Montgomery Announces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Roadmap

Montgomery County officials announced a pandemic Economic Roadmap to Recovery and Long-Term Success to guide the County's future recovery efforts. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich developed the County's Economic Advisory Group (EAG), which has been meeting since July, to provide critical input as the County plans for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The EAG includes a "diverse group of over 30 business leaders who represent large, small and minority businesses from critical industries such as…

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Here Are the States to Avoid Under Maryland’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan this week "strongly encouraged" Maryland residents to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel to states with a COVID-19 positivity rate above 10 percent or states with an average case rate of above 20 per 100,000 people over the past seven days. As Maryland for the ninth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections — and a statewide positivity rate above 5 percent for the first time since June — Governor Hogan this…

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Hogan Announces Staff Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Chris Shank has been named as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives and current press secretary Shareese Churchill will take on additional responsibility as deputy director of interagency communications. Shank, in his new role, will manage relationships with external stakeholders to promote engagement with administration initiatives and identify strategic partnerships, and oversee a portfolio of multi-agency efforts. From Hogan's press release: “I could not be more pleased to…

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St. Mary’s Announces Broadband Request for Proposal

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County today announced the Request for Proposal (RFP) for community broadband is open for interested broadband providers. Reliable internet access in St. Mary's County has been a top priority of the Commissioners, and on September 15, the Commissioners allocated $100,000 toward formally assessing local broadband capabilities. To date, more than 2,400 households and 90-employers have responded to the broadband assessment surveys. According to a St. Mary's County press release: For…

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Feds Award Port Infrastructure Grant to Sparrows Point
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Feds Award Port Infrastructure Grant to Sparrows Point

The United States Department of Transportation announced the award of $9.8 million to Sparrows Point in Baltimore City for modernization and rehabilitation. In all, over $220 million in grant funding for 18 projects in 16 states and territories were awarded to improve facilities through the Maritime Administration's Port Infrastructure Development Program. Eight of the 18 projects, including Baltimore's Sparrows Point, are located in Opportunity Zones. From NACo's coverage: Established under the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization…

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St. Mary’s Announces Return to Level 3 Pandemic Response

In response to Governor Larry Hogan announcing a series of new directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19, St. Mary's County Government reinstated the Level 3 Pandemic Response Policy. The new statewide directives reduce food service establishments capacity to 50% and restore mandatory teleworking for State Government employees. Hogan also announced Public Health Advisories that limit indoor gatherings to 25 or fewer and expanded warnings on out-of-state travel. The health advisory also mandated COVID-19 testing…

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MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent
MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent

The Maryland Board of Education has announced they will retain Greenwood/Asher & Associates to lead the search for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. The firm will use a multi-phased search process including planning, community outreach, and a national recruitment strategy in order to assist the State Board in the process of selection and appointment of a new State Superintendent. From the press release: Dedicated exclusively to supporting educational organizations, Greenwood/Asher & Associates (G/A&A)…

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Montgomery Issues RFI for Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program

Montgomery County has issued a Request for Information to obtain input on establishing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Group Buy Program. The EV Group Buy Program would harness the power of volume purchasing and reduce the cost to residents of buying or leaving an Electric Vehicle. The County issued a Request for Information to obtain input from individuals and organizations who have experience relevant to EV Group Buy programs and those with more general experience and knowledge surrounding electric vehicles. In…

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Anne Arundel Public Library to Offer Wi-Fi Hotspot Kits and Chromebooks

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) will now allow members to borrow Wi-Fi hotspot kits and Chromebooks thanks to funding from the Library Foundation. Wi-Fi hotspots will allow for library members to connect to the internet from a computer, phone, Roku, or other device. Hotspots will connect anywhere that has Sprint LTE data service and can be used at home, at work, or on the go. There are currently 50 available kits that can be…

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Anne Arundel Announces $1M Grant Program to Support Nonprofits

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced a $1 million grant program to help support county nonprofit organizations that have increased financial needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, administered by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC), will be able to provide operational funding to between 100 to 150 nonprofits to assist their work serving residents across the county. CFAAC will award grants of up to $10,000 on a rolling…

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