February 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST!
BQA found some old ads today while going through some files. Thought it might be fun to remember the past...
We're heading in the right direction! Four Seasons is on it's way!! We've also been vocal about the SKI sewer project which is taking steps forward as well. Business Queen Anne's is connected and involved! Nice to see progression.
QAC DESIGNATED ENTERPRISE ZONE
The Maryland Department of Commerce has designated Queen Anne's County as a new Enterprise Zone, a move that could bring new business investments and jobs to the county.
 
The new Queen Anne's County 1,300-acre Enterprise Zone extends west from Nesbit Road in Grasonville to Rt. 8 in Stevensville and includes a majority of the commercial properties in Grasonville, Chester and Stevensville, including the various business parks. With this designation, the county will be able to promote job creation for local residents who currently commute out the county to work and better attract and retain businesses and help them expand.
 
The county also hopes to increase the commercial tax base and redevelop under-utilized or vacant commercial and industrial land. This is the county's first Enterprise Zone, and the effective date is January 1, 2017.

"The Enterprise Zone is a valuable incentive not only to attract new businesses, but also to help existing businesses to grow in a prime geographic location conducive for commercial infill and redevelopment opportunities," said Jean Fabi, acting director of the Queen Anne's County Department of Economic Development. "By providing state and local incentives, Queen Anne's County is sending a clear message that it is open for business."

Queen Anne's County Commissioner Jack Wilson said, "Congratulations to Jean Fabi and everyone that helped to make this happen. This will be a great catalyst to help move forward economic development in the designated zone."

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said, "This program generates opportunities in every region of Maryland by helping to grow existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating jobs."

Businesses located in the state's 29 Enterprise Zones have received roughly $32 million in property tax credits in FY 2017 based on more than $2.8 billion in capital investments made in FY 2016. Over the past five years, businesses in Maryland's Enterprise Zones have made a total of $13.7 billion in capital investments.

Commerce approves the state's Enterprise Zones, while local governments are responsible for their administration. Businesses operating within an Enterprise Zone may be eligible for a tax credit towards their state income tax filings based upon the number of new jobs created, and a tax credit on their local real property taxes based upon their overall capital investment into a property.

 "I want to thank the Economic Development Commission and the County Commissioners for supporting of the creation of the Enterprise Zone and the tax credit program," said Fabi. "Moving forward, this will be a valuable tool to boost investment in redevelopment and infill commercial projects, as well as creating employment opportunities for Queen Anne's County residents."

Fabi said the county's website, QAC.org, will soon have a page devoted to Enterprise Zone material and it will include information about the Commercial Property Tax Credit and Income Tax Credit, as well as the application. "In addition, I will be personally reaching out to the current projects underway that would be eligible for the program."

Jean Fabi may be reached at jfabi@qac.org or 410.758.1255 or on Facebook @Queen Anne's County Economic Development.

 
HOGAN'S STATE OF THE STATE

The Maryland Public Policy Institute issued the following statement today in response to Governor Larry Hogan's 2017 State of the State address.
"Given the acrimony that dominates our national politics, Governor Hogan's call for bipartisan compromise is sorely-needed," said Christopher B. Summers, president and chief executive officer of the Institute. "Big challenges lie ahead for Maryland. The Hogan Administration and the General Assembly must work together to fix the state employee pension crisis, expand school choice for families in need, clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and to combat the opioid addiction crisis impacting neighborhoods all across Maryland."
In his State of the State, Governor Hogan called on lawmakers to:
  • Provide relief for Maryland's retired military, police, fire, and first responders;
  • Seek innovative solutions to reduce pollution which flows over the Conowingo Dam and into the Chesapeake Bay, and;
  • Pass the State Retirement Choice Act for the 21st Century Workforce, which would offer a 401(k)-style retirement option for state employees similar to the defined contribution plans available to 77 million private sector workers.
 
The full State of the State address can be found at: http://governor.maryland.gov
 
To read the Institute's policy analysis on these issues and more, visit mdpolicy.org

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!


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.
  

You can find BQA on Facebook! Make sure to "Like" us!

 

 

In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
 
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
410-758-1831
 
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
410-827-5441
 
Mike Dahle
MCDLLC
410-820-7288

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
410-827-8888
 
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department
410-758-0770

George O'Donnell
410-490-7400 
Jack Ashley
410-310-0800

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
MEMBERS INVITED!

BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to invite all members (and even member guests!) to attend our monthly board meetings typically held the last Thursday of the month at Mear's Point Marina. (Please contact the office at administrator@businessqueenannes.com to verify)

Occasionally, we have County reps visit and give us updates. At the last board meeting it was decided that the next time we have speakers at the board meetings we will give our members ample notice in case they would like to attend...we want you to be in the know!

If you have a speaker that you would like to connect with and you think that Business Queen Anne's could help make that happen, please let us know.
 
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!
  
MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!


 
 

BQA wants you to get involved!


 

Become a member! 

Join the board! 


 

We are also 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 

 

 

JOIN A QAC BOARD - DEADLINE FEB 10TH

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners are looking for county citizens to join several county boards and commissions. The deadline for applications is February 10.

The Department of Emergency Services Council has an opening that must be filled with a volunteer firefighter in this county.

The Emergency Services Advisory Council is to advise the department on matters of policy regarding the provision for emergency services in the county, advise the department regarding equipment, standard operating procedures, protocols, medications and emergency services personnel education and training requirements. The council also has a duty to assist the department regarding emergency services public information and education; and submit to the department a report on the status of emergency services in the county.

The county's Department of Human Resources is looking for a citizen, who is not a county employee, to join their Employee Awards Committee. The committee: provides oversight for all county employee awards, makes recommendations to the county commissioners to more effectively structure and operate the awards program, receives and evaluates each employee suggestion, refers suggestions to specific county departments for technical evaluation in order to establish their merit on the basis of practical application and amount of cost savings associated with such suggestions, if any. The committee also obtains independent technical evaluations of suggestions and makes a determination of the amount of an employee award and makes the award recommendation to the county commissioners

The Friends of Historic Christ Church in Stevensville are looking for like-minded individuals to join their group.
Nancy Cook, director of the group, said, "We welcome people to join us as we work to preserve the past and to plan for the future. We meet once a month February through November."

Historic Christ Church is part of the Historic Sites Consortium of Queen Anne's County. According to the Consortium, the structure is a superb example of the Queen Anne style of ecclesiastical architecture and also one of the most carefully preserved Victorian Churches in Maryland, Christ Church, on Stevensville's Main Street, is an historic gem. Christ Church attests to Kent Island's importance as the cradle of the Anglican Church in Maryland being the site of the earliest Anglican settlement in the colony.

Anyone interested in serving on a QAC board, commission or committee is encouraged to send a letter of interest and brief resume to lthomas@qac.org or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098.
 
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