State Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

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New Maryland State Funding Opportunities Just Announced

6_15_16 LegacyJust last week, state agencies announced several upcoming funding opportunities for local governments and other collaborators.


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

Governor Larry Hogan Launches Customer Service Initiative

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Planning proudly supports Governor Hogan’s State Customer Service Initiative and the Customer Service Promise.

June 9, 2016, Press Release – Office of Governor Larry Hogan


Administration Launches Customer Service Promise; Key Principles to Serve as Basis for Interactions between State Employees and Constituents


Re-Blog: New Faces, New Direction for Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

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By Les Knapp, Legal and Policy Counsel, Maryland Association of Counties


From the Conduit Street blog

At its May 23rd, 2016, meeting in Cumberland, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission began charting a new course following a significant turnover in members due to expiring appointments. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the new Chair of the Commission is Susan Summers.  Garrett County Planning and Land Management Director Deborah Carpenter and MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp remain the MACo representatives on the Commission. More

Job Opening at the Maryland Historical Trust

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Employment at the Maryland Department of Planning

Job Opening at the Maryland Historical Trust:

Easement Inspector (Research & Preservation Specialist II)



Memory Mapping in the Bottom and Hammond Town

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Our History, Our Heritage

By Jen Sparenberg, Hazard Mitigation Program Officer

Easton’s Bottom and Hammond Town neighborhoods served vibrant African American communities in the decades after the Civil War.  Located adjacent to “the Hill,” an early free African-American settlement, both neighborhoods have suffered a slow decline over decades. As Easton considers the redevelopment of nearby Easton Point, the Port Street Master Plan presents an opportunity to revitalize the Bottom and to record and interpret the history of the Bottom and Hammond Town.

Old Moton SchoolOld Moton, a Rosenwald School in Easton. Credit: Michelle Zachs

As a first step towards documenting the history of both communities, the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center and Port Street Matters/the NAACP-Talbot County sponsored a community outreach meeting to record existing and vanished important places in the communities. Residents, ex-residents, and community elders met at the American Legion Blake-Blackston Post #77 in Easton to participate.

Large aerial maps of the Bottom, Hammond Town…

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