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Task Force for Rural Broadband Meeting – June 19, 2018

The Taskforce for Rural Broadband met on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, Maryland. The Task Force received an update from the newly-appointed Director of the Office for Rural Broadband, Mr. Rick Gordon, and were presented with federal funding opportunities as presented by Mr. Drew Van Dopp of the Maryland  Read the Rest…

Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day to highlight business opportunities

On Thursday, June 28, Energetics Technology Center (ETC) and Charles County Economic Development, with support from the Rural Maryland Council, will host Indian Head Innovation and Discovery Day at the Pavilion on the Village Green in Indian Head, according to a press release. Emphasizing technology-based economic development, the day-long event will spotlight innovation and business  Read the Rest…

Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator

The Rural Maryland Council is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. This position is responsible for providing the RMC’s Executive Director with administrative, policy, and program support and coordination by performing essential duties and responsibilities of the position, as well as other duties that may be assigned. This position requires outstanding organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills,  Read the Rest…

FY18 MAERDAF and RMPIF Applications Due, May 25th at 11:59PM

Applications are due by 11:59pm at the following link: http://rural.maryland.gov/maerdaf_rmpif/ If you have any trouble submitting your application online by the deadline, please contact Meredith Donaho at meredith.donaho@maryland.gov, and submit your application materials by email.

Taskforce for Rural Broadband Meeting on May 21, 2018

The Taskforce for Rural Broadband met on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The Taskforce reviewed and discussed the 2017 Taskforce Report and the bills supporting rural Broadband that were passed in the 2018 Legislative session. Our guest speakers included Mr. Bill Jorch, Government Relations and Research Manager,  Read the Rest…

Entrepreneurs offered assistance by USDA’s Technology Transfer Office

Rural Maryland-based agricultural business owners and others in Maryland are being offered a strategic opportunity to collaborate and enhance their ventures through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to a press release. The Energetics Technology Center (ETC) is conducting an innovative workshop for all categories of businesses with USDA’s Technology Transfer Office. As a  Read the Rest…

2019 legislature budget includes historic funding for rural communities

On April 10, 2018, the Maryland Legislature adjourned. Among the session’s many accomplishments, the Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2019 State Operating Budget that includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. The Rural Maryland Council thanks Governor Hogan for  Read the Rest…

Recently Passed Fiscal Year 2019 Maryland Operating Budget Includes Historic Funding for Rural Communities

PRESS RELEASE Annapolis, MD – On April 10, 2018, the Maryland Legislature adjourned. Among the session’s many accomplishments, the Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2019 State Operating Budget that includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. The Rural Maryland  Read the Rest…

Rural Maryland Council Awarded Community Partner of the Year Award

The Maryland Community Action Partnership organization held their annual conference on May 2, 2018. This year’s theme, “Strong Families, Strong Communities” provided a platform for learning and sharing the important work of human service, and the impact it has on families and communities. The Rural Maryland Council was awarded the “Community Partner of the Year Award in Recognition  Read the Rest…

FY19 MAERDAF/RMPIF Grant Information Webinar

Learn more about the guidelines, eligibility requirements, and criteria to apply for FY2019 Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) grant awards! In case you missed the May 7th webinar, access the recording here: https://zoom.us/recording/play/R2WfbAH3S7hwypVE06Os3SQ-EIWOd-bg9cJnkZVnzxdo9sq2t7sQFu_sahW_vItN A copy of the presentation slides available here. Grant application forms and  Read the Rest…

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