Archived Articles: March 2016

State of Howard Addresses Adjustments: New Community Service Initiatives

Feb. 18 was a big day for Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman. It was on that day that he announced the relocation and expansion of Medstar Health’s headquarters in downtown Columbia during his second State of the County address, as well as announcing numerous initiatives related to community services, open government, economic development and revitalizing infrastructure.Read Full Article »

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.Read Full Article »

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.Read Full Article »

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. The commission has examined the state’s economic development structure and incentive programs, and has made 14 recommendations (listed below) that are designed to keep Maryland competitive in economic and private sector growth and prosperity.Read Full Article »

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. For this election, most early voters will manually make their selections on paper ballots and feed the marked ballots into a digital scanner. Voters with disabilities may use an accessible ballot marking device at each early voting center to make selections independently. With this change, the voting process during early voting will be identical to the election day process.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


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.Read Full Article »

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.Read Full Article »

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.Read Full Article »

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, between Nanjing and Shanghai. The China Sister City Planning Committee consists of Columbia and Howard County residents who are working on developing a proposal that will be presented to CA’s board of directors. Read Full Article »

Local Businesses Have Strong Tradition of Generosity in Community

Two years ago, Kimberly Summy posted a comment on Facebook asking her friends and family to collect used cleats for the high school football players she works with at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. Summy, a certified athletic trainer, soon received an e-mail in response from Chuck Bollweg, co-owner of League Outfitters, a sports gear retail store based in North Laurel.Read Full Article »

Assistance for the Homeless Requires a Continuum of Care

A few months ago, Janet Spillan told her story of homelessness to middle school students at Ellicott Middle School; The Baltimore Sun reported on the story in October 2015. It was an effort to put a face on the problem of homelessness, as well as to kick off a fundraising campaign for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, typically categorized as a homeless shelter, although it is much more.Read Full Article »

A Fresh Look at Volunteering – One Size Does Not Fit All

What comes to mind when you hear the word “volunteer”? The English dictionary defines a volunteer as “somebody who works for nothing.” Yet, today, we know that in order for someone to offer his/her time and talents amidst other daily demands, volunteers need to know how their energies support the organization’s cause, mission and values. Volunteers also want to know how their service will improve and enhance the community.Read Full Article »

Anne Arundel County’s Volunteer Center Connects Volunteers With Nonprofits

Did you know that Anne Arundel County has a volunteer center? The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center (AACVC) has been around since 2000, connecting almost 4,000 volunteers yearly with area nonprofits. Last year those volunteers contributed about 75,000 hours for a value to the community of almost $2 million (based on the 2014 $26.41/hour independent sector value for volunteer time in Maryland).Read Full Article »

The Faith Community Partnership Hosting Soup’r Sundae for Grassroots

The Faith Community Partnership and Wilde Lake High School are hosting the eighth annual Soup’r Sundae, a family event featuring soups prepared by area restaurants, as a fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Sunday, March 13, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. The presenting sponsors are Corporations4Communities, Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and M&T Bank.Read Full Article »

Behavioral Health Task Force Makes Recommendations

Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman signed an Executive Order on June 11, 2014, to develop a Howard County task force to assist in the development of a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Action Plan for the county. Composed of 31 members, the task force was co-chaired by Donna Wells, executive director of the Howard County Mental Health Authority, and Nikki Highsmith Vernick, from The Horizon Foundation, and included representatives from Howard County General Hospital and various county agencies, as well as health care providers, members of the faith community and advocacy organizations.Read Full Article »

In Brief

2016 Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards

Since 1975, the Association of Community Services of Howard County has been recognizing the work that volunteers and employees do in service to others that go above and beyond all expectations in their service to the community. These awards not only recognize the achievements of those honored, they also offer public recognition for the organizations and causes to which honorees devote their time and energy.Read Full Article »

Opportunity Abounds in West County

During the past year, as your newly-elected councilman from District 4, I’m proud to say that we have made some progress in attracting greater economic opportunities to western Anne Arundel County. Progress can be measured by the improving retail and services in the area, as well as future growth plans.Read Full Article »

West County: Where We Stand

For the last decade, growth in the northwestern part of Anne Arundel County has increased significantly. It is a special cove that provides many opportunities for all who call this part of the county home. My goal, as a representative in the area, is to ensure these attributes remain plentiful and protected. Businesses are a key component to this community recipe.Read Full Article »

Fast Facts about Fort Meade: The Nation’s Center for Information, Intelligence and Cyber Operations

In support of our continued advocacy for Fort Meade, the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council has prepared the following facts about the post. Hard copies are available through the West County Chamber, Fort Meade Alliance, BWI Business Partnership, Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber and Howard County Chamber of Commerce (all Covenant Council members).Read Full Article »

An Astronaut’s Guide to Higher Education

It’s bad form to look down on others when you have a good education, but Terry Virts gets a pass. In 2015, the Oakland Mills High School alum (class of 1985) looked down on the whole world from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Cupola observation module. If he felt any pride, it likely came from knowing that he helped deliver that particular component of the orbiting laboratory while serving as pilot aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor’s STS-130 mission in 2010.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Business Is Good for Society

Business is, in fact, good for society. Working in harmony with the public and nonprofit sectors, business is an important player in solving the problems of the world and contributing to social justice. In fact, as the key driver of economic development, business has lifted more people out of poverty than philanthropy has. Further, it is the profit motive that spurs the business activities that lead to benefits for people, communities and society at large.Read Full Article »

Education Briefs

Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business Introduces Loyola Business Institute

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management has established the Loyola Business Institute, a five-week program that provides liberal arts, sciences and social sciences majors with the fundamental business knowledge and skills necessary for any career.Read Full Article »