Regional Meeting Partner Survey
The offices of Tourism and Arts will be working together to convene those state, county and local groups that are using tourism and arts to bring economic vitality to their jurisdictions. The goal of these meetings is to build and develop programs between state agencies and other partners involved in arts and tourism, which will appeal to in-state and out-of-state customers and generate economic and quality of life benefits for Maryland.

To achieve our goal of engaging our stakeholders through productive dialogue during these regional meetings, we are asking that you please participate in this brief survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and it should be submitted no later than: (Date). Thank you for your valuable time.

The state agencies involved in these meetings include: DHCD, Transportation, DNR, Commerce, and Planning. For a comprehensive list of participating organizations and a brief description please scroll to the end of the survey.

Which of the following best describes you/your organization? *
(Please select only 1)
Please describe the size of your organization *
(Please select only 1)
What is the zipcode of your primary business? *
In what Maryland County do you primarily do business? *
(Please select only 1)
Please describe the affiliation you have with your organization? *
(Please select only 1)
Select, the agencies for which the following statements apply
(You can select more than one agency per statement):
State & Co. Econ Dev Office
State & Co. Tourism Office
State & Co. Arts Councils
MD Parks & Dep of Nat. Resources
Arts & Entertainment Districts
Heritage Areas
Main Streets
MD Scenic Byways
I have never heard of them
I have some level of awareness of what they do but I have never attempted to work with them
I have visited their website to find out more about what they do
I know my business/ organization has received funding from them
I know my business/ organization has received technical assistance from them
I know my business/ organization is very familiar with them and knows how to partner with them
I have attempted to reach out to them and have not been successful
I have knowledge of how to reach out to them if necessary
It is unclear to my business/ organization how engaging with them would be beneficial
I receive communication from them through their Newsletter or Social Media
I would like to engage with them and receive more communication either from a Newsletter or Social Media
State investment and tax payer dollars toward these organizations is a positive return on investment
Select, the agencies you believe have the ability to do the following
(You can select more than one agency per statement):
State & Co. Econ Dev Office
State & Co. Tourism Office
State & Co. Arts Councils
MD Parks & Dep of Nat. Resources
Arts & Entertainment Districts
Heritage Areas
Main Streets
MD Scenic Byways
Show visitors that my community has a lot to offer and it’s a good place to visit and relocate
Help me increase my awareness of what the community has to offer and instill a sense of community pride among residents
Show businesses that my community has a vibrant economy that is worth investing in
Foster economic prosperity and increase employment
Select, the agencies you believe should have the following priorities
(You can select more than one agency per statement):
State & Co. Econ Dev Office
State & Co. Tourism Office
State & Co. Arts Councils
MD Parks & Dep of Nat. Resources
Arts & Entertainment Districts
Heritage Areas
Main Streets
MD Scenic Byways
Support industry partners and foster an improved business climate
Support the needs of community residents and advocate for them
Foster cooperation between all state agencies to improve the State's ability to enhance the community
Work with local residents to raise awareness of the assets available in the community and foster a sense of pride
Foster cooperation between community residents and the public and private sectors
Tell the story of what the community has to offer to encourage residents from other areas to experience the community
Comprehensive List and Description of Organizations Participating in These Regional Meetings
The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character. For a map of the heritage areas and more information visit: https://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas.shtml

Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. In partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, the Department selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts. For a map of Maryland Main Streets and more information visit: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/MainStreet.aspx

The Maryland Park Service is dedicated to providing affordable outdoor recreation and educational opportunities in diverse landscapes for visitors each year. Along with the State Parks, the State Park System includes 24 Natural Resources Management Areas (NRMA) covering 26,921 acres, 7 Natural Environmental Areas totaling 12,698 acres, 3 Rail Trails over 897 acres, and 2 State Battlefields covering 2,440 acres. In total, the State Park System covers some 138,270 acres. For more information visit: http://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/default.aspx

Maryland Scenic Byways: Maryland is honored to be part of a longstanding program and a network of National and State Byways that represent many of the most distinct and diverse roads of our nation. These corridors embody archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and/or scenic qualities that community sponsors and government agencies, working in partnership, deem worthy of preserving and promoting. Maryland’s 18 designated byways encompass 2,487 miles of beautiful roads and offer a taste of Maryland’s scenic beauty, history and culture. For more information visit: http://sha.md.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=567

Maryland Arts and Entertainment Districts are communities that have received economic incentives to promote neighborhood revitalization through the arts. Incentives promote new construction or renovation of buildings designated for art and entertainment enterprises and encourage artists to create and sell their work within district borders. Maryland’s 25 districts also receive a tax emption from the Admissions and Amusement tax levied by an “arts and entertainment enterprise” or “qualifying residing artist” in a district. For more information and a map visit: https://www.msac.org/programs/arts-entertainment-districts

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC): awards grants to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and projects. The MSAC also awards grants to individual artists and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. For more information visit: https://www.msac.org/about-us

County Arts Councils: Each county in the State of Maryland, as well as Baltimore City, has an Arts Council dedicated to ensuring local access to the arts for all Marylanders. County Arts Councils receive annual funding from the Maryland State Arts Council to carry out the work that best serves the needs of each distinctive community. For more information and links to your local Arts Council visit: https://www.msac.org/meet-your-county-arts-council

Maryland Office of Tourism Serves as the State’s official travel marketing agency, promoting Maryland’s attractions, accommodations and services to increase visitor spending in the State. For more information visit: http://industry.visitmaryland.org/

The Maryland Department of Commerce attracts new businesses, encourages the expansion and retention of existing companies, and provides workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department also promotes the state's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad. For more information visit: http://commerce.maryland.gov/commerce

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is a government agency charged with maintaining natural resources including state parks, public lands, state forests, state waterways, wildlife and recreation areas. For more information visit: http://dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

County Tourism Offices or Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs): These local organizations perform a similar function as the Maryland Office of Tourism. They are the official travel marketing agency for each Jurisdiction, promoting its attractions, accommodations and services to increase visitor spending. There are 25 DMOs in Maryland, 23 for each Jurisdiction, 1 for Baltimore City and 1 for Ocean City.

County Economic Development Offices: These local organizations perform a similar function as the Maryland Department of Commerce. They attracts new businesses, encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies, and provides workforce training and financial assistance to companies in each County.

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