Harford Digest

Harford Digest

October 03, 2004

County seeks $21,481 in federal funds for law enforcement

Harford County is eligible to receive $21,481 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program. Funds from the program may be used for one or more federally designated purposes to improve law enforcement.

Harford County proposes to use the federal aid for three projects that would support law enforcement and improve the adjudication of cases involving violent offenders.

Hearings on the proposed use of the block grant will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor conference room, Harford County Administrative Office Building, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air.

Those who cannot attend either session can send written comments no later than Friday to Grants Administrator Linda Koser, Harford County Government, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air, 21014, or e-mail lkoser@co.ha. md.us.

To request disability-related accommodations or for more information, call 410-638-4763.

Mediation program to offer free training to volunteers

The Harford County Community Mediation Program will offer free training for volunteer mediator applicants this month at the McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air. The training sessions will be held Saturday and Oct. 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The final five-hour follow-up training session will be scheduled later. The training requires a commitment to complete 50 hours of basic mediation training. Participants must agree to one year of volunteer service to the program, making themselves available to mediate an average two times per month.

The Community Mediation Program has been operating since 1997 and provides free mediation services. Conflicts involving neighbors, family members or schoolmates, and matters related to business, property, employment or community are appropriate for receiving community mediation.

No specific education or employment background is required to apply for training, said program coordinator Jennifer Noffke.

For an application or more information, call 410-638-4807 or email mediation@co.ha.md.us.

Economic development conference is Thursday

The Maryland Economic Development Association has announced the agenda and speakers for its fall conference, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Cecil Community College. Sessions include:

How 90 Days in 2005 Will Impact Economic Development: Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch and Senate Minority Leader J. Lowell Stoltzfus offer a look ahead at legislative issues for nest year.

Issues that Matter for 2005: This conversation among elected officials, economic development experts and business leaders focuses on facilitating partnerships at the state level.

Luncheon Keynote: Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele speaks on economic development goals and objectives for Maryland.

Economic development issues in the legislative session also will be the focus of the panel, which includes House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve; Harford County Executive James M. Harkins; Secretary of Business and Economic Development Aris Melissaratos; Richard M. Alter, president and chief executive officer of Manekin, LLC; and Gene L. Burner, executive director of the Manufacturers Alliance of Maryland. The panel will examine how collaboration between state officials and economic development experts can improve Maryland's business climate and the outlook for legislation affecting business development.

The cost is $50 for association members and $65 for nonmembers. To register: www.medamd.com.

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