Bernie Fowler’s Patuxent River “Wade-In” 2021

Planning in Progress

by Dan Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation & Management Planner

When Bernie Fowler was a young man in the 1950s, he stood chest-deep in the Patuxent River, netting blue crabs. Looking down, he was able to see his sneaker-clad feet on the river bottom. Since then, much of the watershed of the Patuxent River — the largest Maryland river wholly contained within the state — has been developed. Efforts to improve the water quality of the Patuxent and other Maryland rivers and tributaries are ongoing…but how do we best measure success?

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Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet Will Hold a Virtual Public Forum on Wednesday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m.

Planning in Progress

The Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet is holding a virtual public forum for county and municipal elected leaders and planning officials on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Smart Growth Subcabinet is committed to working together to improve the delivery of programs and services to local communities.

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State of Maryland Launches Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Website

Planning in Progress

Maryland recently launched a new website with resources about applying for and receiving Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations. The website is being updated regularly as new resources become available.

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MDOT’s Commuter Choice Maryland Partner Program to Recognize Maryland Employers

Planning in Progress 

by Brittany Brothers, Communications & Outreach Coordinator Maryland Department of Transportation, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program (CCMD), which helps mitigate traffic congestion and promote alternative commuting options, has been working hard to expand its services. CCMD is excited to announce the new CCMD Partner Program and is seeking employers (e.g., state and local organizations, nonprofits, and private sector companies) across Maryland who may be interested in becoming partners.              

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Maryland Opens New International Offices

Planning in Progress 

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

London, England streetscene. Stock photo image.

Did you know that our state has a network of foreign trade offices around the globe? Maryland already had offices in fifteen locations and countries, including Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates, before adding more this April.

Expanding Maryland’s global footprint, the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) opened three new European trade offices, one each in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.  

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