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Howard County Economic Development Authority

Coalition Lead Applicant: Howard County Economic Development Authority

Project Title: Maryland Cyber Workforce Solutions for Build Back Better NOFO

Region (applicant-defined): Baltimore, Maryland, and Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Harford, Howard, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties

Cluster Sector(s): Information Technology

Concept Proposal Narrative (applicant submitted) (PDF)

Project Description:
The coalition, led by the Howard County Economic Development Authority, aims to leverage industry demands and align the assets of the Maryland cybersecurity community to drive economic prosperity and employment opportunities for regional residents, employers, entrepreneurs, and jobseekers. The coalition proposes five projects for Phase 2 funding to support its cluster: 1.) help regional employers and institutions reimagine how they conceptualize and invest in job expansion and workforce development, 2.) publicize opportunities to employers and current and future cybersecurity professionals, 3.) provide work-based learning to build a pipeline that includes mentoring, scholarships, experimental learning, paid internships, and more, 4.) establish a "Cyber Range" to provide a location for skills training and product testing, and 5.) develop future employer-driven solutions.

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