Feds Announce $3 Billion Economic Development Initiative

US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will implement a series of programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities. This historic investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will support bottom-up, middle-out economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest…

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Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining
County Executive Ball at the July 21, 2021 press conference announcing the emergency legislation to maintain outdoor dining. Image courtesy of Howard County Government.
Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining

Yesterday Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the introduction of emergency legislation to extend outdoor dining until November 15, 2021, for restaurants and bars that added or expanded that service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many counties, Howard issued temporary permits that allowed bars and restaurants to create or expand their outdoor seating while indoor dining capacity limits were in place. More than 60 restaurants in applied for the permits. However, in Howard County the…

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American Fidelity Offers Products and Services for Human Resources Departments

American Fidelity offers a wide variety of products and services for Human Resources departments. American Fidelity specializes in the education, public sector, automotive and healthcare industries with products like group and individual life, health and annuity services as well as other financial security products and services. In 1960, C.W. and C.B. Cameron founded American Fidelity Assurance Company based on a fundamental belief: The most important asset anyone has is their ability to work and earn…

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Despite National Gains, Maryland’s Economic Recovery Wobbles

For the first time in 13 months, Maryland lost 6,400 jobs in June. The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, nonfarm payrolls increased 850,000 for the month, which beat expectations. The national unemployment rate, however, rose to 5.9%. “Today’s jobs report is further evidence of the ongoing challenges our state’s economy is facing due to a serious labor…

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Bioenergy Devco Celebrates Opening of Maryland Anaerobic Digester

This month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, County Executive Calvin Ball, Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES), Charles Glass and representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gathered at Bioenergy Devco’s new anaerobic digestion facility in Jessup, Maryland. “For over six and a half years, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” remarked Governor Hogan. “We set a bold goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent…

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Baltimore County Latest to Okay “Drinks To Go”

The Baltimore County Liquor Board voted to extend temporary allowances for establishments to offer limited "to go" options including alcoholic beverages. In hopes that pandemic-related triggers such as the statewide emergency declaration would be lifted with improving health trends, the General Assembly this year authorized local jurisdictions to extend "to go" cocktail service beyond the limited provisions of the emergency. Baltimore County, by a vote of its liquor board, has joined the list of jurisdictions…

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Queen Anne’s County Nonprofit Assistance Fund Announced

Queen Anne's County announced last week a new nonprofit assistance fund. The Queen Anne's County Nonprofit Assistance Fund will be accepting grant applications until July 30th. Use of funds and eligibility requirements are available on the County's Economic Development website. According to a County press release: This assistance fund has been created to aid nonprofits in fulfilling their mission and outreach goals which includes adjusting operations due to the pandemic. Funds are to be utilized…

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Hogan Reappoints Carroll Commissioner Rothstein to Workforce Development Board

Governor Larry Hogan this week reappointed Carroll County Commissioner Ed Rothstein to serve a new four-year term on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. Commissioner Rothstein serves as a MACo representative to the board. The GWDB is responsible for developing policies and strategies to form a coordinated workforce system from a variety of education, employment, and training programs. It brings together and focuses various workforce development partners and stakeholders on two key outcomes —a  properly prepared…

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Hogan Names New Lottery & Gaming Director, Appointees to Sports Wagering Commission

Governor Larry Hogan today named John A. Martin as director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Martin, the agency’s managing director and chief revenue officer, will succeed Gordon Medenica, who announced his retirement in April. Martin's appointment is effective July 1, 2021. “Maryland is proud to have one of the best lottery and gaming systems in the country, and with sports betting coming online, we are poised for even more record growth," said…

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Comptroller Extends Filing, Payment Deadlines for Pass-Through Entities

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today extended the filing deadline for 2020 income tax returns from Pass-Through Entities (PTEs) to September 15, 2021, due to new laws requiring extensive changes to PTE tax forms, which are now available on the Comptroller’s website. Taxpayers who file PTE returns and pay any outstanding liabilities by September 15 will not be charged interest or pay a penalty. No further action is required for PTEs to receive this waiver; it…

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