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Late April in Baltimore: The Aftermath

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Crises happen in the lives of chief executives that wipe their calendars clean and shove everything off the desk.

Kittleman Submits First Fiscal Howard Operating Budget

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Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) submitted his $1 billion proposed budget for fiscal 2016 to the Howard County Council on April 20. Following an April 29 public hearing, the council was scheduled to begin a series of work sessions to review the budget in time for a May 20 vote on acceptance.

Hogan Can’t Block Department Move From Anne Arundel

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In one of the more stupid and expensive real estate moves the state of Maryland has made in recent years, the headquarters of the Department of Housing and Community Development will move from its 24-year-old state-owned building in Crownsville to high-end rented offices in New Carrollton, as long planned by the O’Malley administration.

Chamber Corner

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Chamber Hosts DBED’s Gill

More than 200 members, friends and colleagues gathered on April 9 to welcome Michael Gill, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), to the Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) luncheon. The event was held at the Sheraton Columbia.

Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts Targeted by DOD

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Federal contractors have been struggling with the shift away from best-value contracts to a wider use of the Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable (LPTA)-type contracts. The increased use of the LPTA contract has increased dramatically, as budgets have been cut in all federal agencies and the professional contracts management workforce numbers have dwindled.

Computer on a Stick

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Smaller, lighter, smaller, lighter — the constant mantra of the computer industry, driven by consumer demand for less bulk and less weight.

Playing by the Musical Rules

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With the variety of options for delivering quality sound and just as many audience targeted genres, music is a popular way for a business to enhance the customer experience. However, keep in mind that, in a commercial environment, owners and operators generally can’t play it unless they pay for it.

Howard County Volunteers of the Year Announced

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Howard County recently honored outstanding volunteers in a ceremony that recognized the generosity and achievements of 12 individuals (10 adults and two youth), three nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies and one for-profit or community group.

AACC Redesignated as a National CAE2Y

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Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE2Y) through 2020 by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Personal Perspective: Transforming Lives – $3.75 at a Time

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Homeowners in Howard County are familiar with jumbo mortgages, bridge loans and sub-prime loans. The principal is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and the payments are in the low five figures.

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