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The Chamber Corner

May 6, 2013

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Impervious Surfaces Fees Coming to 10 State Jurisdictions

Ten Maryland jurisdictions either have legislated or soon will legislate stormwater management fees for impervious surfaces, effective July 1. Each jurisdiction — from Harford County to Charles County — will place the fee on the property tax bill, with the exception of Baltimore City, where it will appear on the water bill.

Fees for non-residential properties — and applied to businesses, institutions and nonprofits, to include churches, private schools, etc. — will range from $428 (Charles County) to nearly $3,000 (Baltimore City) per impervious acre. In some cases, the impervious surface fee will exceed the property tax bill.

In nearly all cases, the property owners — for-profit or nonprofit — will be both shocked and angered by the fees. The BWCC has been working aggressively to have the fees reduced and phased in. In some cases, we have been successful, with fees being reduced, etc.; in addition, some properties will be eligible for credits, but in most cases they may not exceed 50% of the total fee.

In every case, the BWCC has argued for jurisdictions to make available to property owners information about the amount of impervious surfaces on properties — so the owner is aware. Currently only one jurisdiction — Anne Arundel — has a publicly accessible web site to view this information through a GIS watershed mapping application (although Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman recently vetoed the fee).

We encourage every property owner to send a certified letter (return receipt requested) to the respective county executive, asking for an accounting of impervious surfaces on each real property account (owners must provide an account number). Property owners are entitled to this information; the bottom line is that it is incomprehensible that a fee would be imposed without clear and easily accessed impervious surface data.

Those in need of assistance on this matter should contact the BWCC at

Networking at The Prime Rib

Here’s a chance to have some fabulous food and beverage while making business connections with business owners and representatives from across the region. Join with the BWCC membership and guests on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Prime Rib Lounge at Maryland Live! Casino, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Guests may park in the convenient self-park garage or use the valet service at the main entrance.

This exclusive event will feature complimentary beer and wine (limit two drinks per person), along with a sampling of steak and seafood items from The Prime Rib’s award-winning menu, so bring plenty of business cards and a healthy appetite.

For more information and to register online, go to or call.

Intel Contracts: What’s to Know?

On Tuesday, May 21, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Thomas Wims, president of WIMSCO LLC, will present “How to Win Contracts in the Intel Community.”

Wims’ presentation will help provide answers to various questions, including, “If defense spending is declining, what types of defense spending will be cut?” “What areas will likely have an increase?” “What sector of the government will help prevent future wars?” and “What government area is planned to increase by more than 30,000 new jobs in the Baltimore Washington Corridor in the coming years?”

Wims has decades of experience in the intelligence community, so participants will gain key insights into the burgeoning economic sector. The event will be held at Homewood Suites, located at 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia. For more information and to reserve your seat, contact the BWCC.

The BWCC is Maryland’s only regional chamber of commerce and has served the business, institutional, governmental and nonprofit sectors for nearly seven decades. For more information, go to or call 301-725-4000/410-792-9714.


Annual Meeting Set for Turf Valley in Mid-May

On May 15, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) will celebrate a year of successful events and programs at its annual meeting at Turf Valley. The luncheon also offers an opportunity to look ahead to exciting changes and new opportunities.

One of the most important things the chamber does at its annual meeting is vote on a slate of new board members. The organization is looking forward to adding nine new members, from businesses small and large, and welcoming incoming chair Greg Lowe of Lowe fs. Lowe will take over the position from Duane Carey of Impact Marketing & Public Relations.

The chamber also will present its awards to outstanding volunteers who have provided exceptional energy, support and guidance this year. The event will conclude with a thought-provoking presentation from guest speaker Deborah Phelps. Phelps is an educator, motivational speaker and community volunteer who is known for her poolside support of son Michael Phelps during the various Olympics, as well her efforts to support all children in the local community.

New Web Site

The HCCC’s online hub for news, events and resources, has a fresh new look, improved organization and many new features. Visitors to the site will learn about chamber programs and events and can join with an easy online form.

Chamber members are encouraged to register for events, download the “Proud Member” logo for their own sites, post open positions in a new job bank and promote their companies with new online advertising options.

GovConnects Business Breakfasts

The HCCC’s new business-to-government initiative has started a monthly series of business breakfasts to help educate area businesses about getting connected with federal and state government opportunities.

The first, which was held on April 30, featured Col. Edward Rothstein, garrison commander of Fort Meade, who gave an “Overview of Neighboring Fort Meade and its Continuing Growth.”

He was followed by Heather McColl, associate director of outreach and events for the NSA Office of Small Business Programs, who discussed “Doing Business with NSA.”

The next breakfast, set for May 16, will feature Donna Dominguez of Aronson LLC, on the topic of “Preparing an Adequate Incurred Cost Submission.” Both breakfasts will be held at the University of Maryland University College’s Dorsey Station location in Elkridge. Information on the series and registration for sessions is available at

Upcoming Events

• May 22: The Young Professionals Network of Howard County will network at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia from 5 to 7 p.m. with backstage tours, musical entertainment and great company.

• May 29: Cyber 4.01 will focus on “Private Sector Crossovers: Protecting People, Property and Information,” with presentations by high-level government officials and industry leaders. The conference is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JHU Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel.

• June 4: The HCCC’s next Business After Business mixer will feature high-speed electric cars and plenty of racing fun at the new Autobahn Indoor Speedway, in Jessup, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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