Labor Dept. honors Rouse Co. for equal opportunity...


October 29, 2001

Labor Dept. honors Rouse Co. for equal opportunity efforts

The U.S. Department of Labor has named the Rouse Co. as the recipient of the 2001 Opportunity Award. Presented by Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, the award honors the company for its commitment to equal employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans and the disabled.

The award was established by the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to recognize companies and organizations that go beyond legal requirements in hiring and promoting women, minorities and people with disabilities.

The Columbia company was founded in 1939 and became a public entity in 1956. It is the developer of the planned communities of Columbia and of Summerlin, outside Las Vegas, and operates more than 250 properties in 21 states.

`Hot Topics' presentation scheduled for Thursday

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will present "Hot Topics," the first in a series of presentations on professional and personal development, at 8 a.m. Thursday at chamber offices, 5560 Sterrett Place, Columbia.

The program will focus on identifying professional and personal goals and strategies to achieve them. Linda Burton of DRW Inc., a professional trainer, will be a facilitator. A continental breakfast will be provided.

The cost is $10 for members; $20 for prospective members.

Information or registration: 410- 730-4111, or www.howardchamber. com.

Animal hospital owner running pet-food drive

David Tayman, owner of Columbia Animal Hospital, at Hickory Ridge and at Centre Park, is collecting dry and canned pet food to distribute, along with nonperishable food items, to needy families with pets during the Thanksgiving season.

Donations of dog and cat food should be dropped off until Nov. 16 at either of the hospital locations.

Information: 410-730-2122 or 410-995-9077. Tayman has been named Business Person of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

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