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Maryland gets federal grant for job training in offshore wind industry

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joined federal officials at Tradepoint Atlantic to announce the awarding of a $22.9 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant for the Maryland Department of Labor to launch a new apprenticeship model to support the offshore wind industry. Maryland’s project is one of 32 chosen nationwide out of more than 500 applicants. Delaware did not have...

IT service provider SSD purchased by Long Island-based company

Sourcepass announced the addition of two IT companies –Wilmington-based SSD Technology Partners and Total Technology Solutions – to its portfolio of technology solutions companies serving small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Sourcepass is based in Long Island, NY. “In keeping with our goal of being the leading Managed Service Provider (MSP) for SMBs, we are always looking for partner companies that enhance...

Poultry industry on heightened alert after vultures in Maryland die from avian flu

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is warning poultry growers and those with backyard birds to continue to take steps to protect their flocks after sick vultures were found dead or ill with avian flu in Harford County, MD. Harford is at the northern edge of the Delmarva-Upper Shore poultry-growing area.  It marked the region's first confirmation of HPAI in wild birds...

Ørsted signs pact with unions covering offshore wind projects on East Coast

North America’s building trades unions and Ørsted announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with a union workforce. The National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) was uthorized by 15 international union presidents and their local affiliates. The agreement covers all of Ørsted’s contractors and subcontractors that will perform offshore windfarm construction from Maine...

Travel notes: American Airlines bus, Euro budget airlines at BWI; economy parking back at PHL

Philadelphia adds limited economy parking. Philadelphia International Airport is offering a limited number of economy parking spaces available for passengers beginning April 21. The 1,850 spaces are located in the airport’s economy parking lot and are available at the parking lot’s Island Avenue entrance. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle buses will drop off and pick up passengers...

Massive Eastern Shore drug operation dismantled

Enough dangerous drugs to kill entire Shore population A combined law enforcement investigation has led to the indictment of nine people alleged to be part of a massive drug trafficking organization. The investigation, initiated by the Caroline County, MD Drug Task Force, looked into information concerning the operation of a drug trafficking organization believed to be distributing large amounts of...

My take: A sustainable tax relief plan from our next door neighbor

Good evening, Last week, I noted that a legislative deal that would send each state income tax filer $300 was better than Maryland's gas tax holiday. It turns out that Maryland legislators and Gov. Larry Hogan had a well-thought-out tax relief measure in the works. What emerged this week was a nearly $1.9 billion program over five years. The legislation is heavily...

Maryland legislators, governor agree to nearly $1.9 billion in tax relief over 5 years

An agreement has been hammered out on legislation that will bring tax breaks for many Maryland residents.  The bipartisan agreement will provide  $1.86 billion in tax relief over five years for retirees, small businesses, and low-income families. Adjusted for population, the agreement would be the equivalent of Delaware spending about $300 million to fund a similar measure. Maryland's legislation was heavily...

Bird flu found in Kent County broiler flock

 Federal laboratory testing has confirmed a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) case at a commercial broiler farm in Kent County, Delaware. Previously, cases had been found on the northern edge of the nation's largest broiler chicken area. This avian influenza detection follows previously announced cases on farms in New Castle County and Cecil and Queen Anne’s Counties, MD. Since...

Our view: Restaurants breathing a little easier with Friday end to mask mandate

Hello everyone, The Delaware restaurant industry is breathing a sigh of relief over the end of the mask mandate on Friday Some people fled to restaurants in adjacent states that did not have the mandate, even with the added miles and sales taxes. It was one more blow to an industry that is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and wave of...

Delmarva Power parent completes spin-off of power generation, marketing business

Delmarva Power’s parent company, Exelon, completed its separation from power generation and competitive energy business, Constellation. Delmarva Power remains part of Exelon, a large transmission and distribution company serving more than 10 million customers in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Chicago area. The Delmarva territory includes Delaware, as well as the Eastern Shore and Upper Shore of Maryland. Delmarva has...

Federal jury convicts Port Deposit women for using medical practice’s credit card for personal spending

On Wednesday, a federal jury in Wilmington convicted a Port Deposit, MD woman of wire fraud for obtaining more than a quarter of a million dollars from her employer, a Delaware medical practice, by charging unauthorized personal expenses to her business credit card. In such cases, the identity of the business or practice is usually not disclosed. According to court...

Maryland PSC awards agreements for offshore wind projects

The Maryland Public Service Commission awarded agreements to two offshore wind projects that will generate a combined 1.65 million megawatts of electricity.  A release stated that Maryland has secured more than two million  MW of offshore wind capacity. As part of the offtake agreements, Ørsted's Skipjack II and US Wind's Momentum Wind projects committed to investing in new bases, towers, and array cable...

US Wind makes $100,000 contribution to Del. Inland Bays Center

Baltimore-based US Wind, Inc. has pledged $100,000 to Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, a National Estuary Program. The pledge will serve as a capstone contribution to the capital campaign behind their master plan for the James Farm Ecological Preserve. The  Center will name the new facility the US Wind Environmental Education Center at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. The Center...

Aviation notes: Philly airport economy lot won’t reopen; other news from Frontier, American

Philadelphia International Airport's plans to increase cargo capacity will come at the expense of its lower-priced parking lots that were already closed during the pandemic. The airport has ambitious plans to become an East Coast cargo hub. PHL’s Economy Parking Lot is 40 acres. Officials are  evaluating options to replace lost airport parking capacity.   Covered parking rates at the airport is among the most...