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Five energy-saving tips to gobble up this Thanksgiving

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With cooking appliances put to extra use, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about energy-saving in the kitchen.

Have you ever thought about how much power you use during Thanksgiving? There’s the oven. Stove. Microwave. What about the dishwasher? And the refrigerator?  Appliance after appliance, it all adds up very quickly.

The American Farm Bureau Federation reported that the average energy cost of this year’s feast for 10 people is just over $50. Just imagine how much energy you’re spending while cooking for four to six hours without stopping?  According to the Department of Energy, appliances already account for about 13 percent of an average American household’s energy costs. Refrigeration and cooking are at the top of the list.

With the hustle and bustle of the day, it’s easy to forget to be mindful about conserving energy. This week, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can reduce energy consumption and save money this Thanksgiving.

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Wurst Bar in Baltimore: Snake Hill Grill Brings Artisan Sausages and Craft Beer to Revitalizing Highlandtown with Hogan Administration Support

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Snake Hill Grill at 418 South Clinton Street in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE – The perfect pairing of sausages and beer comes to Baltimore’s historic Highlandtown community with the debut of Snake Hill Grill. Located across from the building that once housed Haussner’s Restaurant, the renovation of the Snake Hill Grill’s new home was made possible with a $102,000 loan through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks program. The restaurant had its “soft opening” last week.

Governor Hogan is committed to helping hard-working families by supporting job creators such as the owners of Snake Hill.  The Hogan administration continues to encourage potential and current small business owners and their communities to access programs such as Neighborhood BusinessWorks, which help strengthen local economies, attract private investment, create jobs and revitalize traditional Main Streets across the state. To learn more about the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, visit neighborhoodrevitalization.org.

Snake Hill Grill is the work of Richard Pugh, owner of the successful Johnny Rad’s restaurant in Fells Point. The name “Snake Hill” is a nod to Highlandtown’s former name before it was annexed to Baltimore City in 1870.  Read more…



More Than a Pretty Face: Hogan Administration Launches $650,000 Façade Improvement Program in Baltimore

Business and Property Owners Can Receive Up to $10,000 through Effort to Strengthen City’s Commercial Districts

The transformation through the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program of this abandoned corner store into the Highlandtown Gallery, a place where local artists can show-off their work, demonstrates the impact a new façade can have on the entire neighborhood.

The transformation through the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program of this abandoned corner store into the Highlandtown Gallery, a place where local artists can show-off their work, demonstrates the impact a new façade can have on the entire neighborhood.

New Carrollton, MD – The Hogan administration is launching a program to helpsmall businesses and other property owners in Baltimore’s commercial districts brighten up and improve their exteriors.

Through the $650,000 façade improvement program, property owners in the city’s commercial districts can receive up to $10,000 for beautification projects such as exterior painting, masonry repairs, restoration of architectural details, replacement of windows and doors, awning and signage installation, exterior lighting, and other approved capital improvements.

The program is the latest in the Hogan administration’s multi-pronged effort to support business recovery and economic development in the city.

The program targets commercial districts, especially those affected by the civil unrest some months ago. However, any business owner, property owner or non-profit organization occupying a commercial space in Baltimore City may apply for assistance to improve their façade through this program.

“Our investment in seemingly surface  items such as a new paint job, awnings or signage can transform how people feel about a commercial district neighborhood, inspiring new patronage, new investment and  new hope,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We also will engage local nonprofit organizations to assist in providing architectural design services and on-the-job training for Baltimore City residents.” Read more…



Governor Hogan’s Maryland Business Recovery Program Invests Nearly $1.3 Million to Help Baltimore Businesses Recover, Rebuild and Grow

“It was a lifesaver” says one owner about zero-interest loans that helped small business owners remain in business, care for employees

On June 22, John Maneval, deputy director of multifamily and business lending programs for the department, presented the first check under the Maryland Business Recovery program, to business owner Juan Nunez.

On June 22, John Maneval, deputy director of multifamily and business lending programs for the department, presented the first check under the Maryland Business Recovery program, to business owner Juan Nunez.

BALTIMORE – Tops in Cellular, a mobile electronics and accessories store in the city’s Highlandtown community, is open for business thanks in part to a Hogan administration program established to help business owners recover from the civil unrest in Baltimore this spring.

Juan Nunez was one of the first business owners to receive financial assistance under the administration’s Maryland Business Recovery program. To date, the program has provided more than $1.28 million in 44 loans. An additional three loans are expected to close in the coming weeks for $105,000.

Those figures provide a snapshot of the Hogan administration’s quick response to the unrest. Governor Hogan put the resources of state government to work to help ensure that Baltimore rebounded better and stronger than ever from the unrest that shook the city.

“When the unrest in Baltimore broke out, my administration worked around the clock to restore calm and to listen to city residents, small business owners and community leaders to gain a better understanding of the issues they face,” Governor Larry Hogan said.  “By harnessing the resources of the state, Baltimore was able to recover more quickly. These loans saved jobs and small businesses.  While there is still much more work to do, my administration will continue to work to change Baltimore, and Maryland, for the better.”  Read more…



The Hogan Administration Honors Four Who Helped the Maryland Mortgage Program Enjoy a Banner Year

Ed Haywood for RE/MAX.

Ed Haywood for RE/MAX.

Baltimore – RE/MAX was named the top performing real estate agency for the Maryland Mortgage Program in 2015 and Naji Rashid, the owner and CEO of 1st Advantage Real Estate Services, was named the program’s top individual performer at the Commitment to Excellence awards announced Wednesday during the Maryland Housing Conference.

Other Commitment to Excellence honorees include:

  • Keller Williams Realty.
  • Ellsworth Hughes, D.E. Hughes Realty Co.

