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December 2012

The Arbors At Baltimore Crossroads Wins Design Award
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, a 365-unit luxury market-rate rental home community near White Marsh, was recognized with the “Best Design and Architecture for a Multi-Family Community” at the recent 2012 Great American Living (GALA) Grand Awards. Contained within the 1,000-acre Baltimore Crossroads @95 mixed-use development in Baltimore County, the community features an array of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) elements. Developed by Somerset Construction Company, the apartment home community was delivered in November 2011.

“Our team invested a significant amount of time and resources to research and design a multi-family community that addressed the needs of multiple audiences, including young professionals, military personnel, young families and the empty-nester segment of the population,” says Neil Greenberg, Chief Operating Officer of Somerset Construction Company.

A Bright Idea, Total Urgent Care Honored
The 9th annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards were recently held, and 15 companies and one individual were honored for their outstanding achievement in minority- and women-owned business involvement. Two Harford County-based businesses were honored – Bel-Air based A. Bright Idea, LLC, an advertising and public relations business founded by Anita A. Brightman in 1996, whose clients include defense-related agencies and contractors, retailers, nonprofits and financial institutions; and Edgewood-based Total Urgent Care, an occupational medical and urgent care center owned by Bruce and Theresa Lewis, whose customers include Frito-Lay, Rite Aid, Bechtel and Harford County government.

TIC Gums Expands in Belcamp
TIC Gums has purchased one of the largest industrial buildings in Harford County, the former Mercedes-Benz warehouse in Belcamp. The 187,900-sqaure-foot building in the Riverside Business Park will house the expansion of TIC Gums manufacturing operations. TIC Gums is a White Marsh based food ingredients maker.

Heather Ziehl crowned Mrs. Maryland America 2013
Last month, Heather Ziehl was crowned Mrs. Maryland America 2013. Ziehl, marketing and events coordinator for the Northern Chesapeake Region Chapter of The Arc, and founder of the philanthropic organization, True Housewives, will represent Maryland in the Mrs. America pageant held August 2013.

Simon Nwaigwe receives Maryland REALTOR Community Service Award
Pat Terrell, 2012 President of the Maryland association of REALTORS, awarded Simon Nwaigwe, 2013 President of the Harford County Association of REALTORS, with the prestigious recognition of REALTOR Community Service Award. The presentation was recently conducted during the 2013 Installation of Officers for the Maryland Association of REALTORS in Ocean City. The award is bestowed upon the REALTOR who gives unselfishly of their time to assist the communities in which they live and work. Nwaigwe has served the community as an active member with: Walk For Life; IGBO Community Bazaar; Red Cross; Toast Master Bereavement Club President; his homeowner’s association; Knights of Columbus District Deputy; ICCUSA convention delegate; Pastoral Council Vice chairperson; and the American Legion, to name a few.

Army’s ECBC Adds Fun Factor to Science Lessons
As one of its major science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational outreach initiatives, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) continues to help implement the ‘Engineering is Elementary’ (EiE) curriculum in Harford County Public Schools’ elementary school classrooms. ECBC’s Environmental Toxicologist Michael Simini, Ph.D., who uses earthworms to assess the impact of chemicals on the environment for DoD customers, recently translated his area of expertise into four real-world science lessons for 120 fifth-graders at Red Pump Elementary School.

“In my everyday job at ECBC, I analyze the way harmful pollutants affect the survival and reproduction of living organisms like earthworms and develop models that monitor environmental toxicity levels to support the sustainability of military testing and training ranges,” he explains. “I truly enjoy sharing my passion for science with elementary school students; I think this is the perfect time to start sparking students’ interest in STEM career fields.”

MaGerk’s Pub & Grill wins Bel Air Business of the Year Award
The Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission (ECDC) held its annual Business of the Year and Archer-Bull Design Awards banquet on Nov. 8, and MaGerk’s Pub & Grill, located at 120 S. Bond St., took home top honors as the 2012 Business of the Year. Bridget Lloyd, one of the principal partners, was on hand to receive the coveted award, which is bestowed upon the business and individual that contributes the most during the year in terms of volunteer service and community development in
Bel Air.

The ECDC also presented the “Archer-Bull Award,” named after prominent 19th century Bel Air architect George Archer and master builder Jacob Bull, to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for the award for overall design excellence. Architectural firm HKS, Inc., and construction company Bovis Lend Lease were also acknowledged for their work on the hospital design and construction.

