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Hogan Administration Awards Over $18 Million in Neighborhood Revitalization Funds

Hogan Administration Awards Over $18 Million in Neighborhood Revitalization Funds
Three programs provide support for 116 projects in 21 jurisdictions

Annapolis, MD (October 25, 2017) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced over $18 million in Fiscal Year 2018 neighborhood revitalization program awards. Grants from the Community Legacy program, the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, and the Strategic Demolition Fund will support 116 projects in 21 jurisdictions across Maryland. All three revitalization programs are managed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and support business expansion and retention; streetscape improvements; homeownership and home rehabilitation incentives; commercial improvement programs; mixed-use development, and strategic demolition.

“These investments will help revitalize cities and towns across Maryland, leading to an increase in economic development and more jobs for Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “The awards will help local communities achieve their unique redevelopment goals and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Considered one of the state’s most flexible revitalization programs, Community Legacy awarded $5.55 million to 56 projects in designated Sustainable Communities throughout Maryland. Among others, these included repairs to the historic Cumberland Theatre in Allegany County, façade improvements to renovate and beautify the exteriors of properties on Smith Island in Somerset County, streetscape and sidewalk improvements in the Town of Chesapeake City in Cecil County, and a “Clean and Green” initiative in the Prince George’s County towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston.

The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative awarded $8.75 million to 45 projects in Sustainable Community Areas in Baltimore City, including the inner beltway regions of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Projects include residential property rehabilitation for residents of the Brooklyn Heights and Arundel Village neighborhoods of Anne Arundel County, rehabilitation of a 168 year-old, artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District that provides studio and exhibition space, assisting homebuyers in the Dundalk community of Baltimore County, and supporting the construction of a multipurpose athletic field in the Farring Baybrook Park which serves the three neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay in south Baltimore and Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County.

In Fiscal Year 2018, the Strategic Demolition Fund awarded $3.85 million to 15 projects, including development of a community center in the Town of North Beach in Calvert County, refurbishing the parking lot of Waugh Chapel in the City of Cambridge in Dorchester County, and property acquisition and site development for the planned relocation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park Headquarters to the Town of Williamsport in Washington County.

“With flexible programs and the technical expertise of our staff, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development improves the economic vitality and livability of Maryland’s neighborhoods,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We will continue to work with local governments, nonprofits, and other partners to create thriving, attractive communities in every corner of our great state.”

For a full list of award winners, visit

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Hogan Administration Announces $490,000 in Community Services Block Grant Awards

Hogan Administration Announces $490,000 in Community Services Block Grant Awards

Funds will provide services for nearly 20,000 low-income residents

New Carrollton, Md. (October 20, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced $490,000 in Community Services Block Grant awards. The grants to 12 nonprofits and units of local government will provide services to nearly 20,000 low-income Marylanders and will leverage nearly $700,000 in additional funding from private, nonprofit, and other partners.

“These awards will help provide much-needed resources and services to our low-income citizens,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The organizations receiving this funding will help Marylanders in need to gain valuable access to education, employment, and other support services to help them succeed.”

Maryland receives nearly $10 million in federal funds through the Community Services Block Grant. By law, 90 percent of these funds go directly to support the work of the 17 Community Action Agencies in Maryland. Five percent of the funds are reserved for discretionary grants, which comprise the awards listed below. Funded programs provide a range of direct services designed to assist low-income individuals and families to attain the skills, knowledge, and support needed to achieve self-sufficiency. Community action agencies provide services in all 23 Maryland counties and the City of Baltimore. Services and activities may include housing, Head Start education for youth, nutrition programs, transportation programs, employment, and emergency services such as shelter or energy assistance.

“Our local government and Community Action Agency partners are vitally important to maintaining the safety net for the most vulnerable Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “These awards will enable them to continue to deliver quality services and programs to our citizens, and we are proud to support their good work.”

