Submit Your Questions Now for the #MACoCon Smart Growth Subcabinet Meeting

The Smart Growth Subcabinet will be meeting at the 2019 December MACo Winter Conference and answering your questions on land use, environment, transportation, and other important county issues. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet Description The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. Its members (mostly…

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2019 MEDA Fall Conference: Defining Your Community Identity – Register Now

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) will hold its annual fall conference on October 21, 2019, at The Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. The 2019 Fall Conference – Defining Your Community Identity – will be held in partnership with the Rural Economic Development Session, sponsored by PNC Bank. From the MEDA announcement: Each community has a unique vibe with distinct commercial centers designed, organized and promoted to create a sense of livability.  Economic Developers are charged with identifying…

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Coalition Calls for Release of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

A Chesapeake Climate Change Action Network (CCAN) news release (2019-10-02) announced that a coalition of 26 Maryland-based advocacy groups have sent a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) urging MDE to release its pending Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan. The Plan will outline what the State and local governments must do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below their 2006 levels by 2030. The Plan is a statutory requirement…

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Save the Date: Historic Preservation Capital Grants Workshops

The Maryland Department of Planning offers a series of opportunities to learn more about grant writing for historic preservation throughout the state this November. The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program promotes the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Eligible properties are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district. According to the Maryland Historical Trust, the program has received…

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Rural Maryland Council Calls for 2019 Impact Award Nominees

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) is seeking nominations for their 2019 Maryland Rural Impact Awards - which will be held during their Annual Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Annapolis. From RMC's news release: Do you know someone who is doing outstanding work in rural Maryland?  Nominate them for a Rural Impact Award! The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) will be holding the 2019 Maryland Rural Impact Awards at…

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Local Bill Aims to Expand 5G Wireless Service in Montgomery

The Montgomery County Council will consider a zoning text amendment (ZTA) to set standards for the deployment of small cell wireless antennas in residential areas. The measure, sponsored by Council Members Hans Riemer, Gabe Albornoz, and Craig Rice, provides a balanced approach for the deployment of next-generation wireless infrastructure, which will offer faster speeds, enhanced reliability, and higher network capacity. Small cells are wireless antennas that have a smaller footprint and shorter range than macrocells (what…

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Public Comment Period Opens for Opportunity Zones Planning

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced it will accept public comments on its Request for Information (RFI) to help spur economic development in qualified Opportunity Zones and other distressed areas across the country. The public comment period closes on October 18, 2019, and counties are encouraged to share their local perspective on the EDA proposal. The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax…

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Queen Anne’s Hopes TIF District Will Improve Local Infrastructure

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners yesterday approved the County's first tax increment financing (TIF) district. The Kent Narrows Development Project was established to provide much-needed infrastructure to support several projects at the Kent Narrows on Kent Island. TIF provides the opportunity to leverage limited public financing of public infrastructure (i.e., roads, sewers, and utilities) to attract private investment. It encourages the development of specific projects that are in the public interest that would otherwise be…

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U.S. Census: Median Household Income Stayed Flat in 2018
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U.S. Census: Median Household Income Stayed Flat in 2018

The U.S. median household income was $63,179 in 2018, not statistically different than the previous year, following three consecutive years of annual increases. according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. At first glance, it would appear that median income was higher than every year prior to 2017, surpassing the median income for 2007 ($60,985 in 2018 dollars) and 1999 ($61,526 in 2018 dollars). In 2017, the median income was $62,626, not statistically different from…

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