October 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TITLE ONE!

"Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." 
Peter Drucker

Congratulations to our Chairman, Steve Donovan and his wife Missy 
for 20 years in business with
TITLE ONE AND ASSOCIATES, INC.!!

 
FOUR SEASONS KI ABOUT TO START
First Home deliveries anticipated Fall 2018

Chester MD, September 26, 2017:  K. Hovnanian Homes announced it will commence land development activities on the first phase of its much anticipated Four Seasons at Kent Island. Located just north of the intersection of Castle Marina Road and Main Street (Rt. 18) in Chester, Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island is a waterfront, resort-style 55+ Active Adult community. "We are excited to begin work on this fantastic community" said Mike Irons, Area President K. Hovnanian Homes. "This will be the flagship active adult community on the east coast" said Irons.

 Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island will feature single family homes starting in the low $400's, as well as waterfront condominiums with elevators and individual garages. The community is planned to include a 24,000-square foot clubhouse featuring a banquet hall, fitness center and both indoor and outdoor pools. There will also be miles of trails and a 470' fishing pier on the Chester River.

The Four Seasons at Kent Island will provide for over 336 acres of open space including a 131-acre public eco-park adjacent to the Cross-Island trail and a 6.5-acre waterfront park along Macum Creek with parking and restrooms. Hovnanian has committed over $30 million in improvements and payments to Queen Anne's County over the buildout of the community." The Four Seasons at Kent Island will have a positive net fiscal impact on the County and create many job opportunities" said Irons, who is also a resident of Queen Anne's County. Anyone interested in more information should visit www.khov.com.
 
CONTRACT WITH FTS TERMINATED
Queen Anne's County will no longer pursue contract negotiations with Broadband firm FTS Fiber. During the September 26 Commissioners' Meeting, the board signed a letter to the firm terminating negotiations for the firm to bring Broadband to Queen Anne's County.

"While we understand that FTS is still pursuing funding for this and other projects, we feel that it is in both parties, best interest to terminate this project and our involvement with FTS now to avoid further project delays. We wish you and FTS the best of luck as you restructure and move forward," the notification letter states.

County Commissioner Mark Anderson said, "When the county solicited and received requests from firms to bring more businesses and citizens connectivity to internet, FTS was the recommendation of a citizen panel and in house internet staff based upon technical service. During the FTS contract presentations before the county commissioners, questions were asked about the lack of standard performance bond protections. FTS said they could not provide a performance bond. The county commissioners made this tentative agreement conditioned on FTS providing other security for the county's six to eight million dollar investment. FTS was unable to provide this security. The county commissioners acted to disengage further discussions with FTS so as to move on with exploring opportunities to provide this service."

THEN AND NOW - CONOWINGO & BQA
BQA got behind the Conowingo Dam issue long ago, to our great credit, and now the Governor and DNR and Fisheries all working to address that issue along with others, as opposed to the CBF's decades of great talk with basically no demonstrable Bay health improvement action, over a 50 year timeline. 
Steve Donovan
BQA Chairman

April 29, 2014

To the Queen Anne's County Commissioners:
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was founded in 1967 with a mission to "Save the Bay, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF's Health Index (1 - 100)."  47 years later after untold millions of dollars in funding and contributions, they've managed a D+ grade (32 out of 70) according to their own biannual State of the Bay report (2013)?  Einstein correctly noted, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."   
 
Queen Anne's County has approximately 50,000 residents.  Many were and are attracted here for a variety of reasons beyond our low cost of living, rural look and feel, open spaces, family friendly communities & great schools.  Woven in to most every reason to "Live, Work & Play" here is the Bay itself, its functionality and beauty add significantly to our unique quality of life. 
 
Queen Anne's County has a long history of waterman who relied on the Bay's fisheries to make their living, raise their families and of course contribute tax revenues.  According to the Counties website, Hospitality & Tourism accounts for nearly one fifth of our employment figures, and between the Hotel tax and the Admission & Amusement tax generate $630,655.00 in direct County revenues (FY2013 act, county budget page 6).  Most here appear to recognize that without a healthy, functioning Chesapeake Bay, there's little reason for anyone to stop in and visit, to "Live, Work & Play" in QAC.
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundations webpage correctly notes the Bay's problemsstem not only from commercial and recreational activities directly in the Bay, but also from the 48 rivers and some 150 streams that feed the estuary, some 64,000 square miles of watershed area, stretching all the way north to the headwaters of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Located on one major river in Maryland feeding the upper Bay (the Susquehanna), lies the Conowingo Dam.  Completed in 1928, the dam produces 252 megawatts of power, second only to Niagara Falls in hydroelectric power generation.  Exelon Corporation holds the FERC license to operate, & profit from this facility, so it's fair to expect they maintain and improve it.  The license issued by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is for a period from 30 to 50 years, renewal of the license is slated for September 1 2014, yet the previous license had no requirements of the company in terms of dredging what is now 86 years of piled up sediment with 'who knows what in it' behind the dam?  This sediment is now arguably spilling over every day with most any rain event, and in significant quantities easily identifiable by satellite for every major event like severe storms, tropical Storms and Hurricanes.  And though Exelon filed its application to relicense with FERC back in August of 2012, not a word was heard from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as to this huge upper Bay killing issue, until the Clean Chesapeake Coalition came together and said 'enough'!  Only then, did the Chesapeake Bay Foundation file to intervene in the process, August 20, 2013, a year after the relicense application had been submitted.  Sensible people correctly ask, why so late to the table?       
 
The Clean Chesapeake Coalition is focusing like a laser on this very specific issue of point source pollution, separate of all other mitigation plans.  It has the buy-in of Eight area counties, some who have already twice paid the $25,000.00 fee to join and focus efforts on 'this elephant in the room' sized solvable problem first! 
 
The mission of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition is "to advocate, raise awareness and take action in order to improve the poor water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in the most effective and fiscally responsible manner possible. The coalition seeks to re-establish Maryland's waters and its oyster, crab, fishing, and seafood packaging industries that were once so vital to our local economies. We want the Bay to be restored to its once great role as a beacon of recreation for residents and our tourism industries."  Further, the coalition seeks "to challenge the wasteful spending on the many government mandates that rely on ineffective programs and/or facilities".  Some programs I might add that after 47 years have only managed to bring us up to a 'D+' grade? 
 
Members of the coalition include Kent, Frederick, Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Cecil & Wicomico Counties.  Some of these counties don't sit directly on or near the Chesapeake Bay like Queen Anne's County.  And no doubt some of these Counties would love to have our location, our revenues and our budget surplus, thanks to your hard work and efforts.
 
Business Queen Anne's remains highly supportive of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, we ask you consider joining in this effort to demonstrably 'Save the Bay', so there always remains a reason to "Live, Work and Play" in Queen Anne's County, thank you.
 
Steve Donovan
BQA Chairman

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@me.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
Just a reminder that the 
Membership Dues Renewal Invoices 
have gone out and are now due
If you have any questions, 
please contact Sandra at
 

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
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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