Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
Land Preservation Pre-recertification: Autumn is the Time 

October is time for more than dressed up ghouls and sacks of sugary sweets. This October, 12 of the 16 counties whose land preservation programs are certified by The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) will be applying for recertification (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, and Worcester). Certified counties benefit by retaining 75% rather than 33% of locally generated agricultural land transfer tax, which must be used for land preservation ...
Local Spotlight
Interview with Vicky Rinkerman: Port Deposit, MD Town Administrator 

Port Deposit, situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Cecil County Maryland, is a historic town of approximately 650 residents. From humble beginnings as a collection point for lumber floating downriver, it took off in the mid-nineteenth century as a crucial junction point for additional goods including grain and coal.  This was due to its position as the furthest point downstream on the Susquehanna and the furthest navigable point upstream in the Chesapeake Bay. At this same time, Port Deposit earned fame for the excellent granite deposits just to its north, and multiple factories and mills dotted downtown and the waterfront. With so much commerce, the Port Deposit financial industry gained prominence, and for a while the town was the only place to conduct banking between Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware. The coming of railroads expanded the market for Port Deposit's goods throughout the country. ...
Save the Date!
Maryland Planning Commissioners Association 2017 Annual Conference in Easton, MD

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The MPCA Conference offers Planning Commissioners,Board of Appeals members and anyone interested in citizen planning an opportunity to learn, share experiences and exchange ideas.

The 34th annual conference topics will include (but are not limited to) Annexation Process, Sign Ordinances, Ethics, and Solar and Wind Energy .

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.

Smartphone Photography
Friday, September 15 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 

Grant Writing Class
Thursday, September 14, 9 am to 12 pm, Salisbury, MD

AICP Training 2017
Saturday, September 30, Washington, DC
Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
Foundation for Rural Service - Deadline: September 15

Heritage Fund Grants 
Preservation Maryland - Deadline: September 15
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