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.
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.