New Global Gateway Initiative Will Connect International Businesses to Local Incubators

Maryland's Global Gateway Initiative and accompanying $2 million will connect international businesses looking to work with Maryland to local incubators to streamline the process. Maryland has invested $2 million investment in the state’s innovative Global Gateway Initiative. The Global Gateway Initiative. The program will help attract international businesses and ease their transition into the U.S. market by connecting them with local incubators and accelerators throughout Maryland. The program will be managed by the Maryland Department of Commerce and is this first of…

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Cecil Recognizes Tourism Partners

The Cecil County Tourism Partner Appreciation Breakfast recognized more than fifty businesses and organizations that partner with the County on marketing, sponsorship, discounts, promotions, events, and travel writer visits. “We were thrilled to bring this annual event back after a two-year hiatus due to covid,” said Tourism Manager Sandy Turner. “The event gives us the chance to appreciate and thank our generous partners for all their amazing support.” According to a County press release:  In…

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Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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State to Distribute $198 Million in Small Business Relief

Maryland was the first state to submit a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) deployment plan to the United States Treasury Department, and was one of the first five states to be approved. Maryland will allocate up to $198 million in federal small business relief through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). That federal initiative was established by Congress in 2010 to provide loans and investments to underserved small businesses. The SSBCI received a $10…

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Grant Applications to Open for Six State Housing Revitalization Programs

On May 19th, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will open an application portal for six programs supporting local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. Grants are intended to assist local governments and nonprofits, and run through the following programs: Community Legacy Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide Strategic Demolition Fund – Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund Seed…

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State Awarded $6.9 Million to Expand Housing Assistance for Marylanders with Disabilities

Maryland was awarded over $6.9 million in Section 811 grant funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Project Rental Assistance Program Grant. This grant award will assist the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in growing statewide affordable rental housing opportunities for low income residents with disabilities. The state is one of only 16 to receive Section 811 grant awards, which totaled $54.7 million. DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt…

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State Dispenses $200 Million for Affordable Housing

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will administer $200 million in financing tools and new programs to produce more than 6,000 additional rental housing units statewide. The funding announcement comes as several supports addressing housing instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have either expired or are winding down including the statewide eviction moratorium and Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Governor Hogan discussed the importance of the new funding in a press release: “During our administration,…

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Garrett Launches New Program to Spotlight Local Businesses

The Garrett County Department of Business Development announced the launch of a new Business Spotlight Program to showcase County businesses and nonprofit organizations and the services/products they provide. The Business Spotlight Program, which gets underway later this month, will be an ongoing economic and business development initiative offered to all Garrett County businesses and nonprofit organizations. There is no charge to participate in the program. “We have recently brought Mr. Connor Norman on board as…

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Webinar: Strengthening America’s Workforce with Recovery Funds

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a May 4 webinar on how counties can use COVID recovery resources for hiring and retention. The May 4 webinar will focus on "how counties are using ARPA dollars to tackle the labor shortage, connecting people to good jobs, expanding childcare services and fostering a strong national workforce that meets the needs of residents through local government service." https://twitter.com/NACoTweets/status/1521151815546511360   Speakers include: Lindsey Graham, Child Care Coordinator,…

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Baltimore City and County Team Up with the Ravens on Youth Leadership Program

The 2021-2022 class of Baltimore Ravens High School Leadership Institute high schoolers completed the program last week, having learned leadership skills and how to be productive members of their communities.   The Baltimore Ravens High School Leadership Institute is hosted by the Ravens and T. Rowe Price and serves 100 Baltimore City and County high school students every year who were selected as by their schools to participate in the program. The students, some of who recently completed the program,…

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