Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report
2016 was a great year for the Rural Maryland Council (RMC)! We were successful in our efforts to attain funding for the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) for the first time! On March 29, 2016, the Maryland Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2017 State Operating Budget, which included funds, for the first time since its creation in 2006, to support RMPIF, a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. We are confident that there will be an excellent return on the investment in our rural communities as we strategically invest those resources. Read more here…
Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report
2014 was an exciting year for the Rural Maryland Council! We presented a new logo, URL and website, www.rural.maryland.gov . We hosted the Rural Action Assembly with the State Office of Rural Health and the Maryland Rural Health Association. We partnered with Volunteer Maryland in conducting information sessions around the State. We also participated in the Eastern Shore Business Plan Competition and the InvestMaryland Business Plan challenge. As part of the InvestMaryland Challenge, we offered a Rural Entrepreneur award of $15,000 in partnership with the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC). We distributed almost $190,000 in grants to rural-serving nonprofits …
Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2013 was the year of rebirth for the Rural Maryland Council. After the RMC was defunded in the 2012 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session, a core group of dedicated rural supporters advocated strongly for the reestablishment of the Council.
As we mark our Fifth Anniversary of full operation, MARBIDCO is pleased to report that it has continued to make significant strides in fulfilling its mission in FY 2012, despite the challenges still presented by an economy recovering from recession. This Annual Report documents many of these successes, showing MARBIDCO’s growth and capabilities in address- ing the specialized financing and business development needs of Maryland’s agricultural and resource-based industries. As a uniquely chartered financial intermediary and business development organization, MARBIDCO brings together resources from the federal, State and local governments, as well as the private sector, to assist Maryland’s farming, forestry and seafood businesses with an eye towards the long-term sustainability of these important rural industry sectors.
After completing it’s fourth full year of operation, MARBIDCO is pleased to report that it has continued to make significant strides in fulfilling it’s mission in FY 2011, despite the challenges still presented by an economy recovering from recession. This Annual Report documents many of these successes, showing MARBIDCO’s growth and capabilities in addressing the specialized financing and business development needs of Maryland agricultural and resource-based industries.
How Well Is Rural Maryland Doing?
How do we know how well rural Maryland is doing? How do we know if rural Maryland is making progress in key areas of concern? To help answer those questions, at least in part, the RMC developed RuralStat, which went online in January 2010.
Facing The Future in Uncertain Times
FY 2009 was, by any measure a difficult and challenging year for Rural Maryland Council and other state agencies, but it was also a successful year in which we focused our energies and limited resources on building networks, establishing new partnerships, and collaborating with old friends on a variety of rural-serving projects. We will continue that networking and resource pooling into FY 2010 and beyond so that together we will all be stronger than we are individually.
A Collective Voice For Rural Maryland
Rural Maryland communities often appear to be pleasant, sparsely populated areas dotting idyllic landscapes of farms and forests. The reality, however, is that many rural communities face serious challenges from difficult economic conditions to inadequate access to quality healthcare to a deteriorating physical infrastructure. The Rural Maryland Council works to bring rural leaders together to identify specific challenges and craft solutions that work.
During FY 2007, the Rural Maryland Council welcomed new leadership with new Board Chairman, a new executive director, and a new strategic plan to guide the agency through the next few years.
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