April 2015  

BQA MEETS WITH NEW EDC DIRECTOR

BUSINESS Queen Anne's recently had the chance to sit down with new EDC Director, Jamie Gilbert.

Mr. Gilbert stated that compared to the last County he worked for; at least QAC has a major highway. He feels we have ample sites for new businesses and also empty spaces to be filled. He wants to keep more residents here to work which keeps their revenue here. He believes in open, honest, transparent policies and strategies.

 

Jamie says he will be meeting with existing businesses along with Chamber President Linda Friday and Mindie Burgoyne with the Maryland Dept. of Business & Economic Development, and Michael Dugan, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Training at Chesapeake College.

 

He discussed his recent business program called the Business Reinvestment and Infrastructure Development Grant Enterprise (BRIDGE). This program shows his belief that expansion and retention of existing industry should be the highest priority when it comes to allocating the county's resources. The program is funded through a portion of Recordation taxes. Already the county awarded a $100,000 grant to PRS Guitars to help in their development of an acoustic guitar line which would add 20 jobs to the county and remain in the county for the next 10 years.  

 

Mr. Gilbert stressed that he believes in retention, expansion and then attraction.  

 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's was thrilled to meet with Mr. Gilbert and look forward to working with him in the future! 


BQA MEMBERSHIP, SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
WHY do you need to JOIN, SUPPORT, SPONSOR BQA?

BQA keeps you INFORMED on issues facing economic development, jobs and opportunities right here IN QAC, so the 86% of County residents who spend too much time commuting out of the County and across the bridge every day can actually "LIVE, WORK & PLAY" right here in QAC!! 

If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at jackashley@mris.com

You can also contact administrator@businessqueenannes.com for a copy of the following application!

CLEAN CHESAPEAKE COALITION NEWS
Update from BQA Board Member, George O'Donnell:

The Clean Chesapeake Coalition recently met with Exelon. In order for the Upper Bay's Oyster Bars to regenerate several thing are going to have to happen. The mud that is covering the Oyster Bars is going to have to be mitigated. Watermen should be allowed to harvest the areas with scraps as they are in other areas down the Bay quite successfully, or a bagless dredge program. For oyster recruitment to occur it is essential for these two things to happen. During the meeting with Exelon these ideas were discussed and the Utility showed great interest in being a partner in such a venture...this is a great first step in restoring Maryland's Oyster Industry!


For more Clean Chesapeake Coalition News, click here! 

  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS
QAC Adopts Rules for New Economic Development Push for Existing Businesses

The commissioners unanimously passed a resolution March 10, that will strengthen and help local businesses; however, it passed with the caveat that there would be further fleshing out of the rules and regulations.

Those rules and regulations were unanimously approved March 24, when Economic Development Director, Jamie Gilbert presented the fine points of the Business Reinvestment and Infrastructure Development Grant Enterprise (BRIDGE) to the Queen Anne's County Commissioners. At the heart of the BRIDGE Program is the belief that expansion and retention of existing industry should be the highest priority when it comes to allocating the county's resources.

 

Commissioner Paul Comfort said, "I am excited the county is ready to move forward implementing our new BRIDGE Economic Development Program which will allow the county to assist existing businesses to add jobs so our residents can quit-the-bridge and live, work and play right here in Queen Anne's County."

Gilbert said, "Directing incentives to growing Queen Anne's County businesses that are making significant contributions to the local economy makes economic sense and it's the right thing to do. We can't ignore the needs of businesses that have made a financial commitment to our community and then expect new ones to want to locate here. The BRIDGE Program sends a clear message that existing companies come first."

 

"Any effective economic development plan for a subdivision starts with attention to the current bench strength of employers," said Commissioner Mark Anderson. "This innovative BRIDGE program recommended by our new Economic Director, Jamie Gilbert, provided objective criteria for those competing for the funds available each year. Our new County Commission believes QAC is 'open for business' to create jobs and added commercial tax base to improve our County's quantity and quality of expected services to our citizens while maintaining an equitable tax rate for all."


The program is funded through a portion of recordation taxes. Commissioner Paul Comfort noted that this is unique from the existing Economic Development Incentive Fund in that it allows funds to be used for infrastructure, which can be just as important as constructing a new facility.

Applicants for BRIDGE Program grant funds must be an existing business or undertaking a site redevelopment project (infill development). The project must be in one of four target sectors; advanced manufacturing, agriculture/seafood, high technology (IT, cyber security, life sciences, etc.) or tourism. The project must have a commitment to maintaining and/or creating at least 50 full time jobs, and the recipient must commit to a minimum capital investment of $250,000.

 

For the rest of this story, click here! 


BUSINESS Queen Anne's


A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government


The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.
  

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In This Issue

 

Your BQA Board!

 

Steve Donovan, President

Title One & Associates, Inc.

410-758-1831

smd@annapolis.net

 

Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty

410-643-5005

mareenwaterman@mris.com 

 

Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.

410-827-5441

ndeoudes@atlanticbb.net 

 

Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America

410-820-7288

mdahle@baycarpets.com 

 

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net 

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com 

 

Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power

410-758-4127

cheryl.russell@delmarva.com 

  

Gary Hofmann

QAC Sheriff's Department

410-758-0770

sheriff@qac.org 

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com 

 

Jack Ashley

410-310-0800

jackashley@mris.com

  

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-643-6288  

sandra.early@verizon.net 

  

 

 

Mark Your Calendar...

 

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

 Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
  
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
(Same link above takes you to agendas for the Planning Commission too.) 

Visit the County's New Website to sign up for notices!
  
QUEENSTOWN PREMIUM OUTLETS! 


Health & Wellness Festival
April 18
12-4 p.m.
Visit our information booths and find out how we can bring focus to creating a healthier Maryland.

Military Appreciation

Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book.

 

50 Plus Shopper Perks
Join us on Tuesdays for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks.


If you are at least 50 years of age you can take advantage of an added 10% savings on Tuesdays by simply presenting a photo identification with your proof of age to the cashier at participating stores. View a list of participating stores.

Stores for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks continue to grow, so please stop by the Information Center to view our most current list. 

 

MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!

 

 

BQA is looking for members to sign up to attend Commissioner's Meetings and/or Planning Commission Meetings!

 

If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at

administrator@businessqueenannes.com 

 

Click the logo above for the latest QAC Financial Status Update!! 

 

 

 

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