The FY18 Community Services Block Grant awardees are:

Allegany County Human Services Development Commission, Inc. – $15,000
The Mobility Management program helps address the transportation barrier for low-income and elderly residents needing to access non-emergency medical health care appointments.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Inc. – $35,000
The Green Summer Works Program prepares low-income youth for success at school and the workplace. The program was developed to introduce youth to employment opportunities in the environmental and “green” sectors, while undergoing comprehensive workforce preparation, life skills, and financial literacy training.

Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. – $40,000
The agency will use the funding for a full-time Employment Coach Case Manager to assist Head Start families with assessment of employment needs, development of employment opportunities, enrollment in certification programs, and removal of barriers to employment. This program will also promote job stability for the newly-employed.

Delmarva Community Services, Inc. – $40,000
The grant will allow the agency to provide gap services to a defined group of individuals who are often considered hard to serve and who need intensive case management and training. Service gaps identified included dentistry, home care and homeless hygiene kits, and intensive services under the agency’s Preparing Adults for Life program.

Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. – $20,000
The program will offer initial case management to all households who enter the agency’s food pantry and provide extensive case management for those who return for a subsequent month and are still in crisis.

Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. – $24,500
The program will provide bundled services through leveraging funding from their Office of Heating and Energy Program partner. The participants will receive assessment and encouragement to access multiple services by providing additional case management and incentives.

Maryland CASH Campaign, Inc. – $90,500
The grant funding will be used to continue the Maryland Community Fellows Program. Graduate students will be placed in community action agencies and nonprofit organizations to address staff and volunteer gaps to ensure access to the EITC program and deliver high-quality, free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Maryland Community Action Partnership, Inc. (MCAP) – $100,000
MCAP will provide statewide communication and coordination to the state’s 17 community action agencies. Services will be rendered through training and technical assistance and will include skill sharing and knowledge advancement through conference, seminars, and communication.

Maryland Rural Development Corporation – $30,000
The agency’s Green Summer Youth Program will hire 24 low-income youth workers who will receive on-the-job training and green conservation and beautification work experience.

Shore UP!, Inc. – $40,000
The Youth Jobs Program will provide employment for low-income youth at nonprofit organizations in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. The participants will develop job-readiness skills, leadership skills, and financial literacy skills. Other opportunities will include college preparation and a vocation skills training program.

Spanish Speaking Communities of Maryland, Inc. – $35,000
The funding will enable the organization to continue to provide free consultations to target populations with very low incomes, those who speak little English or are illiterate, the unemployed and under-employed. Residents also come for a range of services and referrals related to nutrition, education, housing, and other needs.

Washington County Community Action Council, Inc. – $20,000
The agency will launch the first locally-available Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in their service area. The program will provide free tax preparation services and enroll households into additional asset-building for financial education programs, such as savings bonds, energy consumption conservation, or financial literacy programs.

For more information on the Community Services Block Grant program, visit

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Governor Larry Hogan Highlights Economic Development, Job Creation Initiatives in Western Maryland

Secretary Kenneth Holt recently joined Governor Larry to highlight economic development initiatives in Western Maryland and tour downtown Cumberland.

Read the press release from Governor Hogan:

Hogan Administration Celebrates Over 1,000 Blighted Properties Removed Through Project C.O.R.E.

Hogan Administration Celebrates Over 1,000 Blighted Properties Removed Through Project C.O.R.E.
Administration Awards More Than $33 Million for 65 Projects, Leveraging $570 Million in Investments

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland, in partnership with Baltimore City, has surpassed the milestone of 1,000 blighted properties removed in the city through the administration’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative. Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, is a multi-year, city-state initiative to remove vacant and derelict buildings in Baltimore and replace them with green space or the foundation for redevelopment.

As of the latest quarterly report, reporting through the end of Fiscal Year 2017, 1,154 units have been demolished and 32 have been stabilized, for a total of 1,186 units of blight removed.

