St. Mary's County has available two new communication tools that convey the community's recent achievements. A short video program, themed "St. Mary's County: Embracing Progress," showcases investments made to meet the needs of the county's major employer, the U.S. Navy. By meeting these needs, the quality of life for all of the county's residents and businesses has been enhanced.
The program depicts the collaborative efforts resulting in reduced encroachment upon the mission of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, increased diversity of housing options, continued commitment to excellent educational opportunities and improvements in transportation.
"St. Mary's County: Embracing Progress" was debuted at the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce's Annual State of the County luncheon on September 14, 2004. An illustrated State of the County Report was also distributed at the luncheon. The 8-page booklet tells the story of the County government's accomplishments in the areas of tax cuts, education, bond rating improvement, public safety, tourism, customer service, recreation, parks and community service; agriculture and land preservation. The booklet also features a two page description on the progress made to address the county's seven priorities for community support of the Navy.
"These two tools were developed locally to explain the accomplishments of your county government," said Thomas F. McKay, President, Board of County Commissioners. "Our community can be proud of our progress and our resolve to continue to improve."
Copies of the video program will be distributed to key stakeholders at the state and federal level and are available to the public upon request. The video is available at all county libraries and on the County's website at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/broadcast.asp. The State of the County Booklet is available in pdf format on the County's website at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/docs/2004stateofthecounty.pdf . To request a copy of the CD or the printed booklet, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200 extension 1342.