2023 Regional Rural Broadband Forum
The Rural Maryland Council along with USDA Rural Development held a Regional Rural Broadband Forum on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The forum allowed attendees to connect with other stakeholders interested in broadband access and to discuss ways to maximize available funding for rural broadband initiatives. Breakout sessions were held on the latest broadband technologies, funding for broadband infrastructure projects, making your community attractive to providers, and using public-private partnerships for broadband development. Our keynote speaker was President of CTC Technology & Energy Ms. Joanne Hovis. Other special guest speakers included Secretary Jake Day of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Comptroller of Maryland, Brooke Lierman.
View PowerPoint presentations from the forum below.
Power2Go Electric Vehicle Symposium
The Rural Maryland Council along with Beach to Bay Heritage Area, Choptank Communications, Preservation Maryland, and the Maryland Heritage Area’s Coalition hosted a Power2Go Electric Vehicle Symposium to allow colleagues across the State to understand the National Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure priorities and opportunities, discover financing options and opportunities, identify creative solutions to possible roadblocks, and showcase working models and best practices.
View the Power2Go Symposium PowerPoint presentations and EV Toolkit information below:
Non – Emergency Medical Transportation Roundtables
The Rural Maryland Council and the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland held three hybrid roundtable discussions that took place across the State this past fall to identify the strategies for expanding non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) in Eastern, Western, and Central Maryland with a final report to distribute at the end of the series of roundtables. The purpose of the Project was to initiate a dialogue between all stakeholders and to develop strategies that promote Non-Emergency Medical Transportation in Maryland.
View recordings from all three meetings here.
What do you aspire for Rural Maryland?
View the most recent “We Are Rural Maryland” video here.
Statewide Broadband Assessment
The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) tasked the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) with mapping broadband service provider coverage in Maryland to better understand the availability of wireline broadband and asses the relationship of broadband access between rural and urban areas.
For this project, a census block is considered “unserved” or “underserved” if it is reported served by zero or one broadband service providers (BSP). This project focuses on wireline broadband technology which includes DSL, Other Copper Wireline, Cable Modem, and Optical Carrier/Fiber to the End User. View a map of broadband access in each county in Maryland here. These maps do not include fixed wireless coverage.
Click the map to see the RMC’s Statewide Broadband Assessment App, hosted by the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative.
Transfer of Wealth Study
The Rural Maryland Foundation has partnered with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to conduct a Transfer of Wealth Study (TOW) for Rural Maryland.
America’s communities are struggling to find the financial resources necessary to support community and economic development. Traditional sources such as government funding is stagnant or declining. In this environment, possibly the single largest underdeveloped resource is community-based philanthropy fueled by capturing some portion of the TOW opportunity.
TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from which charitable giving could be realized. The draft analysis and research yields a conservative estimate of TOW, discounting wealth that is unlikely to be available for charitable giving.
Learn more, including accessing recorded webinars and materials, on the Rural Maryland Foundation’s website here: http://www.ruralmdfoundation.org/transfer-of-wealth-study.html
The Rural Maryland Foundation is currently conducting Phase II of the study to development philanthropic strategies in collaboration with community foundations and partners.
Please access meeting material here:
- January 19, 2018 Meeting Agenda
- January 19, 2018 Meeting Notes
- January 19, 2018 PowerPoint Handout
- January 22, 2018 Meeting Follow-Up
- February 16, 2018 Meeting Agenda
- March 16, 2018 Recorded Meeting and Presentation
- April 20, 2018 Meeting Agenda
- July 24, 2018 Recorded Meeting and Presentation
The Transfer of Wealth Advisory Committee recently met on June 28, 2022, to discuss the upcoming possible outcomes and goals regarding the Rural Maryland Philanthropic Development Strategy. Our guest speaker was Ms. Maggie Gunther Osborne, Maryland Philanthropy Network. View a recording of the meeting here.