“Project C.O.R.E. represents an unprecedented level of state investment in the revitalization of Baltimore City, and we are listening and responding to the unique needs of each community,” said Governor Hogan. “As we’ve demolished blight from Baltimore City, we have continued our extensive outreach to ensure that the redevelopment projects meet – and surpass – the community’s goals and visions for their neighborhoods.”

Additionally, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced the winners of nearly $15 million in Fiscal Year 2018 awards for Project C.O.R.E. demolition and redevelopment funds. The department selected 24 projects to receive approximately $15 million, which will leverage approximately $269 million in additional private and nonprofit sector investment. Since the launch of the initiative, the department has made 65 awards totaling more than $33 million and leveraging nearly $570 million.

“Project C.O.R.E. is helping to transform Baltimore neighborhoods into safe, thriving redeveloped communities with healthy housing opportunities for residents,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “Through the City’s and State’s coordinated efforts, we have taken down more than 1,000 buildings, which has made a tremendous impact on blight elimination and revitalization and has helped spur new investment across the City.”

One project supported through the initiative is the rehabilitation of the Hoen Lithograph building in the Collington Square neighborhood. Vacant for more than 35 years, the building’s primary tenant, Hoen & Company, was known as the oldest continuously operating lithographer in the United States. Once renovations are complete, the building will feature a cafe, event space, an adult literacy center, and a bookstore, along with a workforce incubator that will offer job training and employment opportunities for area residents. Like many Project C.O.R.E. activities, the renovation of the Hoen building has already had a ripple effect in the neighborhood, complementing other state investment in the community and attracting additional sources of support.

“Project C.O.R.E. is doing exactly what we hoped it would – helping to leverage additional investment in these neighborhoods, and so far, the state’s investment has garnered significant return from the private sector,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “The support that we’re seeing from other investors, community leaders, and residents shows that this is a pivotal moment for the positive transformation of Baltimore, and an opportune time for the fresh approach of Project C.O.R.E.”

For more information about Project C.O.R.E., including the most recent award winners, visit:

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Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
More than $200,000 Available for Initiatives Throughout Maryland

Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore City received a Spring 2017 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant.

Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore City received a Spring 2017 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Environmental Trust is now accepting applications for funding through Keep Maryland Beautiful, comprising five grants designed to help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and solve natural resource issues in urban and rural areas.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15 for one of five grants in two categories: Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants for community groups and Land Trust Capacity, Excellence and Stewardship Grants for local land trusts in the state. Each organization may apply for one of the five grants per funding cycle.

Keep Maryland Beautiful is a program of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and a recognized state affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful program. The Maryland Department of Transportation has been a contributor to the program for 25 years. Maryland Environmental Trust, part of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, administers the program’s grants in partnership with these departments.

“The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to partner with the Maryland Environmental Trust to offer community groups and nonprofits Keep Maryland Beautiful grants to support environmental education projects, litter removal and citizen stewardship,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Providing funding for Clean Up & Green Up Maryland grants allows us to support our local stakeholders in the ongoing revitalization of their communities.”

In the most recent funding cycle, about 50 grants totaling more than $160,000 were awarded to municipalities, nonprofits and schools for beautification projects, community cleanup activities and environmental education programs in 19 counties and Baltimore City.

“Keep Maryland Beautiful is a success story for our communities and our environment,” said Maryland Environmental Trust Executive Director William Leahy. “Thanks to our partner agencies we will continue to find new ways to support efforts and programs that will inspire and engage Marylanders in the important work of stewardship of the places we care deeply about.”

The program’s timeline has changed to distribute grant money to recipients earlier in the year to help fund more projects in spring. Additionally the application process is streamlined and can be completed online at the Keep Maryland Beautiful website.

