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Howard signs Camp Ilchester purchase agreement

Howard County has completed the purchase agreement for Camp Ilchester. In May, the Howard County Council approved the County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposal to include $6 million in the budget to acquire the 21-acre property from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Howard County intends to preserve Camp Ilchester as green space, keeping up to 105 housing units out of the development pipeline […]

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Bipartisan Council majority passes Arundel’s fiscal ’23 budget

The Anne Arundel County Council passed County Executive Steuart Pittman’s fiscal 2023 budget in a bipartisan 6-1 vote. Voting in favor were Chair Lisa Rodvien, and Councilmembers Andrew Pruski, Sarah Lacey, Allison Pickard, Nathan Volke and Amanda Fiedler.  The budget includes a tax cut that lowers the income tax rate on the first $50,000 of […]

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MEA partners with X-energy, Frostburg State

The Maryland Energy Administration announced a partnership to determine the potential for siting an Advanced Small Modular Reactor with Maryland-based X-energy and Frostburg State University through a collaborative study.  Depending on these findings, this research will provide information on available clean energy opportunities to the state. A Maryland fossil fuel site will be examined for […]

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Grow & Fortify’s Dudeck to chair state Ag Commission

Grow & Fortify has announced the appointment of its chief strategy officer, Kelly Dudeck, as chair of the Maryland Agriculture Commission. The Commission serves as an advisory role to the secretary and deputy secretary of agriculture and addresses legislative and policy issues that affect Maryland agribusiness.  Dudeck was appointed to the commission by Gov. Larry […]

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MEA starts offshore wind website, announces awards

The Maryland Energy Administration has developed a new Maryland offshore wind website,, in partnership with the Business Network for Offshore Wind.  The website will act as a centralized source of information and resources for individuals and businesses looking to learn more about offshore wind in Maryland, the economic opportunities, and how to get involved in the […]

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MEA awards $1.5M via low-income solar grant program

The Maryland Energy Administration announces $1.5 million in awards to build new solar technology on low-income Marylanders’ primary residences. Funding for this project is made possible through MEA’s Low Income Solar Grant Program, which is funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund. MEA will provide grant funding for the design and installation of solar energy systems for a limited […]

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Pittman sends fiscal ’23 supplemental budget to Arundel council

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman sent the fiscal 2023 supplemental budget to the County Council. The supplemental includes $2 million in one-time funding for pay equity at Anne Arundel Community College, and more than $2.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding for hiring and retention bonuses for school bus drivers and crossing guards. “Providing […]

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Statement from Maryland State Board of Elections

The Maryland State Board of Elections is aware of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s upcoming advisory identifying certain risks associated with the Dominion Voting System. Maryland does not use the Dominion system. Once the formal advisory is issued, SBE will review the findings with its voting system vendor, Elections Systems and Software (ES&S), as part […]

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Funding secured for underground tunnel in Ellicott City

Howard County announced the closing of a $75 million low-interest federal loan to construct a 5,000-foot-long tunnel in Ellicott City, which will be the largest flood mitigation component of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan.  The funding was secured through the Environmental Protection Agency’s competitive Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, which provides water […]