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  • The “Stand Up for Rural Maryland” Day is held in Annapolis during the Maryland General Assembly Session. The Senate and House of Delegates pass resolutions citing the FORVM’s contributions to improving the quality of life in rural Maryland.
  • A statewide microenterprise development conference (sponsored by the FORVM and others) is held at Chesapeake College. As an outcome, the FORVM is asked to facilitate the development of a statewide microenterprise development program serving both urban and rural areas.
  • Legislation passes authorizing the new Cigarette Restitution Fund to fund rural healthcare services and the Southern Maryland tobacco buyout program (among other things).