Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The redevelopment of Columbia's first village center is expected to complete construction in about two years, said officials Wednesday.
Officials gathered Wednesday to break ground at the Wilde Lake Village Center, a $17 million redevelopment project that will bring new retail space, offices and apartments to the property that was built in 1967. "This is a marathon and we're in the final stretch," said Geoff Glazer, vice president of Kimco Realty, the development company handling the construction. At the event on Wednesday, Kimco staff, local residents, and public officials mingled under an event tent. Glazer spoke about the delays in beginning development due to a vocal Wilde Lake community that criticized the company's plans throughout the process. "This is not a shy village," said Glazer. "They have an opinion and they will share it with you." Plans to develop the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Duane Davis, known for leaving toilets as political protest outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson, is running as a Republican in 2014.
A Milford Mill man known for political protests involving putting toilets in front of a county government building in Towson has filed as a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2014. Duane "Shorty" Davis has filed as the running mate with Brian Vaeth, a Perry Hall man. Davis was charged in February 2011 with planting a fake destructive device in the form of a toilet outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson and making false statements about a fake destructive device. He was acquitted of those charges seven months later. Davis, a caterer, said in a February 2013 article that the incident in 2011 was a protest of alleged corruption in Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. He claims that he had made political statements using toilets previously, …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Current Lt. Governor Anthony Brown may be trying to persuade Howard County Executive Ken Ulman into running with him, according to the Washington Post.
Would Howard County Executive Ken Ulman be interested in becoming Lt. Governor Ken Ulman? On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Ulman may be in talks with current Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown about being Brown's running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Brown, Ulman and Attorney General Doug Gansler are considered by many as leading Democratic candidates for the Governor's office in 2014. The Post reports that a Brown/ Ulman alliance could eliminate much of Gansler's fundraising advantage. Currently Gansler has about $5.2 million in his campaign coffers compared to Ulman's $2.1 million and Brown's $1.6 million, according to the Post. But would Ulman, who at 32 when first elected in 2006, was the youngest county executive…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
County Executive Ken Ulman's fiscal year 2014 capital budget includes several improvements to local schools.
Atholton High School Renovation Running Brook Elementary Addition Longfellow Elementary Addition and Renovation Wilde Lake Middle School Renovation and Addition The full fiscal year 2014 capital budget proposal can be found by clicking here. County Executive Ken Ulman made his capital budget proposal public last week. The capital budget still needs to be reviewed and approved by the Howard County Council before it is goes into effect. Related Article Ulman's Budget Proposes Funds for Atholton Renovation, Blandair Park
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Looming automatic cuts have left the federal business community unpredictable, says local leaders.
Local business and political leaders are speaking out about possible harmful effects to the local economy if the federal government’s plan to make automatic cuts, dubbed sequestration, happens next month. “The worst part about it is the lack of predictability,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, on the C4 Show Thursday morning. Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said. On the show, Ulman said the federal government hasn’t provided information about what jobs will be cut or furloughed due to the pending sequestration. “We have lots of folks that work…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery County officials say federal spending cuts would wreak havoc on local economy.
Ranking officials in Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery County are urging Congress to come to a compromise which could avert steep cuts in federal spending–known as the sequester–set to go into effect on March 1. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman told the Baltimore Sun that sequestration could have an economic impact in his county. Businesses in Columbia have already said they plan layoffs if sequestration happens, he told the Sun. According to data released by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker's office, the effects of sequestration could wreak economic havoc on Prince George's County. “Sequestration would feel like a cold to most of the nation, but to Prince George's County and the rest of the Washington metropolitan …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was reportedly locked out of the Super Bowl during the power outage at the Superdome.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman went down to New Orleans to watch the Baltimore Ravens play in the Super Bowl along with his brother Doug Ulman and his father Lou. Ulman's brother Doug, the CEO of Livestrong, had acquired the tickets, according to Sam O'Neil, an Ulman administration official. But when the lights went out just after the start of the third quarter, it was Ulman who was out in the dark—he was locked out of the building, according to an Explore Howard report. Ulman told Explore Howard he had gone outside to call his wife, when the power went out, and the stadium went into lockdown. "I turned around, the building was dark and they locked the doors," Ulman told the paper. "It was bizarre." Once power was restored, Ulman was …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Howard County Executive said progress in the county is a model for the state in his State of the County address.
County Executive Ken Ulman proclaimed that Howard County’s investments in education, sustainability and public health have made it a model for the rest of the state in his State of the County address on Thursday. Addressing a room filled with businesspeople at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Ulman joked about social media and shouted-out to the Ravens. But he also focused on the county’s lowest unemployment rate in the state and its Triple-A bond rating. “It is important to note that none of these accomplishments have been achieved by accident,” said Ulman. “They all happen by design. They are the result of the decisions we have made together.” “Through our choices and our decisions, we have created a model for Maryland,” said Ulman. In …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Last year Ulman focused on seizing the moment.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled to deliver his State of the County address to the local business community at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City on Thursday. This will be Ulman's 7th time delivering the address that looks ahead at the priorities in the county. This year's address will focus on Howard County's emergence from the economic downturn in a position for growth and how the county has become a "model for Maryland," according to David Nitkin, director of communications for Howard County. In his 2012 address, Ulman discussed making Howard County a model for 21st century economic innovation. He spoke about founding the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and working on the Inter-County Broadband Network, according …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
County Executive will pick from the caw-cophony of puns submitted and deliver breakfast to the winner.
Howard County Executive and Ravens superfan Ken Ulman is getting into the Super Bowl spirit by soliciting Ravens-themed breakfast items from local residents. Whoever submits the best idea, will get a breakfast delivered by the County Exec to their office, school, or organization. Ulman put the call out on Tuesday on his Facebook page by offering menu items such as T-sizzle sausage and eggs, Brendan Ayanba-bages, Michael Eggs Oher Easy and Box o'morning Joe Flacco. Soon after, the ideas flowed in. Here are the top ones now: Personally, I'd like some Ozzie "Wizard of Oz Wheaties." If you'd like to be considered for the contest, post your idea on Ulman's Facebook page under the post, "Ulman's Ultimate Ravens Breakfast." What would you bring…