USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses Develop New Products

Sandy Sponaugle

The deadline to apply is March 10, 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help farmers, ranchers, and producer-based businesses develop new products and expanding marketing opportunities. Rural Development is making approximately $37 million in grants available nationwide under the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. The…

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MARYLAND COMMERCE SUPPORTS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WITH $25,000 MICRO BRIDGE LOANS

Amanda Winters

BALTIMORE, MD (December 12, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Commerce today announced that six nonprofit organizations have each received $25,000 in short term financing through the Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL). The organizations, ranging from a National Historic Landmark to social welfare advocates, will use the funding to assist with ongoing operating costs. Created…

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BENJAMIN H. WU SELECTED AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Robert G. Brewer, Jr.

Top Maryland official named as MCEDC executive to lead business growth in Montgomery County, the state’s economic driver Rockville, Md.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has announced Benjamin H. Wu as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Wu, the current Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of…

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Fiscal Year 2020 Maryland Housing Counseling Fund Awards Announced

Owen McEvoy

More than $2 million awarded to 40 organizations in 16 jurisdictions NEW CARROLLTON, MD (December 3, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced more than $2 million in Fiscal Year 2020 awards through the Maryland Housing Counseling Fund. These awards will support 40 nonprofit and local government organizations that provide housing…

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STATE LEADS DELEGATION TO EXPODEFENSA 2019

Amanda Winters

Colombian trade show hosts attendees from more than 30 countries BALTIMORE, MD (December 2, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of nine Maryland companies this week to Expodefensa 2019, an international exhibition for security and defense in Latin America. This is the first year that Maryland – through Commerce’s Office of International…

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USDA launches economic development hubs to support communities

Madolin Edwards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Centers of Community Prosperity (CCP), designed to increase the capacity of rural and underserved communities across the country. The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). The Centers of Community Prosperity will convene stakeholders including local, state, federal…

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Charles County presents annual report and ‘Year in Review’ video

The Maryland Independent

Charles County government announced that the 2019 Annual Report and Year in Review video are available online for public viewing. The Annual Report and Year in Review video offer a comprehensive look back at 2019. The report shares the county’s accomplishments in the areas of education, health, public safety and quality of life. The video…

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MARYLAND COMMERCE DESIGNATES NEW ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

Karen Glenn Hood

Catonsville becomes the state’s 29th A&E District, first in Baltimore County BALTIMORE, MD (November 25, 2019) – Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz today announced that Catonsville in Baltimore County has been designated as the state’s 29th Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District. The new A&E district is Baltimore County’s first and will include Catonsville’s business district along…

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Governor Hogan Awards More Than $30 Million in Neighborhood Revitalization Funds

Owen McEvoy

Five Programs Provide Support for 181 Projects in 23 Jurisdictions Annapolis, Md. (November 21, 2019) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced more than $30 million in Fiscal Year 2020 neighborhood revitalization program awards. Grants from the Community Legacy program, the Strategic Demolition Fund, the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, the National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund,…

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