Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Developing Rural Maryland With CEDS

The recent Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Planning Retreat is the first step the Upper Shore Regional Council is heading to direct development goals for transportation, technology, and youth retention, said GIS staff member.
Luis Machado and GIS Program Coordinator Stewart Bruce attended CEDS on Sept. 24, as one of the parties that were included to talk about their goals as they moved forward from the event. The representatives from a variety of different organizations were able to share ideas for future project work and cooperative possibilities for the future.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford gave opening remarks about the business priorities for MD at the meeting at Donaldson Brown Center in Port Deposit. He spoke of being ‘customer-friendly,’ tax relief, and the Chesapeake Bay, to mention a few.
USRC Executive Director Doris Mason had requested each of the counties represented – Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s – submit what projects could benefit from economic development from U.S. Department of Commerce. At CEDS, she presented those ideas and welcomed others.
The ideas most be fully considered, with estimated start dates, costs, number of jobs created, number of people or areas impacted by it, Ummu Bradley Thomas, consultant of Freddie Bell Jones, Inc., told the representatives.

The deadline for the ideas to be submitted is Nov. 18.
There were a wide variety of speakers, focused on the benefits of creating the CEDS for the area. Some of the projects pitched were: commuter rail service from Perryville to Newark, Del., creation of mid-level certification programs shared by Cecil College and School of Technology, Calvert Park, Conowingo Dam sediment control, a homeless program, a substance abuse treatment center, and transportation projects.
For more coverage on the event, you can read about it here.

Images are courtesy of the Office of Larry Hogan and Cecil Wig. Images are available here and here, respectively.

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