BQA PARTICIPATES IN Q&A UPDATE EDITION
BUSINESS Queen Anne's was asked to participate in a Q&A section of the Updates June 12th Political Edition. Here is the info we sent to them...
Name: BQA - Business Queen Anne
BUSINESS Queen Anne's was founded in the spring of 2002 as a pro-active, pro-business coalition for economic development and responsible government. Our main objective is to help foster a climate conducive to the continual and orderly growth of both residential and non-residential tax bases in Queen Anne's County. The general membership of the organization represents a cross section of area businesses, including the marine trades, retail, financial, professional, building trades, real estate sales and development, and the hospitality industry.
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.
Membership Information (How to become a member, etc):
Hot Issue this election, your stance on it and why?:
Economic development, we need career/family sustaining JOBS and we need Business & companies that have those jobs. These offer a higher and sustainable commercial tax base so that homeowners aren't forced to make up the difference for government services with significantly higher taxes, as we NOW have. Talbot County residents for instance, enjoy HALF our tax rate while also benefiting from the very things sold as FEAR in Queen Anne's County (Big box stores, schools, national chain retail including restaurants, etc). We've a static or declining school aged population meaning no families are coming in, and currently 86% of the counties working population must LEAVE the County daily for work elsewhere. Forget about the money they spend at work, for lunch, etc., consider the time the waste commuting that could be better spent here with their families and/or VOLUNTEERING right her instead.
Secondarily, BQA fully supports the Clean Chesapeake Coalition because the re-licensing is good for up to 50 years and WILL occur this September 1st! At present there are no requirements of the Power Company, Exelon, to dredge the dam such that we don't have the now constant sediment overflow effectively choking the upper Bay of oxygen, and destroying most all aquatic life along with every other Environmental program in place, like Oyster replenishment. In addition, one might think after 47 years On The Job, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation could do a LOT better than a D+ or C grade and the fact is, time is up!
|All County Commissioner candidates have been invited to meet with BUSINESS Queen Anne's during their March, April or May board meetings. Here are bullet points from the five candidate discussion at the May 29th meeting. We hope to meet with more after the Primaries.|
Mark Anderson - District 4 Republican
Mr. Anderson sent an email stating that he decided to not come and meet with BQA as he believes we are a one issue organization. (Believes that issue is the Southern KI Sewer) He doesn't think we would see eye to eye with him on that issue so he felt it was unnecessary to attend. (While the KI Sewer is important to us, you can see that we discussed many issues with the candidates that visited with us.)
Robert Buckey - District 3 Republican
Mr. Buckey has been here since 1998 and has had a Pest Control business for 23 years. That business does a lot of government contracts. Has worked with many counties and feels QA can do better. He is also very involved with non-profits especially with budgets and audits. Wants to commit his time to this County and bring his business expertise to the Economic Development Commission. Wants to fill the empty commercial properties, reduce property taxes, piggyback taxes and noted that he is funding his own campaign.
- Wye Mills Project - Supports growth in this area. Would like to see more Vo-Tech Programs. Likes that broadband runs past the Community College and feels that with a bit a of massaging to the Comp Plan, this area could be productive.
- YMCA - Feels the government should not fund a private entity and this is the first concern he would address as a County Commissioner. Believes Recordation Tax should be used elsewhere. Wonders why we didn't shop this deal.
- Chesapeake Coalition - Feels that the County should support. Personally supported the coalition financially.
- Weekly Meetings - Expressed that if he does not meet weekly in his own business, then things don't stay on task. Feels the same about the County Commissioner's meetings. He has already visited the county offices and would take the time to continue that if elected. Was surprised to hear that no commissioners have visited the Detention Center in 2 years. Mentioned that he will have his own office space in town if elected.
- KI Sewer - Feels affordability is a concern but knows that something must be done.
- Four Seasons - He sold his home across from where the Four Seasons is planned. He thinks there have been strides made in the infrastructure that created his original concerns. Would still like to see it elsewhere but if elected, he won't stop this development.
Roger Twigg - Clerk of the Court Republican
Mr. Twigg has over twenty years of experience in Management Leadership Roles encompassing Business Administration and Operational Management in the private sector. He is currently employed as a General Manager for LSG Sky Chefs located at Reagan National airport, where he oversees a business consisting of a $12 million budget, 120 employees and 12 management personnel. He has also served as a District Court Commissioner for Queen Anne's County. In this role he worked as the on-call Commissioner, covering nights and weekends. As an appointed Judicial Officer of the District Court, Mr. Twigg had daily interaction with the citizens and police agencies within the county. He agrees we need a new courthouse but questioned the land purchase but acknowledges that he was not involved.
Phil Dumenil - District 3 Republican
Phil is an incumbent with four years of experience. He has seen the Commercial Tax Base go from 6 or 7% to being close to 10% now while in office. He wants to stay the course on the KI Sewer project as well.
- Chesapeake Coalition - While he believes in the coalition, he is leery to join until the KI Sewer project receives funding from the State.
- Lowery Farm Project - Not opposed to this project. Would help make QA County a destination point instead of just a pass through county. Everyone seems excited about things like a movie theater but there has to be enough residents to support the business.
- YMCA - He explained that there was a special report done that showed impact and usage and 68% of those polled said the location in Centreville was convenient or semi-convenient. It also projected that there would only be a 4-6% drop off from other gym memberships. He explained that the County asked the YMCA to be a financial partner and that recordation taxes would be used to pay them back. The County owns the land and building and due to the land deed being restrictive, there weren't many ways they could use the land.
