Archived Articles: March 2017

Cybersecurity Policy Swims in Murky Waters 

Just what is the cybersecurity “standard of care”?

In the medical sector, “standard of care” refers to the level at which an average, prudent provider in a given community would practice; but, in the cybersecurity sector, “the short answer is, we don’t really have one,” said April Doss, partner and chair of cybersecurity and privacy practice at law firm of Saul Ewing, as well as former associate general counsel for Intelligence Law at the National Security Agency (NSA).Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

Kittleman, HHC Sign Affordable Housing Agreements for Downtown Columbia

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and leaders of the Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC), Columbia Downtown Housing Corp. (CDHC) and the Howard County Housing Commission (Commission) have signed a Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (DRRA) and a 4-Party Agreement. They will implement the buildout of 900 units of affordable, full-spectrum housing in Downtown Columbia using a mix of tax credits, Housing Choice vouchers, inclusionary zoning, land conveyances, gap financing and other means.Read Full Article »

Howard County Political Analysis

Kittleman: Howard Remains Strong, Despite Unprecedented Challenges

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) delivered his third State of the County address at Turf Valley Resort on Feb. 16, deeming the county strong, despite a year of challenges that included the aftermath of a blizzard, widespread tornado destruction and unprecedented flooding that wreaked havoc in Historic Ellicott City.Read Full Article »

Government Contracting

Growing a Federal Contracting Business in Tumultuous Times

The federal government marketplace is facing a dramatic shift, driven by the maturity of the market and a new administration.

Most government contracting businesses are started by individuals with an area of expertise (engineering, information technology services, construction, public relations, accounting, etc.) or a passion (serve the warfighter, make the world a better place, inform the public, save the environment, etc.). Armed with some validation that there is a market for these skills and knowledge, perhaps by working for another government contractor or as a government employee, they strike out to establish or grow their own businesses.Read Full Article »

Legislation Filed to Assist Howard Police With Trafficking Investigations

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and County Council Chairperson Jon Weinstein have filed local legislation to assist the Howard County Police Department with investigating massage parlors suspected of being fronts for prostitution and human trafficking. This legislation is the second step in the process started last year when Kittleman asked Howard County’s General Assembly Delegation to introduce enabling legislation to allow the county to pursue this bill.Read Full Article »

Pounding the Keyboard

Say No to Online Surveys

It was buried deep in an article about something else, but nonetheless drifted to a Washington Post piece about how a data analysis firm was stepping up efforts to win government contracts. It seems Cambridge Analytics had done extensive work for the Trump campaign by emphasizing its ability to identify and target voters by psychological profiling.Read Full Article »

Legislation Filed to Assist Howard Police With Trafficking Investigations

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and County Council Chairperson Jon Weinstein have filed local legislation to assist the Howard County Police Department with investigating massage parlors suspected of being fronts for prostitution and human trafficking. This legislation is the second step in the process started last year when Kittleman asked Howard County’s General Assembly Delegation to introduce enabling legislation to allow the county to pursue this bill.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner

Howard County Chamber of Commerce

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) received an upbeat assessment from County Executive Allen Kittleman at the annual State of the County luncheon, which was held on Feb. 16 at the Turf Valley Resort, in Ellicott City.Read Full Article »

Rising Star Winners to Compete for All-Star Title

The Howard County Arts Council has announced that the 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held on Saturday, March 25, at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center, at Howard Community College (HCC), Columbia. Padraic “Pat” Kennedy will serve as honorary chair; Dick Story, senior vice president, community relations and government affairs, and business development liaison, for Howard Bank, will serve as emcee.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Kittleman Reinstates Public Parking Along Ellicott City’s Main Street

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Howard County Council Chair Jon Weinstein have announced that parking on Ellicott City’s Main Street has been reinstated between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue.Read Full Article »

People In Business

TFCU CEO Breland to Retire

Laurel-based Tower Federal Credit Union (TFCU) President and CEO Martin Breland will retire on June 30, after 28 years at Tower — 22 of them in his current position. Breland led Tower through a period of sustained growth to become the largest federal credit union in Maryland, with almost 160,000 members and $3 billion in assets. During this period, TFCU grew its net worth from $50 million to $328.9 million.Read Full Article »