October 2014 

MEET & GREET - You're invited!
Senator Hershey and Delegate Steve Arentz have confirmed that they will be speaking.
Governor Candidate Hogan and Congressman Harris have sent their regrets.

September 2, 2014


Queen Anne's County Commissioners
107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, Maryland 21617


County Commissioners:


Business Queen Anne's goes on record and writes in full support of the annexation and zoning to PRC (Planned Regional Commercial) of the Wheatland's Farm project, currently pending before the Town Commissioners of Queenstown.


Queen Anne's County continues to have need for an increased commercial tax base and new jobs, and this proposal will create both.  Consider taxes paid, other County revenues and the jobs/employment benefits of the 'retail only' Outlets at the Route 50/301 split, a 15.695 acre site, the Wheatland's project is approximately 75 acres of mixed use development.   In addition,
this will be one of very few business sites with public water and sewer, which is a necessity for any significant economic development.


In addition to supporting the Wheatland's project, we also urge you waive the Five Year hold on zoning, which is necessary to allow the project to proceed promptly after annexation is completed, and immediately begin benefiting both County tax revenues and new job creation.




Steve Donovan, President
Business Queen Anne's
CC: Queenstown Town Commissioners



 A Better Way to Restore the Chesapeake Bay

When: October 28, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. - Reception / 7:00 p.m. Forum
Location: Washington College - Hynson Lounge, 300 Washington Avenue., Chestertown, Maryland, 21620

Maryland officials expect that it will cost over $14 billion in the next decade to meet EPA pollution mitigation targets for the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Yet Maryland has pointedly ignored a single, enormous source of the pollutants-the massive amount of water-scoured sediment and trapped nitrogen and phosphorus behind the Susquehanna River's Conowingo Dam. Periodic discharges from the dam, such as the one following Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, spill enormous amounts of sediment and nutrients into the Bay, dwarfing the most optimistic cleanup targets that have been set for the watershed.

What should Maryland do to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution, and is current policy too much or too little?




Robert M. Summers, Ph.D.
Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment


Jim Simpson
Economist and author of the forthcoming Maryland Public Policy Institute report, "A Better Way to Restore the Chesapeake Bay"


David Schnare
Senior Fellow, Energy and the Environment
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy




Christian Krahforst, Ph.D.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Environment & Society
Washington College





BQA would like to acknowledge the following members and thank them for renewing their membership!  


Champion Improvements, Inc. 

Harris Crab House


Welcome New Member

David S. Brown Enterprises, Ltd.




BUSINESS Queen Anne's is not like any other business advocacy group in Queen Anne's County. When an issue that affects business arises in Queen Anne's County, we don't have to be neutral or careful to not step on toes! That can make some a little leery, but if your businesses needs someone to stand up and support you, then you'll be glad to have BQA there for you!

BQA has been vocal in the past on issues such as:

Four Seasons on Kent Island
FASTC Project
Wye Mills/Chesapeake College Expansion
Conowingo Dam
Minimum Wage Legislature
KI Sewer
Sunday Hunting in QAC
Slippery Hill Community
Adequate Public Facility Ordinance

Generally, we support property rights, balanced business growth, an adequate commercial tax base; we support having businesses that allow residents to work and live here in Queen Anne's County!

Also, the board of BQA has interviewed the local candidates and report to the members their positions so members can easily choose a candidate that is aligned with their views on the issues at hand.

If you like what Business Queen Anne's does, but have concern as to customer reaction or backlash, we have a solution... Companies or individuals can become anonymous BQA members or sponsorship supporters!
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
BQA Supports Wheatlands
Coalition News
Thank You!!
BQA Membership & Ad Sponsorship
Mark Your Calendar
Queenstown Premium Outlets
Assistance Needed


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

Premium Outlets® Pink Event

October 1-31

Queenstown Premium Outlets is teaming up with Susan G. Komen® to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs in our community. During the month of October, please visit the Simon Guest Services Center and donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores. Donations will be accepted on-site only, via cash or credit, with contributions benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. 

Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale
Friday, October 10 - Monday, October 13
Visit our website for extending holiday hours

Join us for Trick or Treating!    

Costumed children 12 & under are invited to Trick or Treat at Queenstown Premium Outlets
Friday, October 31
5-7 p.m.
Center Wide - complimentary Trick or Treating bags at Guest Services while supplies last!   



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!! 




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