Cecil Has a New Tool to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Access to affordable internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services is an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancements of its residents. Residents benefit from increased economic growth, improved labor market access and outcomes, access to better health care, enhanced civic participation, enriched education opportunities, improved quality of life, and overall competitive and vibrant communities. When Senate Bill 229…

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NACo Webinar: Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives

NACo is teaming with Main Street America host an online webinar, June 19, titled: "Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives" WEBINAR Creative Counties: Preserving Your County History through Arts-Driven Main Street Initiatives Jun. 19, 2019 , 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Contact Jenna Moran (202) 942-4224 jmoran@naco.org Counties across America are taking steps to preserve their community history while transforming their main street to revitalize local economy and attract residents downtown. Join us on June…

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Feds Grant Talbot $5.5M for Easton Airport Runway Extension
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Feds Grant Talbot $5.5M for Easton Airport Runway Extension

Maryland U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin today announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport’s runways to meet demand. The Airport is owned and operated by Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension…

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Cecil to Host Procurement Expo

The Cecil County Purchasing Office, a division of the Finance Department, will hold an Informational Procurement Open House for current and prospective vendors on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Elk Room at the Cecil County Administration Building, located at 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton. According to a press release: Cecil County Government departments and divisions (Animal Services, Cecil Transit, Solid Waste, Roads, Wastewater, Facilities, & more), as well as…

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ELBC Highlights Latest Environmental Business Trends

The Maryland Environmental Service has announced a revised list of speakers and topics for the 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference (EBLC). Speakers include members from the administration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, county officials, academics, and representatives from private businesses. EBLC can be educational to not only private sector environmental businesses, but also to the government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. From the MES webpage on EBLC: At the 2019 EBLC, you’ll build your knowledge about…

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MACo Submits Comments on “A Better Maryland”

MACo offered both praise and constructive criticism in its comments on the draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. State law has required the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to develop a statewide development plan for several decades. The Administration of Governor Martin O'Malley created the first plan, called PlanMaryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rescinded PlanMaryland and ordered the drafting of a new plan via Executive Order in 2017. MDP developed the new plan…

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Opinion Piece Takes Aim at Tax Incentives

An opinion piece in Tax Notes argues that tax incentives are nothing more than giveaways to preferred taxpayers. Contributing Editor Roxanne Bland writes that just because some tax incentives can be used for good does not negate the inherent unfairness in them. According to Tax Notes: Tax incentives meant to attract businesses and individuals with the aim of revitalizing blighted areas in a city come to mind when considering the positive side. These incentives granted to companies…

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Montgomery Creates Hub to Help Small Businesses

Montgomery County leadership has announced a new program to help small businesses and boost startups. From Bethesda Magazine: The Business Connect program — which will offer free training, workshops and individual counseling sessions — was announced by County Executive Marc Elrich as part of his efforts to diversify economic development. ... The first program will be based in Germantown’s regional service center and Elrich said the plan is to expand to the program to the…

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Commentary: Are Rural Areas Doomed to Stagnation?

In a commentary piece for The Conversation (2019-05-07), Iowa State University Associate Scientist of Economics David Swenson postulated that rural areas throughout the nation will likely continue to see economic and population declines. In the commentary, Davis stated: "[t]he facts are clear and unarguable. Most of the nation's smaller urban and rural counties are not growing and will not grow." Davis noted that metropolitan counties (counties with central cities with 50,000+ population) received about 99% of…

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Love Maryland? You’ve Got Company!

A recent US News & World Report study rates Maryland in the top tier of "best states." US News and World Report recently released its quantitative rankings for all 50 states -- with Maryland finished #6 in the ranking, with nearby Virginia just behind at #7. US News routinely offers their well-known rankings and reviews of colleges and universities, and has expanded to offering analysis of other fields as well. From US News coverage: The Best States…

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