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What do you aspire for Rural Maryland?

The Rural Maryland Foundation recently funded an ad campaign, “What do you aspire for Rural Maryland?”  What are your aspirations?  Please take the survey.

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. 

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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:

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:

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.

Youth Assessment Survey and Regional Planning Initiative

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the Upper Shore Regional Council (USRC) agreed to partner together on a youth engagement project in Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties.  This project, as envisioned, will provide tools and a framework necessary for our communities to engage young people and keep them rooted in our rural areas.

The economic recovery of our State’s rural areas depends upon engaging young people to not only stem their flow from rural areas but also to invest in the future.  For decades, individuals ages 18 to 35 have left our rural communities.  The good news is that many would stay if there were viable career opportunities available.  Most believe that their rural communities would be a great place to raise their own families; however, actions must be taken to ensure that young people have tangible opportunities to invest in their hometowns as places that offer both a great quality of life and economic opportunities.

The RMC and the Upper Shore Regional Council, through the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, conducted a web-based survey administered with the assistance of county school administrators.  The survey explores students’ plans for the future with a special focus on perceptions about their home communities, business ownership, and career interests.  The findings of this survey provide encouragement for rural community leaders and developers to build upon the too often untapped potential and energy of young people.  Our community leaders can take immediate steps to cultivate the full potential of their youth population.  Utilizing the information obtained from this project will help local leaders realize goals for youth engagement, retain and attract young adults and families to our communities.

The Upper Shore Regional Council’s Youth Assessment and Regional Planning Dashboard showcases the results of this joint effort.  We invite you to visit the website to see survey responses.  You can query the results by grade, gender, school/county, and individual question. In addition, the Upper Shore Youth Engagement Assessment Initiative Final Report is available to view.

The RMC and the Upper Shore Regional Council, through the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, also conducted a survey for Allegany County public and private schools. We invite you to read the survey responses in the Bridges Youth Engagement PowerPoint and Youth Engagement Allegany Co 2015 Brief.