June 2017

LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Candidates for Queen Anne's County Commissioner have 1 year to file when running for that office, that period began February 28, 2017.  And while it may seem way off in the future today, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Election Day will be here before we know it, and this set of Queen Anne's County Commissioners will have a Critically Important future planning role on top of their regular duties as the Counties 10 year Comprehensive Plan is due in 2020!!
 
Some in this County may remember a prior comp plan and the various CAC's (Citizens Action Committees) that they were a part of, and some remember feeling as if their committee's input was for the most part ignored when the final plan came out, so the Comp plan process itself might need some adjustments and changes too.  Adding to that, this set of commissioners MAY likely be the first commissioners since 2008 to have use of a normal, optimistic and 'significantly better' economy after what has clearly been a stagnant, dangerously slow, erratic 8+ years of economic 'Blah' for most American workers, most especially here on the shore!
 
America's 'real economy' has barely sputtered along for approaching 9 years now only managing to achieve 1.4% - 1.6% annual GDP nationwide.  Now given America historically enjoys 3%-4% annual GDP ranges and under Reagan we saw above 6% GDP Growth, this is very exciting for the opportunity and the possibilities this COULD bring for Queen Anne's County residents and businesses who've been hunkered down and waiting!  We know for certain this economic "Recovery", which started after the Great Recession ended in 2009, has been the weakest recovery on record in American History, and it is long past time to get moving ahead a whole lot faster and a whole lot stronger!  We have the right Governor in Larry Hogan, and we have a highly successful businessman and leader in President Trump.

Will you PLEASE HELP Business Queen Anne's work to move this County forward with reasonable growth and more opportunities and jobs right here IN the County?  You can do this by joining our membership, sponsoring our newsletter or other event, even donating directly if you wish no visibility, but getting involved in some way, shape or form is critically important this go round, Thank you!!   

Steve Donovan
BQA Chairman

 
MARYLAND'S WORKING WATERFRONTS ENHANCEMENT GRANT
At the May BQA board meeting, board member George O'Donnell shared information regarding Maryland's Working Waterfronts Enhancement Grant.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Working Waterfronts Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote and assist with the preservation of existing and historic working waterfronts in Maryland. The Working Waterfronts Program is soliciting proposals from local governments for a unique grant to support revitalization of working waterfront communities and economies throughout Maryland. Local governments are welcome to apply for financial assistance to complete one-year projects focused on planning or implementation. 

Ideal project proposals will target: 
* New programs supporting working waterfronts 
* Scoping/visioning workshops 
* Waterfront plans, maritime zoning, codes, ordinances 
* New planning tools 

Who is Eligible? 
Municipalities and counties in the coastal zone are eligible to apply for and receive funds on an annual basis. Maryland's coastal zone includes the following counties and the municipalities located within: Worcester, Somerset, Wicomico, Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's, Kent, Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's.
 
WHAT? 
Funding for a one year project to support revitalization of working waterfront communities and economies through planning or implementation 

HOW MUCH? 
Total request may not exceed $60,000. No matching funds are required 

WHEN? 
Application Deadline: June 30, 2017 

HOW? 
Submit proposals online through CCS's grants management service, at: http://mesgis.com/GrantsOnLine/ 

CONTACT Kelly Collins Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake & Coastal Service kelly.collins@maryland.gov 410.260.8912



QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM
If you are planning to relocate your company, or are already located within the Queen Anne's County Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for Maryland Enterprise Zone tax credits. There are two Enterprise Zone Tax Credits that are available, the Real Property Tax Credit and the State Income Tax Credit. A business is eligible for the Real Property Tax Credit if it makes a capital investment in its property (i.e., constructs or renovates a building, or expands an existing facility). A business is eligible for the State Income Tax Credit if hires new full time employees in the zone.  The following businesses are not eligible to participate in the program:  Adult entertainment and gambling/casinos; Fast food restaurants; Convenience stores; and Gas stations, except those gas stations incidental to a retail use of 35,000 s.f. or more located on the same property. 

The Enterprise Zone Real Property Tax Credit

A ten-year credit against local property taxes is available to companies that locate, expand, or substantially improve business properties in the Enterprise Zone. The property tax credit is equal to 80% of the difference between the base value of the property (the assessment in the year prior to new construction, expansion, or substantial improvement) and the newly assessed value of the property after the investment is made. The property tax credit is 80% for five years. During the last five years, the property tax credit declines 10% annually; the credit is 70%, 60%, 50%, 40%, and 30% respectively. This tax credit is administered to the real property owner in their Property Taxes. 

For More Information about the Real Property Tax Credit and Income Tax Credit, including Frequently Asked Questions, Click Here:


You can also check out this page on the County's website: 

 
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!
  

 
 
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