Up­per Shore Re­gional Coun­cil se­lects lead­er­ship for 2017

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CHESTERTOWN — The Up­per Shore Re­gional Coun­cil, an eco­nomic plan­ning and devel­op­ment agency for Ce­cil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s coun­ties re­cently ap­pointed its 2017 Ex­ec­u­tive Board. Robert C. Buckey, Queen Anne’s Com­mis­sioner, will be the chair­man. Other of­fi­cers are: Ron H. Fithian, Kent County Com­mis­sioner, as 1st vice chair; Joyce A. Bowls­bey, Ce­cil County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, as 2nd vice chair; Jack N. Wil­son, Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner as 3rd vice chair; Wil­liam W. Pick­rum, Kent County Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent as trea­surer; and Bob Mef­fley, Ce­cil County Coun­cil­man as sec­re­tary. Sen. Stephen S. Her­shey rep­re­sents the Gen­eral Assem­bly on the Board of Directors.

“The Up­per Shore Re­gional Coun­cil is look­ing for­ward to part­ner­ing with Queen Anne’s, Ce­cil and Kent coun­ties to strengthen our re­gional econ­omy in 2017,” said Up­per Shore Re­gional Coun­cil Chair­man Robert Buckey. “The Coun­cil was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing new state and fed­eral re­sources to our re­gion in 2016, and we hope to do more of that in 2017.”

Dur­ing 2016, the Coun­cil lever­aged USDA fund­ing to re­lease its new Eastern Shore Har­vest Direc­tory, a list­ing of over 400 agri-busi­nesses across the Up­per – and MidShore (Kent, Queen Anne’s, Ce­cil, Tal­bot, Caro­line and Dorch­ester coun­ties) with an An­droid and IOS App and web­site http://www.har­vest­di­rec­tory.org.

The Direc­tory is also in brochure for­mat and shares de­mo­graphic in­for­ma­tion on the re­gion’s in­di­vid­ual agri-busi­nesses and links to their web­sites and so­cial me­dia.

The eco­nomic devel­op­ment mantra fre­quently used by the USRC’s Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Doris Samp­son Ma­son, MSW is, “as we col­lab­o­rate re­gion­ally, we are bet­ter equipped to com­pete glob­ally.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Coun­cil, visit www.up­per­shorere­gion­al­coun­cil. org.

ROBERT BUCKEY

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