Grants and funding amount available are:

  • Aileen Hughes Grant of up to $2,000 is awarded to an individual representing a Maryland land trust for outstanding leadership, partnership and innovation in a conservation project or organization development.
  • Bill James Environmental Grant of up to $1,000 is awarded to school groups, science and ecology clubs and other nonprofit youth groups for proposed environmental education projects.
  • Clean Up & Green Up Maryland Grant of up to $5,000 is awarded to community groups and nonprofit organizations statewide to promote neighborhood cleanliness and beautification by increasing litter removal, greening activities, community education and citizen stewardship.
  • Janice Hollman Grant of up to $10,000 is awarded to land trusts throughout the state to increase capacity, support programming and innovation and foster stronger, better connected land trusts that will protect all natural resources and enhance the lives of Maryland citizens and generations to come.
  • Margaret Rosch Jones Grant of up to $2,000 is awarded to nonprofit groups or communities for an ongoing project or activity that has demonstrated success in solving an environmental issue. This award recognizes those organizations that have been actively educating people in their community about litter prevention, community beautification or reducing/eliminating the causes of a local environmental problem.

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Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Department of Housing and Community Development Host Project C.O.R.E. Community Forum in East Baltimore

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Department of Housing and Community Development Host Project C.O.R.E. Community Forum in East Baltimore
Lt. Governor Announces State Support for Demolition and Redevelopment of Northwood Commons

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development hosted a community forum at Morgan State University in East Baltimore focusing on Project C.O.R.E. – Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise – a multi-year, city-state partnership to demolish vacant and derelict buildings in Baltimore and replace them with green space or the foundation for redevelopment. The lieutenant governor was joined by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, and Maryland Stadium Authority Senior Vice President Gary A. McGuigan, as well as Baltimore City officials and community leaders. During the forum, Lt. Governor Rutherford announced the state’s financial support for the redevelopment of the nearby Northwood Commons shopping center that will serve as a retail and commercial anchor for Morgan State University.

“Morgan State is a valued institution in this community, and for that reason I am pleased to announce the state’s financial support for the demolition and redevelopment of Northwood Commons,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “What is currently a blighted shopping center will soon become a thriving mixed-use town center which will serve as a retail and commercial hub for the surrounding community and for this university.”

“Through Project C.O.R.E. Baltimore is able to direct investment to all corners of the city and to create smart, sustainable neighborhoods,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “It provides an opportunity to mobilize the community vision that we all share in common. Together we will transform blighted areas of our city into bright spots that anchor healthy neighborhoods in Baltimore, and continually engaging residents is essential to this process.”

In addition to remarks from the lieutenant governor and mayor, Secretary Holt provided an overview of Project C.O.R.E., which is funding projects in East Baltimore such as the Hoen Lithograph building, an 80,000 square foot historic building that will be transformed into a job training facility, adult literacy center, and community and office space. A panel featuring Secretary Holt, Commissioner Michael Braverman of Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, and Senior Vice President McGuigan answered questions related to Project C.O.R.E. Lt. Governor Rutherford also announced the awardees of the Keep Maryland Beautiful community sponsorships. Keep Maryland Beautiful is a multi-agency state program that focuses on neighborhood beautification statewide through increasing urban greening, citizen stewardship, community education, and litter removal activities. In Baltimore City, the program complements Project C.O.R.E. activities by ensuring that lots cleared of blight remain clean and green.

“In such a short time, Project C.O.R.E. has brought together public-private partnership at a level never before seen in the city,” said Secretary Holt.

Through Project C.O.R.E, the state is investing $75 million supported by an $18.5 million investment from Baltimore City over four years for demolition and stabilization of blighted properties. After the demolition phase, Project C.O.R.E. will be supported by more than $600 million in financing opportunities through existing DHCD programs which help revitalize and redevelop Maryland’s cities and towns. For more information about Project C.O.R.E., visit:

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Emergency Solutions Grant Awards

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Emergency Solutions Grant Awards
Over $2.9 million awarded to support homeless shelters and services

New Carrollton, Md. (September 6, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the recipients of Fiscal Year 2018 grants through the Emergency Solutions Grants program. Over $2.9 million in program grants will assist homeless shelters and support homeless services in 19 counties and five municipalities in Maryland. In Fiscal Year 2017, over 6,200 Marylanders experiencing or at risk of homelessness were assisted with services through the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The awards are expected to leverage over $3.4 million in additional funding.

