U.S. Census Announces Revised Release Dates for 2020 Census Data Products

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The U.S. Census Bureau announced revised release dates for the next set of 2020 Census data products, starting with the release of the Demographic Profile and the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) in May 2023. 

The Census Bureau stated the revised schedule enables them to take the time needed to produce the high-quality statistics the public expects. This was due largely to COVID-19 impacts on data collection, as well as the need for accurate processing and meeting confidentiality requirements; these data releases come later than the corresponding releases in the 2010 Census.  

For local governments, if this revised 2020 Census data release schedule affects your comprehensive plan review/update schedule, please contact your Maryland Department of Planning regional planner to discuss how the department may be able to assist.

For more information, on 2020 Census data products and the release dates please visit https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2022/2020-census-data-products-schedule-2023.html

Governor Hogan Announces New $50 Million Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund

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

Figure 1 – Photo of Maryland rural/farming landscape, Maryland Department of Planning.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in February that $50 million in grant funds will be made available to boost economic development activity, stimulate private sector investment, and grow jobs in the state’s rural regions. Five rural regional councils, representing the Upper, Mid and Lower Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland, will submit proposals to the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) outlining how they plan to use up to $10 million available through the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund.

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Maryland’s Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS) Full Report Now Available

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

Last fall, in our September 2021 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we announced the availability of the Economic Adjustment Strategy Summary (EAS) Report for the forestry industry. In that edition, we also summarized the document and described its importance to the state and to the Maryland Department of Planning.

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Unlocking Brightfields Potential: State Programs to Encourage Renewable Energy Siting on Contaminated Lands Webinar

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Do you need to find suitable sites for renewable energy projects in your state? Are you interested in learning more about best practices from states that have used landfills, brownfields, mines, and other contaminated lands to site renewable energy? 

Almost without exception, states with the most renewable project development on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites have designed and implemented longstanding, state-specific programs targeted at such sites.

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Nominations Now Open for the 2022 Maryland Preservation Awards!

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Figure 1 – A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Project Excellence, Community Impact 2021. Source: MHT.

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is accepting nominations for the 2022 Maryland Preservation Awards! You may complete a nomination here using the 2022 Nomination Instructions. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on February 4, 2022.

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