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The Howard County Economic Development Authority and the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. joined with economic development organizations from Charles, Frederick, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in signing a joint statement on Regional Collaboration among Maryland Capital Region Local Economic Development Organizations to outline their collective commitment to growing a stronger Maryland Capital Region.   Learn more
Linthicum-based   SECU, Maryland’s largest state chartered credit union, announced a commitment of up to $200,000 in hardship grants for its members through the SECU MD Foundation and $200,000 for COVID-19 community relief efforts. Details
The Washington, D.C. region and Maryland public television stations announced a partnership aimed at supporting the education needs of families whose children are learning from home during the coronavirus public health emergency. Read more
Howard County REACT has launched a critical grocery and medication delivery service. This service is intended to assist Howard County citizens that cannot leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis and are having trouble getting groceries delivered in a timely fashion. Learn about it
Government News
The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, announced $6.4 million to support Maryland’s health care system as it responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more
Senate Democratic leaders sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the Trump administration officials to take steps to ensure that the most vulnerable small businesses have access to the important financial resources authorized by the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Learn more
According to various news reports, Social Security beneficiaries will automatically receive a $1,200 emergency assistance payment  without having to file a tax return to the Internal Revenue Service, which was the original arrangement under the $2 trillion relief bill that was recently signed into law. Learn more
County Executive Calvin Ball provided updates on the progress of Ellicott City Safe & Sound. He highlighted the $20.2 million in his proposed capital budget for fiscal 2021, announced the final acquisition of the 10 properties on lower Main Street, provided updates on the federal section 106 process and lower Main Street stabilization and preservation efforts. Read the details
The sharp increase in unemployment claims has overwhelmed the Maryland Department of Labor. The Division of Unemployment Insurance has provided a frequently asked questions guide as a resource, this includes an explanation of the exemption from the weekly work search requirement. See the FAQs
Howard County has been designated by Gov. Larry Hogan as a Hot Spot within Maryland, allowing the region to be a priority for federal assistance. “...it is critical to ensure our region has the necessary resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. More
The Howard County Health Department, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Columbia Emissions Testing Center for residents who are displaying symptoms, have a referral from a health care provider and an appointment for testing. Find out more
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman unveiled the new OpenArundel website with a virtual ribbon cutting and online demo.
OpenArundel gives access to powerful information and data to residents and researchers who want to explore county programs, initiatives, and demographics. Read the details
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April 9, 2020
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