Anne Arundel Names Jenny Jarkowski as New Director of Planning and Zoning

Jenny Jarkowski has been named Director of the Office of Planning and Zoning for Anne Arundel County.  Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced today that Jenny Jarkowski will be the new Director of the Office of Planning and Zoning, beginning January 19, 2023. According to the press release:  “Jenny Jarkowski has a proven track record of engaging community members and modernizing planning processes,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “She was the clear choice to…

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Garrett Names Director of Community Development and Planning
Steve Kelley and Wife Tracy (photo courtesy: Garrett County)
Garrett Names Director of Community Development and Planning

Garrett County named Steve Kelley as Director of Community Development and Planning. This newly created position joins the administration and implementation of economic development, planning, land development, and permit functions. Kelley will oversee zoning administration, licensing, land preservation, comprehensive planning, mapping, workforce development, business attraction, retention, and grant awards services. “We are thrilled to have Steve leading our Community Development and Planning team,” said Kevin Null, Garrett County Administrator. “His passion for community development and…

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New County Leaders Learn About The Power of Planning

At MACo’s Winter Conference panelists discussed local governments planning and zoning powers.  Planning and zoning policy is one of the primary tools of county governments. It can be used to shape the very look, smell, and feel of our communities and can be the driver or denier of development. Because of this importance, planning and zoning policy can also be hugely controversial. Look no further than the recent housing crisis to see critics point to…

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Look Ahead On Economic Development Policy, With MEDA and at #MACoCon

Public policy affecting economic development, building, and infrastructure will all be a focus for the fast-changing Annapolis landscape. The Maryland Economic Development Association's January conference will highlight it all. At the 2023 MEDA Conference, public and private sector leaders will share their thoughts on economic development-related legislation that will be considered by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2023 session. From the draft agenda for January 12th: 9:45 – 10:45 am   MARYLAND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP REPORT…

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Dept of Planning Announces 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

The Maryland Department of Planning recently released the recipients of the 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards.  Last week the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) presented Maryland Sustainable Growth awards for leadership and community planning at its 10th annual awards ceremony. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and programs that exemplify well-planned economic and community development initiatives throughout the state. The eight winners and six honorable mention awards are for individuals and organizations that demonstrate their commitment…

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Learn About ‘The Power of Planning’ at #MACoCon

On Thursday morning of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on planning and zoning.   Planning and zoning policy is one of the primary tools of county governments. It can be used to shape the very look, smell, and feel of our communities and can be the driver or denier of development. Because of this importance, planning and zoning policy can also be hugely controversial. Look no further than the recent housing crisis…

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NACo Names Charles Commissioner President Collins to Housing Task Force

NACo recently appointed MACo board member and Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins to the NACo Housing Task Force.  Last week the National Association of Counties (NACo) named MACo board member and Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins as Maryland's representative on NACo's Housing Task Force. The Task Force brings together county government officials from across the nation to illuminate the most critical housing challenges and opportunities from the county government perspective. Through the task…

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A Look At The Thrive Montgomery 2050 General Plan

Last week Montgomery County Council unanimously adopted the Thrive Montgomery 2050, setting out a vision for development into the mid-21st century.  Last week marked the culmination of a long and, at times, controversial process developing Montgomery's latest general plan. On October 25th, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to adopt the Thrive Montgomery 2050 General Plan (Thrive). While the document itself does not change any law or policy, it is meant to guide development through…

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Montgomery Council Approves Thrive Montgomery 2050

Montgomery County Council recently approved Thrive Montgomery 2050, a general plan that sets the future development of the county through mid-century.  Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously on a resolution to approve Thrive Montgomery 2050. For 18 months, Councilmembers have been working with staff and residents to develop a general plan for the County’s future. The Council’s revised version of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee Draft of Thrive Montgomery…

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Public Service Offers Path to Solve Student Debt and Worker Shortages

An expanded student loan forgiveness program can open the door to solving the student debt crisis and a shortage of public sector workers.   America faces two significant problems: a substantial balance of student debt, and a drastic shortage of workers in many public sector jobs. While these two issues appear unrelated, they may, in fact, lead to each other's solution.  The Current State of Affairs   President Biden's recent move to forgive up to $20,000 per borrower…

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