Maryland Department of Planning at the 2016 Maryland Association of Counties, Visit Us at Booth 117

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Supporting Communities, Preserving Resources, Enriching Lives…
Changing Maryland for the Better

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Governor Hogan Swears In Planning Secretary

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Wendi Peters’ Experience Spans Local, State Government

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Yesterday, Wendi Peters, a Mount Airy native, was sworn in as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) by Governor Larry Hogan after being appointed earlier this month. More

Patuxent River Adventure, Part One

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Anchored off Peterson’s Point, St. Leonard Creek

It isn’t often today that real adventure is encountered by chance. Too often it’s programmed and predictable, with little left to capriciousness or throwing caution to the wind. In the summer of 2015 I found a whole lot of the latter on the Patuxent River far sallan-spin-sheet-benedict-leonardtownfrom the madding crowds of the cruising hordes, perhaps just by letting a child’s adventure in a man’s body run wild. Arriving in Solomons after a windward slog down the Bay from the Little Choptank, some serious contemplation was in order. The whole cruise was on the skids. First Norfolk, then Smith Island were dropped because of a gimpy steering cable that had bunged up somehow, not to be trusted again. The autopilot failed to respond as a result, rendering my electronic crew out of  commission. More

Hogan Administration Provides 52 Grants to Heritage Tourism Sites, Activities, and Organizations Across Maryland

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nearly $2.7 million awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

CROWNSVILLE, MD (July 12, 2016) – Today, the Hogan administration announced that 52 matching grants totaling $2,699,532 were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland (the full listing of grants can be found below).

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reBlog: Governor Larry Hogan Holds First Conowingo Dam Summit

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Press Release July 7, 2016

Announces Multi-Agency Work Group, Request for Information to Find Solutions for Reducing Bay Pollution

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today held Maryland’s first Conowingo Dam Summit, and announced the formation of a multi-agency work group to seek innovative solutions for reducing pollution that threatens the Chesapeake Bay.

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State Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

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New Maryland State Funding Opportunities Just Announced

6_15_16 LegacyJust last week, state agencies announced several upcoming funding opportunities for local governments and other collaborators.

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The Town of Sykesville is the “Coolest Small Town in America”

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This week, Budget Travel magazine gave Sykesville the title of  Coolest Small Town following online polling. The following article from the Sun gives all the details. Planning congratulates this small town that has strong community, great businesses, fantastic events and programs, and offers visitors and residents the amenities that make Maryland small towns great. More

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