Psota to Continue as Acting Wicomico County Executive

Today, the Wicomico County Council voted to keep John D. Psota as Acting County Executive at a special Legislative Session. In a split 5-2 vote the Council elected to retain Psota as County Executive until 2022. Councilmembers Hastings and Acle voted against the move. Following the Council's decision in late August to reopen the selection process and accept new applications for County Executive, two individuals applied: State Delegate Carl Anderton, who represents part of Wicomico…

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ESLC, U.S. Army, DNR Collaborate to Preserve 441 Acres in Cecil for Addiction Recovery

441 acres of agricultural land and critical species habitat in Cecil County will be permanently preserved thanks to a partnership between the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) the U.S. Army and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Through a new conservation easement, 441 acres of land in Cecil County will be preserved. The preserved property is the Bracebridge Hall location for Recovery Centers of America (RCA), who works to save lives from addiction. 89 acres…

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Baltimore County Announces New Childcare and Academic Support Initiatives

Yesterday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams announced two new initiatives — Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers. Olszewski announced that the County has allocated up to $7 million to provide childcare subsidies. Qualifying families with children ages 5 to 12 will receive $250 per week per child to cover the cost of care at any childcare provider licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education…

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St. Mary’s Allocates $100,000 for Internet Provider Assessment

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have voted to allocate $100,000 toward assessing local internet providers. Funds will go toward a report that will help assess available internet service provider options in the county, and identify opportunities to potentially bring in more service. The County's Chief Information Officer went before the Commissioners to ask for the allocation at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Funding for the assessment will come from a federal CARES Act…

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Register for MPCA’s 37th Annual Conference Now!

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) will host its 37th annual conference in a virtual format from 9 AM- 4PM on Monday, November 9. The MPCA is partnering with the Maryland Department of Planning to take this year's conference virtual. Join planning officials and staff from across the state for an agenda filled with sessions on timely topics facing citizen planning boards now and in the future. What: Maryland Planning Commissioners Association 37th Annual Conference…

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MARBIDCO Launches New Farmland Acquisition Program

MARBIDCO is following up on the success of their Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program with a similar initiative aimed at farmers not eligible for the first program. The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. (MARBIDCO) has announced the new Small Acreage Next Generation Farmland Acquisition Program is open. The program is designed to purchase permanent easements from next generation farmers with farms between 10 and 49 acres in size. The money allows farmers to…

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Anne Arundel Names New Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use

Today, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that Lori Rhodes will be the new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use. Pittman also announced that interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services, Pam Jordan will fill the role on a permanent basis. Rhodes will take the County's top land use position after a 30 year tenure with Anne Arundel government. She currently serves as Assistant Planning and Zoning Officer in the…

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County-Level Coastal Resilience NACo Webinar

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a webinar to discuss local approaches to coastal resilience tomorrow, Sept. 16 at 2 PM. What: County-Level Approaches to Coastal Resilience: Trends, Costs, and the Importance of Community Wide Efforts. Who: NACo When: Wed, Sep 16, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Event description: Disasters, whether natural or man-made, have significant impacts on counties across the United States. When a disaster strikes, counties are the first government…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces $100,000 for Sea Grant Program

Today, Maryland's congressional delegation announced the award of a $100,000 for the Maryland Sea Grant program to address the impacts of the pandemic on local aquaculture industries. The Maryland Sea Grant program, a part of the University System of Maryland, provides research, outreach, and educational support to people who work to conserve the Bay, and those that make a living from the Bay and Maryland's coastal waters. A $100,000 federal grant provided by the National…

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Carroll Holding Public Meeting on Residential Zoning Changes

The Carroll County Department of Planning is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm regarding text changes to the county’s residential zoning code. Carroll County is holding a public meeting to provide the public with updates on the residential zoning review process. Thus far the process has included work with a citizen review focus group that has provided feedback that has shaped the draft revisions of the…

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