Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
The Maryland Department of Planning Maps Land Use for the Town of Williamsport in Washington County 

Maps can communicate ideas instantaneously. Metes and bounds on the other hand, while necessary as a legal recording of property, read like a foreign language to the uninitiated. Points beginning here or there, and then north for a certain number of degrees, and west for some more, etc. etc. Good for the surveyors, but what about the rest of us? Planners understand this, and many cultivate a love of maps at a young age. Residents and local officials, who know their communities better than anyone else, can still learn a significant amount of new information, or recognize unnoticed patterns in their urban makeup, by analyzing a well-made map. Mapping software, in the form of Geographic Information Systems, better known as GIS, is more powerful than ever. However, it is also pricey and inaccessible for many smaller communities. This is one area in which the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) can help, and did so in collaborating with the Town of Williamsport in Washington County ...
Resources and Tools
InfoPortal: A One-stop Online Shop for State Assistance Programs 

As the cliché goes, information is power. Few would argue this, but one could claim that information has a worthy competitor: time. Magical digital devices in our pockets can deliver the answer to mundane trivia when debating with friends, or display the weather radar when deciding if we should stay at the park. One should never underestimate the impact of required information delivered rapidly. But what about when information is more complicated than the American League Batting Champion in 1966? The answer is the Orioles' own Frank Robinson by the way, hitting .316. It was a pitchers' era. What if the sources of information are wide-ranging, or if you don't even know exactly what you are looking for, but you know what the answer can deliver? This may seem esoteric, but it is a challenge facing many individuals or organizations seeking state assistance online. They know what they want in the end, but they don't know what steps to take to get there, or even what resources can make those steps lighter. The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) developed InfoPortal to help ...
Meet the Planning Staff
Myra Barnes

Myra serves as the Lead Clearinghouse Coordinator for the Electronic-Maryland Intergovernmental Review and Coordination Process (E-MIRC). In her capacity as the Lead Clearinghouse Coordinator, she makes sure that the day to day operations of the Clearinghouse run smoothly.  ...
Continuing Education & Training
In each newsletter, we highlight the most relevant and timely upcoming events. Our website does include many additional events, so please visit it regularly for updates. Listings are searchable by subject.
Upcoming Conferences and Seminars
Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.
Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

Finding Common Ground When Regulating Electronic Message Centers
Friday, August 25 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 

Grant Writing Class (Two Days)
Thursday, September 7, 9 am to 4 pm, Washington, DC

Grant Management Class (Two Days)
Thurssday, December 7, 9 am to 4 pm, Washington, DC
Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.
Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program
MD Energy Administration - Deadline: September 1

Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program 
Foundation for Rural Service - Deadline: September 15
Planning Practice Wednesday is a service of the Maryland Department of Planning. The Maryland Department of Planning is providing links to training and educational content relevant to planning and growth as a service to its mailing list subscribers. The content and views expressed are not necessarily those of Planning or the State of Maryland.