Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Now Appearing at Merriweather: The Rotating Stage »

What’s new at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion?

Vision for 2020: The Chamber’s New Strategic Plan »

The last few years have featured several changes for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, highlighted by a new program in GovConnects and the hiring of a new president late in 2014. With those changes come the integration of new ideas, initiatives and processes.

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Latest News

BizWeekly 5/3/2016

Cordo Named New Howard County Tourism Director

Anthony Cordo is the new executive director of Howard County Tourism & Promotion (HCTP). Prior to joining HCTP, Cordo was the director of Explore Victoria, a convention and visitor’s bureau in Victoria, Texas.

“The board of directors is excited by the arrival of Tony to help lead Howard County’s tourism team forward,” said David Balderson, HCTP board chair. “Tony was the selection team’s first choice from the scores of résumés we received. We are excited about his obvious enthusiasm for tourism and for Howard County, and the experience and strong skills he brings with him.”

Cordo has nearly a decade of experience in the destination marketing industry. He began his tourism career at Experience Columbus, serving as the visitor services manager and later senior visitor services manager. Most recently, Cordo ran Explore Victoria, marketing and selling a destination in Texas that focused on barbecue, the outdoors and history. Key initiatives at Explore Victoria included the Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail and Bootfest, an annual country and Tejano music event that draws more than 30,000 attendees.

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Guest Article

Howard County’s Academy of Finance Students Collaborate With Patterson High School Students in Baltimore

By Maddy Halbach

To a group of Howard County and Baltimore City high school students, the word “community” means making the world around them a better place to live, or a group of individuals focused on achieving a common goal to make a difference.

After the unrest in Baltimore City last year, a group of Howard County’s Academy of Finance students were concerned this could occur in their greater community. Discussing the incident with each other brought attention to the needs of the individuals living in the vicinity and a desire to make a difference.

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