Two from Kent County appointed to state outdoor economic board
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.