Governor Hogan Announces New $50 Million Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund

In Case You Missed it

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

Figure 1 – Photo of Maryland rural/farming landscape, Maryland Department of Planning.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in February that $50 million in grant funds will be made available to boost economic development activity, stimulate private sector investment, and grow jobs in the state’s rural regions. Five rural regional councils, representing the Upper, Mid and Lower Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland, will submit proposals to the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) outlining how they plan to use up to $10 million available through the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund.

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The Maryland Department of Commerce Seeks Your Input on Renewable Energy Projects and Maryland Military Installations

Planning in Progress

As part of the Maryland Renewable Energy Compatible Siting Project, described in the February 18, 2021 Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Commerce has distributed a survey to guage  support for initiatives, policies, and processes that could facilitate the compatible siting of renewable energy facilities with Maryland’s military installations. The department is seeking responses to the brief survey by August 20.