Jones Junction and The Arena Club Join Forces to Improve Employees’ Health
Two local family owned and operated Bel Air businesses, Jones Junction and The Arena Club, have partnered together to offer a wellness benefit to Jones’ employees by financially contributing to employees’ memberships at The Arena Club in an effort to make a healthy lifestyle more easily accessible and affordable. The Arena Club will also offer basic fitness assessments for all participants, monthly healthy lectures at Jones’ locations with Certified Personal Trainers and Nutritionists, and a weekly fitness class at The Arena Club that is exclusively for Jones’ employees.

Maryland Adds 14,000 Jobs in October

Maryland added 14,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October (seasonally adjusted), helping to cut the state’s unemployment rate from 6.9 percent to 6.7 percent. October’s 0.5 percent monthly growth rate tied Maryland for the fourth-fastest growth among states and followed on September’s job growth surge. Just as in September, virtually every major sector added jobs except government and manufacturing. In the past two months, the construction and retail sectors have joined professional business and health services as leading job producers for
the state.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Welcomes New Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc. (HHS) has named Karen Blandford as its new Executive Director. Blandford was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors to take the helm of the organization after a competitive selection process. Blandford has worked for over 25 years in the housing sector, and brings to HHS a vast knowledge of non-profit management, community outreach, and fundraising. Most recently, she served as Network Consultant for Maryland Asset Building and Community Development Network in Westminster. “Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is a strong organization, with an excellent staff and board. The work they do in the community is important, and makes a difference for the families they help, and the communities they serve,” says Blandford.

$30,000 Musser Family Matching Challenge Grant For The Center For The Arts
Harford County residents Toby and Laura Musser announced The Musser Family Matching Challenge Grant in the amount of $30,000 to benefit the Center for the Arts – renewable each year for the next five years. Toby, CEO of MNS Group, and Laura, graphic designer and artist, state, “This is an investment in our own County’s success and the success and ingenuity of our children. Projects such as the Center for the Arts increase regional and local economies.” “Laura and Toby Musser are true visionaries and we are deeply appreciative of their commitment to the Center for the Arts,” says Sallee Kunkel Filkins, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts.

MD Certified Organic Sales Total $9 million
In response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, farmers and businesses in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted an in-depth survey of USDA Certified organic farming in the United States. The 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey counted 9,140 USDA Certified organic farms in the United States. In Maryland, NASS counted 72 USDA Certified organic farms during 2011 totaling 8,200 acres. Maryland certified organic sales totaled $9 million. Approximately 30 percent of Maryland organic sales were direct to consumers, via farms stands, farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and other arrangements compared to the national average
of 6 percent.

Comcast Business Services Appoints William Becker as Director of Enterprise Sales
Comcast Corporation has appointed William “Billy” Becker director of enterprise sales for the company’s Beltway Region, which serves Maryland, Southern Delaware, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and portions of West Virginia and North Carolina. In this role, Becker will be responsible for managing and monitoring sales to multi-site regional businesses, state and local municipalities, and strategic and national enterprise accounts. He will also be working to identify and improve business processes to yield increased sales performance and higher operational efficiencies.

Harford County Public Schools Earns Prestigious Award
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is one of just 539 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the third Annual AP Honor Roll for simultaneously offering more opportunity for Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. “This honor speaks to the outstanding work taking place in our high schools to ensure each of our students is prepared for life beyond high school,” says Superintendent of Schools Robert M. Tomback. “Our students are capable and deserving of highly rigorous coursework and we know this because more and more of our students are taking AP classes and are successful with the college-level expectations.”

CCBC Open New Veterans Services Center
Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville veterans now have a place they can call their own – a new Veterans Services Center, one of three planned for the college, where student veterans can connect with their peers and explore college and community resources. Operated in conjunction with CCBC’s veterans certifying officials, the Centers are filled with information to help new and prospective students access the best information about GI benefits, scholarships, financial aid and academic counseling.

Merritt Properties’ 303 International Circle Earns LEED Award
Merritt Properties, a Baltimore-based full-service commercial real estate firm, is proud to announce that its property at 303 International Circle has been certified LEED®-EB: O&M Silver (LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Hunt Valley office building, which is 23 years old, was retrofitted by Merritt Properties to meet LEED sustainability standards.

VA Maryland Health Care System Names New Associate Director for Finance
Frederick P. Soetje has been appointed as the Associate Director for Finance for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System. Prior to his appointment, Soetje served as the Chief of Pharmacy Service at the VA Maryland Health Care System for eight years and as the Assistant Chief of Pharmacy Service at the Baltimore VA Medical Center for six years immediately prior.
As the Associate Director for Finance, Soetje is responsible for the VA Maryland Health Care System’s annual budget of approximately $500 million.

