Local Bill Aims to Close “Teardown Loophole” in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Council Member Evan Glass yesterday introduced the Housing Impact Fairness Act –– legislation aimed at raising money for affordable housing and school construction –– by closing the "teardown loophole.” https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1184210415636615171 The bill would create an excise tax on the demolition or partial demolition (i.e., "teardown") of single-family homes and expand the applicability of the development impact tax for public school improvements. Council Member Glass says the proposal would raise $100 million over the next…

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Frederick Announces 2021 Community Partnership Grant Program

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner this week announced the opening of the application process for the FY21 Community Partnership Grant program. The program awards competitive grants to non-profit organizations serving the needs of county residents. “I am proud to restore our long-standing partnerships with our local human service nonprofit providers,” County Executive Gardner said. “Together, we leverage our efforts to provide effective services and to make sure everyone shares in our community’s prosperity.” According to…

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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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CTE Programs Offering Students Opportunities in the Solar Industry

Grid Alternative, a nonprofit bringing free solar to low-income communities, is helping to educate and train the next generation of students to move forward in the growing solar industry. Through the Solar Futures program, high school students are exposed to the renewable energy field and provide opportunities to participate in installations. There are also lessons on renewables and career pathways for elementary and middle school students. From Education Dive's article: Working alongside the installation team,…

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October 21 Grants Conference – Register Now For This One-Stop-Shop

The 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference will be held October 21, in College Park. Hundreds will attend and benefit from information, workshops, and connections in the grant-funding game. Registration is open! The Governor’s Grants Office will host its 15th Annual Grants Conference on Monday, October 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Join over 600 attendees including nonprofits, grants professionals, and community leaders for a full day of networking, panels, exhibition tables,…

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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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MPCA Annual Conference Set for November

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association has selected Aberdeen as the location of their 36th Annual Conference, November 6 & 7, 2019. This year's theme will be "Meeting the Trends, Embracing the Future." From the Maryland Department of Planning: MPCA members have expressed a strong interest to address the multitude of changes regarding housing trends in Maryland. This year, the MPCA conference will host a variety of expert panelists in the housing field, with state, local,…

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Effectiveness of Pre-K Programs Impacted by Neighborhood Conditions

A study in the American Educational Research Journal shows that Tennessee children from high-poverty neighborhoods who attended pre-k show significantly higher 3rd grade reading scores than peers in similar socioeconomic conditions. Francis Pearman, the study's author, also explained that the children's 3rd grade math achievement score was not impacted due to the program, regardless of whether children lived in moderate- or low-income neighborhoods. From Education Dive's article: The study also has implications for the ongoing…

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