November 15, 2017 Issue of Planning Practice Wednesday

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Planning Assistance in Action

A Better Maryland Kicks off with Listening Sessions in Garrett County

Outreach for A Better Maryland kicked off with enthusiasm in Garrett County on Monday, November 6. Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters, Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) Rob McCord, Assistant Secretary of Planning Services Pat Keller, and Director of Planning Coordination Chuck Boyd, who is also the Project Manager for A Better Maryland, visited local county and municipal community leaders in the county government offices in Oakland and at Garrett College. The project team solicited stakeholder input on what should be in a state development plan and how it can assist local planning objectives. Planning would like to extend a special thanks to Debbie Carpenter, Director of Planning and Land Management for Garrett County, for assisting with meeting organization and local outreach. Read full article...

A Better Maryland Garrett

Local Spotlight

Interview with Jamie Williams: Economic Development Coordinator for Kent County

Chestertown, founded in 1706, is the county seat of Kent.  The Town flourished in the 18th century, serving as a major port for both exporting Maryland’s agricultural products and importing exotic wares from the West Indies and Europe. In an age when overland travel proved difficult and dangerous, Kent County served as a popular stopping point for people navigating between Philadelphia and Virginia via waterways. While Chestertown’s economy stagnated slightly following the revolution, by the 19th century, the construction of the still standing courthouse and the arrival of a railroad line signaled a new era; the population doubling by 1900. Read full article...

Jamie Williams

Meet the Planning Staff

Chuck Boyd

Chuck Boyd is the Director of Planning Coordination for the Maryland Department of Planning. He is responsible for preparing and implementing major policy and management initiatives related to local assistance, environmental planning, and infrastructure policy planning. Tasked with a wide range of assignments, he works with staff from the department, other State agencies, local officials, stakeholders, and the public. Read full bio...


Chuck Boyd

Continuing Education & Training

In each newsletter, we highlight the most relevant and timely upcoming events. Our website does include many additional events, so please visit it regularly for updates. Listings are searchable by subject.


Upcoming Conferences and Seminars

Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.

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Nature City Forum
November 16
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2017 Rural Summit
December 1
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Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

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T3 Webinar: Introducing FTA’s Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan
Tuesday, December 5 @ 1 p.m. 

Land Use, Mobility and Technology in Urban America
Wednesday, December 13 @ 1 pm
AICP CM Approved

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

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Changes in Nonprofit Accounting Standards
Tuesday, December 5, Washington DC
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Grant Management Class (Two Days)
Thursday, December 7-8,  Washington, DC
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

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All Three U.S. EPA Brownfields Grants Close Tomorrow, November 16!

FY 18 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants

FY 18 Guidelines for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants 

FY 18 Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants

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