.

Howard Council Bans E-Cigarettess, Overturns Vending Bill Veto »

During the last legislative session and before dismissing for an annual summer legislative break on July 31, the Howard County Council overrode County Executive Allan Kittleman’s (R) veto of a bill that creates nutritional standards for food and drinks sold in vending machines on county property and mandates guidelines on packaged food and beverages served or sold as part of youth-oriented county government programs.

Schuh Kayaks to Boost Public Water Access »

The sun was hot, the water was warm, the flies were ferocious but the view of the Chesapeake was magnificent as Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, in shorts and T-shirt, approached the podium in the sand of the Beverly-Triton Beach Park Aug. 21.

Chamber Corner »

HCCC Baltimore Metro Economic Development Luncheon Howard County, while having one of the highest median household incomes in the country, is — unlike many wealthy counties — becoming more, not less, racially diverse. This was just one of the insights that Michael Kelly, the executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and part of [...]

Feds, Contractors Using Social Media »

In this day and age, it’s hardly a surprise that the federal government marketplace is a heavy user of social media and mobile apps by the civilian and military agencies, as well as by the contractors or vendors.

Rip You Off, Sir? »

Don’t you hate it when someone tries to sell you something that’s already available that they got for free? It’s like a dude selling flags at the parade when the American Legion guy right behind him is giving them away. Not cool.

Fake Fee Scam Targets Small Business »

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourages businesses to be on guard for a scam that attempts to fool them into paying phony fees to maintain compliance with government regulations that don’t even exist.

Back-to-School Budgeting »

When handling financial matters with a college student, parents often struggle to find the right balance between hovering over the child’s every decision and granting too much financial freedom, too soon.

Maryland Community Colleges See 20% Increase in Dual Enrollment »

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) has announced a significant increase in the number of Maryland high school students who are earning college credit before graduating high school via dual enrollments.

Public Sculptures, Sites Selected for ARTsites 2015 »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) has selected the 13 sites and sculptures for ARTsites 2015, its fourth annual public art initiative. The sculptures have been installed during the past month and will remain in place until July 2016.

British American Auto Care Launches Solar Project »

Following a solar daylighting project that has saved the company nearly $40,000 in energy costs, British American Auto Care, of Columbia recently completed a major solar conversion.

Startup Maryland Announces Updates to 2015 Pitch Across Maryland »

Startup Maryland announced updates to the schedule (Sept. 12–Oct. 2) and the rough route for the Pitch Across Maryland, the fourth annual statewide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth startup companies.

Index Funds: What Are They? Why Are They Growing? »

1975. It may or may not be a notable year in your life, but it was in the financial world, as it marked the beginning of a sea change in mutual fund investing in America; for Jack Bogle founded The Vanguard Group the year before and launched the first index fund for the masses, the Vanguard 500 Index fund.

Chick & Ruth’s Delly Celebrates 50 Years of Service »

If you ask Chick & Ruth’s Delly owner Ted Levitt the key to his restaurant’s success, he’ll tell you: “Friendly service and good food. Keep it old-fashioned. Keep it original.”

HCAC Receives Funding Increase From the MSAC »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) was awarded a $110,043 Community Arts Development grant for fiscal 2015–16 from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts.

People In Business »

LHC Announces New Board Members Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the addition of new members to its 2015–16 board of directors. They include Susan Case, Howard County General Hospital; Raj Kudchadkar, Howard County Government; Jeff Marquina, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Dottie Paxton, The Columbia Bank; and Karen Trendler, Sandy Spring Bank. TEDCO Board Announces [...]

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

Just as individuals who live in Columbia can receive discounted membership rates, so too do those who work full-time on Columbia Association (CA)-assessed property.

Business Briefs »

FMA to Analyze Report on Sept. 24 Join the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) at the BWI Hilton on Sept. 24 for the Maryland Cyber Competitiveness Breakfast to learn more about the state of Maryland’s efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and strengthen the state’s economic competitiveness. Earlier this year, the Maryland Economic Development and [...]

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Explore Columbia’s Natural Settings With CA’s Outdoor Walks A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia. “Exploring Columbia on Foot” will be led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history and future of these outdoor settings, [...]

Letter To The Editor »

Why It’s Time for Laurel Regional Hospital to Change Recently, the board of directors of Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) made a decision to change the delivery of health care at Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH). The change from an acute care hospital to an ambulatory care center aligns with changes taking place in the health care [...]