Upcoming "A Better Maryland" Meetings in Western Maryland

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The Maryland Department of Planning would like to invite you to our second round of outreach for the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. We previously visited your community and we are returning to continue the dialogue. Your suggestions were incredibly informed and detailed and we would appreciate your assistance this fall.

We have been busy this past summer compiling and analyzing input in partnership with other state agencies, the Smart Growth Subcabinet, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, American Planning Association (APA) Maryland, and planning directors from across the state. You can check out the feedback by county on our What We’ve Heard page.

We are beginning a second round of meetings across Maryland and will be announcing more dates very soon. We hope you will join us.

Frostburg: Tuesday, October 9 @ 6 pm

Lyric Theatre

Frostburg State University

20 E. Main Street

Hagerstown: Wednesday, October 10 @ 6:30 pm

Career Programs Building (CPB)

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive

A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.

At each of the meetings, we will be seeking your continued input on the following issues that were identified from the first round of community engagement.

Tackling the Economic Development Needs of the Next Century

Sustaining the Environment into the Future

Preserving Land

Improving Economic Growth and Development in Existing Communities

Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Addressing Maryland’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Creating Workforce/Affordable Housing

Building Capacity in Communities

Protecting Historic and Cultural Resources

Creating Quality Places

Coordinating State Agencies in Planning Processes

Adapting and Becoming Resilient to Climate Change

Respecting Regional Distinctions

Improving the Delivery of Programs and Services to Local Jurisdictions

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.  Please share this with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Together we will develop the new state development plan, A Better Maryland.