Thank You For Making Census 2020 a Great Success!

While the process of the 2020 Census was not what we anticipated, the outcome was even better than we’d hoped. Not only did Maryland surpass our 2010 self-response rate, we surpassed many of our expectations. Four Maryland counties finished in the top 100 of the nation’s 3215 counties for self-response and our state finished solidly in 9th place in the nation! In Maryland, there were 21 counties and 91 municipalities that were able to meet or beat their 2010 self-response rates. That’s something to be proud of, and we know that it was the hard work of so many of you that made it possible.

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Six Individuals and Projects Receive 2020 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

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by John Coleman, Public Information Officer

This year’s eighth annual Sustainable Growth Awards presentation was held as a virtual ceremony on October 5, 2020. Six recipients were awarded Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards.

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Celebrate Fall with Walktober and Walk Maryland Day!

Planning Assistance in Action

by Brittany Brothers, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Department of Transportation, Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, and Michael Bayer, AICP, Manager of Infrastructure and Development 

The days are growing shorter, the evenings crisper, and the leaves are just about to “turn,” which means October is right around the corner. Fall is the perfect season to kick start or reignite your walking routine, and what better way than with Walktober! 

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Lower Eastern Shore’s Critical Area Circuit Rider Internship Program

Celebrating 10 Years of Outstanding Student Contributions

Planning Assistance in Action

By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, with Tracy Gordy, Senior Regional Planner 

Each August for the past ten years, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has hosted a new Salisbury University (SU) student intern at Planning’s Lower Eastern Shore regional office. A decade later, and in spite of a global pandemic, this year is no exception as planners Tracey Gordy and Keith Lackie will welcome the program’s eleventh student intern to the Critical Area Circuit Rider Internship early this fall.  

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Maryland 2020 Census Champions: Nominate Someone in Your Community!

Planning Assistance in Action

by John Watson, IV, Census Outreach Coordinator with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Darryl Boffman, Executive Director of Public Affairs, and his team at the Frederick County Public Schools, are Maryland’s most recently named Census Champions. 

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) launched its Census Champions program in early June. It recognizes members of the community who are going above and beyond working within their jurisdictions to spread awareness of the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. To date seventeen champions have been named! 

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