Notices to Maryland Jurisdictions and our Readers

  1. Planning encourages our readers to stay current on state efforts to protect Marylanders during the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the Maryland Department of Health and The Office of Governor Larry Hogan websites.
  2. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Department of Planning staff are teleworking and will be temporarily unable to review and process standard mail. The department politely requests that all Maryland jurisdictions and others please submit most items electronically to Cassandra Malloy at cassandra.malloy@maryland.gov. For Clearinghouse intergovernmental review requests and inquiries, please continue to send them to mdp.clearinghouse@maryland.gov.
  3. Census 2020: Jurisdictions can check their real time Census response rates at the 2020 Census Response Rates website. The map is interactive and updated everyday at 3 PM. The user has the option to select the date and type of response (internet and total). Total responses include people who responded by phone, regular mail, and online. Finally, there is an option to choose the state, a county, or a sub county geography like cities and census tracts.

Celebrating a New Sanctuary

MHT in the News

By Susan Langley, State Underwater Archeologist
Maryland Historical Trust

On the frosty morning of November 9, Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Charles County Commission President Reuben Collins II, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Under Secretary of Commerce Dr. Neil Jacobs, and NOAA Rear-Admiral Tim Gallaudet were joined by about 400 representatives of organizations and agencies, as well as individuals and community supporters, to formally recognize the establishment of the Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary, officially established September 3, 2019, is the first in almost 20 years, the first in Maryland, and the first in a riverine environment. Continue reading

Planning Practice Wednesday Special Edition: October 2019 Planner’s Blog

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The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and our partners have been busy the past few  months, hosting or collaborating on the following events: Continue reading

#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. Continue reading

Governor Hogan Swears In Planning Secretary

Wendi Peters’ Experience Spans Local, State Government

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Yesterday, Wendi Peters, a Mount Airy native, was sworn in as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) by Governor Larry Hogan after being appointed earlier this month. Continue reading

Patuxent River Adventure, Part One

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Anchored off Peterson’s Point, St. Leonard Creek

By Steve Allan

It isn’t often today that real adventure is encountered by chance. Too often it’s programmed and predictable, with little left to capriciousness or throwing caution to the wind. In the summer of 2015 I found a whole lot of the latter on the Patuxent River far sallan-spin-sheet-benedict-leonardtownfrom the madding crowds of the cruising hordes, perhaps just by letting a child’s adventure in a man’s body run wild. Arriving in Solomons after a windward slog down the Bay from the Little Choptank, some serious contemplation was in order. The whole cruise was on the skids. First Norfolk, then Smith Island were dropped because of a gimpy steering cable that had bunged up somehow, not to be trusted again. The autopilot failed to respond as a result, rendering my electronic crew out of  commission. Continue reading

Hogan Administration Provides 52 Grants to Heritage Tourism Sites, Activities, and Organizations Across Maryland

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nearly $2.7 million awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

CROWNSVILLE, MD (July 12, 2016) – Today, the Hogan administration announced that 52 matching grants totaling $2,699,532 were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland (the full listing of grants can be found below).

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