“Homelessness affects all parts of Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “The state is proud to partner with local communities and nonprofit service providers through the Emergency Solutions Grants program to shelter and support this vulnerable population.”

Emergency Solutions Grants funds are used to support shelter operations, outreach, as well as prevention and rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing is an important, evidence-based strategy that quickly moves homeless households back into housing and provides time-limited services that are scaled to the need of the family.

The Fiscal Year 2018 Emergency Solutions Grants program awardees are:

Allegany County – $128,000

  • Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission – $100,100
  • Family Crisis Resource Center – $27,900

City of Annapolis

  • Light House – $116,600

City of Baltimore

  • Strong City Baltimore / Youth Empowered Society – $80,000

Calvert County – $97,900

  • Calvert Affordable Housing Alliance – $25,300
  • Community Ministry of Calvert County – $13,200
  • Project ECHO – $59,400

Caroline County

  • Saint Martin’s Ministries – $38,500

Carroll County

  • Human Services Program – $111,900

Cecil County – $112,600

  • Cecil County Men’s Shelter – $27,100
  • Deep Roots, Inc. – $35,600
  • Human Services Development Corporation, Inc. – $49,900

Charles County – $97,200

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC- Angel’s Watch – $32,500
  • LifeStyles of MD Foundation, Inc. – $31,800
  • Robert Fuller Transitional House – $32,900

Town of Denton

  • His Hope Haven (Winter Haven Shelter) – $108,900

Dorchester County – $122,250

  • Delmarva Community Services, Inc. – $117,900
  • Dorchester County – $4,350

Frederick County – $116,200

  • Advocates for Homeless Families – $51,300
  • Heartly House, Inc. – $64,900

City of Frederick – $99,900

  • Frederick Community Action Agency – $47,000
  • The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs – $52,900

Garrett County

  • Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. – $105,100

Harford County – $130,050

  • Anna’s House / Associated Catholic Charities, Inc. – $10,400
  • Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. – $101,700
  • Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development – $9,350
  • Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center – $8,600

Howard County – $127,700

  • Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. – $22,000
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center – $14,000
  • HopeWorks of Howard County – $45,700
  • Howard County Department of Corrections – $46,000

Kent County

  • Saint Martin’s Ministries – $53,800

Prince George’s County

  • Prince George’s County – $80,000

Queen Anne’s County

  • Queen Anne’s County Housing & Community Services – $91,500

City of Salisbury – $126,400

  • City of Salisbury – $25,000
  • Diakonia, Inc. – $77,600
  • Samaritan Ministries – $23,800

Somerset County – $112,800

  • Catholic Charities Seton Center – $61,600
  • Somerset Committee for the Homeless, Inc. – $51,200

St. Mary’s County – $125,000

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC- Angel’s Watch – $22,800
  • Three Oaks Center – $102,200

Talbot County

  • Neighborhood Service Center, Inc. – $81,900

Washington County – $143,250

  • CASA, Inc. – $19,900
  • REACH, Inc. – $58,300
  • Washington County – $4,350
  • Washington County Community Action Council, Inc. – $60,700

Worcester County – $119,900

  • Diakonia, Inc. – $90,200
  • Samaritan Ministries – $29,700

Training and Technical Assistance to Continuums of Care & Data Warehouse – $120,000

Special Population Homelessness Initiative – $293,477

TOTAL – $2,940,797

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Maryland State Agencies Participate in Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference Exhibit Hall

For immediate release: August 16, 2017
Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Maryland State Agencies Participate in Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference Exhibit Hall

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The following Maryland State Agencies will participate in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference Exhibit Hall at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City from August 16 – August 18, 2017:

Department of Agriculture:

  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will jointly display with the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts. The title of this year’s display is “There’s No Better Time to Get a Soil & Water Conservation Plan,” and will focus on the importance of soil health. The department will also offer information on Zika virus awareness and prevention, farmers markets, the Maryland Ice Cream Trail and more.

