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County Executive Kittleman receives humanitarian, innovator awards

October 20, 2017

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

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman received two prestigious honors this week for both his humanitarian efforts and his innovative ideas on behalf of the residents of Howard County.

Kittleman was named the co-recipient of the 2017 Holland Humanitarian Award by the Community Action Council of Howard County on Oct. 19 for “improving the quality of life for tens of thousands of Howard County residents” by being the “voice for the voiceless.”  

Bita Dayhoff, president of the Community Action Council, cited Kittleman’s commitment to finding a new home for the Howard County Food Bank as one reason for the selection of Kittleman for this honor.

Kittleman shared the honor with Howard County State Senator Guy Guzzone who was recognized for his support in securing state funding for the Food Bank.

“The new location has already rendered benefits beyond the original expectations and has become a hub for public-private partnerships and collaborations in our community,” said Dayhoff in a letter to Kittleman informing him of the award. “We are proud of your incredible support and contribution to this community.”

Kittleman was also honored on Oct. 18 as a 2017 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record. This award was given for his administration's efforts to be more efficient and effective with the delivery of human services through the creation of the Community Resources Campus and the NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County in Columbia.

Last year, Kittleman announced funding to support the opening of the NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, a center that is home to 14 organizations that support human services for county residents.  Opening the center allows these organizations to consolidate services, increase collaboration, improve space efficiency and enhance visibility. Earlier this year, Kittleman expanded this approach by announcing plans to relocate several county departments to the same Columbia campus where the NonProfit Collaborative is located. 

The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit – for creating new products, new programs, new services or new processes that have helped their companies, industries or communities. This year, Kittleman was the only elected official to win this award.

“I am humbled by these honors and I share them with the many people who work hard every day to make Howard County an even better place,” said Kittleman. “I particularly want to congratulate Senator Guzzone for his receipt of the Holland award. 

“So many here are fighting the good fight to support low-income families and individuals, end poverty and enable people to be self-sufficient,” Kittleman continued. “We believe in these values that are engrained in our community. The awards belong to all who take part in this cause.”

        

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