St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Public Briefing on St. Mary's Co.'s Economy

LEONARDTOWN—The St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission will host a pubic briefing by Anriban Basu, CEO of the Sage Policy Group on the local economy and a BRAC briefing presented by the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance on Tuesday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. The attached release provides more information about this important meeting. Please circulate this notice to any who may be interested.

Next EDC Meeting to Feature Sage Policy Group CEO

LEONARDTOWN—The St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission (EDC) will host a public briefing on potential impacts to the county's economy at its next meeting on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. The briefing, which will be held in the auditorium of the Frank Knox Building, 21866 Cedar point Rd., Patuxent River, MD, will feature Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance.

Basu, a noted economist, will provide an overview of international, national, state and regional economic trends likely to affect the future of St. Mary's County's economy. Representatives of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance will also present the findings of a recently released Strengths, Opportunities, Threats and Weaknesses (SWOT) analysis of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.

The EDC will use the information from these presentations to draft a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) intended to broaden the County's future economy. The CEDS is supported by federal, state and county funding and will entail additional studies and focus group discussions about the County's existing industry sectors and opportunities for future growth.

The August 19 meeting will be the second public briefing hosted by the newly appointed EDC. The first featured a presentation on the economic impact of Sequestration and reduced defense spending on the future economy of St. Mary's County by the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University. Both Towson and the University of Maryland have been contracted by St. Mary's County government to provide consultant support to the EDC in the development of the CEDS.

For more information about the August 19 briefing, the CEDS and the EDC, contact the Department of Economic Development at 301-475-4200, ext. 1407.

Commission for People With Disabilities August Meeting Canceled

LEONARDTOWN—The Commission for People with Disabilities meeting, scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., has been canceled.

The commission's next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

Human Relations Commission's August Meeting Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN—The Human Relations Commission meeting, scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., has been rescheduled.

The commission's next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner to Benefit County Museums

LEONARDTOWN—The Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums will present "Murder at the Vegas Wedding Chapel," an interactive murder mystery dinner, on Friday, September 5, at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown, MD. This madcap fundraiser will help to support programs, projects, exhibits and matching grants for the museums and historic sites of the St. Mary's County Museum Division.

"Murder at the Vegas Wedding Chapel" takes place in the imaginary wedding chapel (Olde Breton Inn) and follows Daphne DiMarco (played by Kim Cullins) as she becomes involved in yet another murder. Her friends from Hoboken High School are tying the knot Vegas style and will include a zany cast of characters. Guests willing to participate will be offered scripts and props and are encouraged to portray their characters with over-the-top performances. These unrehearsed and spontaneous performances provide hilarious entertainment for all - and, the murderer could be YOU! All attending are encouraged to wear their finest Vegas wedding attire!

Doors open at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at cash bar. At 7 p.m. an auction of very special treasures donated by local merchants and Friends members will be conducted by the lively and entertaining auctioneer Ronnie Farrell. In addition, a silent auction with art, jewelry, vacation getaways, services and other offerings will go on throughout the evening. A delicious dinner buffet will be served at 7:30 p.m. with the murder mystery performance to follow. Coffee, dessert and crime solving will conclude the evening of fun.

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. The cost is $65 for Friends members and $70 for the general public. MasterCard, Visa and checks are accepted. Call the St. Clement's Island Museum at 301-769-2222 for more information or to make your reservation. Seating is first come, first served but groups of eight may reserve a table in advance.

Olde Breton Inn is located at 21890 Society Hill Road, off of Bull Road in the Breton Bay area of Leonardtown.

The Friends of St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums is a non-profit organization whose mission is to financially support the historical interpretation, education programs and special needs of the sites and museums managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks. Membership information is available by calling 301-769-2222 or logging on to and click on "Join the Friends."

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