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Hogan visits Towson to attend Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Gov. Larry Hogan visited the Towson Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting on April 19.

Gov. Larry Hogan offered "whatever help" the state can give to Towson during the Towson Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon on April 19, at which he was the invited guest.

The governor made the remarks to a packed room of more than 150 business leaders, elected officials and residents during the lunch, which was held at 7 West restaurant, in the center of Towson.

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"Towson is really experiencing a renaissance," Hogan said after the lunch. "There's a lot of great things going on. We want to just be whatever help we can on the state level, but it seems like there are a lot of positive things happening here."

During his luncheon address, Hogan touted what he said were some of the pro-business achievements of his administration, including reducing highway tolls across the state and eliminating a controversial stormwater management fee.

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Earlier in the day Hogan visited the Baltimore Coffee & Tea factory and the Jeppi Nut & Candy Company factory in Timonium. During the chamber event, the governor took the time to greet nearly all of the 168 guests in attendance, moving from table to table, and posing for photos.

Chamber Executive Director Nancy Hafford presented Hogan with gifts from Towson-area businesses after the speech. The items included a shirt from Goucher College, a tie from Towson University, wine from Boordy Vineyards, cookies from La Cakerie, a hat from Stanley Black & Decker, McCormick spices, and a Christmas ornament from the Towson Winterfest.

Hogan also said that the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly, which ended in mid-April, was the second session in a row in which no new tax increases were enacted.

Hafford called that a benefit to small businesses.

"We're just very thankful that he is so pro-business," she added.

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