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Governor O’Malley to Lead Trade Mission to Brazil, El Salvador, November 27th, 2013

Mission to strengthen trade, investment ties with Brazil ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley, First Lady Catherine O’Malley and a delegation of Maryland business leaders, educators and government officials will travel to Brazil and El Salvador for a nine-day trade mission in December. The trip will strengthen economic and cultural ties between Maryland and South and  Read the Rest…

Governor O’Malley, Senator Mikulski and County Executive Ulman Celebrate Completion of One Maryland Broadband Network, October 15th, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today joined Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and state and local officials to observe new broadband capabilities at Kent Island High School and celebrate the completion of the One Maryland Broadband Network. “If we are to continue to grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities  Read the Rest…

A Temporary Shutdown of Federal Business Growth, October 9th, 2013

At the Elkridge offices of cybsecurity firm Accuvant, Frank McLallen is in a holding pattern.  As the Accuvant vice president in charge of the firm’s public sector contracting work, he was supposed to be hiring right now – as many as 40 or 50 people over the next nine months.

Today, in the midst of an ongoing government shutdown, those plans are “absolutely on ice,” said McLallen. “We’re not going to be bringing people on board into the unknown.”

Breakthrough or Breakdown?, October 8th, 2013

Fyodor Biotechnologies Corp. is on the precipice of a breakthrough in investigating sources of fever, other than malaria, in developing countries. Chairman and CEO Dr. Eddy Agbo was thrilled when he received word, only last week, of a National Science Foundation grant for their work. But before they could even process the payment, our federal government needlessly shut down.

The Shutdown: “A Significant and Severe Hardship”, October 7th, 2013

After a half-decade of economic recession and recovery, there was “finally light at the end of the tunnel,” said Cidalia Luis-Akbar, who owns and runs M. Luis Construction with her sister Natalia Luis.

Then the federal government shut down. Instead of light, they faced more economic darkness.

“Every day we’re out here taking risk. We’re making financial decisions based on a feeling that we’re finally starting to get out of the financial difficulty we’ve felt for five years,” Luis-Akbar said. “But this is terrifying. It’s scary out here now.”

Keeping the Lights On in a Shutdown, October 4th, 2013

The federal government might be shut down, but the lights at Kloudtrack stay on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, President and CEO Mike Binko said.

With eight employees in Rockville and Annapolis, Kloudtrack is a subcontractor on three IT and cloud computing projects within the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. An example of the kind of innovative small businesses that are helping strengthen Maryland’s growing and upwardly-mobile middle class.

Kloudtrack is making tremendous progress, even in the face of an unnecessary government shutdown, and their work on contracts critical to our national defense and obligations to our veterans continues. However, if the Congress fails to fund our government, it will eventually be forced to put its ambitions and growth on hold.

Governor O’Malley, New Jersey Governor Christie, Virginia Governor McDonnell Sign Letter of Support for Universities’ Collaboration on Unmanned Aircraft System Testing, September 27th, 2013

MOU strengthens Mid-Atlantic region’s potential to be selected as FAA test site Annapolis, MD  – Governor Martin O’Malley today joined New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell in submitting a letter supporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the University System of Maryland, Rutgers University and Virginia Tech University agreed to collaborate and  Read the Rest…

Governor O’Malley Announces $5.5 Million in Early College, Digital Learning Grantees, September 18th, 2013

Investments to support cutting-edge education programs ANNAPOLIS, MD  – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the first recipients of $5.5 million in total grants from two funds—the Digital Learning Innovation Fund and the Early College Innovation Fund—designed to promote programs that prepare students for jobs in the 21st Century economy. “In Maryland, we must ensure that our educators  Read the Rest…

Congratulations, Maryland.gov!, September 12th, 2013

State portal earns international distinction We just learned that the state’s flagship web portal, Maryland.gov has won an Interactive Media Award for ‘Best in Class’ in the government category. From their website: “The Best in Class award is the highest honor bestowed by the IMA. It represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism.” Maryland’s site earned 482  Read the Rest…

Genuine Progress Indicators Conference, June 14th, 2013

Baltimore, MD As Prepared for Delivery Thank you Cylvia (Hayes),… and thank you all for joining us.  A special word of appreciation to Lew Daly of Demos and Stuart Clarke of the Town Creek Foundation for making today possible. It is a special honor to be joined by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, whose work continues to  Read the Rest…