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  • Governor William Donald Schaefer signs an Executive Order establishing the “Maryland Rural Development Council” (under the auspices of President George H. W. Bush’s Presidential Initiative on Rural America). Maryland becomes the 36th State to establish a State Rural Development Council under the emerging National Rural Development Partnership Program.
  • Organizational meetings are held in Easton, Cumberland, and later in Solomons.
  • Mr. Bill Walker is selected to serve as the Council’s first executive director.