Friday, October 21, 2016

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October 2016:

Moving Right Along, and Up, at Maryland Live! »

David Cordish was beaming when he took the podium at the press conference held at Maryland Live! on Sept. 13, the day Cordish Companies officially broke ground on the much-discussed $200 million hotel and 4,000-capacity conference center/performance venue that will rise adjacent to his casino at Arundel Mills.

Proposed Academy: Supports FBI Move to Greenbelt »

University leaders in Maryland have announced their vision for a joint Maryland Academy for Innovation in national security.

Startup Maryland: Revved Up, Rolling in Year Five »

It was a hazy, end-of-summer September day in downtown Frederick when the most conspicuous Startup Maryland RV pulled up to the offices of Mosaic Power.

AAACCC Economic Forum Focuses on Post-Election Uncertainty »

With just six weeks remaining before the presidential election, business leaders gathered last month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, hosted by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (AAACCC), to gauge the effect this year’s election cycle could have on the economy, consumer confidence and business investment.

Loyola Wins $280K NSF Grant for Research Computing  »

Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster to expand research opportunities for faculty and students.

Passion for Cycling Increasing in Howard County »

Columbia was designated a Bicycle Friendly Community in May by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).

Biz Roundup »

BWCC, WCC Announce Intent to Merge The West Anne Arundel County (WCC) and the Baltimore Washington Corridor (BWCC) chambers of commerce have signed an agreement exploring becoming a single entity. The combined organization would be the largest chamber in Anne Arundel County and serve the larger region surrounding Fort Meade and Laurel. “With both CEOs [...]

Q&A With The Mall in Columbia General Manager Barbara Nicklas »

Barbara Nicklas is responsible for all aspects of the management and operations of The Mall in Columbia.

Find Technology for Everyday Life at Howard County’s 50+EXPO »

Mobile devices are an integral part of everyday life for most working adults, who rely heavily on them to make calls and send texts, check email, search the Internet and more.

Public Funding of Local Campaigns on the Ballot »

There’s no question that the choice for president is the top issue on the November ballot — as bad as those choices seem to many voters.

Discrimination Investigation Spurs Calls for Howard Sheriff’s Resignation »

The Howard County Office of Human Rights (OHR) released a 48-page report on Sept. 22 investigating more than five years of alleged discrimination, abuse and intimidation of personnel by Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald (D), who is currently in his third term of office.

Sitting Judges Try to Fend Off Challenger »

The four Republican sitting judges on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court appointed to the bench in the last two years are fighting hard to fend off a lone, underfunded Democratic challenger who lost her job as a D.C. administrative law judge because she was running.

Howard Sheriff Tenders Apology, But Not Resignation »

Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald called a press conference Thursday, Sept. 29, to issue an apology in the wake of a scathing county Office of Human Rights report that details accusations of racism and harassment by the sheriff.

Three Top Reasons Businesses Will End 2016 Below Revenue Goals »

While the calendar says early autumn, businesses are already projecting year-end results, many with the hope of making interim course corrections to end 2016 in as positive manner as possible.

Media in the New Town: Communications Part of Building Community; The Flier and All the Rest »

This is the fourth part in a series of 12 monthly essays over the next year leading up to Columbia’s 50th birthday celebration next June.

LHC Welcomes the Class of 2017 »

Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the new members of its Class of 2017.

Who’s In Charge of Keeping Your Company Secure? »

Even if your company has strategies in place to handle malicious attacks on your security, you may still be at great risk for insider threats.

HCAC Celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is joining Americans for the Arts and arts agencies across the nation in encouraging people to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) by supporting the arts in our community during the month of October.

Howard Commission on Disability Issues Announces Award Winners »

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues announced the winners for the county’s 22nd annual Awards Program.

National Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees »

The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame has released the names of seven visionaries who will be inducted into its ranks at a gala and inductee ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor.

CA Holding Public Budget Hearing on Oct. 13 »

Columbia Association’s (CA) board of directors will hold a public budget hearing on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m., at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, off of Stevens Forest Road (near the Howard County vehicle emissions inspection station).

You First, Please — I Insist »

Two stories in early September in the Washington Post noted that Uber started offering self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh that week. In doing so, Uber is taking advantage of the old adage that, “It’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.”

Nebbiolo, the Noble Grape of Piedmont »

Cabernet Sauvignon is king in California’s Napa Valley, and Pinot Noir from France’s Burgundy region is the standard that the world’s winemakers aspire to.

