Calvert Announces Second Round of COVID-19 Relief Funding

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners last week announced a second round of the COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund Grant to provide assistance to local for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced adverse financial impacts or expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief program is funded through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County will continue to distribute grant…

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Charles to Host Free Financial Resources Webinar for Small Businesses

The Charles County Department of Economic Development, in partnership with the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a webinar titled "Show Me the Money" to help small businesses in Charles County understand how to apply for the available financial resources. "It is still essential we continue to provide financial support to small businesses at this time," Economic Development Director Darréll Brown said. "Helping our businesses remain open and prosperous as the State recovers is…

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Baltimore County Launches Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program, a $3 million grant fund to reimburse service industry businesses for investments in critical improvements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of employees and patrons. “Baltimore County’s service industry is a critical link of our local economy and we must do whatever we can to be a strong partner in their recovery,” said County Executive Olszewski.…

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Governor Extends Utility Shutoff Moratorium to August 1

The executive order extends the moratorium against the terminating resident’s utilities or charging them late fees to August 1, 2020.  The order helps protect individuals who have lost work or income due to the coronavirus pandemic from experiencing shutoffs of critical utilities. The Baltimore Sun reports: “No electric, gas, sewage disposal, telegraph, telephone, water, or cable television company, or internet service provider, or any company providing a combination of such services (a “Residential Service Company”),…

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Baltimore County Announces Innovative, Hybrid Summer Youth Employment Program

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities. Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities. “While…

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Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on July 1. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County's minimum wage will rise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase. The County’s minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 for employers with 50 or…

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Maryland Nears Milestone in 2020 Census Count

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland currently has a 65.7% self response rate. As the state nears a two-thirds completion rate, Maryland Census reminds everyone that all residents need to be counted. https://twitter.com/MDCensus2020/status/1275433813435396098 Accurate counts for the census equate to improved funding for the state and local communities. Hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding are allocated for public services like hospitals and fire departments, and programs like school lunches. Census…

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Secretaries of Labor and Commerce Brief Joint COVID-19 Workgroup

The Secretaries provide updates on state unemployment insurance programs and business recovery programs.  The workgroup was joined by the Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson and Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz. Secretary Robinson discussed how the Department has increased staff, added new technology, and worked to improve communication while operating during the pandemic. By the numbers as of Wednesday, the Department has paid out a historic amount of benefits -- $2.7 billion in both…

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Conduit Street Podcast: A View From the Senate

Unemployment Insurance Senator Kagan's letter to Governor Hogan Coronavirus and Unemployment Resources Telehealth Senator Kagan's letter to Dr. Karen Salmon on School-Based Health Centers Maryland Matters article describing the telehealth discrepancy in schools Prince George’s TV Interview on telehealth State Song Coverage from The Washington Post Coverage from The Baltimore Sun Senator Kagan's Social Media/Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

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Baltimore County to Host Webinar on COVID-19’s Economic Impact and Opportunities

Free webinar will explore regional recovery forecasts and emerging industries. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter the local economy for years and decades to come. “Exploring Economic Impacts and Opportunities in the Baltimore Region” is the fifth session in the “Baltimore County Business Forum—COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar…

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