Worcester Consolidates Departments, Aims to Streamline Operations

In an effort to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and overall operations, the Worcester County Commissioners this week voted to consolidate three standalone departments (Recreation and Parks, Tourism, and Economic Development) into a single department -- the Worcester County Department of Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Economic Development (RPTED). “These are very important departments to our tax base, and this unification is exactly what is needed to move the County forward,” Commission President Joe Mitrecic said. “Like other…

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Smart Growth Subcabinet Answers County Questions at #MACoCon

Counties received updates on a wide array of key policy issues at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference during the "A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet" panel on December 4. The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. During the panel, its members provided updates on land use, environmental, housing, economic development, and transportation issues chosen by county elected officials and staff.   Issues covered by the Subcabinet included:…

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Preview the 2020 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2020 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the 2020 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population. They are also…

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MACo Discusses Local Land Acquisition Goals With Legislators

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp discussed proximity and equity requirements for local land acquisition goals before The Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation on November 19. The Presentation Knapp covered several topics in his remarks, including: MACo's position on local land acquisition goals Project Open Space (POS) requirements MACo Position on proximity and equity requirements MACo recognizes the importance of ensuring that large population centers and disadvantaged populations have…

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Sharing the Trail: Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Now…E-Scooters?!?

MACo's Winter Conference is just 2 weeks away - Dec 4-6. Don't miss this chance to connect with hundreds of county leaders to discuss "Building for the Future." County parks and rec trails...they're not just for walking and jogging anymore. MACo's Parks & Recreation Directors will host a session at the upcoming Winter Conference to discuss the increased multi-use demands on county trails and how that use is evolving to meet current trends. Title: Sharing…

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Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Plan

Montgomery County has an interactive tool called the Pedestrian Plan that helps let individuals know where the most comfortable walking areas are in the county. From Montgomery County Planning Department's website: When people walk along sidewalks, trails and roadways, sometimes it’s comfortable. Sometimes it’s not. A quiet residential street with a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit, very little traffic, and sidewalks separated from the road by trees is a comfortable walking environment for most people. But a…

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U.S. Department of the Interior Releases E-Bike Guidance

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced guidelines aimed at "Increasing Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes," on DOI-managed lands.  From coverage in Ruidoso News: The move will expand recreational opportunities and access to millions of Americans, according to a release from the DOI. The policy also supports Secretary’s Order 3366 to increase recreational opportunities on public lands, the release stated. The majority of states have adopted e-bike policies, which primarily…

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Smart Growth Subcabinet Will Answer Your Questions at #MACoCon

Hear cabinet secretaries and other Administration leaders respond to county questions on critical growth and economic development issues at the December 2019 MACo Winter Conference. Once the Subcabinet has finished answering previously submitted questions, attendees will also have the chance to ask questions directly to Subcabinet members. The Subcabinet's meeting at the January 2019 MACo Winter Conference was one of the best attended meetings in the Subcabinet's history. A Chat With the Smart Growth Subcabinet…

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Wicomico Receives Open Space Grants for Athletic Complex, Parks Projects
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Wicomico Receives Open Space Grants for Athletic Complex, Parks Projects

Wicomico County recently received grant funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Program Open Space for projects at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex and Schumaker Park. Program Open Space provides financial and technical assistance to local subdivisions for the planning, acquisition, and/or development of recreation land or open space areas. According to a press release: The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex received a $495,000 grant. Approximately $300,000 will go towards the development of…

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