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Networking Event Helps Minority, Women-Owned and Small Businesses Connect with Prime Contractors
Sometimes small businesses and those owned by women and minorities can find it challenging to connect with larger, more established companies with whom they could sub-contract on government projects.
Baltimore County government and their partners are hosting a free “Meet the Primes” networking event to help facilitate those mutually beneficial business relationships.
The 7th annual “Meet the Primes” event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium Exhibition Hall, located at 2200 York Road in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093. The event is co-hosted by Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, the Community College of Baltimore County, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and theBaltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee.
The purpose of this “free” event is to facilitate a networking forum for prime contractors to expand their pool of potential subcontractors to fulfill participation subcontracting goals set in contracts. The exhibiting contractors are asked to come prepared to discuss potential upcoming subcontracting opportunities. Subcontractors are encouraged to come prepared to market their skills and abilities with a one-page capability statement that readily identifies past government and commercial work experience in their specialty area of expertise as well as certifications and specialized licenses obtained. There will be more than 100 exhibitors and over 300 women-owned, minority-owned and other small businesses in attendance.
For additional information about the “Meet the Primes” event, contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at email@example.com or call 410-887- 3119.
County Launches Program for this School Year
At an awards ceremony this morning at Bear Creek Elementary School in Dundalk, students and staff were excited to learn that their litter clean-up efforts netted them the grand prize, and a $3,000 environmental grant in the second year of the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) Superintendent Dallas Dance and Education Foundation of Baltimore County President Timmy Ruppersberger announced that seven Baltimore County public schools were winners in this campaign that resulted in more than 3,356 volunteers participating in more than 324 clean-ups around the County.
“We are very pleased with the way that schools have embraced this hands-on effort to remind students and adults in the community that litter is harmful and they can take a stand to directly help protect our waterways and their neighborhoods,” Kamenetz said. “We are expanding the timeframe of the program for this current school year to encourage litter clean-ups from the fall through the spring and engage even more people in this anti-litter initiative.”
Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed this past spring to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. Community groups could include school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations that wish to help clean up their community. Groups were asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website.
“The Clean Green 15 challenge has really engaged Team BCPS and emphasized the importance of personal action to help ensure a clean environment,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “Congratulations to all the schools and students who really demonstrated their pride in beautifying their schools and communities.”
Clean Green 15 Results: Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools!
The 2015 program resulted in 324 clean-ups conducted by 3,356 volunteers who picked up 3,456 bags of trash plus many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations all around Baltimore County.
Clean Green 15 Winning Schools – 2015
# of Volunteers
Bear Creek Elementary School
1st Place ES
Charlesmont Elementary School
2nd Place ES
Reisterstown Elementary School
1st Place MS
Sparrows Point Middle School
2nd Place MS
Ridgely Middle School
1st Place HS
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
2nd Place HS
Chesapeake High School
Kicking Off this Year’s Expanded Clean Green 15 Initiative
Today’s awards ceremony also served as the kick-off for an expanded effort for the 2015-2016 school year. Timmy Ruppersberger, who is President of the Education Foundation for Baltimore County, announced that instead of just including springtime litter clean-ups, this year’s program begins on October 1 and will run through mid-April. This expanded timeframe is intended to increase participation and promote clean-ups year-round.
The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Second place schools from each level were awarded a web-enabled iPad.
The challenge was a collaborative effort of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS), Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. Sponsors included Maryland Environmental Service and Sparrows Point Terminal.
“I applaud the students and community members who went all out to help make a real difference in keeping litter out of our communities and waterways,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.
Kamenetz and Dance Hail Progress, Urge State Support
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and School Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance are urging state officials to increase school construction funding to Baltimore County so that it may complete its remaining air conditioning projects prior to 2021.
“Baltimore County is in the midst of a $1.3 billion, ten year, Schools for Our Future program. Sixty-nine percent or $900 million of those funds are County dollars. The State is contributing 31 percent or $400 million. Customarily the State requires the County to provide a dollar for dollar match. We are providing more than $2 for every $1 dollar of State funding. We need the State to step up and equally match our County contributions, so we can expedite the air conditioning projects at the remaining schools. In the past five years with projects completed or fully funded, we have reduced the number of schools without air conditioning from 52 percent to 15 percent. At the conclusion of our program, 99 percent of all of our schools will be air conditioned, including every single elementary and middle school. We have made historic progress and are working hard to quickly resolve a problem that I inherited.” – Kevin Kamenetz
"I want to thank the County Executive, County Council, state legislators and our Board of Education for the progress made to not only put air conditioning in our schools but also to modernize our schools to accommodate enrollment increases. It shows the strong partnership and commitment to all our students, families and employees." – Dr. Dallas Dance