Business Digest

September 27, 2004

Disability Awareness Day recognizes local businesses

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens recently presented awards to local businesses that have demonstrated their commitment to the community's citizens with disabilities at the County Commission on Disability Issues' annual Disability Awareness Day.

The Employer of the Year award went to Panera Bread, Einstein Bagels, Chick-fil-A at Marley Station and Bath and Body Shop at Festival at Riva.

Large businesses also receiving awards included Loews Annapolis Hotel, Home Depot of Annapolis, Safeway in Edgewater and Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The Barrier Free award went to Ritz Camera Shop at Marley Station, Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, His Way Christian Book Store, Shipley's Imaging Center, BB&T Bank on Riva Road, CVS Pharmacy on Riva Road, Walden Books at Marley Station; large businesses were Chico's at Harbor Center and Hecht Co. at Marley Station.

Disabled Friendly awards went to Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, and the Rams Head Tavern.

County office receives information systems award

Anne Arundel County has received ESRI's 2004 Special Achievement in GIS award for outstanding work in the global information systems field.

The company gives the award to organizations in recognition of their outstanding work in the global information systems field. Within the county's Office of Information Technology, the Geographic Information Services Group is responsible for the standardization, coordination and dissemination of geographic information.

The group supports multiple departmental users, including Public Works, planning and aoning, inspections and permits, environmental and cultural resources, the local managment board and the police and fire departments.

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