2007
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2007

  • MARBIDCO becomes a free-standing organization with its own staff and offices. The RMC’s long-time executive director resigns to head up MARBIDCO. The RMC Board appoints David M. Jenkins, former director of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, as RMC’s third executive director.
  • The RMC Board completes a strategic direction process and updates its strategic plan to reflect a switch in focus from agriculture (which MARBIDCO is now addressing) to improving access to affordable and quality health care in rural communities.
  • The RMC’s Health Care Working Committee testifies before several legislative committees on the results of its statewide pharmacy forums, held over the previous two year, and to emphasize the health care workforce shortage as it relates to rural pharmacists.
  • Two RMC Board members sit on the steering committee which developed the Rural Maryland Health Plan, which DHMH released in June 2007.
  • RMC enters into a partnership with the Department of Aging to aid in its three-year grant to implement the Evidence Based Prevention Program.
  • The RMC provides staff support for the Rural Broadband Coordination Board which was established during the 2006 General Assembly Session and held its first organizational meeting late in 2006. Nearly $4 million is distributed to entities constructing a high speed network on the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.
  • The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund awards $252,000 in grants to rural-serving nonprofits. MAERDAF has awarded $1.9 million since 2001.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation continues funding the Strengthening Rural Maryland Families Direct Service Grant Program for a third year.
  • The tenth annual Maryland Rural Summit is held on Solomons Island.
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