Posted inCoronavirus

Where’s my vaccine? Ball rolls out plan for distribution in Howard County

The high stakes coordination of COVID-19 vaccine distribution is getting fully underway. “To date our Health Department has received 4,500 doses of vaccine and has administered more than 2,600 of those doses,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball at a Jan. 7 press conference. “By Tuesday (Jan. 12), 100 percent of our current allocation will […]

Posted inEconomy

E-commerce triggers logistics revolution

Technology, new consumer behavior and prolonged COVID-19 restrictions are driving an upheaval in retail businesses and an explosion in transportation and logistics industries. “The fastest growing sector in [our] county right now is logistics, warehousing and distribution,” said David Iannucci, president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp (PGEDC). “Amazon is picking […]

Posted inEconomy

Can the economy outwait COVID?

The COVID-19 pandemic damaged the U.S. economy but it also demonstrated the economy’s resilience. Speakers at the annual economic forecast events hosted by the Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) and Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) in November agreed that Maryland and the nation face challenges ahead but noted opportunities for a strong rebound. Anirban Basu, […]

Posted inTechnology

5G is coming

Wireless infrastructure is getting overwhelmed. Data usage is growing exponentially and the global pandemic is generating more demand for connectivity. Inconveniences like frozen Zoom screens or inability to text or place calls illustrate the growing strain. Looking to sell policy makers and community stakeholders on wireless 5G networks, Maryland’s technology, civic and business leaders announced […]

Posted inGovernment

Howard County development dips

In 2018, Mary Kay Sigaty, a Howard County councilwoman, and the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) warned that the county’s four-year Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) moratorium would significantly impact revenue. Those predictions may be coming true. Since the moratorium took effect in July 2019, Howard County has seen a significant decrease in the number […]