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The Baltimore Banner put a spotlight on what has been called the country’s most innovative and transformative county, from its dynamic economy, vibrant communities, imaginative initiatives, top rated education, and a forward-thinking vision for the future.


Baltimore Banner’s Howard County bureau talked to leaders to unpack everything that makes this region an award-winning place live, work and play.


Date: June 4, 2024

Location: Merriweather Row

Address: 10440 Little Patuxent Parkway 9th floor, Columbia, Maryland 21044


Kristi Smith, President, Maryland Region, Howard Hughes

Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


Howard County's Development Potential: Balancing Business, Housing and Infrastructure

Dr. Calvin Ball, County Executive, Howard County

Tom Coale, Attorney and Lobbyist, Perry, White, Ross & JacobsonP

Phillip Dodge, Executive Director, Downtown Columbia Partnership

Darshni Patel, Director, Business Finance, Howard County Economic Development Authority

Moderator: Julie Bykowicz, Baltimore Banner Enterprise Editor 

Howard County Education: Embracing Change, Finding Opportunity 

 Bill Barnes, Acting Superintendent, Howard County Schools

Jarrett Carter Sr., Vice President, External Affairs, Communications & Advancement, Howard Community College

Benjamin Schmitt, President, Howard County Education Association

Terri Marcus, President, PTA Council of Howard County

Moderator: Kristen Griffith, Baltimore Banner Education Reporter

Free parking. Happy Hour canapés, beer, wine, and refreshments will be served. 

Thanks to the support of the event sponsors, this event was free to attend.


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