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2003

  • Legislation is passed changing the name the FORVM for Rural Maryland to the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and enlarging the Board to provide even more State agency participation.
  • Legislation supported by the FORVM passes establishing a Task Force on Rural Broadband Communications Deployment as well as the Upper Shore Regional Council.
  • The RMC moves its offices from Baltimore City to a more accessible facility located in Annapolis (with the Maryland Department of Agriculture).
  • The RMC begins work on the 2020 Rural Prosperity Investment Plan; a long-term strategy to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally underserved rural communities and industries. In addition, the Rural Progress Index (RPI) is developed to provide an overview of health and prosperity in Maryland’s six distinct rural and semi-rural regions (covering 18 rural counties).
  • The MAERDAF Program hits the $1 million mark in total grants awarded (some 26 rural serving nonprofit organizations and community colleges have been beneficiaries).
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