More Homes Sold,

But on Market Longer The number of home sales in Howard County rose 6.9 percent in September compared with September 2001, according to Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., a real estate listing service in Rockville. Houses were on the market an average of 27 days, compared with 23 days the previous September. The average sales price rose 22.1 percent, to $272,039, up from $222,862 in the same period a year ago.

Tech Firm Names

Acting President Columbia-based technology consulting firm RWD Technologies Inc. has named Jeffrey W. Wendel acting president of Latitude360, RWD's e-learning division. Wendel joined RWD in 1994 and most recently was senior vice president of Latitude360. The division's former president, David Yager, resigned in August for personal reasons.

Banks Elect Two

To Board of Directors Howard County banking firm Columbia Bancorp and its subsidiary, Columbia Bank, elected two new members to their board of directors: Carl D. Jones, chairman, president, chief executive and founder of Prince George's Contractors Inc.; and Morris A. Little, president and chief executive of B&W Human Resources Specialists Inc.

Software Developer

Wins County Award

Columbia software developer a2z Inc. won the 2002 Economic Development Achievement award from the Howard County Economic Development Authority. The company develops software to help associations, companies and independent show organizers manage and market their conventions, trade shows and other events. It was chosen for the award based on its contribution to the county's economy.

Rouse Opens Mall,

With Another to Come Rouse Co., a Columbia-based real estate development firm, said its new mall, Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla., opened last month, and the first phase of another shopping center, Fashion Show, will open next month in Las Vegas. Fashion Show's initial phase will have seven department stores: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's Home, Nordstrom, Robinsons-May, Macy's and Dillard's.

Duratek Awarded

Energy Contracts Duratek Inc., a Columbia-based radioactive waste disposal firm, and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group Inc. were awarded contracts worth about $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The companies are to complete preliminary designs for a salt waste processing facility on the Savannah River near Aiken, S.C. The plant would remove cesium from 38 million gallons of highly radioactive waste stored in 49 tanks at the Savannah River site.

-- Compiled by Sabrina Jones

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