MEDA tours Centreville
CENTREVILLE — The Maryland Economic Development Association continued the discussion begun at Chesapeake College on rural economic development with a lunch at Wye River Upper School in Centreville, also on Dec. 1.
Members and guests of MEDA enjoyed lunch provided by O’Shucks Irish Pub — one of several local small businesses in town that the group would later tour past as they observed Centreville’s downtown area.
Economic development professionals
from Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties met to share best practices and focus on different strategies to capitalize on their area’s strengths.
Centreville Town Council Vice President Tim McCluskey gave a brief over view of projects and programs the town had or were currently participating in, including being a certified wild life community and a member of Tree City U.S.A.
Communities achieve status as a “tree city” by by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day, which Centreville has done.
Centreville is also committed to infrastructure and development, said McCluskey, pointing out the town’s current project across from WRUS, Kidwell Avenue, which is undergoing a complete overhaul. In addition, the town acquired $50,000 in grants to be used for fa- cade improvements and is actively pursuing additional grants.
Chrissy Aull, founding executive director for WRUS, noted the converting and restoration of the old armory into the viable school building it is presently used for, was in large part due to a grant from the state through the Sustainable or Historic Preservation Fund, a million dollar capital grant was received from the O’Malley administration, Aull said.
After lunch, the group took a walking tour to visit parts of Centreville that had been renewed through the facade improvement grant. One such block of buildings, said Carolyn Brinkley, town clerk, houses A-Shore Out Bail Bonds, in addition to the law office of Henley & Henley and is adjacent to Ashley Insurance, above the offices on the lower level, the second floor was converted to residential space, she said.
The group also walked past O’Shucks, which is getting a face-lift and is a popular lunch spot for locals and visitors alike, and visited the courthouse — the oldest in continuous use in the state of Maryland — and viewed the construction in progress for the new courthouse.
Tim McCluskey, vice president of the Centreville Town Council, addresses Maryland Economic Development Association members during lunch at the Wye River Upper School on Dec. 1.
Members and guests of the Maryland Economic Development Association depart the Wye River Upper School for a walking tour of Centreville.
Visitors tour downtown Centreville in participation with the Rural Economic Development Session, a conference emphasizing economic development on the mid and upper shore.