Baltimore County Announces Expanded Grants to Support Local Businesses

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced an expansion of the Commercial Revitalization Action Grant program in order to provided additional support for the County's small businesses during the pandemic. With the expansion, eligible business associations are now able to receive up to $30,000 in grant funding, rather than the traditional $10,000. This will allow business associations to increase their investment in neighborhoods during a time that many small businesses are struggling with lost revenue due…

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Community College First-Year Enrollment Hit Hard by Pandemic

In a study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, research shows that public community college enrollment has plummeted due to the pandemic. While first year enrollment for college has dropped by 16.1%, community college enrollment numbers have dropped by 22.7% and overall community college populations shrank by 9.4%. In 2019, colleges only saw a 0.4% decrease in enrollment. From the Washington Examiner: Doug Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, told…

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Reminder: Anne Arundel Childcare Provider Grants Still Available

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) is still taking applications from center and at home childcare providers for grants of up to $50,000 to cover operating expenses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers with lower-than-expected enrollment can use the grants to cover expenses such as rent, payroll, utilities, personal protective equipment, ensuring sanitary physical spaces, and implementing online communications and learning.  The amount of the grant will be determined by the size of the business…

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Howard County Exec. Announces $1.5M in Nonprofit Grants

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball presented 16 human services nonprofits with grants from Howard County's Rise to the Challenge fund. Rise to the Challenge grants are funded through the CARES Act. From Howard County's website: Photo via Howard County's website “Howard County’s vibrant nonprofit organizations continue to give me hope – they show us every day that if we work together, we can tackle any obstacle. For many of the nonprofit organizations that provide vital…

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Baltimore County Launches Reimbursement Program for Restaurants’ Coronavirus Safety Expenses

Baltimore County has launched a $2.5 million COVID-19 Small Business Restaurant Reimbursement Program to aid restaurants that have made investments in improving safety conditions during the pandemic. The program was launched in recognition of the vital role restaurants play in the local economy and to help them continue to operate safely during the pandemic for the benefit of consumers and employees. The Baltimore Fishbowl reports: The COVID-19 Small Business Restaurant Reimbursement Program will provide restaurants…

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St. Mary’s Aims to Bolster Volunteer Rescue Squads Amidst Pandemic

The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services is working to bolster the County's volunteer EMS services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The County plans to use federal CARES funding to hire private emergency medical technicians and paramedic EMS service providers to partner with local rescue squads to address a pandemic-driven surge in requests for emergency services. Each of the County's seven volunteer rescue squads has asked for help to address staffing shortages, particularly in daytime…

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State Fiscal Leaders: Federal Stimulus Key to Economic Recovery

State fiscal leaders say significant economic volatility underscores uncertainty and call for direct and flexible federal stimulus funds. The Bureau of Revenue Estimates (BRE) today released alternative fiscal guidance showing the impact that a slower-than-anticipated labor market recovery would have on official projections unanimously approved last week. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Revenue Estimates (BRE) last week unanimously approved revenue projections of $18.7 billion for FY 2021 and $19.7 billion for FY…

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Goucher College Poll: Half of Marylanders Plan to Vote Via Mail-In Ballots

Nearly half of Maryland voters who plan to cast ballots in the November election say they will vote by mail by either mailing the ballot in or using a ballot drop box, according to new data from the Goucher College Poll. The Goucher College Poll asked Maryland likely voters for their candidate preferences in the upcoming United States presidential race. Voters were also asked to rate each major party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidate and whether…

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MD Unemployment Claims Soar in Past Week

According to data from the Maryland Department of Labor, unemployment insurance claims in Maryland nearly doubled last week. The Department released data stating that during the week ending October 3, there were 30,060 unemployment claims. The previous week, there were only 15,444. MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TOTAL CLAIMS FILED BY COUNTY Week Ending – OCtober 3, 2020 Claim Filed By:  Regular UI PUA (New) PUA (Reclassified)* PEUC Claims EB Claims Allegany…

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