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December 2014 News Briefs

December 2014

U.S. Army Research Lab Receives $500,000 Grant
Army Soldier-protection experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have received a $500,000 grant from the NFL, Under Armour and GE’s Head Health Challenge II initiative that will assist its research to protect against brain injury. Head Health Challenge II awards up to $10 million to encourage researchers to identify and mitigate the mechanics and consequences of brain trauma.

“Because there is so much overlap between our concerns with soldier brain injury and the NFL’s interest in maintaining the head health of athletes, this partnership is of mutual benefit,” says Eric Wetzel, Ph.D., who is the technical area manager for Materials for Soldier Protection at the Army Research Laboratory, referred to as ARL. “By leveraging resources and pooling expertise, we can expand our understanding of brain injury and accelerate the development of new technologies that will hopefully reduce the probability and severity of these injuries for both Soldiers and athletes.”

Electric Motor Repair Company Honors President H. Roger Kauffman
Electric Motor Repair Company recently announced that Roger Kauffman is the company’s longest-tenured employee. Kauffman began his career at EMR in 1964 when he was hired to fix household appliances, including electric razors and window fans, and 50 years later he is the company’s president. EMR’s executives and staff celebrated Kauffman recently during an award presentation at Gunpowder State Park at the company’s annual cookout.

Harford County Public Library Holds Groundbreaking For Havre de Grace Branch
Approximately 60 people attended the Nov. 12 groundbreaking ceremony for the Havre de Grace Library renovation and expansion project. The morning event began with welcoming background music performed by the Havre de Grace High School string band. Harford County Public Library CEO Mary Hastler welcomed the guests, and Alex Allman, chairperson of the library board, recognized the sponsors. Guests included County Executive David Craig, County Executive-Elect Barry Glassman, County Council President-Elect Dick Slutzky, Councilman Chad Shrodes, County Councilwoman and Delegate-Elect Mary Ann Lisanti, Delegate Glen Glass, Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty and APG Federal Credit Union President/CEO Don W. Lewis. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger sent a representative who presented a certificate of special recognition.

Harford Bank’s Bogarty Honored
Harford Bank’s Mary Ann Bogarty was recently named a Next Leader in Banking by the Maryland Bankers Association and the Warren Group during the BankNext Awards.

Top Entrepreneurs and Regional Business Leaders Attend TEDCO’s E2E: Entrepreneurs Inspiring Entrepreneurs Expo
Entrepreneurship and innovation was on fine display as more than 500 of the region’s aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders came together to attend the 2014 Entrepreneur Expo: “E2E: Entrepreneurs Inspiring Entrepreneurs” presented by The Maryland Technology Development Corporation. This signature event was held at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights, Md., and brought together top entrepreneurs, small business executives, angel and venture capital investors, federal and state economic development officials, and university leaders and legislators to inspire the next generation of innovators. Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan provided remarks at the end of the day ahead of closing speaker Paul Reed Smith, founder and owner of PRS Guitars.

Louise Senft Honored


Louise Phipps Senft

Louise Phipps Senft, founder of Louise Phipps Senft & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, recently received a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. This is the second Top 100 MBE Award for Senft, who was also honored in 2009. The award, which recognizes enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs for their contributions and innovation, was presented during ceremonies hosted by the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development on Oct. 23.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Completes Home for Veteran
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna completed its 6th home repair on Nov. 8 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 20-city Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct the homes of U.S. veterans. The final project was home to U.S. Veteran Nicole Whitmer. Nine volunteers from Notre Dame Preparatory School joined Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna in staining Whitmer’s new fence, previously installed by volunteers from The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation provided the funding for the Whitmer home repair project, along with 180 others being completed across the country through Habitat’s Repair Corps.

Social Solutions Global Wins Baltimore County New Directions Award
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Social Solutions Global, an information technology firm that develops software to help public social services programs improve outcomes and performance, has been honored with the 2014 Baltimore County New Directions Award. The award is given to a company that exemplifies the quality and future direction of the County’s business community.

“Social Solutions truly exemplifies the best combination of how technology is improving the effectiveness of social services delivery around the world,” says Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are proud to be home to a technology company that is not only a fast-growing business, but a firm that is dedicated to supporting programs that improve lives.”

Bel Air Rotary Receives Donation
The Bel Air Rotary received a donation from Aberdeen Rotary at a presentation at Maryland Golf & Country Club. George Heidelmaier, Aberdeen Club President presented Gary Stokes, Bel Air Club President with a $250 check to support the club’s participation with The Center for the Arts “Dancing with the Arts.” Bel Air Rotary raises funds to give back to the community through generous projects that benefit Harford County. Additionally, it awards graduating high schools seniors with scholarship opportunities.

Baltimore County Announces Loans to Small, Minority and Women Owned Companies
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the first three loans awarded from a new $1.5 million Baltimore County Boost Fund, a flexible financing resource for small, minority-and women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The Boost Fund, managed by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, can lend qualified small businesses between $50,000 and $250,000 for start-up and gap funding, building and leasehold improvements, business and equipment acquisition, commercial real estate acquisition, and working capital.

Katie Cole Joins JigSaw Marketing Solutions

Katie Cole

Katie Cole

JigSaw Marketing Solutions is pleased to welcome to its team Katie Cole as Public Relations and Social Media Specialist. In this role, she will be responsible for securing media coverage and managing social media accounts for JigSaw’s varied client roster. Cole joined the team in September and has already garnered coverage for clients in major print and TV media outlets. “Katie is a tremendous asset to this team,” says JigSaw Founder and Principal Kathy Mignini Walsh. “Her diverse experience working for a variety of clients is a perfect fit for JigSaw, as we serve clients of all sizes in all industries. Moreover, Katie’s winsome personality and attention to detail make her a delight to work with and someone who our clients both like and know that they can trust.”

Progress and Economic Opportunities Noted at Sparrows Point
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger joined leadership from Sparrows Point Terminal, regional business leaders, and state and local officials for a press conference highlighting the redevelopment potential of Sparrows Point and the opportunity for job creation and economic development for the region. The 3,100-acre site in southeastern Baltimore County offers a unique redevelopment opportunity in a strategic location with easy access to existing infrastructure such as rail lines, highways and a deep-water port.

“Today is a day of hope for the men and women of Sparrows Point, who have helped shape Baltimore’s industrial identity for more than a century,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. “With the environmental agreement in place, we are one step closer to redevelopment and thousands of new jobs to support Maryland families.” Recently Sparrows Point Terminal, the new owner of the former steelmaking facility, signed agreements with both the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which marked the first major step toward the final clean-up and planned redevelopment of the property into a hub for port-related, energy, advanced manufacturing and distribution uses. The agreements include a $48 million financial commitment from SPT as well as provisions to ensure that remediation of the site remains on schedule.

Harford Land Trust’s Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction Raises $30,000
On Oct. 4, over 200 guests filled Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp, Md., for the Harford Land Trust’s third annual Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction, which raised $30,000 to support the organization’s mission of protecting the natural resources, scenic beauty and rural character of Harford County. “It was delightful to celebrate land preservation and the mission of the HLT with so many supporters,” says Ann Helton, HLT Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction event chair. “Throughout the evening and following the event, I received an overwhelming amount of praise from guests who loved the fitting location and overall atmosphere of the program.” I95