“We’re excited to have someone with Soetje’s expertise and experience to join our management team,” says Dennis H. Smith, Director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “He will be a great resource as we continue to develop new strategies and programs to better serve the needs of Maryland’s Veterans in the coming years.”

Harford County Commission on Women Appoints New Members
The Harford County Commission for Women, a group of volunteer citizens dedicated “to promoting the economic, social, and political equality of women” appointed its newest members. The new commission members are Nina Lamba (pictured here and profiled in the October issue of I95 BUSINESS), and Stacey Rebbert (editor of I95 BUSINESS). Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms by the County Executive with the approval of the County Council.

New Apartment Building Planned
A new 400-unit apartment complex is being planned for Abingdon’s Box Hill South neighborhood near the Wegmans and the Boulevard at Box Hill. The project will be called Enclave at Box Hill and will be developed by Bavar Properties Group/Murn Development.

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Receives National Economic Development Award
The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission announced that it has received the 2012 Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED) Award from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI). This award recognizes the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) programs for providing competitive grants to public and private entities, advancing cutting-edge research and technology, leveraging state funds, and developing strong economic growth in the life sciences sector.

ANCILE Forms New Alliances
ANCILE Solutions, Inc., a global developer of learning and performance software solutions used by more than half of the Fortune 100, today announced strategic alliances with Language Line Translation Solutions (LLTS) and Global Knowledge. The two alliances bring value to ANCILE’s customers, facilitating access to best-in-class translation and localization and training and consulting services. These alliances also reinforce ANCILE’s commitment to expanding its partnerships across multiple industries.

SmallBizMedia.TV and Incite Creative Merge
After two years of successful collaboration, Maria Fuster, President and Co-Founder of SmallBizMedia.TV and her team of online marketing strategists, researchers and social media experts, have officially joined Dina Wasmer, President and Co-Founder of Incite Creative, Inc., a marketing strategy and graphic design firm based in Cockeysville. “Maria and her team of online brand builders supplement my team’s emphasis on strategic brand positioning, and pair well with our core expertise in offline brand implementation. Perhaps even more importantly to me, Maria shares my work ethic, high standards, and desire to help our clients succeed,” says Wasmer.

Gordon Biersch Donates $4,000 To The Healthy Harbor Initiative
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, a recent addition to the Harbor East neighborhood, made a contribution to the community it now serves with a $4,000 donation to Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative. The first Gordon Biersch location in Baltimore officially opened at 1000 Lancaster Street in October. “It made perfect sense to support the Healthy Harbor Initiative that works to improve the health of the same harbor we look at every time we sit at our bar and outdoor patio,” says Jon Jones, General Manager. “This donation is just one way we can thank the community for welcoming us to Harbor East.”

3rd Q Venture Capital Rises in Maryland

The latest venture capital survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that nationally, venture investment in the third quarter of 2012 declined both in terms of dollars and deal volume. Meanwhile, 20 Maryland companies received a total of $158 million in venture capital investments in the third quarter, the most since 2007. Eight of Maryland’s investments went to the software industry, accounting for $107 million of capital. Eleven early-stage and startup companies received investments totaling $38 million.

SAIC Wins $149 Million for Army Intell Enterprise IT Support
Science Applications International Corp. has won a potential $149 million task order contract to provide information technology support services to the U.S. Department of the Army. The company says the single-award order contains one base year, two one-year options, and a six-month option and was awarded through the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract vehicle.

John Thomas, senior vice president and general manager of the intelligence systems business unit, says the company will provide the Army IT design and implementation to help warfighters in the global war on terrorism. SAIC’s work for the Army’s military intelligence enterprise will also include maintenance, operations, logistics and engineering services for the enterprise IT environment.

Gen. Dennis. L. Via, Army Materiel Command, Commanding General, Visits Aberdeen Proving Ground
Earlier this month, Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited several major supporting commands at APG. During the visit, Gen. Via toured several unique facilities including Joint On-demand Interoperability Network (JOIN). The JOIN provides a distributed test environment for combatant commands, military services, inter-agency, multi-national and coalition partners. Via said he remembered the JOIN from its former location at Fort Monmouth, N.J. and was impressed with the improvements that occurred with the move to APG and the construction of the new facility.

Via capped the day with a Town Hall Meeting at the installation theater at which he discussed the way ahead for AMC discussing the organization’s priorities, challenges, and opportunities. Via said AMC’s top priority must be support to the Joint Warfighter. I95