Business, Health, Politics

Olszewski announces legislation to support Baltimore County workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced plans to introduce prevailing wage and local hiring legislation to support Baltimore County’s workforce and ensure workers hired for County-funded capital improvement projects receive competitive and fair wages. Baltimore County would join the state of Maryland, as well as four local jurisdictions—Baltimore City, Charles County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County—that currently …


Business, Politics

Olszewski nominates former state labor secretary to lead Department of Economic and Workforce Development

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday nominated Leonard J. Howie III to serve as the County’s Director of Economic and Workforce Development. Howie, who formerly served as Maryland Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), brings more than 30 years of management experience and more than a decade in senior leadership roles in state and …


Baltimore County awarded $1.6 million CARES Act grant to fund business relief loans

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced on Monday that the county had secured a $1.6 million CARES Act grant to provide low-interest loans to qualifying Baltimore County small businesses to help them recover from the sudden and severe economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are not only in the midst of a public health crisis, but an economic …

Baltimore County to receive $646,519 for workforce development pilot program to combat opioid epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland is one of only four states in the nation selected to participate in a new initiative to provide training and other services to workers in communities significantly affected by the opioid crisis. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4.6 million in funding to the Maryland Department of Labor for the …

Applications for Baltimore County Small Business Emergency Relief grants to close today

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—Applications for Baltimore County Small Business Emergency Relief grants will close at 5 p.m. on Friday. The program, which was first announced back in April, awards grants of up to $15,000 each to more than 650 Baltimore County-based small businesses. Grant applications are posted on the Department of Economic and Workforce Development website. To qualify for this grant …

Baltimore County to host webinar on COVID-19’s economic impact, opportunities

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter the local economy for years and decades to come. “Exploring Economic Impacts and Opportunities in the Baltimore Region” is the fifth session in the …

Councilman Marks: Small business grant program opens on May 11th

PERRY HALL, MD—Fifth District Councilman David Marks reminded local business on Tuesday that the application for small businesses grants would be going live next week. Baltimore County has created a COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program, which will provide grants of up to $15,000 each to more than 650 county-owned firms. “This funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served …

Baltimore County to host webinar this week to support displaced workers

TOWSON, MD—As the COVID-19 pandemic has left tens of thousands across Maryland facing job loss or other income insecurity, Baltimore County will host a free webinar this week that will convene expert panelists to provide timely information and give an overview of how to access support resources and employment opportunities. This is the second session of County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s …