Governor Hogan brings State Cabinet meeting to Howard County joining Kittleman Administration

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May 10, 2018

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Deidre McCabe, Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, 410-313-4023 

Sandy Schrader, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, 410-313-3075

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Governor Larry Hogan brought state government to Howard County today, joining County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and his cabinet at a Regional Cabinet Meeting held at the Charles E. Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.

The Governor began the meeting asking for a moment of silence in honor of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who passed away early this morning. Kittleman also expressed his condolences to the Kamenetz family, saying he had a great working relationship with the Executive for years.

Hogan continued his remarks by praising the collaboration between state and local leaders, allowing for progress to be made on many fronts. “We’ve brought the entire leadership team directly to the people of Howard County,” he said. “Our administration understands the incredible assets that we have here in Howard County, and we’ll make more than 100 visits, meetings and events with our team throughout the county during the day. We’re committed to working together and will continue to seize opportunities as we change Maryland for the better.”

“It means a lot to us that you are here,” Kittleman said. “We’re honored to have the Governor, First Lady, Lieutenant Governor, Cabinet secretaries, agency directors and others spending the day, seeing the great things Howard County has to offer.”

Kittleman said the collaborative relationship between his administration and the Governor and his Cabinet has paid dividends for Howard County, including projects such as the accelerated widening of Rt. 32; an agreement to move the Department of Social Services to the newly created Community Resources Campus in Columbia; immediate and ongoing support to rebuild Historic Ellicott City after a devastating flood; a recently approved $500,000 special grant to help renovate the Harriett Tubman School to create an educational and cultural center; and ongoing support for the extensive renovations of Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Immediately following the Cabinet meeting, Hogan and Kittleman held a press conference on Normandy Center Drive in Ellicott City, announcing a $2.3 million project to resurface and improve safety on Rt. 40 from the Baltimore County line to U.S. 29.

“Rebuilding and improving transportation infrastructure throughout the state is a priority,” Hogan said. “This stretch hasn’t been resurfaced in 18 years.” Hogan said the work will be completed this summer.

In addition to the cabinet meeting and press conference in Ellicott City, the Governor and Kittleman will make several stops in Columbia, including a visit to Waterloo Elementary School; a ribbon-cutting for SparkPost, the world’s top email delivery service company; and a tour of Howard Community College’s Science, Engineering and Technology Building. They also visited All Time Toys on Main Street in Ellicott City.

First Lady Yumi Hogan, a former Columbia resident, also attended the Cabinet meeting and press conference, followed by visits to Lotte Plaza Market and H-Mart in Ellicott City and Rhee Brothers Inc., the Asian food distribution company in Hanover.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, a Columbia resident, served as emcee for the Cabinet meeting. He also spent the day touring, including visits to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, the Leola Dorsey Community Center in Jessup, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia and Manor Hill Brewing in Ellicott City.

Hogan, Rutherford and other Cabinet Secretaries presented citations to county agencies, nonprofits and individuals for outstanding community service and accomplishments. They also acknowledged the decades of distinguished public service by Senator Edward Kasemeyer of District 12 and Delegate Frank Turner of District 13, both who announced their retirements from the Maryland General Assembly this year.

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