Hogan Announces Economic Recovery Initiative, Draws $250M from State’s Rainy Day Fund

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference with Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Maryland Housing and Community Development Secretary Ken Holt to launch a major new economic recovery initiative. COVID-19 Metrics Governor Hogan began the press conference by providing an update on Maryland's COVID-19 health and economic recovery, stating that key health metrics continue to remain low and stable with a statewide positivity rate of 3.1%. Maryland health officials are closely monitoring an…

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MACo Kicks Off Winter Series with Economic Recovery in the Time of COVID, 11/6

MACo is kicking off the Winter Series with one of the biggest issues facing all counties in the wake of COVID-19 – the outlook for our economy. You don't want to miss this live event! MACo’s Winter Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. As the pandemic lingers, all levels of government and the private sector have questions about economic recovery. MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, will…

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Montgomery Announces Restaurant and Retail Grant Program

Through November 5, Montgomery County is offering eligible local retailers and restaurant establishments up to $5,000 in grant funding and/or business counseling. The 3R Initiative Restaurant & Retail Grant awards will support: delivery service fees, auto insurance costs related to deliveries, inventory costs, E-commerce solutions, and in certain circumstances, other COVID-related business expenses. From the press release: HOW IT WORKS Local restaurants and retailers can request assistance by submitting a short application and a W-9…

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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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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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Comcast to Expand Broadband Service in Cecil

Cecil County Government and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband announced today that Comcast has begun a network expansion project to extend broadband service to more than 61 addresses in Cecil County. In addition to high-speed internet service, residential customers in the expansion area will have access to all Xfinity services, including the Xfinity X1 video platform, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Voice, and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast has already commenced with the detailed engineering and preparation…

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Hogan Announces Over $2.8M to Create and Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities

Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has awarded over $2.8 million in grant funding to assist businesses and organization in creating and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. This $2.8 million is the third in a series of federal expansion grants that the Maryland Department of Labor has secured. The Department allocated $1.75 million of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to create the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund (AIF) 2.0, which has successfully helped…

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Harford Announces $10,000 Winter Restaurant Relief Grant Program

Harford County is offering $10,000 grants to help eligible food and beverage service establishments cover costs related to supporting and sustaining operations through the winter. Funded by the federal CARES Act, the grants may be used for a variety of qualifying expenses, including commercial mortgage or rent payments, upgrades for carryout service, seating enhancements, and physical barriers for social distancing. Applications are available online and will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October…

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Olszewski Nominates New Director of Workforce Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Leonard J. Howie III to serve as the County's Director of Economic Workforce Development. Howie formerly served as Maryland Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. As Director of Economic and Workforce Development, he will lead the County's efforts to "improve workforce development, attract and retain businesses, and expand the County’s economy." From the press release: “During these challenging times, we need experienced, team-oriented leaders, and Leonard…

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