Shore to get funds

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U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have an­nounced that the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion will award $140,000 to the East­ern Shore for the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

EAS­TON — U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., have an­nounced that the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EDA) will award $140,000 to the East­ern Shore for the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

The Mid-Shore will get $70,000 of that award.

“This fed­eral in­vest­ment in the East­ern Shore’s econ­omy will fa­cil­i­tate pub­lic-pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion and new part­ner­ships to cre­ate well­pay­ing, lo­cal jobs for res­i­dents. These are pre­cisely the types of in­vest­ments we need to be mak­ing across the state to grow our econ­omy and bring added sta­bil­ity to Mary­land fam­i­lies,” said Cardin, a mem­ber of the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee. “I am com­mit­ted to see­ing that the East­ern Shore — and ev­ery cor­ner of Mary­land— con­tin­ues to re­ceive the re­sources it needs to flour­ish.”

The $70,000 will be fun­neled through the MidShore Re­gional Coun­cil, ben­e­fit­ting Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties. A plan will be geared to­ward bring­ing to­gether pub­lic and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate new job op­por­tu­ni­ties and strengthen the re­gional econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to the sen­a­tors’ of­fices.

“This in­vest­ment will al­low the MSRC to con­tinue its col­lab­o­ra­tive work with the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor to as­sist in de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture and pro­grams that sup­port job cre­ation and re­ten­tion in Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties,” said Scott Warner, Mid-Shore Re­gional Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

Warner said an iden­ti­cal fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment re­ceived last year in the com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy process re­sulted in 15 ini­tia­tives through­out the three-county re­gion, gen­er­at­ing $1.3 mil­lion in pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment, $457,000 in pub­lic sec­tor in­vest­ment, and the cre­ation and re­ten­tion of 161 jobs.

“The strength of Mary­land’s econ­omy de­pends upon the suc­cess of all parts of our state, so this fund­ing is great news for com­mu­ni­ties on the East­ern Shore and be­yond,” said Van Hollen, mem­ber of the Se­nate Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee. “I look for­ward to the in­no­va­tive ways this pro­gram will lever­age the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors to cre­ate more jobs and eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity for Mary­lan­ders, and I will con­tinue to fight for in­vest­ments like these that cre­ate eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The EDA awards fed­eral funds to spur job growth and eco­nomic ad­vance­ment across the United States. Em­pha­siz­ing re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion, the EDA helps lo­cal economies adopt new ap­proaches to job growth and adapt to changing eco­nomic con­di­tions.

“The MSRC thanks the fed­eral del­e­ga­tion for its con­tin­ued sup­port of this re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan­ning process, and looks for­ward to fur­ther­ing the eco­nomic growth of the Mid-Shore,” Warner said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mem­bers and part­ners of the Mid-Shore Re­gional Coun­cil are pic­tured dur­ing a Mid-Shore re­sourced-based in­dus­tries tour.

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