Two from Kent County ap­pointed to state out­door eco­nomic board

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ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Ho­gan has ap­pointed William W. Pick­rum, pres­i­dent of the Kent County Com­mis­sion­ers, and Cathy Bram­ble, who owns Tolch­ester Ma­rina with her hus­band Alan, to the Mary­land Out­door Recre­ation Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the state com­mis­sion will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing strate­gies and mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to the gover­nor to strengthen the state’s out­door recre­ation in­dus­try and help en­sure in­creased in­vest­ment in our state’s out­door recre­ation re­sources. “Mary­land is abun­dant with nat­u­ral, cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal, and recre­ational re­sources that con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to our econ­omy and qual­ity of life,” Ho­gan said in a state­ment. “This com­mis­sion will help en­sure that our state’s nat­u­ral her­itage is strength­ened, bring­ing new busi­nesses, in­creased tourism, and ul­ti­mately pre­serv­ing our re­sources for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” The out­door recre­ation econ­omy in Mary­land al­ready gen­er­ates 109,000 di­rect jobs, $14 bil­lion in con­sumer spend­ing, $4.4 bil­lion in wages and salaries and $951 mil­lion in state and lo­cal tax rev­enue, the re­lease states. In­vest­ment in out­door recre­ation and na­ture and her­itage tourism economies sup­port many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in Mary­land, in­clud­ing hik­ing, bik­ing, horse-back rid­ing, pad­dling, boat­ing, fish­ing, hunt­ing, camp­ing, swim­ming, wildlife-view­ing and vis­it­ing his­toric sites. As part of its work, the com­mis­sion will de­velop in- no­va­tive strate­gies to mar­ket Mary­land’s out­door and her­itage recre­ation brand, as well as rec­om­mend ini­tia­tives to grow and at­tract new com­pa­nies. Ad­di­tion­ally, the com­mis­sion will ex­plore ways to re­tain and sup­port Mary­land’s ex­ist­ing out­door recre­ation busi­nesses. The com­mis­sion is cochaired by Mark Bel­ton, the sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and Mike Gill, the sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Com­merce. It com­prises 17 mem­bers ap­pointed by the co-chair­men with the ap­proval of the gover­nor. Mem­bers in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­pa­nies within Mary­land’s out­door recre­ation man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­tail in­dus­try, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing small busi­ness out­door or her­itage recre­ation ser­vice providers, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gate­way cities, towns or com­mu­ni­ties and leg­isla­tive mem­bers. The com­mis­sion will pro­vide a fi­nal re­port to the gover­nor by Dec. 1, 2019.

WILLIAM PICK­RUM

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