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Press Releases and Blog

For more information about HCEDA news or press releases, contact Michele Haltmeyer at mhaltmeyer@hceda.org.

  • Howard County Farm Changing Business Plans for Operation

    Wednesday, July 26, 2023

    By: Samantha Dixon, HCEDA Agriculture Intern When turning into a farm located in western Howard County, I was first introduced to a sign that read ‘Bowling Green Farm’. When I continued traveling down the long gravel-road driveway, I passed various current and passed family-owned houses, barns for equipment and livestock, as well as antique tractors […]
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  • Office of Workforce Development Empowers Howard Businesses

    Wednesday, June 28, 2023

    The HCEDA has a powerful partner in strengthening local businesses: the Howard County Office of Workforce Development. Under the leadership of Director Francine Trout, this office plays a crucial role in supporting job seekers at all stages and helping employers find the perfect candidates to join their teams. With a wide range of programs tailored […]
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  • County Executive Ball Appoints New Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO Jennifer Jones

    Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    Columbia, MD (June 21, 2023) – Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball has appointed Jennifer Jones as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA). The Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Jones’s appointment. Jones will begin this role on July 5, 2023. “Jennifer Jones is […]
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  • HCEDA CEO, Lawrence F. Twele, Announces Retirement

    Thursday, May 25, 2023

    After serving over a decade as CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), Lawrence F. Twele announced that he will retire from his role on June 30, 2023. Twele spearheaded numerous initiatives that propelled Howard County to new heights during his tenure. From attracting top-tier companies to championing small business development, his unwavering […]
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  • Clover Luck Stables Finds Their Fortune in Howard County

    Thursday, May 25, 2023

    Howard County native Stephanie Williams combined her passion for horseback riding with her love of teaching when she opened Clover Luck Stables. With help from the Howard County Economic Development Authority, Stephanie was able to secure a permanent home with room to grow for her students and horses. While Williams has been a passionate lifelong […]
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  • Howard County Agricultural Grant for Innovation and Expansion Encourages Agricultural Producers To Diversify

    Wednesday, May 10, 2023

    May 10, 2023 — The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Howard County Agricultural Grant for Innovation and Expansion (AGIE) until June 15, 2023. This program is dedicated to supporting Howard County’s agricultural producers by empowering them to take their businesses to new heights. […]
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  • How a Lincoln Tech Partnership Helps Howard County

    Wednesday, March 29, 2023

    March 29, 2023- The Lincoln College of Technology, or “Lincoln Tech,” and international HVAC, fire, and security tech manufacturer Johnson Controls (JCI) recently enhanced their long-standing partnership, positioning Howard County as a leading destination for new employee training for the company. “Our partnership with JCI has existed for a decade, but it grew recently with […]
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  • Blog: Scientific Research and Development Services in Howard County

    Tuesday, October 25, 2022

    Blog by Hannah Seok, HCEDA Intern The Scientific Research and Development Services industry (R&D, for short) is one of the most important and prosperous business sectors here in Howard County. Our strategic location, proven track record of R&D success, densely concentrated industry cluster, and highly skilled workforce have led to the continued prominence and new […]
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  • Blog: Asking Tough Questions: Maria Angelica Vargas Talks International Business

    Monday, September 26, 2022

    September 26, 2022- Pinpointing the right setting for an international business is daunting for any enterprise. By anticipating the challenges and articulating its competitive edge, Howard County is developing a blueprint for international businesses to locate, expand, and collaborate with confidence. If you seek a global presence in a specific region, but don’t know where […]
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  • Blog: Shop Talk: Small and Minority Business Takeaways from Jinal Contractor

    Thursday, September 1, 2022

    Starting a small business blends trial-and-error with hard-fought triumphs. Jinal Contractor, HCEDA’s new Small and Minority Business Development Officer, understands the ups and downs faced by business owners from her personal experiences as an entrepreneur. In her new position at HCEDA, she is eager to share what she learned and promote the resources that Howard […]
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