New Tool Can Help Communities Develop Complete Streets Plan

National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America recently released a new tool to help communities look into developing Complete Streets plan.   What are Complete Streets?  Complete Streets is a development concept based on the idea of how safe and walkable a community is. Dangerous By Design 2019 is a recent study that shows the level of safe walkability communities around the US have. Adopting a Complete Streets plan for a community has a number…

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Arundel Community Development Services Executive Director To Retire

On August 30, 2021, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the retirement of Kathleen Koch, Executive Director for Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS). Her retirement will be effective December 31, 2021. County Executive Pittman offered several words of praise for Executive Director Koch, stating, “Kathleen Koch’s dedication to the people of Anne Arundel County serves as a model for all of our county leadership... Her creativity in solving complex problems and her tireless work ethic…

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Takeaways from MACoCon: Keeping Our Food Infrastructure Functioning in Times of Crisis

Establishing a system for keeping our food infrastructure functioning is one of the most critical functions of government. COVID posed several challenges and opportunities for farmers, paving the way to build resiliency into the system. This was the topic of a presentation at the recent MACo Summer Conference. This session was hosted by Delegate Lorig Charkoudian. At the beginning of the pandemic, many of our region’s food banks struggled to meet sudden high demand while…

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Hogan Announces New Opportunity Zone Microgrants

Governor Larry Hogan announced that seven manufacturing and retail businesses will receive $500,000 to expand and grow in Maryland Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool that provides tax incentives to private investors with unrealized capital gains. The goal is to encourage long-term, private investment from realized capital gains into low-income census tracts around the country. While there are 589 eligible census tracts in Maryland, per program rules, only 25 percent -- or…

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Mayor Scott Announces Additional $2M for Baltimore Nonprofits to Address Negative Impacts of COVID-19

Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund announced $2M in competitive grant funding to 69 Baltimore nonprofit organizations as part of the 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. As part of a series of efforts to support nonprofits in their COVID-19 recovery, Baltimore City continues to address the financial needs of those negatively affected by the pandemic in order for valuable community services and outreach to continue. “As our nonprofit organizations continue to…

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Conduit Street Podcast Presents: Charles County Unscripted

MACo and the Conduit Street Podcast are proud to present an installment from Charles County Government and their own podcast, Charles County Unscripted. This episode focuses on a public-private partnership with ThinkBig Networks to deliver high-speed, reliable, and affordable broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the County. The build-out is underway, and an expert panel joins the podcast to explain the nuts and bolts and what residents can expect in the months ahead: Mark Wagner, CEO,…

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Cecil Awards FY 2022 Maryland Recovery Now Grant Funds

Today, Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger announced the local recipients of the one-time Maryland Recovery Now grant funds from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  According to a County press release: This funding is awarded to assist non-profits with COVID-related expenses from March 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021. The review committee received grant applications from 39 local Cecil County organizations; all organizations meeting the grant requirements received funding. Funding amounts were…

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$3.7M Slated for Massive Maryland EV Charging Station Expansion

In a press release today, Governor Larry Hogan announced a total of $3.7M is being given to 37 sites to build electric vehicle charging stations throughout Maryland. “For more than six years now, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” said Governor Hogan. “This is another important step forward to expanding access to electric vehicle charging across the state and encouraging more Marylanders to purchase and use electric vehicles.” …

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St. Mary’s County Solar Task Force Submits Final Report to Commissioners

St. Mary’s County Solar Task Force Submits Final Report to Commissioners The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will review the final report and recommendations prepared by the St. Mary’s County Solar Task Force on August 17 in open session. The Task Force was formed by the Commissioners after hearing about solar development concerns from County residents. The Task Force’s final report includes 37 recommendations that address all sizes of solar projects, including small accessory use…

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DHCD Project Restore to Provide Grants for Businesses Opening or Expanding in Vacant Retail & Commercial Buildings

Project Restore will provide $25 million to fill vacant retail and commercial buildings and support business investment, job creation, and economic growth in Maryland’s communities. Businesses opening or expanding into vacant retail and commercial properties may be eligible for Project Restore grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Project Restore grants can help new and growing businesses with rent payments and operating costs in their first year. Project Restore will provide two grant opportunities…

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