Baltimore City Boosts Fight Against Food Insecurity by $26 Million

Baltimore City is boosting its fight against food insecurity driven by the COVID-19 pandemic with an additional $11 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, bringing the City's total ARPA commitment to $26 million. During the pandemic, food insecurity rates across the City increased from 18% to 21.7%, with 33% of children being food insecure. Similarly, SNAP participation skyrocketed, rising from 25% of Baltimore City residents to over 33% (approximately 200,000 people). Baltimore City Mayor…

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Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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Baltimore City Aims to House 1,000 Homeless Families Through Fed Partnership

Baltimore City is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for an initiative entitled "House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis." House America will use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to promote a Housing First approach, immediately rehousing and creating a pipeline to build additional housing for people experiencing homelessness. For the 2022 calendar year, the City…

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State to Distribute $198 Million in Small Business Relief

Maryland was the first state to submit a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). deployment plan to the United States Treasury Department, and was one of the first five states to be approved. Maryland will allocate up to $198 million in federal small business relief through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). That federal initiative was established by Congress in 2010 to provide loans and investments to underserved small businesses. The SSBCI received a $10…

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Baltimore County Lands Major Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Baltimore County will soon play host to a 54,000 square foot electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facility as the EV market expands both in state and globally.  Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation, a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and vehicles, has selected Baltimore County for the next phase of the company’s major U.S. expansion. Greenland conducted a comprehensive national selection process before selecting Maryland earlier this year,…

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Grant Applications to Open for Six State Housing Revitalization Programs

On May 19th, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will open an application portal for six programs supporting local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. Grants are intended to assist local governments and nonprofits, and run through the following programs: Community Legacy Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide Strategic Demolition Fund – Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund Seed…

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Fun Fact: This County Has the Largest Locomotive

The world’s largest Mallet, or steam-powered locomotive, in operation was placed into service last week in Allegany County. Maryland Thunder will be part of a regular rotation for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s (WMSR) 16-mile excursion from Cumberland to the Frostburg Depot. It was constructed in 1949 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and was built to handle the heaviest coal trains until it was retired in 1956. The 643,100-pound engine was stored at the B&O Museum…

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May 11 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Dereck Davis — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on May 11, 2022: Allegany County A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $5,445,701 ($510,535 loan +…

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Harford Wins 2022 NACo Achievement Award for Best In Community, Economic Development

The Grove at Harford wins the 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Best In Community and Economic Development.  NACo is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. Explore the Best in Category winners below. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009. The Grove at Harford was founded as an outlet for farmers, artists, and…

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NACo Highlights Somerset Natural Gas Project

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently highlighted a major natural gas project in Somerset County.  In a recent article, the National Association of Counties (NACo) highlighted an innovative natural gas project in Maryland's own Somerset County. Previously Somerset County was one of a handful of jurisdictions without access to natural gas. In 2020 County officials launched an initiative to bring natural gas to their community. By 2021 Somerset had a fully operational pipeline, bringing…

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