Department of Assessments & Taxation:

  • The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is responsible for assessing all property in the state, and county finance offices rely upon those values when determining property taxes. SDAT also administers the homeowners’, renters’, and homestead property tax credits, and registers and maintains all business filings. SDAT’s booth will have materials related to these responsibilities, and will be staffed by program managers to answer any questions visitors may have.

Department of Commerce:

  • The Maryland Department of Commerce booth will feature an “Open for Business” theme. Commerce will highlight the More Jobs for Marylanders program to encourage manufacturers to expand and create jobs in Maryland.

Department of Education:

  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) provides leadership, support, and accountability for the state’s 1,430 public schools, and offers rehabilitation service to nearly 100,000 state residents with disabilities. MSDE’s booth will spotlight the state’s educational success — record-setting graduation rate, strong national assessment scores, and innovative programs.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency:

  • The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be promoting an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness. Information will be available on individual and household preparedness, the National Flood Insurance Program, MEMA’s Private Sector Integration Program, and pet preparedness.

Maryland Energy Administration:

  • Visitors to the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) booth can test their energy efficiency knowledge and learn how counties and other organizations can benefit from MEA’s energy grant programs.

Department of the Environment:

  • Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) booth, “What to Expect in Phase III,” will offer visitors a chance to learn about Phase III of the Watershed Implementation Program (WIP). Handouts will offer advice on practices, such as Dig Once, and Best Practices for implementation projects. The exhibit will also promote the Friday, 8/18 session with Secretary Grumbles that will offer more information on the WIP.

Department of General Services:

  • The Department of General Services will be promoting services provided by the agency including statewide procurement, programs for small businesses, contracting opportunities, and surplus property for sale on GovDeals. Visitors to the booth also will be able to learn important facts about what the agency does by participating in our trivia contest; winners will receive a custom DGS notebook.

Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement:

  • The Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement (GOPI) will have an exhibit booth on Wednesday only during the MACo Tech Expo. The office will demonstrate how counties can use the Maryland Open Data Portal to make projections and estimates about population growth, economic development, education, and the environment.

Higher Education Commission:

  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will be providing information covering all of the various scholarship and loan assistance repayment programs that are currently available to Maryland students. In addition the booth will have information on applying for federal tuition grants.

Department of Housing and Community Development:

  • New this year, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is providing the opportunity for conference attendees to schedule a discussion session with a program expert via convenient online registration. DHCD’s proven housing and community development programs can assist with downtown revitalization and redevelopment, small business lending, energy efficiency, home improvement initiatives, homeownership and affordable rental housing.

Department of Human Services:

  • The Department of Human Services will have a team of experienced staff who will be providing information on the agency’s programs and services that assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. This includes information on Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (SNAP), foster care and adoption and energy assistance, and more.

Maryland Insurance Administration:

  • The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), a state regulatory agency, will offer a variety of consumer materials on all types of insurance products, from annuities to title insurance and health, auto and homeowners insurance.

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems

  • The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) booth will be targeted to educate visitors about EMS services throughout Maryland. MIEMMS be providing emergency care information on time-sensitive conditions where quick intervention by the public can save lives including opioid overdose cards with hotline information and what to do in the event of an overdose; magnets that show the steps to take for performing Hands Only CPR in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest; and information on the “Stop the Bleed” program, a national training to teach the citizens to stop bleeding in emergency situations until medical help arrives.

Department of Information Technology:

  • Maryland recently ranked #1 in Enabling Key Technology Platforms, #3 in Broadband, #1 in Open Data Portals and #2 in Data-Science Job Listings. The Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) will have representatives and demonstrators from its Geographic Information System department who can expound on the agency’s efforts to create and maintain open data portals. Additionally, members of the Maryland FiRST Statewide Radio System team will be on hand to explain how interoperable communication allows public safety officials to coordinate with one another, providing a consolidated response across multiple jurisdictions.

