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02.05.15 Kittleman Promises Bipartisanship and Sustainability, New Initiatives for Ellicott City and Village Centers, While Spurring Economic Growth

February 5, 2015

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Andy Barth, Press Secretary, 410-313-2132 (o), 410-303-2039 (c)

Kittleman Promises Bipartisanship and Sustainability, New Initiatives for Ellicott City and Village Centers, While Spurring Economic Growth

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman today delivered his first State of the County address and promised a bipartisan, cooperative effort to achieve long- term sustainability and economic growth.

The newly elected County Executive pledged to work cooperatively with the County Council. “Citizens elected us to find solutions to problems and issues that affect their everyday lives. They expect us to work together, and work for them,” Kittleman said.

Kittleman placed emphasis on an expanded Office of Sustainability. While earlier efforts at sustainability concentrated on the environment, the Kittleman administration will include the economy, agriculture, and infrastructure as well. “Sustainability is balance, and balance is what will drive our decisions in County Government,” Kittleman said.

Examples of programs aimed at encouraging sustainability will include projects like composting of food waste currently underway at Pointers Run Elementary School, and providing affordable, nutritious meals within neighborhoods. “We encourage people to choose a healthier diet,” he said

Executive Kittleman also announced a proposal to commit $2.5 million to flood mitigation projects in Ellicott City. “We’ve done enough studies and planning,” he said. “It’s time to start the work….Our business owners and residents of Main Street shouldn’t have to panic every time the water starts rising,” Kittleman said. He also announced an initiative to bring free WiFi to downtown Ellicott City.

Revitalization will also be a critical element of sustainability and future growth.
One good example is downtown Columbia, Kittleman said. “New condos and apartments, new office and retail space, new restaurants, a Whole Foods in the old Rouse Company Building and a reconfigured Mall, and plans underway for the Inner Arbor within Symphony Woods; Downtown Columbia is looking like a real city. This is what James Rouse envisioned 50 years ago.”

The future of village centers in Long Reach and Oakland Mills, and the Route 1 Corridor are also priorities. Using public-private partnerships to reduce the impact on taxpayers, “We will craft redevelopment plans that put greater emphasis on what the community wants,” Kittleman said.

New businesses and innovative economic growth will also be featured, Kittleman said, pointing to the success of high-tech manufacturers like the 3-D printing company, M3D, in Maple Lawn, run by a graduate of River Hill High school. Working with other elected officials, plans are underway to make the Route 1 Corridor the “Cyber Hub” of Central Maryland, Kittleman said.

Educational opportunities remain the center of our success, Kittleman reminded the business and civic leaders at the Turf Valley Conference Center. “Our schools are great because of our commitment to excellence…among parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, and your elected officials.” To make our great schools better, Kittleman announced creation of an Early Childhood Education Taskforce, which will be chaired by County Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty.

County standouts like Hammond High School’s Jody Zepp, recently named Maryland Teacher of the Year, and River Hill High School graduate Michael Campanaro, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens, were recognized along with leaders in public safety, agriculture, and human services.

Kittleman promised fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget, but returned repeatedly to themes of innovation and job growth. Now is the time, he said, to make Howard County “a model sustainable community.”

To read a full text of the address, go to www.howardcountymd.gov/stateofthecounty2015.

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