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2016 between the DOC and two Dutch
economic development organizations
— The Hague Security Delta and Inno-vationQuarter, the regional economic development agency for the Dutch province
The Dutch companies — European
Cyber Resilience Research Network
(ECRRN), Compumatica, Cybersprint,
Guard from Above and Robin Radar Systems — are slated to attend networking
events and several informational sessions
about the cyber market in the United
States, doing business with the federal
government, and various financial and
legal issues they will need to consider
when establishing a business presence in
the U.S. The companies also will have
access to the guidance and advice of their
hosts from the DOC and bwtech@umbc,
as well as the research park’s entrepre-neurs-in-residence.
Representatives from four Mary-
land-based cyber companies — Ausley
Associates, System 1 Inc., Canali Inc. and
the Credentialed Mobile Device Security
Professional (CMDSP) — have traveled to
the Netherlands through the Soft Landing
program, where they will be connected
with similar resources to facilitate their
entry into the European market.
To learn more, contact Jessica Reynolds, the regional manager for Europe
with the DOC’s Office of International
Investment & Trade, at 410-767-6435
MGM Resorts Adopts BCLC’s
“When you gamble, use your GameSense.” That’s the message MGM Resorts
International will be sharing with its customers across North America as part of an
agreement with BCLC, British Columbia’s
provincial gambling corporation, to license its responsible gambling program,
MGM, which operates the new desti-
nation and casino at National Harbor, antic-
ipates having GameSense fully integrated
into all of its properties across the USA
within the year. The agreement, announced
at the fifth annual New Horizons in Respon-
sible Gambling Conference in Vancouver,
B.C., marks the first time a program of this
kind is being licensed by any commercial
gaming company in North America.
Introduced by BCLC in 2009, GameSense is player-focused responsible gambling program that encourages players to
adopt behaviours and attitudes that can
reduce the risk of developing gambling
disorders. MGM is adopting GameSense
to enhance awareness and education
about responsible gambling for players
and guests and, in doing so, raising the
standards within the industry.
As part of the agreement, MGM has
committed to funding $1 million over
five years towards a research partnership
between BCLC, MGM and the University
of Nevada Las Vegas’s (UNLV) International Gaming Institute. UNLV will help
facilitate development of a consortium
of internationally renowned experts in
responsible gambling, and also will work
closely with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Gambling Research.
or more generous than, we have been.
How have you found your interactions
with various planning officials over the
Howard County is one of the best of all
the counties we deal with, if not the best.
And know that even in toughest times,
Howard’s planning department has always
been very, very good to Williamsburg
Homes. That’s because we have respect
and have worked with the county employees.
As an example, there was a zoning
moratorium in the early 1990s. I’m a
Republican and had to work with the late
Buddy Roogow (who eventually ran the
Maryland Lottery), a Democrat, who was
the chief of staff for the incumbent county
executive who was running against Chuck
Ecker, who I strongly and very vocally
supported. My party affiliation wasn’t a
problem, but that may not have been the
case in other counties.
How are you addressing the challeng-
es of acquiring land around Howard
County and elsewhere?
We can’t compete with national
companies like Lennar, NV Homes and
Ryland, when we buy property. But with
the smaller parcels, we’re a local company
that wants to buy from a local seller. We
also have good relationships with several
local developers. A handshake with us is
a deal. We don’t have to go out of town to
Today, we have more land deals under
contract than we’ve ever had, and those
projects will launch within the next two
years. Some of our new communities are
Annapolis Townes at Neal Farm, Wood-brook in Columbia and Westland Farm
Estates in Howard County.
How often have you been involved in
We’re looking to work on such projects in the future, but we don’t have signed
What’s your take on the Columbia
Downtown Master Plan?
If [Columbia founder] Jim Rouse were
here today, he would be loving this plan,
but also know that he, Bob Tennenbaum
and Mort Hoppenfeld (Rouse Company
officials in the mid-’60s) never really had
the chance to think of Downtown as we
do now. The move was to suburbia at that
point, and they planned accordingly.
The trend now is toward such high-er-density projects. On that note, I testified
before the County Council on behalf of
The Howard Hughes Corp. when it wanted
to get 5,500 residential units approved.
Do you feel the plan includes enough
lower-cost, market price housing?
Yes. I think we have to include in our
community all kinds of socio-economic
levels, not just families in the upper income levels.
What’s your greatest hope for Session
I’m more of a county guy than a state
guy. I think [Gov. Larry] Hogan has done
a good job. There has to be a way for the
two parties to unite and be more open with
one another [because] nothing gets done
unless people work together. And as Chuck
Ecker said, many politicians look to the
next election, not the next generation.
I think we are overregulated, business-wise. I’d like to see more tax credits. And
we need to address the federal and state
deficits. I thought that the money from the
casino revenues was going to education,
but now I understand that it’s been shifted
to other departments.
How many nonprofits have you been
involved with over the years?
Seven nonprofits, and I’ve also served
on another 14 boards of various types.
How much money do you think you’ve
contributed to the nonprofit sector?
My family and I are involved with
Search Ministries, an Evangelical Christian ministry based in Columbia, as well
as the Grace Community Church; all told,
we’ve given religious organizations 10%
of what I’ve earned over my career, in
addition to the donations we made to other
nonprofits in our community.
We’ve always felt that people who
have the financial resources should give
back to the community, which is why we
operate the Lundy Family Foundation.
What project are you proudest of, and
I can’t answer that easily, but I’ll say
the projects that we built in Columbia in
the ’70s and ’80s — partially because, at
that time, Columbia and The Rouse Co.
weren’t doing well and the company could
have been sold. Then Matt DeVito and
his team took over and turned its fortunes
Have you contemplated moving else-
where for tax reasons?
I have no interest in moving out of
Howard County. My family is here and
we have a place at Deep Creek Lake, so
we aren’t going anywhere.
Is there anything that you haven’t done
that you want to do?
No. I’m a pretty basic guy. Cathy
and I have been married 53 years and we
are very close to our three girls and their
families, which include eight grandchildren. That’s been a blessing for us. We’ve
traveled some over the years, but now we
normally limit our travel [to trips] with our
children and their families.
What advice would you give someone
who’s new in the homebuilding busi-
To hire the very best people you can
find and to give them the responsibility
to express and implement their ideas.
I can’t emphasize that enough. I’m not
personally responsible for most of what’s
transpired with our companies over the
years, because the people who have joined
our companies figure the important stuff
out, and I implement our plans.
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