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APL to host inaugural national health symposium


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in North Laurel, will host “Bridging the Health Divide: From Research to Operations,” an inaugural national health symposium held in partnership with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on March 5–6, at the Kossiakoff Center on APL’s main campus.

The symposium will focus on the translation of advances in research and development to the delivery of care in all settings. Leaders in research and operations will explore the latest breakthroughs and identify practical approaches to overcoming barriers to engineer an envisioned future for health. The goal is to bring together leaders across government, industry and academia to explore more effective ways to move research discoveries into operational practice.

Panel sessions, lightning talks and exhibits will focus on three impact areas.

Realizing the Promise of Health Sciences: Highlighting the potential of recent scientific breakthroughs; identifying the obstacles to realizing these breakthroughs; and defining a research agenda that will achieve the impact despite the obstacles.

Engineering the Future of Medicine: Unfolding an engineered vision for the future of health; naming the obstacles to implementing well-engineered solutions; and creating a technology development and implementation agenda to realize the future.

Delivering Health Everywhere: Imagining a future where health can be protected in all environments; recognizing the unique challenges of delivering care to the home, in combat, and in the midst of a natural or man-made disaster; and highlighting innovations that have transformative potential in delivering high-quality care everywhere.

Those wishing to attend must register by March 6 at www.ndia.org/events/2019/3/5/9310-national-health-symposium.

BGE customers experiencing improving electric reliability


BGE’s continued investments in electric system upgrades with new technologies have combined to reduce the average length of a service interruption by 50 minutes since 2012, according to a company statement.

Despite 2018 being the wettest year in Maryland’s history, the average number of interruptions experienced by customers was the fourth lowest rate in BGE’s history. When customers did experience an outage, BGE restored power at its second fastest rate ever. During the past 10 years, the number of electric outages has decreased 22% and outage length has been reduced by 40%.

The company explores new technologies that can improve system reliability, such as using drones to enable more efficient equipment inspections, installing specialized equipment that can automatically restore service or isolate damage, and providing storm restoration staff with mobile apps that help them identify and take action on jobs faster.

BGE invested approximately $1.1 billion in the company’s electric system operations and maintenance and infrastructure improvements in 2018. In total, the company has invested more than $9 billion in gas and electric infrastructure since 2002 and will invest $5.3 billion during the next five years.

Vision Tech featured in Super Bowl ad


Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank unveiled the latest chapter in its “Understanding What’s Important” campaign during Super Bowl LIII, and featured stories of its Baltimore-area business customers, including Glen Burnie-based Vision Technologies.

In the spot, which aired in the Baltimore, Buffalo and Harrisburg, Pa., markets, illustrates how it has grown from five to 500 employees with the help of the bank. It was part of M&T’s campaign of eight commercials showcasing the lender’s customers. Five focused on Baltimore-area businesses and a city school, and will be shown throughout the year across seven states on television, in print and on social media.

ABC Party & Tent Rental acquires Party Plus


ABC Party & Tent Rental, a full-service party rental equipment company serving the mid-Atlantic, has acquired Maryland-based Party Plus Rentals and its two locations, in Cockeysville and Columbia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Purchased in 2007 by Nate McCreary, ABC Party & Tent Rental has established client relationships with Towson University, the Maryland Zoo, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and others. ABC rents tables, tents linens and chairs; in the past decade, ABC has grown its revenue by nearly 500%.

With its acquisition of Party Plus, which has been providing Marylanders with rental equipment for nearly 30 years, ABC adds satellite locations at 1 Beaver Court, Cockeysville; and 6077 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia, that provide more than 10,000 square-feet of space for ABC to showcase equipment. ABC will continue to run its main operations out of its Russell Street headquarters in Downtown Baltimore.

Howard County Seeks Nominees for Business Recycling , Green Leadership Awards


The Howard County Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services has announced that nomination forms are available for its annual Business Recycling and Waste Reduction and Green Community Leadership awards at www.HowardCountyRecycles.org.

All nominations must be delivered or postmarked by 5 p.m., Friday, March 1, to Gemma Evans, Recycling Coordinator, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514, Columbia, MD 21046, or email gevans@howardcountymd.gov (email preferred). Awards will be presented at the 12th annual Howard County GreenFest on Saturday, April 13, at Howard Community College.

