Local News
Mariela “Mari” Pepin, a 24-year-old marketing director and Meade High School graduate who lives in Odenton, is a contestant on the ABC-TV show The Bachelor. Find out more
The Howard County Council has finalized funding for a transformative first-class New Cultural Center in Downtown Columbia. See the details
Harry Blumenthal, a long-time zoning and land use attorney in Anne Arundel County, died on Dec. 22, 2020 following a complicated illness. Read more
Undoubtedly, 2020 was one of the most challenging years many of us have ever faced in our lifetimes. The Coronavirus pandemic contributed to business shutdowns, rising unemployment, virtual learning and missed family gatherings to name a few. Read more
Columbia was named the second Best City for Jobs in the United States for 2021 by WalletHub, the personal finance outlet. More info
Maryland’s six casinos generated $119,356,448 in gaming revenue during December 2020, which represents a decrease of 19.9 percent compared to December 2019. See the breakdown by casino
BGE is accepting applications for its Emergency Response and Safety Grants program to help with the economic need of the community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Read about it
In a recent BizWeekly poll, readers responded to the following survey question: 

Do you agree with your County Executive's handling of the pandemic?

Yes: 50%
No: 50%
Government News
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford announced executive order 01.01.2021.01, signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, enhancing the state’s Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. Learn more
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, is partnering with the Howard County Government to develop a study that will determine SARS-CoV-2 antibody prevalence in the county population. See the details
Columbia Association (CA) is releasing its $63.6 million budget for FY2022, which takes effect May 1 and is built on the organization’s fiscal responsibility and desire to serve as many people as possible across a diverse group of stakeholders. Find out more
The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has partnered with the Jemicy School to increase staff understanding of the science of reading and dyslexia, as well as the appropriate strategies so that all students develop academic skills and a love of learning. More info
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman will host seven online Budget Town Halls during the next month to discuss the upcoming fiscal 2022 budget. Learn more
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has allocated $150,000 of funding to provide internet service to low-income families and students through Comcast’s Internet Essentials Partnership Program. Read about it
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January 12, 2020