May 2017

A LOOK BACK IN TIME
While this letter was written 15 years ago, many of the sentiments here still ring true!  Business Queen Anne's is currently looking forward to the next election cycle for our County Commissioners, the Comp Plan will be part of this next term, so this letter is indeed timely. Plus it gives us a great outline of why BQA was started all those years ago, and why it's as just as important today to Join Business Queen Anne's and support our efforts to balance the noise, correct the misinformation and support your Property Rights!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
September 25, 2002
The Bay Times Page 7 

Business Queen Anne's is comprised of a broad group of business people from Queen Anne's County.

The idea for this group goes back almost 10 years, as area business people realized their interests were not being effectively represented in Centreville. The issue of forming a new business group was again raised in early 1996 and resurfaced in early 2002.Three local business leaders of long standing in Queen Anne's County, being totally dissatisfied by the directions and actions of county government in their dealings with the business community, declared now was the time to form a new group.

Karen Oertel (Harris Crab House),Pat DiDonato (DiDonato Property Management) and Mike Katinas (Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House) [and Bob Wilson (Mear's Point Marina)] called other business leaders together to discuss founding a business group that would be more dynamic, quicker to respond, and more willing to be vocal on issues in Queen Anne's County than existing groups had been in the past. Therein lies the creation of Business Queen Anne's whose core issues of concern are government spending, lack of leadership and government unresponsiveness to the needs of the business community. From this beginning, founding members were solicited from the business community who would be willing to make a $2,500 investment in their businesses and in the future of Queen Anne's County as seed money to start the organization.

Contrary to circulating rumors, large developers such as K. Hovnanian, Ryan Homes, Pulte, and Koch are not founding members of Business Queen Anne's. 

Furthermore, no one on the board of directors, and no employee of Business Queen Anne's is now, or ever has been, a paid employee of or consultant to any large developer. We can only assume that efforts to discredit this organization are based on one or more candidates' lack of a pro-business and pro- county agenda.

Single issue candidates do not make good leaders. Those who would make the effort to discredit an organization such as Business Queen Anne's, whose members have spent countless hours to improve the opportunities for every citizen of Queen Anne's County, because they lack an understanding of business related issues facing this county, are justified in fearing that this organization will expose them to the voting public. We intend to do our part to help the citizens of Queen Anne's County make the right choices come Nov.5.That will include asking tough questions, and making both the candidates and public think long and hard about the issues that will affect all our futures. It is easy to pick one issue, but there is a lot more at stake in the upcoming elections.

As a coalition for economic development and responsible government, the mission of Business Queen Anne's is to better the situation for all businesses in Queen Anne's County, to see that county government is fiscally responsible, and to make certain that our county commissioners - not the paid employees of county government - set policy for the future of this county. What's good for business is good for every citizen of Queen Anne's County. A vibrant and expanding economy means lower taxes and more job opportunities for our citizens. Without a consistent and controlled expansion of both residential and non-residential tax bases, our property and piggyback taxes will increase dramatically. The candidates that are one-issue candidates better figure this out in a hurry.

Business Queen Anne's is a legitimate business organization, duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland and is currently awaiting its 501(C) 3 classification as a nonprofit entity. The membership recently met, adopted bylaws and elected a board of directors which includes Wayne Gardner (Friel Lumber Company), Mike Katinas (Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House), Barry Waterman (Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty), Bob Wilson (Mears Point Marina), Karen Oertel (Harris Crab House), Mike Dahle (Bay Carpets Flooring America), and Jim Foor, DVM. Our mission statement is as follows: 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.

If anyone or any candidate has a question regarding what we are all about, all they have to do is go to the source. Perpetuation of misinformation through innuendo and the rumor mill is nothing less than irresponsible. I truly hope we can now put all this nonsense to rest.

Wayne Gardner (Friel Lumber Company)
Chairman of the Board 2002
 

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY 2018 BUDGET
County Commissioners recently presented the proposed 2018 budget at public hearings. Find highlights below and make sure to check out this page for all the details!

