Business News
Anne Arundel Community College has taken the top spot in a national ranking of community colleges by Academic Influence, a team of academics and data scientists providing objective, influence-based rankings for higher education. More info
Thrive, a premier provider of NextGen Managed Services, has acquired Howard Tech Advisors, a leading IT Managed Services firm serving the Baltimore, Annapolis and Columbia area. Learn more
CoStar Group has withdrawn its bid to acquire CoreLogic and terminate any further acquisition discussions. Find out why
Columbia-based Advarra has acquired Bio-Optronics, maker of CCTrialSuite – which includes Clinical Conductor, the leading clinical trial management system for health systems and research sites and an integrated suite of eClinical solutions. Read it
Impact Analytics, a Linthicum-based provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for planning and merchandising within the retail industry, has closed an $11 million growth financing led by Argentum Capital Partners IV.  More info
BGE is awarding $270,000 in BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants to 73 area nonprofit organizations, which will assist agencies in purchasing vital equipment, such as defibrillators, ice rescue equipment, and funding for emergency preparedness drills and active shooter training. See who
With President Joe Biden signing into law the American Rescue Plan, members of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), such as Merriweather Post Pavilion, have expressed appreciation that it includes an amendment to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant provisions and supports its passage in the upcoming COVID-19 Relief Bill. Learn more
Government News
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Economic Development Authority released a report detailing the HoCo RISE Business Assistance Grant Program and its impact on supporting local businesses during the pandemic. See the details
The City of Laurel was awarded $262,330 of emergency relief funds to support Main Street businesses through the Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Read more
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced $1.6 million to build eight new solar parking canopies, with 35 new electric vehicle charging stations, that are expected to generate 4,520,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy annually - or enough energy to power more than 370 Maryland homes for a year. Learn more
Orbis Technologies, of Annapolis, which markets Component Content Management Software, has been awarded a large, multi-year contract to support the development of a world-class custom Component Content Management System for the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). Find out more
Guest Commentary
Information travels faster than ever and a person’s worst moments can come to define them. Because scandals spread quickly on the internet, indecent behavior by organizations and public figures appears more common than ever before. Read more
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