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County Executive Leopold Applauds Approval of Federal Funding for BRAC and STEM

Initiatives will improve physical and human infrastructure

Annapolis (December 10, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today applauded the approval of key initiatives on Capitol Hill, including intersection improvements near Fort George G. Meade passing both chambers of Congress and funding for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program passing the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Our congressional delegation has fought tirelessly to secure the necessary funding for physical and human infrastructure to accommodate Base Closure and Realignment," County Executive Leopold said. "Improvements to Route 175 at Rockenbach Road and Disney Road are critical projects to handle the growth of Fort Meade. The STEM program provides our students with the tools they need to compete in the global economy."

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, which was approved by a House-Senate Conference Committee as part of Congress' Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, includes $2.75 million for Route 175 Improvements. The following initiatives have been approved by the House:

  • $350,000 for equipment and infrastructure at two laboratories within Anne Arundel Community College’s STEM Center at Arundel Mills
  • $2.3 million for improvements to the intersection of Rockenbach Road and Cooper Avenue on base
  • $500,000 for the State’s Gang Prevention and Intervention Services

"The measures moving through Congress are in line with my priorities," County Executive Leopold said. "This Administration has funded planning for Routes 175 and 198 and secured County Council approval to create the STEM program with operating funding and teacher stipends. We also have increased community outreach and education to identify and neutralize gangs. I hope the remaining initiatives will pass both houses of Congress."


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