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Highlights:

Budgeted Growth - $4.1 million or 3.2%, increase from $129.7 million in FY2017 to $133.8 million in FY2018

Revenue - Income tax & property tax make up 86% of total County revenue sources

Income Tax Revenue - Projected to grow by 6.4%

Property Tax Revenue - Relatively stagnant, projected to grow by 1.8%

Property Tax Assessable Base - Increase of 3.2% for area reassessed (north County)

Tax Rates - Remain the same, property tax rate is $0.8471/$100 of assessed value; income tax rate is 3.2%

Constant Yield Rate is $0.8388 per $100 of assessed value, slightly lower than the current rate of $0.8471 per $100 of assessed value which will result in $670,000 in revenue above what would be collected at the Constant Yield rate

Employee Compensation Increase - 2% for county employees

Board of Education - Funded at Maintenance of Effort, increase of $1.3 million

Enhancements - 7 new full time positions

Southern Kent Island Sewer Project - $225,000 financial aid funding

AAA Bond Rating
According to Fitch Ratings - RAC 2017 Release Queen Anne's County "The county's 'AAA' reflects its stable economic base, supporting historically strong operating performance and a solid revenue framework, coupled with spending flexibilityFitch expects growth prospects for revenues to be above inflation given strong growth in income taxes and modest appreciation in residential property valuesConservative budget management practices have contributed to consistent reserve levels maintained at amounts above what Fitch deems adequate for an 'aaa' reserve safety margin."

(Business Queen Anne's would like to thank Commissioners Steve Wilson and Jim Moran for all their hard work and dedication to help this county achieve the AAA Bond Rating. Well done gentlemen!)




There will be one more budget work session on May 9th and the budget is scheduled to be adopted on May 23rd.
 
WELCOME NEW EDC DIRECTOR

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners announced their recent appointment of Paige Tilghman, as the Director for the Office of Economic Development. Tilghman's primary responsibilities will be to manage the business retention, expansion and attraction activities for the Queen Anne's County Commissioners under the direction of County Administrator, Gregg Todd.

Commissioner Robert Buckey said, "I am very pleased to welcome Paige Tilghman as the new Economic Development Director for Queen Anne's County. And as the Commissioners' Economic Development Liaison I am looking forward to working with her."

Tilghman has invested the majority of her career in state and county economic development positons and has developed an extensive network of government, private sector and nonprofit professionals to support development efforts. She most recently served as the Director for the Talbot County Office of Economic Development where she successfully completed several business expansion and retention projects for local companies.

Tilghman served with the Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly the Office of Business and Economic Development) with responsibilities for managing Regional Offices including the 8 counties of the Eastern Shore and the Southern and Mid Maryland Regional Offices. Her work included oversight for the retention of the regional business base and the brokering of state and federal resources to impact job growth and investment.

Her early work was devoted to workforce development and corporate training projects throughout the state. She completed a Master's of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College and a Bachelors of A&S degree from Catholic University of America in Washington DC in addition to professional development programs in the field of economic development through the IEDC. Tilghman resides with her husband Ben in Centreville, Maryland.

Tilghman joins Economic Development Coordinator Jean Fabi who served as the interim economic development director for after the former director, Jamie Gilbert, stepped down to return to his family in South Carolina. During Fabi's tenure, she was able to successfully submit applications and receive approval for an Enterprise Zone designation in Queen Anne's County; a 1,300-acre area that 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.

The Enterprise Zone enables businesses to claim tax credits for hiring members of targeted groups and for conducting business in specifically designated areas. With this designation, the county will be able to promote job creation to increase the commercial tax base and redevelop under-utilized or vacant commercial and industrial land in Queen Anne's County. Fabi coordinates the business retention and call program for and administers resources to the 1,400 business of Queen Anne's County. She also serves as the economic development liaison to the planning department and is instrumental in supporting the development process for expanding businesses or new commercial development.

Both Fabi and Tilghman are coordinating their efforts to provide a timely and unified source of information, referrals and resources to support the retention and growth of the existing business base of the county. They serve commissioners and administer and work with the county's Economic Development Commission which advises the commissioners on economic development matters.

The Economic Development Commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage Visitor Center at the Narrows. Tilghman and Fabi are available to call on businesses to discuss retention and expansion strategies and support a strong economic base for Queen Anne's County. You may reach the office at 410-758-4088 ext. 1340 or by calling 410-604-2100.

Business Queen Anne's welcomes Ms. Tilghman and we look forward to working with her to create a business friendly attitude in Queen Anne's County and sound economic development!

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!

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


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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