Department of Juvenile Services:

  • The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) will offer visitors information about the department’s work and resources for youth and families. The booth will provide giveaways and brochures to guests. Secretary Sam Abed will be on hand in addition to other members of the department’s leadership.

Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation:

  • The Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR) will be putting the HIRE in YOU’RE HIRED! by promoting job search assistance and re-employment services, as well as youth and registered apprenticeship programs that carve pathways to new careers. Attendees will also learn about FREE workplace safety consultation services from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH), and how to change Maryland for the better by serving on one of the agency’s 23 boards, commissions, and advisory councils.

Lottery & Gaming Control Agency:

  • Visitors will learn about the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency’s (MLGCA) record-breaking Fiscal Year 2017 numbers. In addition, attendees will have the chance to spin a prize wheel for Lottery prizes as they learn about current Lottery products and promotions.

Department of Natural Resources:

  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will showcase its Coastal Atlas and mobile app displays during the Tech Expo, and will have experienced staff on-hand in the main hall to discuss the department’s available services and grant opportunities for Program Open Space and Watershed Assistance. Visitors can enter to win a 2017 State Parks and Trails Passport, which provides unlimited day-use admission, unlimited boat launching, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions.

Department of Planning:

  • The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) will be presenting the Maryland State Data Center’s work on creating Work Area Profiles by synthesizing and analyzing data to produce an employment outlook for areas of the state, as well as Planning Services’ work on new ways of looking at preservation and investment through transferable development rights programs. The department will also feature its resource availability during the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), which is the beginning of the 2020 Census efforts. All of this leads to economic development and community revitalization.

Department of Transportation:

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) One MDOT booth will be featuring a One-Stop Shop Brochure to show how Marylanders can access their travel needs on one website, This site allows users to access several services including car registration renewal, EZPass purchases, and checking BWI flight information all from one website. In addition, the booth will have information on BaltimoreLink, MARC and other transit options; information on Cruise Maryland from the Maryland Port Administration; general information on Maryland highways and state maps from the State Highway Administration; information promoting online driver services and motorcycle safety tips from the Motor Vehicle Administration; and information about Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from the Maryland Aviation Administration, as well as a flight simulator where visitors can practice their skills at landing an airplane at the Ocean City Airport.


Maryland Announces Two New Sustainable Communities

A burgeoning community inside the Capital Beltway and a Cecil County town that served as a supply depot for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War are the latest communities to receive designations under the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Sustainable Communities Program. Program designations are approved by Maryland’s Smart Growth Subcabinet, and there are now 105 approved Sustainable Communities statewide with at least one designated Sustainable Community in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

Sustainable Communities receive access to a comprehensive package of resources and technical expertise that supports holistic, “big picture” strategies for revitalization. The Sustainable Communities designation provides local governments with a framework for planning and promoting growth and redevelopment in existing older communities that is environmentally, economically and socially responsible.

Historic properties in Charlestown

Historic properties in Charlestown

Cecil County – Town of Charlestown

Established in 1742, the Town of Charlestown was a supply depot for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and features a historical district with approximately 150 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a rare ice house and a house once visited by George Washington. Boasting a waterfront location on the North East River, Charlestown aims to protect its precious natural attractions by reducing the amount of unfiltered stormwater flowing into the river, planting rain gardens, and expanding the use of rain barrels and bio-roofs. The town also seeks to capitalize on its colonial charm by installing brick sidewalks, adding commercial businesses to its historic district, and hosting community events that celebrate its history.

