Archived Articles: September 2015

Discover Downtown Columbia 5K, Fun Run Set for Sept. 10

The Downtown Columbia Partnership is hosting the fourth annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m., at the AMC Theatre promenade at The Mall in Columbia.
The 5K course takes runners and walkers through the landmarks of Downtown Columbia, highlighting its 50 years of history, as well as the future that’s unfolding. It starts at the mall and winds past The Metropolitan apartments, through Symphony Woods and across the stage of Merriweather Post Pavilion. It continues past Toby’s Dinner Theatre and the Central Branch of the Howard County Library and around the Lakefront path, finishing at the People Tree.

The 1-Mile Fun Run will also start at the mall and will take the runners and walkers past Symphony Woods, onto the Lakefront path and also finishing at the People Tree.

A live band and complimentary post-race refreshments await runners at the finish. Registration fees are $35 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile Fun Run. Runners and walkers are welcome. Register at

Howard Council Bans E-Cigarettess, Overturns Vending Bill Veto

During the last legislative session and before dismissing for an annual summer legislative break on July 31, the Howard County Council overrode County Executive Allan Kittleman’s (R) veto of a bill that creates nutritional standards for food and drinks sold in vending machines on county property and mandates guidelines on packaged food and beverages served or sold as part of youth-oriented county government programs.Read Full Article »

Chamber Corner


Baltimore Metro Economic Development Luncheon

Howard County, while having one of the highest median household incomes in the country, is — unlike many wealthy counties — becoming more, not less, racially diverse. This was just one of the insights that Michael Kelly, the executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and part of the Opportunity Collaborative, provided to a recent gathering of local businesspeople.Read Full Article »

Startup Maryland Announces Updates to 2015 Pitch Across Maryland

Startup Maryland announced updates to the schedule (Sept. 12–Oct. 2) and the rough route for the Pitch Across Maryland, the fourth annual statewide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth startup companies. The tour again will traverse the state, with the purpose of celebrating Maryland’s diverse communities of venture building. A sampling of details, key data and results from previous tours follow.Read Full Article »

People In Business

LHC Announces New Board Members

Leadership Howard County (LHC) has announced the addition of new members to its 2015–16 board of directors. They include Susan Case, Howard County General Hospital; Raj Kudchadkar, Howard County Government; Jeff Marquina, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Dottie Paxton, The Columbia Bank; and Karen Trendler, Sandy Spring Bank.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

FMA to Analyze Report on Sept. 24

Join the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) at the BWI Hilton on Sept. 24 for the Maryland Cyber Competitiveness Breakfast to learn more about the state of Maryland’s efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and strengthen the state’s economic competitiveness.Read Full Article »

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving

Explore Columbia’s Natural Settings With CA’s Outdoor Walks

A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia. “Exploring Columbia on Foot” will be led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history and future of these outdoor settings, including the plans for them and challenges they may face in the near future.Read Full Article »

Letter To The Editor

Why It’s Time for Laurel Regional Hospital to Change

Recently, the board of directors of Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) made a decision to change the delivery of health care at Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH). The change from an acute care hospital to an ambulatory care center aligns with changes taking place in the health care industry nationwide.Read Full Article »

Having Fun Is Serious Business

Howard County Tourism & Promotion’s (HCTP) board of directors, composed of business and community leaders together with Tourism’s team of marketing professionals, are moving Howard County forward as a weekend destination and smart choice for corporate travelers. HCTP works with its promotional partners, county government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development to be an active part of increasing tourism expenditures.Read Full Article »

Industry Perspective: Why I Spend $30,000 to Get Employees Out of the Office

As CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, I had a problem.

I was managing a budget that included more than $350,000 in accrued vacation liability for the association’s 60 employees, amassed over years of employees rolling over their paid time off. Even more than the financial liability, that meant my employees weren’t using all their vacation time — the consequences of which are less quantifiable, but equally serious.Read Full Article »

Annapolis & Anne Arundel County CVB Going Strong

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched two new web sites to assist area residents and visitors to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Launched last fall, the new blog site helps individuals experience Annapolis like a local by giving them the inside skinny on all things Annapolis. And, launched in July, highlights the best of what northern Anne Arundel County has to offer.Read Full Article »

Brand USA: Selling America’s Tourism Products to the World

Brand USA is the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination and communicating U.S. entry policies and procedures. Established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, the organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the United States while working in partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. These benefits include creating jobs essential to the economy and fostering understanding between people and across cultures.Read Full Article »

Introducing the Downtown Columbia Partnership

Downtown Columbia is undergoing a revitalization. Closing in on 50 years of age, Columbia is transforming its core with more shops, offices, residences, environmental and cultural amenities and greater connections between them. The Downtown Columbia Plan, unanimously adopted by the Howard County Council in 2010, outlines the ambitious goals and aspirations of this long-awaited redevelopment.Read Full Article »