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Gov. O'Malley looking for love

By Jill Rosen

The Baltimore Sun

12:35 PM EST, February 15, 2013

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On the heels of Baltimore's Love Project, Gov. Martin O'Malley is now looking for love, too -- for the state.

O'Malley launched the Maryland Love Project on Friday, hoping Marylanders would go online and share their love for the Free State. During the summer, Michael Owen, the artist behind Baltimore's effort -- a plan to spread the romantic notion by painting the word "LOVE" across the city -- will use people's thoughts as inspiration to create a mural in Baltimore.

"By harnessing the power of crowd sourcing, we'll be able to showcase all of the reasons why people love Maryland while shining a light on the important role that the arts and technology play in our communities," O'Malley said in a statement.

People who would like to share why they love Maryland can go to love.maryland.gov or Tweet something with the hashtag #MDLove.

Setting the tone, the governor Tweeted, "Crab cakes, Ravens, mountains, farms, beaches, Main streets, Baltimore...the original land of the free & home of the brave."

For WRNR-FM disc jockey Alex Cortright ‏it was some of that and more. "Chesapeake Bay!" he Tweeted. "Great schools & teachers, good radio & music lovers, beautiful land, Annapolis, Ravens. Maryland is home."

The effort is a collaboration between the state, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Love Project and the Digital Harbor Foundation's STEM Engine program through which middle and high school students created the online portal.

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