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Diversity in Howard's business base, regional cooperation touted at forum

Diversity in Howard's business base, regional cooperation touted at forum

Howard County’s top executive Thursday morning cautioned business leaders against relying too heavily on federal contracts and said Columbia’s Gateway Innovation District can be a magnet for new companies.

County Executive Allan Kittleman, speaking at a first-ever business forum with county executives from neighboring Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, also called for the region to make larger strides in improving transportation modes as more workers look for alternative ways to get to their jobs.

As home to a growing number of technology firms, Kittleman said Howard’s companies have to find a balance between private-sector and government work.

“We’ve gotta be careful...

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