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St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs


Family Violence Coordinating Council Cancels its April Meeting

The Family Violence Coordinating Council's meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., has been canceled.

The next scheduled meeting will be May 28 at 5:00 p.m. in room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

For more information, call 301-475-4200, extension 1680.

Commission for People with Disabilities Cancels Meeting

The Commission for People with Disabilities meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., has been canceled.

The commission's next scheduled meeting will be May 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

For more information, call 301-475-4200, extension 1680.

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and Maryland Broadband Cooperative Announce Broadband Utilization Assessment

Broadband Assessment Initiative Aims to Grow State's Digital Economy

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative invite all St. Mary's County businesses to participate in a broadband business assessment. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative is launching a pilot project in Southern Maryland affording 500 businesses the opportunity to participate in an online assessment and scorecard project to help gauge and improve their economic vitality by better understanding their utilizing broadband technologies.

"As Executive Director of the Tri-County Council, my vision is to improve the competitiveness of Southern Maryland's businesses and workforce by promoting the use of information technology in all aspects of life," said TCC Executive Director John Hartline. "By utilizing this opportunity, our residents and business leaders can gain valuable feedback, and as a region, Southern Maryland can leverage its strength as a leader in the digital economy."

Organizations will be asked to complete an online assessment of their Internet usage. The assessment results will provide valuable information on broadband usage by Southern Maryland commercial and nonprofit organizations, and will allow for a comparison of broadband usage and economic impacts with peer organizations nationwide.

To benefit Southern Maryland businesses, each business completing the assessment will receive a scorecard based on their assessment responses which summarizes the financial impacts broadband currently has on their business. The scorecard will also compare individual businesses with industry peers around the country and will suggest broadband-enabled tools which could increase competitiveness, efficiencies and revenues.

Broadband technology is a foundation for economic development and innovation. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative works with national, state and local partners towards solutions for increased broadband availability. As the needs for ubiquitous access, higher speeds and capacity continue to grow quickly, Maryland Broadband Cooperative works to leverage Maryland's broadband infrastructure and utilization through public/private partnerships. With strong private sector broadband providers, unique middle-mile assets, State and local partners, and a focus on economic competitiveness, Maryland is well positioned to continue to move forward in the broadband arena. To learn more about the survey at: http://mdbroadbandmap.org/SouthernMarylandBusinessAssessmentSurvey.aspx. For more information, please contact John Hartline, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland at 301-274-1922 or jhartline@tccsmd.org.

Enjoy Open Skate Night at Leonard Hall Recreation Center

Strap on your skates, grab your family and friends and come to the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown for a fun evening/afternoon of roller skating!

Yearly Open Skate
Ages: All ages
Days: Saturdays (all year)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person. Skates available for rental at $2.50 per person, or bring your own.

Summer Open Skate
Ages: All ages
Days: Fridays
Dates: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8 & 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person. Skates available for rental at $2.50 per person, or bring your own.

Call (301) 475-4200, extension 1800, for more information or visit the Department of Recreation and Parks' website at www.stmarysmd.com/docs/specialevents.

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