Archived Articles: December 2015

Biz Roundup

Howard County, Laurel Join Forces on MARC Station Issue

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has accepted a request from Laurel City Council President Ed Ricks to support city efforts to keep the Laurel MARC Station open. Both officials are expected to submit a joint letter requesting that CSX open a full station at Laurel Park and also maintain the Laurel station as a full-service stop.Read Full Article »

CFA Commissions Play About Columbia’s Founding for 50th

The Columbia Festival of the Arts (CFA) has awarded a commission to playwright Gwydion Suilebhan for the completion of a new play inspired by the founding of Columbia in 1967. Suilebhan — a Maryland native and former Columbia resident — will conduct extensive research into the real-life stories of the families who first established Columbia, weaving their personal narratives into a new drama that will attempt to inspire a rededication to the values on which the community is founded.Read Full Article »

Mikulski, Cardin Announce Almost $3M in Fed Funds to Fight Crime

U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced that $2,910,366 in federal grant funding has been awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to municipalities across Maryland through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program. These funds will be used to support public safety activities and reduce violent crime as well as crimes against victims and children throughout Maryland.Read Full Article »

HCC 5K Challenge Race Raises More Than $63K

Raindrops stopped just in time for more than 300 participants in Howard Community College’s (HCC) second annual 5K Challenge Race on Sunday, Nov. 1, to run, climb and crawl through an obstacle-filled course on the college’s campus. With teams from 40 sponsoring organizations, as well as college employees, students and alumni teams, the Howard Community College Educational Foundation raised more than $63,000 to support student scholarships.Read Full Article »

BGE Completes Smart Grid Initiative, Savings to Exceed $1.5B

BGE has completed its five-year smart grid initiative to upgrade more than 1.7 million electric and gas meters and activate new customer savings programs. During the next 10 years, smart grid’s operational and customer benefits are expected to lead to more than $1.5 billion in savings. The company has filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to recover the costs of the upgrade initiative through an adjustment to electric and gas distribution rates.Read Full Article »

People In Business

DOC Announces Three Key Hires

Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Mike Gill has appointed Col. Ken McCreedy, USA (Ret.) as senior director of cyber development and aerospace, Peter O’Neill as senior director of strategic industries and entrepreneurship, and Bret Schreiber as director of education and innovation.Read Full Article »

Business Briefs

Tenable Among Fastest Growing North American Tech Companies in Deloitte’s Fast 500

Columbia-based Tenable Network Security has been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, earning a place on the annual list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America for the seventh straight year.Read Full Article »

NonProfit News & Charitable Giving

With One Tweet, Making Change Earns $10K Grant

With a few simple, but powerful, words and the click of the “send” button, Making Change, of Columbia, became one of 10 small nonprofits from across the county to have an extra $10,000 each, thanks to the Deluxe Corp. Foundation’s Short & Tweet Grants Program. Part of Deluxe Corp.’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Short & Tweet Grants Program replaced the customary grant application with a succinct and appealing entry: a tweet.Read Full Article »

Reinvention and Relevance in Learning – Shifting to a Networked Creative Economy

Gone are the days of only classroom-based, instructor-led learning. The societal shift to the creative economy coincides with the rapid growth of online, competency-based education and virtual learning tools, applications and methodologies. Leaders of every institution, whether public, private or not-for-profit, also need to consider making this shift, thus becoming more flexible and adaptable.Read Full Article »

Protect Your Business From Cyberattacks by Enforcing Security Measures

When it comes to cybersecurity for your business, the risk is high. Not only are there the easily calculable costs of notification and business loss, but also the less tangible effects on a company’s brand and customer loyalty. Research conducted in 2014 revealed that the estimated cost of a general data breach is generally more than $200 per compromised record.Read Full Article »

In Brief

AACC Asks: ‘Do You See Drones in Your Future?’

A new series of noncredit classes that focus on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will begin soon at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). Participants can learn how UAS might fit with their business or organization, or their hobby plans, and the regulations and steps involved. UAS are used in agriculture, by first responders, for various geospatial tasks, for business expansion and in other industries.Read Full Article »

Saluting Milestone Success

25 Bridges to Housing Stability

Bridges to Housing Stability began in 1990 as Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, a nonprofit formed by a group of churches concerned about a growing county problem. It now serves about 350 households a year with counseling and financial assistance to find permanent housing.Read Full Article »