Council Releases Independent Analysis of the Proposed TIF for Downtown ColumbiaThe Howard County Council recently released an independent report from TischlerBise that reviewed the administration’s proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package for Downtown Columbia. Council Chairperson Calvin Ball called for an independent analysis of the proposed TIF in July, noting that the council wanted a neutral third-party to provide a critical review of the proposal. President Carson Bise will brief the council (as of press time) on Oct. 5, at 8 p.m., following the Legislative Session. “We must maintain the County’s fiscal well-being by exercising fiduciary responsibility,” said Dr. Ball. “I look forward to reviewing this independent analysis of the TIF and anticipate a very enlightening discussion with Mr. Bise at next week’s briefing.” As an independent consultant to the county auditor, TischlerBise was tasked with evaluating the proposal and supporting documentation of CR105-2016, which establishes a Development District for the TIF and a Special Taxing District, as well as CB56-2016, which authorizes the county to issue $90 million in TIF Bonds to finance a parking garage, roads and intersection improvements. The County Department of Finance has presented the council with a financial analysis of the proposed TIF prepared by MuniCap Inc., a public finance consulting firm that specializes in tax increment financing. As part of its review, TischlerBise took a closer look at the assumptions about revenue and cost factors used in the Administration’s evaluation of the TIF. TischlerBise has prepared more than 900 impact fees and more than 800 fiscal impact analyses for clients across the United States and Canada. Among these have been analyses of TIF projects around the country, including most recently in Maryland: Baltimore City’s proposed TIF for Port Covington. Bise has 25 years of fiscal, economic, and planning experience, including proposed TIFs, and has conducted fiscal and infrastructure finance evaluations in 36 states. The TischlerBise report can be viewed at   »

The Howard County Council recently released an independent report from TischlerBise that reviewed the administration’s proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package for Downtown Columbia.

Kenjya-Trusant Group Launches Major Effort to Staff Department of State Offices »

Just months after winning the Domestic-State Technical Administrative Management Professional Services (D-STAMPS) contract, the Columbia-based Kenjya-Trusant Group is supplying dozens of expert workers to carry out the mission of the U.S. Department of State (DoS).

The Lisbon Christmas Parade Brings Out Many, Feeds the Hungry »

The Great Lisbon Farmers Feed the Hungry Christmas Parade, which features saddle horses followed by carriage horses and tractors, kicks off on Sat., Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

Suitability vs. Fiduciary Standard: It Matters »

If you’re anything like most of the rest of the world, you’re always busy. Right?

Keep the Role of Social Security in Perspective »

If you’re counting on Social Security to provide you with a secure retirement, think again. Social Security benefits currently account for about a third of the income of Americans 65 or older.

Real Winners »

In 1958, Robert Lane decided to name his baby son Winner.

Downtown Ellicott City Update »

State of Emergency Extended Until Oct. 6 The Howard County Council has extended the state of emergency in Ellicott City until Oct. 6. The county reopened all of Main Street on Sept. 17, at 7 a.m., except for the area just east of Old Columbia Pike and just west of Maryland Avenue. That day, the [...]

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

I have often used this space to praise Columbia, Howard County and our community in general. It is one thing to believe that Columbia is a wonderful place. It is another thing for that belief to be validated with a prestigious award from a major publication. Columbia being named the best small city to live [...]

Business Briefs »

ELTA Systems Set to Expand in Howard County During a recent week-long economic development mission to Israel, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met with executives of defense firm ELTA Systems and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs during the next [...]

People In Business »

MBRG Names Steinmetz, Myers to Board Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) has named Barcoding Inc. founder and CEO Jay Steinmetz and Sandy Spring Bank Vice President Bradley Myers to its board of directors. Steinmetz is a media source regarding RFID, wireless, mobile and the AIDC industry; Myers works with local companies whose revenues range [...]

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Anne Arundel, City of Annapolis Enter Into Strategic Election Partnership Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh have announced a strategic partnership where the independent Anne Arundel County Board of Elections (BOE) will assist in the administrative processing of the 2017 city primary and general elections. “This partnership is not only [...]

Office of Consumer Protection Cautions Residents About Charitable Scams »

Residents are cautioned to use common sense when dealing with solicitors who claim to represent firefighter associations or others seeking aid for people who have been affected by a fire or disaster.

Horizon to Hold Mental Health Film Festival Annual Meeting Oct. 25 »

The Horizon Foundation will host a mental health film festival and its annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the UA Snowden Square Stadium movie theater (9161 Commerce Center Drive, Columbia).