#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. More

Governor Hogan Swears In Planning Secretary

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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. More

Patuxent River Adventure, Part One

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Anchored off Peterson’s Point, St. Leonard Creek

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. More

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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The Town of Sykesville is the “Coolest Small Town in America”

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(Phil Grout / Carroll County Times)

(Phil Grout / Carroll County Times)

This week, Budget Travel magazine gave Sykesville the title of  Coolest Small Town following online polling. The following article from the Sun gives all the details. Planning congratulates this small town that has strong community, great businesses, fantastic events and programs, and offers visitors and residents the amenities that make Maryland small towns great. More

MDP Participants in 2015 TUgis Conference: Observations & Reflections

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March 17 marked the 26th annual conference

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Last week, multiple MDP staff attended and participated in the Towson University Geospatial Information Sciences (TUgis) conference.  Some of us have been going to this conference for over 20 years while others went for the first time.  This is the third year for their new one-day format and, with over 600 attendees and 100 different sessions, was an excellent conference.  It provided a great opportunity to obtain detailed technical information, enhance our understanding of where the industry is heading, learn about activities underway in Maryland, and connect with colleagues and friends. More

Recognizing Albert L. Feldstein’s 42 years of public service

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fedlstein1 On December 31, 2014, MDP employee Al Feldstein retired after 37 years service to the state of Maryland and his beloved Western Maryland.

From U.S. Senator Ben Cardin – December 04, 2014

Mr. President, I wish to recognize an outstanding public servant of Western Maryland, Al Feldstein, who will be retiring at the end of this year after 42 years of public service. As Appalachian Regional Commission, ARC, State Program Manager for Maryland, Al has played a critical role in the success of countless projects and initiatives aimed at advancing economic progress and improving the lives of the residents of Maryland’s three Appalachian counties. His passion for his community is boundless, and his careful stewardship of public resources has consistently set a high standard to which we can–and should–all aspire. More

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