Gene Legg - District 1 Republican
Gene is a lifelong resident of Queen Anne's County. He feels that everyone needs to pull together to find balance or the taxpayers will have to pay in the long run. Feels that there are a lot of uninformed voters out there and the people with the loudest voice (and largest wallets) always get there information in the forefront. He wants to talk to everyone and create a joined effort.
- Weekly Meetings - He's retired so he has the time to meet weekly and supports that.
- KI Sewer - Having worked for the County Roads Department for years, Gene has been in the ditches in the southern end of Kent Island and knows that something must be done. The alternative systems that create drain fields only add to the problem! Alternative systems without drain fields would open up lots for development. Concerned about lot consolidation as he feels it will lead to lawsuits.
- Wye Mills Plan - Likes the thought of something happening in this area due to the infrastructure already being in place.
- Lowery Project - Has questions about traffic and wonders if there will be any sewer allocation left if the KI Sewer moves forward.
Dave Olds - District 4 Republican
Dave is retired from the DC fire department and has lived in QA County for over 30 years. His passion was coaching kids and did that for 50 years. He feels that he has worked hard the last four years getting the county back on track financially and look forward to continuing that. His hope is that enough fiscally responsible commissioners are elected that are conscientious of the budget. He is going to work on lowering the county income (piggyback) tax and hopes to get that accomplished within two years.
- KI Sewer - Voted against this as he is worried if some of the residents can afford it and he is concerned with property rights.
- Chesapeake Coalition - He has supported the thought that the County should join since day one. Feels that it won't happen until after the Primary.
- YMCA - While he loves the YMCA and would be happy to have them in the County, he voted against the current deal. As a conservative he believes it is not the County's place to make loans to private entities especially while we are borrowing money for other things.
- Four Seasons - This would be one of his top priorities if re-elected. The money this would bring to the County makes it important to get moving forward.
|May 2, 2014 - Clean Chesapeake Coalition corresponds with State Delegates and Senators regarding efforts to clean the bay as it relates to Conowingo Dam and is signed by all representatives that are members of the coalition.|Click here to read letter!
May 2, 2014 - Clean Chesapeake Coalition corresponds with Maryland's congressional delegation and files written testimony with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, regarding its Field Hearing on "Finding Cooperative Solutions to Environmental Concerns with the Conowingo Dam to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay."Click here to read letter!
May 5, 2014 - Clean Chesapeake Coalition puts together questions for the Senate Field Hearing.
Click here to read questions!
|BQA MEMBERSHIP & AD SPONSORSHIP|
QAC has another important upcoming election, BQA seeks support both in member numbers and sponsor dollars to keep our momentum going! Recall the last election, support we received allowed us to run positive, verifiable, fact based ad's which helped counter confusing & at times misleading information being presented to County voters. The entrenched groups against growth have a record, we'd like to remind the County of that record when the new campaign promises of compromise or working together start ramping up in earnest! The undeniable fact is their record clearly shows they've an unwavering adherence to No Growth anywhere, anyhow in QAC! BQA has great faith in Queen Anne's County voters, especially when they're fully informed as to the issues, including cost/benefit analysis, with balanced information.
If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at
You can also contact email@example.com
for a copy of the following application!
Your BQA Board!
Steve Donovan, President
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If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at
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Mark Your Calendar...
County Commissioner's Meeting
Second and Fourth
Tuesday of the month!
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107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE FUND
CENTREVILLE - To spur economic development and the creation and retention of jobs in Queen Anne's County the commissioners last year established an Economic Development Incentive Fund. The county received 17 applications from businesses representing technology and manufacturing firms as well as agriculture, medical, hospitality and mixed use commercial companies.
County Commissioner Bob Simmons said, "The fund was created to nurture existing and emerging Queen Anne's County businesses with a primary focus on those related to technology, agriculture, medical, start-up businesses and capital improvements for existing, vacant or underutilized space. So we are very pleased that so many of these types of businesses are planning on expanding here."
The county originally committed $750,000 and the commissioners also approved $0.50 of each $4.95 recordation tax transaction be dedicated to replenish the fund. The recordation tax monies are expected to generate about $350,000 each year. Currently, the fund has approximately a $1.4 million balance. This year's applicants requested a total of $3.66 million.
Of the 17 applicants, 10 firms were selected to enter into the next round of interviews with the Queen Anne's County Economic Development Incentive Fund Commission which will make the determination of which firms will be selected to receive loans. According to Director of Economic Development, Dr. Faith Elliott Rossing, all of the applicants have been advised of the Incentive Fund Commission action as it relates to their submission. For those not moving forward to the interview segment, additional support is being offered through SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and other potential resources and funding options.
County Commissioner James Moran said, "The strength and completeness of the applications validates there is a need for programs such as this one to assist with economic development initiatives in Queen Anne's County. This process confirms the county has an existing business base ready to expand in place and potential businesses willing to relocate here."
The disbursement of the Funds is at the sole discretion of the Queen Anne's County Economic Development Incentive Fund Commission based specific criteria. Eligible businesses must be located within the geographic boundaries of Queen Anne's County although homeowner residency is not a requirement. Applicants must demonstrate the expected economic impact, such as job creation and retention; increase in production or potential for a new niche market. Projects must be consistent with the county's development land use goals and economic priorities and applicants must demonstrate a need for the funds.
The Economic Development Fund Commission looks forward to finalizing the first round of applications but is also anxious to see what other businesses future rounds of the program will bring forth. Additional information is available online at www.qactv.com/economic-development-incentive-fund.
|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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