February 2018

COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES
The following candidates have filed to run for County Commissioner and have been invited to join BQA at the next four board meetings! (The schedule of who will be at which meeting has not been decided yet) As more candidates file, they will be invited too.

  • At Large               Helen Bennett
  • Commissioner District 001            Jack Wilson
  • Commissioner District 002            George Sigler
  • Commissioner District 002            Steve Wilson
  • Commissioner District 003            Robert Buckey
  • Commissioner District 003            Barry Donadio
  • Commissioner District 003            Phil Dumenil
  • Commissioner District 004            Mark Anderson
  • Commissioner District 004            Chris Corchiarino

Any BQA member that would like to join us at these meetings are welcome!
  • February 28th
  • March 28th
  • April 25th
  • May 30th
If you have any suggestions regarding topics that should be discussed, please let us know!

All Board meetings are held at Mear's Point Marina in a meeting room located across from the pavilion and accessible from the outside of the building at 4 PM. Just contact Sandra Early, Administrator to RSVP! administrator@businessqueenannes.com


BROADBAND ADVISORY FORMED APPLICANTS SOUGHT
The Queen Anne's County Commissioners formally established a Broadband Advisory Council and the citizens who serve on it will be charged with the county's goal of bringing broadband to all county residents.

Commissioner Robert Buckey said, "Through this fresh approach I hope to see more engagement from county citizens and business, forging a consensus between all parties will be key this time around in developing a joint approach promoting broadband for public benefit and business expansion."

Commissioner Mark Anderson concurred and added, "Providing our citizens and businesses with connection to the internet is a high priority. Technology in this area becomes more sophisticated daily. Our advisory board will be a step forward to examine the latest in WIFI and fiber delivery available to our county with its diverse geography at reasonable cost - a sometimes difficult combination of ingredients."

The commissioners voted for Resolution No. 18-01, the first resolution of the year, which reads, "The Broadband Advisory Council shall be comprised of members appointed by the County Commissioners and shall include up to two citizens residing in each County Commissioner District, one representative from the broadband industry who shall not necessarily be a resident of Queen Anne's County, the Queen Anne's County Director of Budget, Finance and Information Technology, the Queen Anne's County Manager of Information Technology, a liaison from the County Commissioners and an alternate who shall serve in the absence of any other member."
 The new members will initially be given staggered terms of 1 to 3 years, then future terms will be for three years.

"The Broadband Advisory Council shall advise and provide recommendations to the County Commissioners on the provision of broadband services and infrastructure in Queen Anne's County," states the resolution.

Anyone interested in serving on the Broadband Advisory Council is encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to lthomas@qac.org or via mail to QAC Commissioner, Att: Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2018 . 

TRANSPORTATION SURVEY

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking input to update the Maryland Transportation Plan.  This is a long range plan that helps identify the policies, goals and objectives for MDOT over a 20 year planning period.   

Providing your input now can help Queen Anne's County achieve our transportation goals. The survey is general but it does allow for comments to be typed in for consideration by MDOT.  Please take the survey and please consider the transportation priorities of Queen Anne's County (Link to the Priority Letter is below) when typing in your comments.
   

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@me.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
Just a reminder that the 
Membership Dues Renewal Invoices 
have gone out and are now due
If you have any questions, 
please contact Sandra at
 

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
SIGN UP FOR CITIZEN'S ALERT
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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!
  

 
 
BQA wants you to get involved!

 
We are the only organization to consistently and publicly support  property rights and beneficial development projects in Queen Anne's County! If the growth of our County interests you at any level, you should be a part of this prominent group!
 
Become a member! 
Join the board! 



BQA is looking to grow membership and our Executive elite board and we are in search of Woman Business owners in the County...are you the woman for the job?
 
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


BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666