For more information or to request a nomination form in an alternate format, call 410-313-6444 or visit www.WorkGreenHoward.org and/or www.hcgreenfest.org.

Erickson Plans Retirement Community at Marriott Headquarters


Upon the relocation of Marriott International, in 2022, Catonsville-based Erickson Living, which operates Charlestown, plans to redevelop the 775,000-square-foot global headquarters into a continuing care retirement community. Acquisition of the headquarters, located in Montgomery County’s Rock Spring area just off of I-270 in North Bethesda, was completed in December 2018.

Specific payment details on the property sale are not being disclosed. The Master Plan for the Rock Spring area of Montgomery County was updated by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in 2018. While Rock Spring has been developed over the years as a suburban office park, the updated plan encourages more residential and retail uses.

Anne Arundel Implements CivicReady Mass Notification System


Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with CivicReady to implement its new mass notification system, Alert Anne Arundel. The new CivicReady mass notification system will allow the county to issue urgent notifications, emergency instructions, warnings and even routine communications to subscribed citizens via email, text message and voicemail alert, to keep citizens safe and informed.

In the event of a local emergency, citizens subscribed to CivicReady will benefit from immediate, actionable information and instructions sent via their preferred notification channel. For non-native English speaking citizens, CivicReady notifications will be automatically translated into one of 13 languages to maximize the effectiveness of the platform in ensuring mass awareness of potentially impactful situations.

CivicReady allows citizens to choose what notifications they would like to receive, via phone or email, from various county departments. They will also have the option to register for additional notifications pertaining to government operations and weather, such as NOAA Weather Alerts. To enroll, utilize the link www.alertannearundel.civicready.com or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 410-222-0600.

State Makes New Public Charter School Investments


The administration of Gov. Larry Hogan is working to strengthen Maryland’s investments in public charter schools and their students with new charter school funding in its budget, as well as introducing legislation to ensure more dollars go directly to the classrooms at public charter schools.

Thirty-four percent of public charter schools in Maryland performed in the top 20 of their respective school districts, and charter schools make up more than half of the top 20 schools in the City of Baltimore, according to the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Hogan announced that his fiscal 2020 budget will designate a combined $3.8 million for construction projects, as well as heating and air conditioning issues and other necessary maintenance improvements, at public charter schools across Maryland.

Hogan also announced that he has introduced the Public Charter School Facility Fund Act of 2019, which will provide $1,600 in per-pupil funding for each public charter school student. According to the Governor’s Office, public charter schools often face financial constraints that force them to divert resources intended for programs and classroom activities to facility repairs; the legislation will ensure that funds intended to go to the classroom will truly be dedicated to learning.

Kennedy Krieger to Expand Narcotic-Free Chronic Pain Program


The state of Maryland has awarded Kennedy Krieger Institute, which operates an office in Odenton, $635,000 to enhance a specialized program for the prevention of opioid dependence, abuse and addiction in children and adolescents with chronic pain. The grant will allow the Institute’s Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program to include opiate avoidance education and outreach to community pediatricians and primary care physicians, and will increase the program’s patient capacity.

The funding will expand the reach and services of Kennedy Krieger’s chronic pain rehabilitation program. Individuals in the program will receive evaluation and treatment recommendations. When appropriate, treatment will be provided from a continuum of services available from an interdisciplinary team at Kennedy Krieger. It will also help the organization expand its community support of patients and parents to reduce recidivism; provide training to community providers and develop a statewide advisory group.

MES Announces Pennington as Managing Director


The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) announced that Steve Pennington, who recently headed business and industry sector development for the Maryland Department of Commerce (DOC), has joined MES, where he will lead strategic partnerships and industry relations for the $155 million, Baltimore area nonprofit.

Pennington comes to MES with extensive experience as a sales and business development leader in the private and public sectors. At the DOC, he led a team of 60 staff focused on Maryland’s “Open for Business” strategy. His earlier experiences in the private sector range from startups to large national enterprises, where he led sales teams focused on regional and national businesses, including teams for health care and public sector accounts.

Throughout his more than 30-year career, Pennington has led sales and marketing efforts for companies including Americom, USA Mobility, Bay Broadband and Sprint. He also led the national business development efforts for Seattle-based start-up ATG Risk Solutions.

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