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APL, HCEDA Teamwork Advancing Tech Transfer

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In September, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) as one of 50 winners of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. HCEDA’s Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology (ACT) was selected from more than 800 applicants competing for $50,000 cash awards from the SBA, and was the only Maryland program to win.

New Funding Will Strengthen Bay Conservation Efforts

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New federal funding will help local communities strengthen their approach to conservation, said environmental activists and policymakers, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $370 million in federal Farm Bill funding.

A New Direction in Primary Care

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The city of Seattle is notable for a few trends, with Grunge rock, coffee and rain perhaps the most prominent among them. Today, however, it’s also seen in some circles as an early stage for a health care movement that is gaining traction elsewhere in the United States.

Biz Roundup

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Sidus BioData World’s First Provider for MES in Cloud

Annapolis-based Sidus BioData has been chosen by POMS Corp. as the platform provider for the world’s first cloud-hosted Manufacturing Execution System (MES). POMS MES users span 20 countries and hundreds of sites, making it one of the most widely-used MES solutions in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer packaged goods and other regulated industries.

Ulman Launches Economic Development Consulting Business

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Less than two months out of office, former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is once again involved in regional economic development matters. The difference is that, this time, it’s as a private consultant.

‘Ripped from the Headlines’: Laurel in the News’ Opens Feb. 8

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What makes news? In Laurel, Hurricane Agnes, the Spanish Flu, George Wallace, 9/11, fires, robberies, murders and integration battles made (or didn’t make) headlines.

Horizon Awarded Nearly $1M in Grants During ’14

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Continuing its history of supporting numerous community organizations working to improve health and wellness in Howard County, The Horizon Foundation awarded almost $1 million in grants in 2014.

Q&A With Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Todd Olson

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Todd Olson is in the middle of his first year as executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, a position he assumed after spending the last 11 years as the artistic director of American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Fla. — where his impact was proven with a recently received Best of the Bay award for Best Director, as well as the Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Outstanding Director for last season’s “The Amish Project.”

Ruppersberger Returns to House Appropriations Committee

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Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger has announced his return to the House Appropriations Committee for the 114th Congress, where he will serve on the Defense and State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittees. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year.

APL Settles Race, Sex Discrimination Case with U.S. Labor Department

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), of North Laurel, will pay $359,253 to settle allegations of discrimination made by two African-American women who were employed at its facility. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) determined that the lab violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment on the basis of race or sex.

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