Maryland State Arts Council Awards $1 Million in Emergency Grant Funding to 125 Arts Organizations and Independent Artists

Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, today announced awards totaling $1 million dollars to support arts organizations and independent artists across the state during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The funding will help adjust to losses sustained because of modified or cancelled programming and/or operations. MSAC received 155…

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Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan Amendments and Citizen Participation Plan Amendments

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

On March 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748). The bill provided additional funding to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by the pandemic. A substantial amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is necessary in order to receive…

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Governor Hogan Names New Chief of Staff

Shareese Churchill

Maryland Environmental Service CEO Roy McGrath to Succeed Matthew Clark ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Roy McGrath, IOM, CAE as the new chief of staff for the State of Maryland. McGrath, currently CEO and Chairman of the Maryland Environmental Service Board of Directors, was appointed to this role by Governor Hogan…

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Jump Start Grants Available to Frederick County Small Businesses

Vivian Laxton

Program Supports Full-Time Farmers, Small Businesses, and Micro Businesses FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced the launch of a new grant program to support local small businesses and farmers. She earmarked $5 million to award through the new Jump Start Grants Program. Jump Start grants are designed to assist small for-profit…

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MARYLAND COMMERCE RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO BUILD ON SUCCESSFUL CYBER SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

Karen Glenn Hood

Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program helps contractors comply with federal cybersecurity standards Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Commerce, in coordination with the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), has been awarded a second federal grant to support the Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP), which helps Maryland defense contractors comply with federal cybersecurity standards…

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Governor Hogan Announces Pandemic Adjustment Funding for Agricultural, Forestry, and Seafood Businesses

Sandy Sponaugle

Annapolis (May 15, 2020) — Governor Larry Hogan announced today that the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) will receive $2.2 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help Maryland agricultural, forestry, and seafood businesses make operational adjustments caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Agriculture, forestry, and seafood are very important industries in Maryland consisting…

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Maryland Commerce launches COVID-19 Back to Business Page

Sandy Sponaugle

As businesses slowly transition to reopening, the Maryland Department of Commerce is sharing guidance and best practices for Maryland’s companies at: open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness. Leaders across Maryland’s business community have assisted in developing these best practices to help companies across the state as we enter this new era. The Back to Business page provides general and industry-specific best…

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Local Production Fund Supports COVID-19 Needs, PPE Manufacturing

Sandy Sponaugle

The 25 Local Production Fund recipients — including tailors, artisans, tech companies, and commercial printers in Montgomery County, MD — will receive a total of $200,000. In Maryland, the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has selected 25 local recipients to receive maker and manufacturing grant awards totaling $200,000 from the newly created Local Production Fund. The…

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Maryland Innovation Center launches new World 2.0 site as an ongoing COVID-19 recovery resource for businesses and entrepreneurs

Zach Jones, Howard County Economic Development Authority

COLUMBIA, MD (May 13, 2020) – The Maryland Innovation Center (MIC), powered by Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), launched its new World 2.0 site (www.worldversiontwo.com) dedicated to providing thought leadership and insight for organizations who are seeking recovery and stability in a post-COVID-19 landscape. Since the onset of COVID-19, businesses have been consumed with…

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Local entities band to aid virus-affected businesses

Marty Madden, SoMD News

Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle admits in her lengthy career of business growth she has never seen anything like the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. It even outdoes the 2008 financial meltdown known as “The Great Recession.” “It’s a little bit different,” said Robertson-Slagle. “It [2008 event] didn’t hit industries the same. This…

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