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Maryland Climate Leadership Academy

Advancing Maryland’s Preparedness, Economic Vitality & Public Health

Established in 2018 by the State of Maryland in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy will advance the capacity of state and local government agencies, infrastructure organizations and businesses to develop and implement sound climate change initiatives thus ensuring current and future public health, security and economic prosperity.

Maryland’s Climate Leadership Academy will support the work of the Maryland Climate Change Commission, providing important continuing education and executive training to state and local governments, infrastructure organizations and the private sector.

Maryland Natural Resources: September 2018

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September 2018

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Labor Day may be the end of summer vacation, but now is a time when outdoor recreation is getting ready to peak.

September is a month when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources highlights our state’s spectacular and diverse terrain, and the role it plays in our culture, heritage and living history. Read more.

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This month on AccessDNR, we check in on pelican populations, celebrate the prowess of state park lifeguards, measure water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and more!

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Ready for fall? Before the leaves really start changing, sign up for our foliage and festival report touting peak vibrancy forecasts and more!

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The Maryland Conservation Corps honored 32 crew members as they completed 10 months of job training in conservation work and stewardship.

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Now a monthlong initiative, Day to Serve provides ample opportunity for you to volunteer with fellow Marylanders improving our communities.

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The Belvedere Yacht Club in Arnold became the latest to gain our “Clean Marina” status. Check out the steps they’ve taken to help the bay.


Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons
Eastern Shore Waterfowl Hunting Applications
Environmental Trust Protects 50 Acres
Free Trees at Corsica River Day
Harford County Woodland Protected
Lifeguard Competition Builds Camaraderie
Longhorn Tick Confirmed
New Wildlife Management Area
Rural Legacy Program Grants Top $25 Million
Six Coastal Resiliency Projects Approved


Sept. 8: Junior Hunter Field Day
Sept. 9: Woodmont Lodge Open House
Sept. 14-16: Patapsco Trail Fest
Sept. 18: Wetlands and Wildlife Field Day
Sept. 22: National Hunting and Fishing Day
Sept. 22: Trapper Education Workshop
Sept. 23: Wilderness Survival
Sept. 28-30: Outdoors-Woman Wing Workshop
Sept. 29: Monarch Release
Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day

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Maryland Department of Commerce Business Pulse – May 3, 2018

This week is National Small Business Week, a time to honor the companies that make up 99 percent of Maryland businesses. There are plenty of ways to show support – start by choosing a family-owned landscaper for your spring gardening project, or shopping small at a locally-owned store for an upcoming graduation gift.
Top Story - Howard County breaks ground on Merriweather District
  A very merry Maryland Mother’s Day
  Local gift ideas for the Maryland mom More
  State leads delegation to Expo Seguridad in Mexico City More
  International cybersecurity companies vie for iCyberCenter spots More
  Maryland’s national parks generate $234 million More
  Tech company of the week: Trinity Cyber More
  Maryland ranks #1 in U.S. for minority and women businesses ownership
  Hundreds explore career options at Herald-Mail job fair
Governor tours Lockheed Martin - Last week, Governor Hogan toured Lockheed Martin's Middle River facility and presented the company with a Maryland flag. Read more. Defense Diversification Assistance - Are you a defense contractor interested in growing your business to new markets in the U.S. or overseas? You may be eligible for training opportunities. Read more.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS: Small Business Summit Attend
LUTHERVILLE: Maryland’s 3D Medical Revolution Attend
OCEAN CITY: MML Summer Conference Attend
FREDERICK: Technology Showcase

Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program

Are you a defense contractor interested in growing your business to new markets either overseas or at home?

You may be eligible for training and support opportunities with the Maryland Defense Diversi cation Assistance (MDDA) program through the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Eligibility Checklist

  • At least 35% of annual revenue from DoD contracts or grants
  • Good standing with the State
  • More than 1 employee
  • Located and operating in Maryland for at least one year

These flyers contain more information.


State of the Coast: Conference Spotlight – Healthy Ecosystems

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Why attend Maryland’s inaugural State of the Coast Conference?

Maryland’s State of the Coast will consist of two and a half days of presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations and workshops. Session topics will explore the wide variety of resource management issues and opportunities facing state and local decision makers and how to ensure their resources, and the communities that rely on them are resilient now and into the future.

Conference Spotlight: Healthy Ecosystems

Conference participants have the opportunity to learn about both large-scale and small, local ecosystem restoration efforts and what their peers have learned, what factors contributed to success, and how barriers and obstacles were overcome.

Do you want to:

  • Better understand the intersection of financing, funding and partnership in restoration projects
  • Build adaptation and resilience to climate change into your restoration projects
  • Explore the importance of considering ecosystem services in restoration cost-benefit discussions
  • Have an opportunity to exchange information and experiences with ecosystem restoration
  • Hear about emerging practices, techniques and technologies in ecosystem restoration
  • Learn about successful partnerships and means to leverage resources

Then register today!

