2022 Maryland State Data Center’s Annual Meeting Follow Up

In Case You Missed It!

Image 1 – Maryland State Data Center Logo.

A division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland State Data Center (MSDC) is the state’s primary liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau.

MSDC provides Maryland residents, businesses, and local governments with demographic and socioeconomic statistics. It also produces the state’s official population and household projections and develops school enrollment forecasts.

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Cara Curran

Meet the Staff

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Image 1 – Photo portrait of Cara Curran, GIS Planner.

Cara Curran joined the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) staff as a GIS Planner in July of this year and is currently updating Queen Anne’s County tax maps.

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Town of Thurmont Places its First Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations into Service

From Our Partners

Fig. 1 – Thurmont town officials, Becky Long, Jim Hemrick, and Linda Joyce posing with Chevrolet sales reps Doug Martin and Clayton Kennedy in front of the town’s first EV fleet vehicle and charging station.

The Town of Thurmont has placed its first all-electric fleet vehicle (or EV) into service. The 2023 Chevy Bolt was purchased from Criswell Chevrolet in Thurmont in October. The new vehicle is assigned to the Town of Thurmont’s municipal offices and will be used by office staff for administrative functions. Partial funding for the vehicle purchase comes from a Maryland Smart Energy Grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

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Annexation Frequently Asked Questions

Planning in Progress

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, local Assistance and Training Manager

In the December 2021 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) introduced our Priority Funding Areas (PFAs) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). In the April 2022 edition we introduced our Comprehensive Plan FAQs.

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Interagency Workgroups Share the Benefits of Three Years of Regional Coordination

Planning in Progress

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, local Assistance and Training Manager

In March 2019, staff representatives for every Maryland state agency on the Commerce Subcabinet (Subcabinet) met in Lanham to discuss a new initiative titled Regional Resources. The Subcabinet established interagency staff teams representing five regions (Eastern Shore, Baltimore Metro, Southern Maryland, Western Maryland, and Washington Metro) to collaborate in business and community development across the state.

Fig. 1 – Screenshot showing Maryland Regional Resources home page.
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