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County Executive Ulman Discusses Public Safety, Economic Development in His Final State of the County Address

County Executive Ulman Discusses Public Safety, Economic Development in His Final State of the County Address

Ulman Delivered His Speech to More than 400 Guests at a Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on March 20

Columbia, MD: Howard County Executive Ken Ulman outlined a range of successes in public health, education, sustainability and business development in his State of the County Address, telling the audience at Turf Valley, "As I stand here today with less than one year to go in this job, I can say without a doubt that because of our work together, the state of Howard County is accelerating and strong, forward-focused and vibrant, healthy and nimble and poised for future success."

The County Executive delivered his final State of the County Address at a Chamber luncheon today for an audience of more than 400 business and community leaders, citizens and friends. The lunch was sponsored by PNC Bank and is an annual tradition for the Chamber.

County Executive Ulman praised the school system, library system and community college. He spoke about innovative new companies in the county and efforts by the Economic Development Authority to support business growth. He also highlighted investments in parks, housing and community services.

He spoke about the heroic actions of public safety personnel during the shooting at the Mall in Columbia and recognized a number of them in attendance. He also announced a new effort focused on mental health first aid training. "In the end," he said of the terrible event at the mall, "We cannot let this become the new normal. We must learn lessons from this event and work to prevent future violence."

County Executive Ulman concluded by thanking the community for its support. "We have become branded as a hotbed of new ideas and a national leader in quality of life, featuring the most vibrant local economy in Maryland ... Together we are building the future we want and deserve."

The text of the State of the County Address is online at

Photos from the event are online at

About the Chamber of Commerce
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of more than 650 businesses in the county and throughout the region. The Chamber advances the growth and success of the business community by serving as the voice of business, providing information and resources and facilitating connections.