— Today, Governor Wes Moore continued his statewide Cabinet Meeting Road Tour
in Howard County. Governor Moore was joined by Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller for a convening of the administration’s cabinet at Howard Community College.
“For Maryland to win the decade, we need to focus on presence and partnership,” said Gov. Moore.
“It was great to be back in Howard County to speak with local leaders, see the innovative work happening in our communities, and meet with my team to chart the path ahead. Together, we are building a state that is more economically competitive, resilient, and filled with opportunity for all. And we’re just getting started.”
“By taking our cabinet meetings on the road, Governor Moore and I are meeting Marylanders where they are,” said Lt. Gov. Miller.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to visit Howard County to strengthen our partnership with local leaders and engage with community members on the issues that matter most to them.”
Governor Moore and Lt. Governor Miller began the day with a tour of the Kenneth S. Ulman Innovation Center, also known as the Maryland Innovation Center. Dedicated to developing a community of innovation in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the Maryland Innovation Center provides an ecosystem of support to new and existing entrepreneurs. The center’s Business Revitalization Initiative Through Entrepreneurship program
provides underrepresented businesses with the coaching, mentoring, and technical training needed for entrepreneurial success.
Following the meeting, Governor Moore, along with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and other elected officials, visited the Quaker Mill Flood Mitigation Pond, a recently completed element of the Ellicott City Safe & Sound Project
. The Maryland Department of the Environment’s Comprehensive Flood Mitigation Grant Program
provided $2.1 million in funding for this project, located at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Patapsco River Road.
Governor Moore also toured businesses in Historic Ellicott City that continue to recover from a series of catastrophic and historic floods. Historic Ellicott City’s Lower Main Street area continues to rebuild as the majority of funding was secured for a 5,000 foot long underground tunnel—the largest flood control project for historic Ellicott City, made possible through $167 million in county, state and federal dollars.
In partnership with Howard County, the Moore-Miller administration is engaged in planning to better manage the stormwater mitigation process and avoid future flooding. The current plan includes creating several stormwater retention ponds throughout the watershed and connecting them to the town’s North Tunnel to redirect and slow the flow of the water. When the tunnel project is complete, it will carry 26,000 gallons of stormwater per second directly to the Patapsco River and divert the water flow away from downtown Ellicott City.