State Casino Revenues Sluggish in September

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) fell 1.1% percent in September to $142.2 million from $143.8 million in September 2018, state lottery and gaming officials announced this week. In terms of year-over-year data, August GGR was up 5.4% – the fourth-best month in the history of Maryland’s casino gaming program. Contributions from September 2019 casino gaming revenue totaled $59.3 million, including $44.4 million for the Education Trust Fund. Casino gaming revenues also support local communities and jurisdictions…

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Howard Names New Director of Technology and Communications

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball last week named Brandee Ganz as the new director of the Howard County Department of Technology and Communications (DTCS). Ganz previously served as the head of the Project Management Office in the County's Department of Information Technology. DTCS is responsible for supporting the County's many different functions by offering an array of services in order to help the departments meet their technology needs. This includes areas such as cybersecurity, geographical…

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Howard Courthouse Project Wins Three International P3 Awards

County Executive Calvin Ball today announced three P3 Award wins for the new Howard County Circuit Courthouse project. Now in its sixth year, the P3 Awards is one of the largest events in the Americas recognizing and rewarding the best in public-private partnerships (P3) from around the world. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County broke ground on the new 238,000 square foot facility last June. The new courthouse is the County's first P3…

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2019 MEDA Fall Conference: Defining Your Community Identity – Register Now

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) will hold its annual fall conference on October 21, 2019, at The Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. The 2019 Fall Conference – Defining Your Community Identity – will be held in partnership with the Rural Economic Development Session, sponsored by PNC Bank. From the MEDA announcement: Each community has a unique vibe with distinct commercial centers designed, organized and promoted to create a sense of livability.  Economic Developers are charged with identifying…

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Comptroller to MDOT: “Shut Down” Bay Bridge Construction Project
In 2018, MES scanned more than 700 bridges providing detailed analysis and reporting for the MDOT State Highway Administration. (Photo: coastalpics)
Comptroller to MDOT: “Shut Down” Bay Bridge Construction Project

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling on the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to "shut down" a construction project on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The $27 million deck rehabilitation project on the westbound span has led to severe traffic backups in recent weeks. https://twitter.com/peterfranchot/status/1181239905218777088 MDOT Secretary Pete Rahn last week apologized for the delays, reassuring the Board of Public Works that the state is working to mitigate traffic congestion during the long-term construction project. According…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – October 16, 2019 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled…

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Report: Local Law Enforcement Should Have Authority to Mitigate Rogue Drones

Amid an increase in drone activity near airports across the United States, a task force made up of aviation and security experts is urging lawmakers to address safety concerns by boosting funding and extending authority over drones to state and local law enforcement agencies. Reports of potentially hazardous or unlawful drone activity, many of which occurred near airports or aircraft, increased dramatically over the past two years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Last year,…

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Olszewski Names New Press Secretary
Baltimore County Executive- elect Johnny O Jr. (photo source: twitter)
Olszewski Names New Press Secretary

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski yesterday announced that Sean Naron will be joining his leadership team as press secretary. He succeeds T.J. Smith, who will be departing the executive’s office to explore other opportunities. “Sean is a dedicated, hard-working, and energetic communicator with years of experience working with journalists to ensure the public has access to the critical information they deserve,” Olszewski said. “I’m thrilled to have him return to our team as we continue…

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Baltimore County Announces $16 Million for School Air Conditioning

With several Baltimore County schools closed today due to excessive heat, County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County will provide up to $16 million in matching funds for air conditioning and heating units in schools that do not have air conditioning. The county funds will be matched by $13.4 million in state funding awarded by the Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction’s Healthy School Facility Fund. According to Baltimore County Government: Although Baltimore County…

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