Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority
“It is why companies choose to locate here,” he said. “Talent makes a company successful and if that talent is here in the county, companies want to have access to it. We want to make sure Howard County remains competitive.”
This is what he considers most when making charitable donations.
“We want to put our money where our mouth is,” Twele said. “We don’t want to just talk about education and education systems here, we want to support them.”
At Howard Community College, the HCEDA has established two scholarships: the Howard County Economic Development Authority 3D Engineering Scholarship and the Howard County Economic Development Authority Security Scholarship, both targeting students with financial need and academic potential. The first scholarship targets majors in engineering or computer aided design. The second aims to help students who are pursuing degrees or certificates in cybersecurity, programming, infrastructure engineering, digital forensics, and other related areas of study in information technology.
The HCDEA also recently named the ethical hacking and attack analysis lab, in HCC’s new Science, Engineering, and Technology Building.
“In giving to HCC, we are able to directly support what we see as a great resource for workforce development” Twele said. “We want to support the college because it supports us.”
He says the fact that classes at HCC are affordable, flexible, and available is important.
“I’ve taken some credit and noncredit classes,” he said. “The college is very collaborative, always there at the ready and willing to work with us. It’s just a very strong partnership.”