In addition, the State of the Coast will be offering a special one day workshop, Applying Stream Restoration Strategies as Part of a Watershed Implementation Plan that is included in your registration.

Conducted by Richard Starr, who leads the Maryland Office of Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC, which focuses on providing environmental planning and restoration services to meet the many water quality challenges that are facing Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic region. Starr has over 25 years of experience specializing in watershed and stream restoration.

The workshop will consist of a combination of classroom and field training on Chesapeake Bay Program protocols and methods to evaluate, identify and prioritize potential stream projects for implementation. There will be an afternoon site visit to a local stream for an assessment. Lunch is included.

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What’s included in my registration? 

The conference will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, located on the banks of the Choptank River. There will also be great networking opportunities, including a welcome reception Monday night, tours and workshops. The “Brews and Bivalves” reception at Horn Point will be hosted by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, Flying Dog Brewery and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.


Important hotel reservation reminder

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay (100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge).

Participants are eligible for a discounted rate ($144 per night). Book your hotel room before April 30.

Southern Maryland Broadband Demand Survey


THE NEED for broadband Internet services is a quality of life factor for rural residents, and an economic issue for local businesses in rural communities. Last Mile Broadband of Maryland LLC in partnership with the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. launches this Broadband Demand Survey process to assess the need for broadband services at the neighborhood level.

YOUR PARTICIPATION will help quantify and confirm the demand for affordable, high-speed broadband services, as well as, identify specific underserved and unserved areas in Southern Maryland. The survey results will also help us attract and solidify public and private funding; supporting our efforts to bring affordable and quality-oriented broadband services to rural communities throughout Southern Maryland.

PLEASE SHARE the broadband survey with your neighbors, family members, colleagues and organizations. We ask that you provide your address information; in order for us to specifically target underserved and unserved locations.

Your information will be CONFIDENTIAL; providing your e-mail address also allow to keep you abreast of the upcoming community briefings; and of our efforts in bringing affordable, high-speed broadband Internet services to your community. If there are any questions or you need access to a survey; contact us at

SMMCOCFDN and Last Mile Broadband of Maryland – Broadband Initiative

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Broadband demand surveys and high-level broadband network designs

The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Last Mile Broadband of Maryland LLC, was awarded a Rural Maryland Council grant, to conduct broadband demand surveys and high-level broadband network designs in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.  The funding provided is certainly not enough to conduct the surveys and high-level network engineering to fully cover all areas of the Counties.

We are enlisting the help of stakeholders in each County to identify 2-4 unserved or underserved areas in each County that would be viable candidates for our broadband demand survey and high-level network engineering efforts.

The criteria for selection would include:

  • Presently have limited or no access to broadband services
  • Ability to access to the Maryland Broadband Cooperative fiber backbone
  • Areas that fit the USDA Rural Broadband Loan Program funding criteria
    • A city, town, or incorporated area that has a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants
    • At least 15 percent of the households do not have access to Broadband Service
    • Priority is given to areas where the greatest proportion of households that have no incumbent service provider or do not have access at the level of service specified in the program’s definition of broadband service, as published in the Federal Register; which is presently 10 Megabits down and 1 Megabit up.
    • No part of the area can have three or more incumbent service providers
    • No part of the area can have previously received USDA Telecommunications funding
  • Access to public and private towers, water towers and/or other tall infrastructures to support wireless broadband networks
  • Ease of access to public and private right-of-ways; poles, ducts and conduits; commercial and residential buildings; and to city/town, county, and/or state assets

Our intent is to use the results of the surveys and engineering efforts to identify a town, city, area and/or development that would serve as a pilot project; in our efforts to bring affordable broadband services to rural communities.  The survey and engineering results would also serve as the catalyst for applying for the 2018 USDA broadband funding cycles.

We are also looking for opportunities that would lend itself to completing a Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) project.  Ideal opportunities would include a new residential or mixed-use development, an industrial park or small town or city.

We intend to begin the surveys in February 2018 and enlist your assistance in identifying areas in the Southern Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s that can not only benefit from the providing of affordable broadband services; but also fit the criteria that will assist us with obtaining the public and/or private funding required to make bringing broadband services to rural communities a reality.

The surveys will also be used to help quantify the demand for potential public funding and private investments.  We plan seek out individual investors and/or companies who are interested in investing in our efforts of bring affordable and quality-oriented broadband services to rural and underserved communities throughout Southern Maryland.  The confirmation of the demand would also give us an opportunity to investigate the use of a public-private partnership option; working collaboratively with a locality towards a mutual goal of bringing broadband access to the town, city and/or County.

Your attendance is welcomed at our Broadband Demand Survey Kick-off Meeting on February 6th at the CSM Center in Hughesville, 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  Please RSVP at by February 1, 2018.