Commissioner Jack Wilson, who is also the liaison to the Economic Development Commission, visited the BQA board meeting on January 30th. A wealth of knowledge was shared; concerns and ideas were discussed. BQA board members and general membership representatives left the meeting with a better understanding of Commissioner Wilson's focus for the future of business in our county.
Jack explained that there are 7 new people on the EDC board which representatives from crucial facets of the business community. (For example, the marine community is now represented with Rob Marsh) Jessie Parks with KRM is the President. He says that the by-laws state that the EDC board is to set the goals for the County to implement. Jessie has already sent a list to Jean Fabi with the County. Will have three more people join this board at the end of the year.
Work Force Development
Jack reported that the County is working with the Chamber and Chesapeake College to get a Tech Center built at the college. There was a trip to Washington County's Technical Center. They have 17 programs (Auto Body, Carpentry, Culinary, Biomed, Health, Video Gaming, Public Service, etc.) QAC hopes to have five programs up and running by 2020. (It will be dual enrollment with the high school) This will be a public/private enterprise. Will receive grant funding through the US Regional Council and the Mid Shore Regional Council. They will create a navigator/liaison position. Also, different business will give to the program to help students interested in their business.
Federal Opportunity Zone - Church Hill
The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop under served communities.)
Foreign Trade Zone
A foreign-trade zone is a federally designated area located within the United States but considered "outside" of U. S. Custom's territory for the purposes of assessing and collecting import duties and taxes. The Baltimore Development Corporation serves as administrator of the FTZ on behalf of Baltimore City and surrounding counties, said Larry Collins, FTZ Administrator of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Parts of Queen Anne's County have been added to Baltimore Foreign Trade Zone 74.
The EZ program provides real property and state income tax credits for businesses located in a Maryland enterprise zone in return for job creation and investments. Queen Anne's County has a 1,300-acre zone which 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. We received this designation in 2016.
The Board discussed that the last few CAC's were expensive and their product not well received. The Grasonville Growth Area Plan - the most recently updated plan used a better process, without expensive outside consultants and employing lots of community focus groups the County Planning Staff produced a clear and understandable plan that met with nearly universal approval. We encourage the County to evaluate options for the process to update the Comp Plan that consider cost, efficiency, simplification, and citizen involvement.
The board hopes to have another Commissioner for the February 27th meeting. (4 PM at the Mear's Point Meeting Room) BQA members are welcome to attend! Please email Sandra Early at email@example.com to let her know you will be attending!
2013 EDC BEACON STUDY
During the board meeting mentioned above, the 2013 Beacon Study commissioned by the QAC EDC was discussed. This survey may be six years old, but the opinions stated by county residents are still true today (and have been expressed for years before this survey).
The survey covers areas such as workforce development, infrastructure, and economic development.
This survey, conducted by the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network at the
Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, was commissioned by the Queen
Anne's County Economic Development Commission (EDC). The intent of the survey was gather
input from the local community on issues related to the strategic planning of the County and to
identify economic development priority in the County. The survey was distributed to a sample of
participants from the various industries in the County. Furthermore, the survey was made
available on the EDC's website and publicized through local advertising media. A total of 456
respondents completed the survey. Of these, 21 participants were not residence of the county and
were therefore excluded from the analysis of the results contained in this report. The following
results and findings give an overview of the responses to each question in the survey, as well as,
a more detailed breakdown of responses by participant classifications.
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GOVERNOR HOGAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL
Governor Larry Hogan Proposes Major Investments for Maryland Environment, Chesapeake Bay
FY 2020 Budget Includes Record Investment in Bay Restoration
Governor Larry Hogan greets Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton
For the fifth year in a row, Governor Larry Hogan has proposed major funding for restoring the Chesapeake Bay and protecting the environment and well-being of Marylanders.
"Through his funding priorities, Governor Hogan continues to demonstrate unprecedented support for initiatives that protect our lands and waters and prepare our citizens for the future," said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton.
"This year's budget continues to advance in major and innovative ways the Hogan administration's leadership in restoring the Chesapeake Bay and tackling climate change," said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.
"Maryland farmers are often recognized as the gold standard for soil and water conservation," said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. "This budget reflects the strong commitment the Hogan administration, our state agencies, and the agriculture industry have to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and protecting our natural resources. I fully support this budget that will ensure our farmers continue to be national leaders in conservation."
The fiscal year 2020 budget continues Governor Hogan's commitment to fully fund transfer tax programs - including Program Open Space - with no diversions of special fund relief revenue to the general fund. Programs funded by the transfer tax receive $267.5 million, a $14.5 million increase from FY 2019. The money provides additional support for state and local land conservation and recreation programs, Maryland Park Service operations, and capital maintenance and development projects in state parks.The budget includes $3.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes for counties with the highest acreage of state-owned protected and preserved lands.
The budget also includes $117.1 million in Bay Restoration Funding (BRF) that supports grants to upgrade major municipal sewage treatment plants, cover crops, and grants for other nutrient reduction programs such as sewer hookups for failing septic systems - all in support of a cleaner Chesapeake Bay. Included in that money is $10 million in BRF money - a $4 million addition over FY19's $6 million appropriation - authorized by the Clean Water Commerce Act to purchase cost-effective nitrogen, phosphorus, or sediment load reductions.
In addition, the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund will receive $53.6 million, which is the fourth year in a row that the Hogan administration has fully funded that fund for Bay restoration efforts. Governor Hogan also proposes to double the tax credit for zero-emissions vehicles, which will assist in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and nitrogen pollution in the bay.
The Hogan administration continues to emphasize climate resiliency and preparedness, such as Coast Smart and Climate Resiliency programs and new funding for the Flood Hazard Mitigation Fund, which will fund capital projects that assist with comprehensive flood management techniques in the aftermath of Maryland's wettest year on record. MDE's Energy-Water Infrastructure Program has $13.3 million in continuing funds for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and combined heat and power projects at water and wastewater treatment plants to help reduce the cost of treating water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
For the third year in a row, $2.5 million is provided to help young farmers acquire farmland to implement sustainable agricultural practices under the Next Generation Farmland Acquisition program. The budget also includes $200,000 to match county contributions towards efforts to control nuisance insects.
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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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