State Announces $30 Million to Expand Broadband Access Across 18 Counties

Grant Funding Will Expand Service to More Than 12,000 Households In 18 Counties Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved or underserved communities in Maryland. These awards are…

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Maryland DHCD Requests Public Comment on New Draft Annual Plan Update of the State’s Consolidated Plan

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State’s Consolidated Plan. The Maryland DHCD is proud to be at the forefront in implementing housing policy that promotes and preserves homeownership and creating innovative community development initiatives to meet the challenges of a growing Maryland. Through the Maryland Mortgage Program, the department has empowered thousands of Maryland families…

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Measuring “Tree Equity” For Downtown Areas Across MD

strong>The organization American Forests has developed a system of "Tree Equity Scores" to assess canopy and availability by downtown area -- see where your neighborhood rates. Trees are readily recognized as assets for quality of life, healthy living, and temperature moderation in downtown areas. Now, a tool is available to synthesize an area's tree cover to help benchmark this across different areas. The "Tree Equity Score" - where graphic at right from the website helps…

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Point Broadband to Expand Fiber Network in Washington County

Washington County this week announced that Point Broadband is expanding its fiber network to offer high-speed internet to more residents across the County. Point Broadband is an all-fiber network offering both internet and phone services for home and business. “We’re very excited to expand our service in Washington County. Fiber optic is the newest network technology that delivers the fastest and most reliable intent service available," said Clint Wiley, general manager of Point Broadband in…

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Mayor Scott Announces $1 Million Investment in Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Community-based Youth Programming

Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced a $1 million investment from Family League of Baltimore to support the addition of quality, community-based Out-of-School Time (OST) programming at 43 Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) centers across the city. “Building a better Baltimore starts with investing in the success of our young people, not in their failures,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I want to thank Family League and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for turning…

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Montgomery County Public Libraries Launches Northstar, a New Digital Literacy Resource

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) launches Northstar, a new digital literacy resource. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) now offers the Northstar Digital Literacy suite of tools to help residents acquire or improve basic digital literacy skills. The resource includes the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, a suite of free online modules that test proficiency in essential digital skills. The assessments, built around basic computer digital literacy standards, were developed by leading Adult Basic Education groups and are now sustained…

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Montgomery Housing Opportunities Commission Appoints Acting Executive Director

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County on Wednesday appointed an interim leader while it searches for a replacement for outgoing Executive Director Stacy Spann. The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) was established in 1974 to better respond to the County’s need for affordable housing. HOC is authorized to acquire, own, lease, and operate housing; to provide for the construction or renovation of housing; obtain financial assistance from any public or private source…

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Abandoned Military Base Fort Ritchie Opens Its Doors For New Homes & Experiences

Cascade Properties has partnered with Inch & Co. Development Group in the renovation and construction of the historic Fort Ritchie Army Base in Cascade, Maryland. Fort Ritchie is central to Frederick, and Emmitsburg, Maryland, as well as Gettysburg and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The base was in use throughout World War II and the Cold War, from 1926-1998, when it officially closed its doors. The US Army activated the Military Intelligence Training Center (MITC) on June 19, 1942, and trained 19,600 intelligence troops, including the Ritchie Boys.…

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Maryland Receives Nearly $2.4 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements from USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states and Puerto Rico. “Every community needs safe, reliable and modern water and wastewater systems,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The consequences of decades of disinvestment in physical infrastructure have fallen most heavily on communities of color. This is why USDA is investing in water infrastructure in rural and…

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Baltimore City Announces $5.8 Million in New Community Catalyst Grants

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development yesterday announced an additional $5,826,582 in grant funds through the Community Catalyst Grants Program (CCG). The CCG is a competitive awards program that provides capital and operating funds for community-driven revitalization efforts. Eligible organizations include community development corporations, neighborhood-based development organizations, umbrella organizations, and other community organizations. Eligible projects support locally-driven revitalization initiatives and help advance neighborhood revitalization and transformation…

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