March 2015  


BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to Congratulation Jamie Gilbert on his recent appointment as the new Economic Development Director in Queen Anne's County!

BQA Chairman Steve Donovan has invited Mr. Gilbert to meet with the BQA Board at the end of March. His invitation stated, "Without being too presumptive, I'd imagine you've heard some of the issues facing this County between those FOR reasonable, managed growth and those AGAINST.  Business Queen Anne's is a membership organization that came to existence in Spring of 2002 in order to be a more visible, more involved & much stronger counter balancing voice of reason for local economic development issues, projects, zoning."

Mr. Gilbert replied, "I would love to meet with your group. It's important for me to get an understanding of the history of economic development in the community and your perspective on how we can do to be successful in the future. I have the meeting on my calendar and look forward to getting to know your organization."

BUSINESS Queen Anne's looking forward to meeting with Jamie and to echo the new motto for the State of Maryland, we hope that soon our County will be "open for business"!

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

You can also contact for a copy of the following application!

House Bill 638 which is being supported by the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. This is a water quality bill. An act concerning Natural Resources, Oysters, Shell Seeding, Shell Replenishment, and Rotational Harvest. He doesn't think it will pass as is, but it's a good starting point. The bill can be found on their website here.

For more Clean Chesapeake Coalition News, click here! 


Have you seen this article on the Maryland Public Policy Institute Website?

Current plans to restore Chesapeake won't work without Conowingo cleanup, report says

Click on the link to read the article from October 2014 that warns that Maryland's $14.4 billion plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will not satisfy an EPA mandate-because the plan ignores the Conowingo Dam as the single largest source of sediment and nutrient pollution in the Bay.

According to BQA Board Member George O'Donnell, "There are those that question the cost of mitigating the sediment in the Conowingo Pond, to them I offer the following. The Chesapeake Bay was just valued at a 100 plus billion dollar annual asset to the state of Maryland! I would also like to remind those that question the cost that the Federal Government spent 125 billion dollars in the Gulf region after hurricane Katrina. It was a natural disaster in September of 2011 tropical storm Lee that was a defining event in polluting a 50 mile portion of the Bay and devastating our shell fisheries, bay grasses and water quality in general. With these thoughts in mind the billion dollars price tag for the clean-up becomes much more reasonable!"



5 Big Items from February 24th Queen Anne's County Commissioners Meeting:


1. They introduced the new county Economic Development Director, Mr. Jamie Gilbert who started work here that week. Mr. Gilbert has an extensive background as a professional economic developer with experience in Maryland and the southeast. He now will head the county's Economic Development Efforts working closely with the Economic Development Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to assist our existing businesses to grow and attract new ones. His goal will be to bring more jobs here with family sustaining wages so that our commuters can quit the bridge and work where they live and play.


2. The Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of the Fire and EMS Commission leaders, Bill Faust - Chair, Francis Kinnamon - Vice Chair and Tracey Johnston -Secretary. (see photo). The Commissioners also unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Lori O'Connell as Chair of the Animal Control Commission.


3. The Commissioners held public hearings on Water/Sewer Plan Amendments and approved two - for the Bartlett Property and Camp Wright. We held off voting on the Leo LLC property (Waterman Joe's Coffee at the top of Route 8) while more info is gathered.


4. A new county policy was announced stating that the county will now post properties when a minor site plan is proposed for no less than 10 days with a sign that indicates an application has been filed with Planning and Zoning and provide the Department's address and phone number for additional information. This policy change is in response to constituent concerns that the old policy of only posting proposed projects with more than 10,000 sq. feet of floor space kept citizens in the dark on important projects that impact them.


5. Commissioner Anderson proposed two new pieces of legislation including one (County Ordinance 15-05) that prohibits the sale, offer to sell and display to Minors of written material regarding the cultivation, storage, propagation and consumption of Marijuana and another (County Ordinance 15-04) the requires LLC etc... ownership disclosure in connection with applications before certain boards. The Commissioners will hold hearings on these later. You can read these and all the proposed ordinances on our new website here: 


In the news recently there was a tragic story about an elderly Georgia couple who arranged meeting to close on an online classified advertisement. The victims had cash and met with someone they believed was going to possibly sell them a classic car. The couple disappeared, their bodies were recovered several days later and the suspect was arrested.


"While this hasn't occurred in Queen Anne's County, we want to make sure that the citizens of Queen Anne's have a safe place to conduct transactions that are initiated through online sites like Craigslist" said Sheriff Gary Hofmann. "Persons who seek to prey on our citizens will not likely want to conduct transactions with law enforcement present".


Effective immediately, the Office of the Sheriff for Queen Anne's County welcomes the public to close online deals at our headquarters location either in the parking lot or the office lobby. "It can be a bit unnerving to meet a total stranger, or have someone come to your residence to look at or buy valuable items especially on cash transactions.  We believe that by offering a safe haven it will give folks some peace of mind" said Hofmann.


The Office of the Sheriff Headquarters is located at 505 Railroad Avenue in Centreville, Maryland. Staff is on duty 24 hours daily and to ensure staff is aware of your scheduled transaction persons are encouraged to advise the Duty Office by calling (410) 758-0770 prior to your arrival.

In This Issue


Your BQA Board!


Steve Donovan, President

Title One & Associates, Inc.



Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty



Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.



Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America



Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.



Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina



Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power



Gary Hofmann

QAC Sheriff's Department



George O'Donnell




Jack Ashley



Sandra Early 






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!

Spring Boat Show
March 28 & 29, 2015 


Please join us for our inaugural Spring Boat Show! Enjoy a variety of boats from area vendors and marinas. Contact the Management office for more information.

Military Appreciation

Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book.


50 Plus Shopper Perks
Join us on Tuesdays for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks.

If you are at least 50 years of age you can take advantage of an added 10% savings on Tuesdays by simply presenting a photo identification with your proof of age to the cashier at participating stores. View a list of participating stores.

Stores for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks continue to grow, so please stop by the Information Center to view our most current list. 





BQA is 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 


Click the logo above for the latest QAC Financial Status Update!! 




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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