The honorees were among the many partners whose contributions helped make 2015 a banner year for the state’s flagship homeownership program.

The Maryland Mortgage Program has been the state’s flagship mortgage purchase program for more than 40 years, offering qualified families a variety of fixed-rate mortgage loan options with low interest rates and generous downpayment and settlement cost assistance. Loans are administered by a network of more than 60 private lending institutions across the state and promoted through Maryland’s growing relationship with the state’s real estate community.  Read more…



2015 Maryland Housing Conference Will Focus on the Future of Homeownership, Affordable Rental Housing and Redevelopment in Maryland

Conference will recognize Maryland’s Outstanding Realtors and Real Estate Agencies

A stronger housing market encourages families to establish roots in Maryland through homeownership and build a lasting financial legacy for their children.

A stronger housing market encourages families to establish roots in Maryland through homeownership and build a lasting financial legacy for their children.

BALTIMORE – The future of Maryland’s housing industry – and by extension the future of Maryland’s economy – will be the focus on Wednesday when the 2015 Maryland Housing Conference gets underway at the Baltimore Hilton.

Through workshops, seminars and keynote addresses from industry leaders, the one-day conference hosted by the Maryland Building Industry Association will examine financing, development and affordability of single family and multifamily housing. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is lead sponsor.

This year’s theme, “Housing Maryland’s Future,” complements Governor Larry Hogan’s vision of changing Maryland for the better by growing a healthy housing market that invigorates the economy, generate jobs and stabilizes neighborhoods and communities. The conference comes as residential construction continues to lead job creation and economic recovery in Maryland.

Also at the conference, the top producing realtor agencies and individual realtors for the Maryland Mortgage Program for Fiscal Year 2015 will receive the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Commitment to Excellence Award. The awards recognize their commitment and significant contributions to the success of the Maryland Mortgage Program, the state’s flagship homeownership program that in 2015 saw its best performance in many years.
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Fall back efficiently: Five ways homeowners can save on lighting costs as daylight saving time ends

Have a green Halloween! Set the mood for a spooky atmosphere by using LED lightbulbs and candles to decorate your home (Photo by: FreeImages.com/kasiakay).

Have a green Halloween! Set the mood for a spooky atmosphere by using LED lightbulbs and candles to decorate your home (Photo by: FreeImages.com/kasiakay).

This Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 a.m., officially marks the end of daylight saving time. Sure, we don’t mind the extra hour of sleep. But with a new light-dark cycle and less sunlight to enjoy, we might experience an increased demand for lighting consumption.

An average American household already spends 5 percent of its energy budget on lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With many ways to lower your electricity bill, upgrading your lighting choice can be one of the quickest ways to achieve this goal.

In fact, replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs could save about $50 annually. Making simple and small changes like this, can lead to a big collective impact. This week, we’ve put together five ways for using lighting efficiently.  Read more…



Hogan Administration Announces $600,000 Partnership with Garrett County for Homeownership

Some residents drove more than 30 miles on Wednesday to get information about a new homeownership partnership between the Hogan administration and the county.

Some residents drove more than 30 miles on Wednesday to get information about a new homeownership partnership between the Hogan administration and the county.

Initiatives announced for homebuyers and current owners for home improvements

McHenry, MD – The Hogan administration and Garrett County Commissioners on Wednesday announced Maryland Pathway to Homeownership in Garrett County, an upcoming partnership between the administration and the county that will help an estimated three dozen potential homebuyers purchase a home in the county by making down payment and closing costs more affordable.

The department announced programs that offer significant resources for potential homebuyers and current homeowners, including $300,000 of down payment assistance from the county and $300,000 committed from the state for down payment assistance, closing costs, and loans and grants for home repair. This is believed to be the first such partnership between the county and the state to encourage homeownership.

“A healthy housing market is key to a healthy economy,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “We are proud to partner with Garrett County to not only help homeowners improve their aging homes with upgrades and enhanced efficiency but also encourage new homeowners to plant roots in Garrett County for many years to come.”

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GIVE Maryland Gets Face-Lift, New Website Makes Community Investment Tax Credit Program More Accessible to Donors

GIVE Maryland’s new website incorporates a more vibrant design, and offers a user-friendly format and interactive map for better navigation.

Redesign includes improvements to content and navigation with user-friendly dashboard and interactive map

New Carrollton, MD – A newly designed website now makes the Community Investment Tax Credit program more accessible to individuals and businesses who want to contribute to revitalization projects in Maryland neighborhoods.

Following on Governor Larry Hogan’s commitment to a more customer-oriented government, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has revamped the website for GIVE Maryland. The new site can be found at www.givemaryland.org.

GIVE Maryland gives individuals and businesses the opportunity to search for and donate online to nonprofits that have available tax credits and are working in their own communities.

The newly revamped website incorporates a more vibrant design, and offers a user-friendly format and interactive map for better navigation.  New dashboard features will help donors tailor their contributions based on their interests. Read more…



Maryland Kicks-off Community Development Week at 100-year-old Theater in Baltimore’s Station North

Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.

Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.

BALTIMORE – For decades, the long abandoned Parkway Theatre stood at the corner of North and Charles streets, forlorn and forgotten; a faded remnant from a Baltimore whose time had come and gone.

Today, it is a symbol of a Baltimore reborn.

Thus it was that the Community Development Network of Maryland chose the Parkway Theatre on Monday to kick-off Community Development Week, Oct. 19-28, joined by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and city officials.

Throughout the week, the Hogan administration and its partners will highlight the significant social and economic impact of state-funded initiatives through programs such as Community Legacy and Neighborhood BusinessWorks. Read more…



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