Allan Kittleman: HCEDA Award Demonstrates Growth In Howard Co.’s Cybersecurity Community

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The Central Maryland region remains on the cutting-edge of international cybersecurity with institutions like the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade and the National Security Agency. As a community, we should continue to support and grow this incredible sector in our local economy.

That is why I couldn’t be more proud that after years of hard work, the Howard County Economic Development Authority is on the verge of securing a regional workforce program that will recruit, train, and strive to fill the nearly 20,000 positions open annually in this sector.

This week, HCEDA was selected as one of 60 national finalists vying for 30 final awards ranging from $10-$100 million through the U.S. Economic Development Administration. One of the key pieces of this program will be the construction of a “Cyber Range” that will allow for in-person skills training and product testing.

I want to thank all of those who dedicated so much time, energy, and out-of-the-box thinking in the development of this proposal, and I want to express my support as they move to the next phase of this program. It was my hope that the creation of the Center during my Administration would spur this type of creativity, and I am glad to see that the Maryland Innovation Center has formed the foundation for continued progress in our community. I look forward to seeing even more accomplishments in the future!

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Allan H. Kittleman

A lifelong resident of Howard County, twice elected to represent the 9th District in the Maryland State Senate, Allan Kittleman was elected Howard County Executive in 2014 to strengthen our schools, to bring jobs and economic development to Howard County, and to restore bipartisan, independent leadership to the County.

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