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SDAT announces improvements to ground rent system

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has announced a more simplified ground rent redemption system for Maryland homeowners who are subject to ground rent. The new process is designed to reduce the obstacles a homeowner must overcome, as well as the number of documents a homeowner must procure, for them to redeem their ground rent through SDAT. […]

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Hogan announces $14.5M in Project Restore awards

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the second round of recipients for Project Restore, a $25 million economic recovery initiative that provides financial incentives to revitalize vacant retail and commercial space. In this round of awards, 209 businesses will receive $5.2 million in rental subsidies and $9.3 million in business operations grants over the next two years, totaling $14.5 […]

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Pittman announces settlement in opioids litigation

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Office of Law announced its participation in national settlement agreements with opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, and the three largest distributors of opioids: Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen. The county’s participation in the agreements is estimated to provide the county with roughly $30 million over 18 years for […]

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Howard County earns Excellence in Financial Reporting award

Howard County earned a prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The professional group recently honored the county for excellence in following generally accepted accounting principles and promoting transparency in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report submission for fiscal 2021. Each fiscal year, […]

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Bingo World approved for sports wagering

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) determined that Bingo World in northern Anne Arundel County has met the qualification requirements for a sports wagering license. In addition, Bingo World’s operator partner, RSI MD, a subsidiary of Rush Street Interactive, was found qualified for a sports wagering operator license. Bingo World is an electronic […]

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Improvement Coalition’s CareFirst grant will address diabetes

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) was awarded $50,000 by CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield through their National Health Equity Strategy to address the Diabetes epidemic. This award supports the Strengthening Community Partnerships to Improve Health Equity in Howard County. Using a place-based approach by targeting outreach and education of residents in specifically identified housing and […]

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Arundel’s Land Use Navigator goes live

The Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits announced the launch and full implementation of the Land Use Navigator (LUN) online platform. The LUN is a significant upgrade that replaces the previous, outdated mainframe program. Customers can now apply for all permit types, renew and apply for licenses, schedule inspections, upload documents and pay […]

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Chaney Enterprises plans apprenticeship program

Gambrills-based Chaney Enterprises plans to expand its workforce in Anne Arundel County and provide a new apprenticeship program. The company anticipates adding more than 50 new jobs during the next few years. At its January 2022 meeting, the Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Council approved Chaney’s new Registered Apprenticeship program. The program is for the occupation of […]

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Howard Bikeshare pilot program ending

A bikeshare pilot program that provided fitness-friendly transportation in Columbia and Ellicott City is ending as officials evaluate the next generation of services to provide Howard County residents. Existing bicycles and stations will be removed beginning Feb. 21. The current system relies on outdated 3G technology for communication between components, and upgrades have been determined to be […]