Carroll Approves Additional Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners today approved additional funding for community partners providing relief to residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioners also tentatively approved funds to establish a new small business assistance initiative to support businesses suffering amid the pandemic and help prepare for sales during holiday months. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is currently unspent from the Carroll County Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan…

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Comcast to Expand Broadband Service in Cecil

Cecil County Government and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband announced today that Comcast has begun a network expansion project to extend broadband service to more than 61 addresses in Cecil County. In addition to high-speed internet service, residential customers in the expansion area will have access to all Xfinity services, including the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Voice, and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast has already commenced with the detailed engineering and preparation…

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Harford Streamlines Residential Building Permits Via Online Portal

Harford County continues to bring more services online to make it easier and more efficient to do business. Through the Harford County ePermit Center, home builders can complete the entire permitting process for residential building permits for new single-family and two-family homes and townhouses. Paper permit applications are no longer required. “This new online service is one-stop shopping for residential building permits, from application through issuance,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “The process is faster,…

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Office of People’s Counsel Provides Info on Assistance Programs as End to Utility Shutoff Moratorium Nears

While the moratorium on terminating residential gas, water, and electric services is set to end on November 15 in Maryland, utilities are authorized to begin sending out termination notices on October 1 -- 45 days before the end of the moratorium.  The Office of People's Counsel has sent out information strongly encouraging anyone who may be eligible for assistance to apply now and not wait for a turn-off notice. A message sent from the Office…

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TEDCO Receives Federal Grant to Support High-Tech Startups

TEDCO, an independent entity established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1998 to facilitate the creation of technology companies and encourage collaboration between emerging businesses and federal and state research laboratories, last week received a $125,000 grant from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to support small business innovation, research, and development. The grant is one of 24 awards granted by the SBA under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Along with…

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Comptroller Franchot Offers Insight, Guidance at MACo Meeting

Comptroller Peter Franchot joined MACo's Legislative Committee meeting on September 16, sharing his perspectives on the health/economic crisis, the state budget picture, and the road ahead for Maryland. Comptroller Franchot virtually visits the MACo Legislative Committee The Comptroller joined MACo's meeting with updates on a variety of topics about the pandemic, the economy and revenues, and county priorities. During the followup questions, he shed additional light on budget issues still pending. Some highlights: Maryland unemployment…

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University of Maryland Launches Small Business Policy “Hack-A-Thon”

The University of Maryland and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are launching a "Small Business Policy Hack-A-Thon." The Hack-A-Thon will bring students and small business representatives together with the goal of creating policy proposals to tackle the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.  The event, which began yesterday with a virtual kickoff meeting, will take place over the next several weeks with teams working in specific policy focus areas: small minority- and women-owned…

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Worcester Awarding COVID-19 Relief Grants to Small Businesses

Worcester County Economic Development is encouraging small businesses and farmers to apply for the next round of their Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program. Worcester County awarded over $1 million in the first round of grants, and is accepting applications for round two until September 18. Farmers and small businesses including sole proprietors with no employees are eligible for the grants that will be awarded in $2,500 increments. Funding for the grants comes…

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State Revenues Exceed Expectations, But Economic Uncertainty Looms

General Fund revenues in fiscal 2020 totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and 0.5% ($102.2 million) below the March estimate. Personal and corporate income tax revenue exceeded expectations, while sales and use tax revenue came in lower than expected. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that as the State closes out fiscal 2020, General Fund revenues totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and…

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St. Mary’s Relaunches Restaurant BOOST Gift Card Program

The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development and Visit St. Mary’s MD are partnering to launch a second round of the Restaurant BOOST Gift Card Program. The program is a gift card investment and value-added program that supports locally owned, locally operated restaurants throughout the County. This program was initially launched to support local restaurants facing economic hardships amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During round two of the BOOST Gift Card Program, customers may purchase…

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