Meet the Planning Staff: Lee Sobel

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Lee Sobel has joined Planning as the Assistant Secretary of Planning Services. Lee brings a broad spectrum of both public and private sector experience to the department. He spent the last three years as the Director of Public Strategies at RCLCO, a national real estate and economics advisory firm based in Bethesda. Prior to that, Lee spent 10 years at the Office of Sustainable Communities for the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Real Estate Development and Finance Specialist. More

Planning Connects the Census to Communities

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Resources and Tools

The 2020 Census is only three short years away, but the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and the United States Census Bureau (Census Bureau) are already hard at work guaranteeing the accuracy of Maryland’s counts. One of the ways we are doing this is through the Local Update of Census Addresses Operation, otherwise known as LUCA. The Census Bureau conducted its first LUCA in preparation for the 2000 Census and has been fine tuning the process for each successive count. It is the only opportunity for tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the Census Bureau’s residential address list prior to the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate address list will allow the Census Bureau to reach every living quarters in the state. More

James T. (Jim) Noonan, AICP: 1950-2017

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Planning Assistance in Memoriam

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The State of Maryland has lost one of its best planners in Jim Noonan, who passed away peacefully in hospice on April 17, 2017.  Many of you know Jim not only from his long tenure at the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) stretching back to the Nixon era, but more recently in the private sector and in various roles with the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Born in Altoona, Pa in 1950, Jim graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Geography and started at what was then called the Department of State Planning. More

Meet the Planning Staff: Erin Goodnough

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Erin Goodnough joined the Maryland Department of Planning in February. She is responsible for the services and activities of the Planning Department’s Planning Data and Research Division. More

Meet the Planning Staff: Joe Griffiths

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Joe Griffiths joined the Maryland Department of Planning in January as Manager of the Local Assistance and Training unit in Planning Services. Joe was previously Manager of the Community Information and Outreach division at the Loudoun County (Virginia) Department of Planning and Zoning, where he oversaw outreach and support functions for the county’s More

#MyFrostburg Small Town Revolution

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Update (February 9, 2017) from FrostburgFirst:

Good Afternoon,

I want to thank everyone again for their support of this amazing opportunity for Frostburg. Unfortunately, we were not selected as a finalist. We have released an official media release, which you are welcome to share in any capacity. Here is a link to the release on our blog: http://www.downtownfrostburg.com/newsfeed/frostburgpositive/  and you will find a word file attached with the same release. Let me know if you have any questions.

All the Best,

Jessica Palumbo
Main Street Manager
FrostburgFirst
Frostburgfirst@gmail.com
www.downtownfrostburg.com


Have you heard that the City of Frostburg, one of the jewels of Mountain Maryland, has made the shortlist of eight finalists from across the U.S. for Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest? The top five finalists will be announced on Thursday, February 9, posted on their Facebook. Then the nation will have one week to vote through February 16. This is a great opportunity for one of the state’s great small towns ­– read below to find out how you can participate by voting for Frostburg when the voting opens later this week –by visiting smallbusinessrevolution.org. More

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

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