Business Digest


March 14, 2007

Groundbreaking held at Applied Physics Lab

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, county officials and representatives from the construction industry met Friday to break ground for a new building at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

The $62 million, 261,600-square-foot building is scheduled to open in 2009. It will house about 500 of the laboratory's staff members and will replace obsolete facilities in older buildings.

The new facilities are to include research laboratories, a mission operations center at which three space missions can be commanded at one time, and modeling and simulation facilities for the Navy's next generation missile combat systems.

The building will also accommodate information management development, combat casualty care communications and mail services.

The Applied Physics Laboratory opened in 1942 and moved from Silver Spring to Howard County in 1954. Its 399-acre campus includes more than 50 major buildings and houses about 4,000 staff members.

Business development symposium scheduled

The Young Professionals Network, an initiative of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will hold its first educational symposium from 7:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Loyola College in Columbia.

The focus of the symposium will be business development. Aaron Altscher, a former contestant on NBC's television show, The Apprentice, will speak. Breakout sessions on marketing, personal presentation, negotiation, career development strategies and follow-through are planned.

Registration, networking and a continental breakfast are to begin at 7:45 a.m. The program is to start at 8:20 a.m. The cost is $30 for chamber members; $50 for nonmembers.

Loyola college is at 8890 McGaw Road.

Information or registration: Catherine Lay, 410-730-4111, Ext. 114, or

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