St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Planning Commission Cancels Work Session

The Planning Commission Work Session, scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014, has been canceled.

The Work Session will be rescheduled at date and time to be determined.

Commissioners to Host Public Forum February 4

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners will host a Public Forum on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The forum will take place in the Commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland. Citizens are invited to attend the forum and address the commissioners.

The Public Forum will air live, and be videotaped for subsequent broadcast, on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95). The forum can also be viewed on the county's website at Click on the SMCG TV 95 icon on the upper right of the screen or log on to and click View at the top of the screen.

Those wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners. Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so in writing, via email or regular mail.

The Board of County Commissioners can be reached by e-mail at or by mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

Volunteer Boards, Commissions and Committee Members Honored

County Commissioners thanked and honored incoming and outgoing members of various county Boards, Committees and Commissions.

Members were recognized during a 20 minute ceremony at the beginning of the BOCC's weekly business meeting. Those Outgoing members of the following boards, committees and commissioners were acknowledged for their service to St. Mary's County: Adult Public Guardianship Review Board, Agriculture, Seafood and Forestry Board, Airport Advisory Board, Board of Code Appeals, Board of Trustees Museum Division, Commission for People with Disabilities, Commission for Women, Commission on Aging, Commission on the Environment, Elm Advisory Committee, Electrical Examiners Board, Ethics Commission, Family Violence Coordinating Council, Housing Authority Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Human Relations Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Metropolitan Commission Board, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), Plumbing Board, Planning Commission, Recreation and Parks Board, Soil Conservation Board, Sheriff's Office Retirement Board, Social Service Board, Tri-County Animal Shelter Board, Wicomico River Commission, Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Wicomico Shores Golf Course Reopens February 2

The St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks will reopen the Wicomico Shores Golf Course and Pro Shop on Sunday, February 2, 2014 for normal winter hours of operation. The course has been closed due to severe winter weather conditions.

The Riverview Restaurant remains open for normal winter hours of operation.

For additional information, or to reserve a tee time, please call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at (301) 884-4601 or the Riverview Restaurant at (301) 884-0399.

Agreement Aims to Spur Technology Business Growth

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners has approved a memorandum of agreement with the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) to provide the County with start-up technology business mentoring and development. "Technology business development will play a larger role in diversifying the County's future economy," stated Jack Russell, Commissioner President. "Drawing expertise from TEDCO now gives us a head start on broadening economy opportunities in St. Mary's County."

TEDCO was created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland's research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and to assist in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State. Advancing technology transfer from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River to stimulate business development is a key component of the work TEDCO will perform for the County.

"We've worked directly with NAS Patuxent River and TEDCO over the last six months to bring greater attention to technology business opportunities with the launch of the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology initiative," stated Robin Finnacom, Acting Director, SMC Department of Economic and Community Development. "The agreement with TEDCO allows us to begin to continue to nurture business growth as a critical feature of diversifying the County's future economy."

TEDCO currently provides Rural Business Innovation Initiative services to Southern Maryland's start-up and small technology-based businesses. Professional mentoring is offered at no cost to help companies and individuals succeed. "TEDCO welcomes this unique partnership and looks forward to creating a solid foundation for technology business growth in St. Mary's County," stated John Wasilisin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for TEDCO.

The approved agreement with TEDCO, coupled with the County's ongoing support from the Small Business Technology Development Center, will bring attention and added services to St. Mary's County's entrepreneurs. For more information about the MOA, contact Robin Finnacom in the Department of Economic and Community Development at 301-475-4200, ext. 1407.

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