Howard Releases Food Distribution Map

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has launched a new map on the Howard County Government website that will assist residents seeking access to free meals or food pantries. There are more than 30 locations across the county that offer groceries and fresh and frozen meals for students, residents and older adults in need. From Howard County's website: “No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and…

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Urges Senate to Extend 2020 Census Deadline

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) wrote to U.S. Senate leadership urging them to extend the 2020 census deadline by four months to ensure a complete and accurate count. In their letter, the association asks for adequate funding to address challenges presented by the pandemic, and a four month extension to the statutory reporting deadline. COG urges the Senate to follow the House of Representative's lead and include an extension of the 2020…

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Trump Signs Landmark Conservation Bill

Today, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The landmark conservation bill provides $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the roughly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog for federal lands. Conservation advocates have seen many highs and lows since the bills introduction earlier this year. The President and congressional leadership initially signaled support for the move, but set it aside upon the arrival of the pandemic.…

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USDA Invests More Than $13 Million for Rural Broadband in Talbot County

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they were investing more than $13 million to provide rural broadband to parts of Talbot County.  The USDA is sending more than $13 million to Easton Utilities Commission for the deployment of a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will connect thousands in Talbot County to high-speed internet. The grant comes from a second wave of USDA "ReConnect" funding, this time made possible through an allocation included in…

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Hogan Expands Mask Order, Issues Out-Of-State Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference to provide an update on Maryland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and expand public health advisories in the state. Governor Hogan announced that while Maryland has not been identified as one of the 21 'red zone' states due to increasing virus diagnoses per capita, the state is at a "fork in the road" in terms of  managing the virus' ongoing spread. According to Governor Hogan, the statewide…

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MEDC Chairman: Hold Broadband Suppliers Accountable for Underserved Areas

In a meeting of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, Chairman Anirban Basu said he believes that Maryland should impose a tax on internet companies that do not offer service to all. Many communities in Maryland lack internet access, causing residents to "endanger themselves" in the pandemic as they must travel to areas where internet access is readily available said Basu. From Maryland Matters: “If I were governor, I would impose a hefty tax on broadband…

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Baltimore County Announces Grants to Support Community-Based Organizations

Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation announced $400,000 in grants have been distributed to 50 local community-based organizations. These grants come from the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and are a part of a collaborative effort to support the County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From Avenue News: “County government is working around the clock to respond to this crisis, but we know even more needs to be done. We’re so thankful for…

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MEDA Moves Annual Conference Online

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) today announced that its Annual Conference – Inclusive Recovery for Economic Development – will be held online. The event – which was originally scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay – will still be held (virtually) September 21-24, 2020. According to MEDA: After careful consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, MEDA is moving our Annual Conference to an online format. We have notified the…

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St. Mary’s Approves Farmers Market Nutrition Grant for Seniors
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St. Mary’s Approves Farmers Market Nutrition Grant for Seniors

A grant recently approved by St. Mary's County Commissioners will allow senior residents to purchase fresh produce from local farmers markets. From The Bay Net: The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) gives recipients 60 years of age and older, who are residents of St. Mary’s County and who are at or below the established federal poverty limit, a booklet of checks to use at recognized farmers markets. The checks can be used between now…

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State Awards $5.1 Million in Matching Heritage Grants

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has awarded $5.1 million in matching grants to 114 programs run by nonprofits, local governments, other organizations, to support heritage tourism projects and activities in the state’s 13 certified heritage areas. Organizations receiving awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within Maryland’s Heritage Areas. “As Chair of the MHAA, I have seen first-hand how these grants…

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