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March 2016:

Construction Set to Start on New UMBC Arena »

Once upon a long ago, the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) was a sleepy commuter school, tucked away in Catonsville at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Rolling Road, a branch of the University of Maryland.


State of Howard Addresses Adjustments: New Community Service Initiatives »

Feb. 18 was a big day for Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman.


Hackground’s Partnership Gives Makerspace for Students »

On a Monday night in late February, diners enjoying a quiet meal at Ranazul in Maple Lawn were blissfully unaware of the carnage occurring in the basement below them.


Paul Reed Smith Finds a New Chord in Waveforms, Imaging »

All his life, 60-year-old Paul Reed Smith has loved guitars.


Conservancy’s Aim Is True With Capital Campaign »

The Howard County Conservancy hit the big 2-5 last year: It’s now been a haven for the area’s nature lovers for a quarter-century, a garden of serenity and calm in a region of Maryland where the population has boomed since it opened its doors and pathways.


Howard County Expands Broadband Access »

Residents in western Howard County now have the opportunity to purchase high-speed, wireless broadband with no data limits, thanks to a new public-private partnership between the county and Freedom Broadband. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced the arrangement on Feb. 9 at an event in Mount Airy.


Biz Roundup »

Merkle Acquires dbg, Partners With Tapad Columbia-based Merkle has announced its acquisition of dbg, a United Kingdom-based, independent marketing solutions agency that specializes in optimizing client data to make connections to drive growth and improve marketing and business performance. Launched in 2007, dbg specializes in the use and assimilation of first-, second- and third-party data, [...]


Horse Industry Supporters Meet in Annapolis »

Last month, stakeholders from Maryland’s horse industry gathered in Annapolis for the second straight year to meet and with lawmakers as part of Maryland Horse Industry Day during the 2016 General Assembly.


The 14 Recommendations of the Augustine Commission »

In March 2014, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch convened the Maryland Economic Development & Business Climate Commission, which has also come to be known as the Augustine Commission, after the surname of its chair.


Schuh Reduces Fee for Senior Center Plus Program »

County Executive Steve Schuh has reduced the Department of Aging and Disabilities’ Senior Center Plus Program Fee by 50% to make services more affordable for county seniors.


Q&A With Augustine Commission Chair Norman Augustine »

Norman Augustine, the chair of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission — commonly known as the Augustine Commission, a group of 26 business leaders from around the state — was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE.


TEDCO Generates $1 Billion in Economic Impact, 4,358 Jobs for Maryland Economy »

The Columbia-based Maryland Technology Development Corp.’s (TEDCO) core research, technology transfer and commercialization programs generated nearly $1 billion in economic contributions to the Maryland economy in 2015, according to a new study by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice.


State Board of Elections Makes Changes to New Voting Equipment »

The Maryland State Board of Elections has announced a change to how the new voting system equipment will be used during early voting for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election.


No Longer Dismissing ‘The Donald’ »

I missed Donald Trump last year. Literally.


Foose’s Contract Renewed, Government Changes Proposed »

A seeming cult of personality was on display Feb. 4 at the Howard County Board of Education. County Schools Superintendent Renee Foose signed an extension of her contract before a roomful of standing supporters chanting “Foose! Foose! Foose!”


School Board Selection Stirs Anger »

Anne Arundel County delegates are again in an uproar about the makeup of the county school board and whom the governor appoints to it. There was even an angry shouting match on that topic at a delegation meeting last month.


Chamber Corner »

WCC Spirit of Community Awards Don’t miss the West County Chamber’s (CC) Spirit of Community Awards honoring educators, public safety officers and a military service member of the year. This year’s event will be held on Monday, March 14, beginning at 6 p.m., at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. Sponsorships are still available. It is [...]


Buzz Kill »

I saw a great sticker recently. It said the following: “It’s not ‘the cloud’ — it’s just someone else’s computer.”


New Program Simplifies Complexities of Cybersecurity »

This spring, BBB serving Greater Maryland is launching a free, one-hour program to educate non-technical business owners and principals about the need for cybersecurity best practices. The program is designed to help small-to-large businesses start to understand and manage cybersecurity risks.


People In Business »

Budorick to Succeed Waesche at COPT Columbia-based Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) has announced that Stephen Budorick will be appointed president and CEO, after the company’s May 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Budorick, who has served as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2011, will succeed Roger Waesche, Jr. Horizon Foundation [...]


Business Briefs »

2015 Record Year for BWI Marshall, Southwest Flight Added A total of 23,823,532 commercial passengers flew through BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2015, which set a new annual record. Passenger traffic for the year grew 6.8% from 2014 figures, and BWI Marshall finished the year with six straight monthly passenger records. 2015 also marked the [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

From the beginning, Columbia was built for the future. Many of the buildings and features that are available now have been around since the earliest years of the community.


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

CA Seeking China Sister City Planning Committee Members Columbia Association’s (CA) International & Multicultural Programs Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to join the China Sister City Planning Committee, which is exploring the possibility of a sister city relationship between Columbia and Liyang, China — a city of more than 780,000 people located in Jiangsu province, [...]