Ofrecemos Comedas is a business in the Greater Chillum area

Ofrecemos Comedas is a business in the Greater Chillum area

Prince George’s County – Greater Chillum

Located inside the Capital Beltway, Greater Chillum is a densely populated and diverse community that serves as a connecting corridor between Maryland and Washington, D.C. The community is currently transitioning from an auto-centric suburb to a more urbanized area, with a significant percentage of residents reliant upon public transportation. Greater Chillum seeks to improve walkability for pedestrians and encourage more bicycle use by incorporating protected bike lanes and new crosswalks in the area. The community also hopes to become more environmentally friendly by reducing impervious surfaces and to create local economic opportunities by establishing a small business incubator to support entrepreneurs and start-ups.

To learn more about the Sustainable Communities program and the application process, visit

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Response Efforts for Severe Weather

For immediate release:
July 24, 2017
Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Response Efforts for Severe Weather
State Agencies Provide Assistance to Kent Island Community Following Storm Damage in Stevensville

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland state agencies are assisting local officials in Queen Anne’s County after a severe storm cell struck the Bay City and Stevensville area of Kent Island early Monday morning. State personnel were at the scene of the storms’ impact throughout the day, and remain on the scene to assist with the damage assessment and to determine any resources the state can provide to area residents. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford visited Stevensville Monday morning, where he met with local leaders and residents, and toured the impacted area.

“Lt. Governor Rutherford and I extend our support to the Kent Island community in the wake of last night’s severe weather, which caused damage to multiple homes and buildings and left thousands of residents without power,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The state stands ready to assist in any way needed as the community works to rebuild.”

“On behalf of Governor Hogan and our entire administration, I want to offer our sincerest thanks to our first responders for their tremendous work helping to get this community back on its feet,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford.

State and local personnel will continue assessing damage, clearing debris, and assisting displaced residents throughout the day. Utility crews will be working to restore power and repair downed power lines. All those in the area, or attempting to travel through the area, are urged to use caution and heed any warnings from local officials.

Statewide actions include the following:

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

  • Increased State Response Activation level to Enhanced to facilitate resource support. Coordinating all requests for state support and tasks conducted by state agencies.
  • Coordinating with Queen Anne’s County since early Monday morning to provide assistance to local emergency managers.
  • Staffing regional liaison officers in Queen Anne’s County Emergency Operations Center to facilitate State-to-local support.
  • Monitoring approximately 6,600 power outages statewide as of 2:15 PM, down from a peak of 14,805 outages statewide.
  • Establishing contact with federal Small Business Administration to determine any federal assistance that can be sought following damage assessments.

Maryland State Police

  • Assumed lead as law enforcement coordination with assistance from Queen Anne’s Sheriff, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police
  • Established Command Post at Mowbray Park, 629 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland
  • Deployed 25 sworn and civilian personnel to assist with manning traffic posts, patrolling residential and business areas, conducting welfare checks and escorting utility vehicles into the impacted areas.
  • Provided aerial surveillance to assist in damage assessment.
  • Resources utilized include: Special Operations Command, Aviation, Motor Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and barrack personnel from the Eastern Troop.

Maryland Department of Transportation

  • More than 70 State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) crews and 35 SHA trucks (front-end loaders, dump trucks, heavy equipment) responded to US 50, MD 8, MD 18 and other areas to provide assistance.
  • SHA provided response from three SHA maintenance shops in Centreville, Easton and Chestertown, as well as CHART personnel from the Statewide Operations Center.
  • MDTA Police provided traffic direction and MDTA maintenance crews provided an additional portable message sign on MD 8.
  • MDOT will continue to support cleanup efforts into the night.

Maryland Department of Human Services

  • Queen  Anne’s County Department of Social Services staff on hand to manage Friends and Family Reunification Centers at Centreville Middle School (231 Ruthsburg Road, Centreville, MD 21617) and Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department (1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619).
  • Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are on location and are providing mobile feeding and water distribution to the affected communities.
  • Impacted residents who need transportation to one of the Emergency Shelters may call 410-758-2357 to receive transportation.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

  • Coordinating with the Department of Human Services to assess need of rental assistance for displaced residents.
  • Will activate disaster recovery loan and grant programs as needed to assist small businesses, homeowners and renters.


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