Archived Articles: June 2015

Preakness and Laurel Park: Far-Fetched or Feasible?

To think: Not long ago, the worry in Maryland horse racing circles was about the Preakness Stakes leaving Maryland.

Fortunately for its horse lovers, legislation was passed in 2009 that guaranteed that the second leg of the fabled Triple Crown would be basically bound, by law, to stay in Maryland at its traditional home of 140 years, Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. That same legislation went so far as to bind the race not just to the state, but to the Northwest Baltimore track.

But that was then. This is now.Read Full Article »

Tentnowski Named Executive Director at the CIC

The Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC) has announced Michael Tentnowski as the new executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), the county’s technology business incubator. He brings more than 22 years of experience directing incubators/accelerators, initiating economic development in the high tech arena and teaching at the university level.Read Full Article »

TEDCO Announces 2015 ICE Award Winners

The Columbia-based Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) hosted the organization’s fifth annual ICE Awards in May. Held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, the awards program recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals from TEDCO’s portfolio of more than 300 seed and early-stage companies.Read Full Article »

Biz Roundup

Eight MCE Businesses Named Finalists for Incubator Company of the Year

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced that eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) resident, affiliate and graduate companies are among the 22 finalists for the 15th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards (ICOY).Read Full Article »

CA Board Names New Chairs, Committee Members for Fiscal 2016

Columbia Association’s (CA) board of directors voted on May 14 to name its chair and vice chair for fiscal 2016, which began May 1 and continues until April 30, 2016. Jeanne Ketley of Town Center will be chairwoman through Nov. 14, 2015, with Andrew Stack of Owen Brown serving as the vice chairman. Stack will then be chairman and Ketley the vice chairwoman from Nov. 15, 2015, until their successors are chosen at a May 2016 CA board meeting.Read Full Article »

42 Attend Meeting to Discuss Opioid Misuse in Howard County

On May 20, 42 individuals, including Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, attended the combined Howard County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board (ADAAB) and the county’s Opioid Coalition meeting to hear national and state opioid misuse data. It was presented by Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Read Full Article »

Closing the STEM Skill Gap

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth during the past several years about American student’s “skill gap” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). From a 2010 speech by President Obama to a 2014 study of hard-to-fill job vacancies by the Brookings Institution, the shortage of Americans qualified to fill key positions in STEM industries has been the subject of commentary, social science research and educational reform.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Regional Showcase & Tasting Set for June 9

The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC), in alliance with Mid-Atlantic Networking, will host the sixth Regional Showcase & Tasting on Tuesday, June 9, from 5–8 p.m., at Laurel Park.Read Full Article »

People In Business

Kittleman Announces Leadership Appointments

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has named Phyllis Madachy director of the Department of Citizen Services. Madachy has worked in community-based aging services since 1974. Kittleman also named Starr Pavis Sowers administrator of the Office on Aging. Sowers has more than 30 years of experience in the field.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Chesapeake Lodging Trust Acquires theAce Hotel, Theater in L.A.

Annapolis-based Chesapeake Lodging Trust has closed on the acquisition of the Ace Hotel Downtown and The Theater at Ace Hotel, located in Los Angeles, for $103 million (or approximately $566,000 per key). The trust entered into a new management agreement with Ace Hotel Group to continue to brand and operate the hotel.Read Full Article »

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

CVB Establishes Tourism Scholarship for Arundel Residents

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has established a scholarship fund designed to make it easier for Anne Arundel County residents to pursue careers in tourism. That’s the announcement CVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore recently made during her organization’s National Tourism Day festivities at Rams Head On Stage, in Annapolis.Read Full Article »

In Brief

Howard County Receives Completed Arts Study

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has released a consultant’s report assessing needs for arts facilities in Howard County. This study will be helpful with future planning, both for Downtown Columbia and the Long Reach Village Center.Read Full Article »

Bringing the Arts to Youth in Howard County

The Drama Learning Center (DLC) has been serving Howard County for more than 30 years, teaching drama and theater skills to students from the ages of 3 to 18. Its mission is to teach self-expression, creativity and cooperation using drama. Even if the students do not pursue drama later on in their lives, it is the hope of the DLC that they leave with these values.Read Full Article »

The Faces of BWI Marshall

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport can be a different place to different people. Aside from being an entry point to the skies, it’s a transportation center, as well as an economic development generator. It’s a workplace and a great place to people watch. And it has a recently updated observation deck that makes it a gathering place, often for business, but sometimes for civic and social purposes.Read Full Article »

In Brief

Artwork Exhibited in Terminal D of BWI Marshall

“Maryland, My Maryland” is an exhibit located in Terminal D in BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport showcasing photography and pop art by 13 Maryland artists. The exhibit, presented by the Chesapeake Arts Center, will be up through the month of June.Read Full Article »

Get the Answers From Fort Meade Garrison Commander Brian Foley

You are about halfway through your term as garrison commander of Fort Meade. What would you say has been your greatest challenge so far?

Raising Army staff awareness of growth on Fort Meade. The majority of growth on post is from Department of Defense-level Agencies and Activities, and Joint Service Cyber Commands. Shortly after I assumed command, President Obama made the decision to station Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon, Ga.Read Full Article »

CLEAR I.D. Platform in Use at BWI Marshall

CLEAR, the biometric identity platform that is in use at a growing number of airports nationwide, launched at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday, April 22. BWI Marshall became the 11th airport to join CLEAR’s expanding network and was the first in the Baltimore-Washington area to offer travelers this timesaving and secure method of traveling.Read Full Article »