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Unsinkable Eastern Shore II

Unsinkable Eastern Shore II: Rural America Responds to Climate Change Join the Eastern Shore land Conservancy for a morning of conversation exploring how the Eastern Shore’s communities, businesses, and institutions are already preparing for climate change and where innovation can make the region a leader. Date: Saturday, April 1, 9:00AM-1:00PM (Doors open at 8:30AM) Location: Eastern Shore Conservation Center (114 S. Washington Street, Easton, Maryland) Registration: http://tinyurl.com/UnsinkableES ($20 includes breakfast and book) Keynote Speakers: John Englander, author of “High Tide on Main Street” and Mark Jacobson, founder of The Solutions Project Moderators: Rona Korbell of the Bay Journal More information: Brian Ambrette, BAmbrette@eslc.org

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55th Annual MEDA Conference Held at Hyatt

The 55th Annual Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina May 1-3, 2016.  Nearly 300 people were in attendance for the annual gathering.  The theme for the conference was The Economic Dynamics of Live, Work and Play. The conference focused on the requirements for planning and executing the right mixture of quality-of-life amenities’ for attraction, employees, residents and visitors. Pamela Ruff, executive director of MEDA said, “Every community possesses recreational, cultural and entertainment assets that offer a lifestyle that appeals to employers, employees and residents. Our conference emphasized best practices for partnerships and practices that highlight those assets” The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development hosted a Revitalization Tour of downtown Cambridge. Panel experts included Brett Summers, NOVO Properties; John Renner, Cross Street Partners and Stanley Keyser, Keyser Development Corporation. They shared information on their Cambridge Projects and insights on what incentives work best to bring in private investment. The presenters focused on identifying and constructing the key elements crucial to creating a dynamic and vibrant community. Keynote speakers included Peter Kageyama, author of the book, For the love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and …

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Ironman Races add $5.5M to Local Economy

SPECIAL by ANDREA VERNOT: IRONClub Maryland, the non-profit organization formed to support large-scale, high-impact endurance events in Dorchester County, today released the results of an economic impact report revealing that the 2015 IRONMAN races attracted 3,500 participants and generated almost $5.5 million for the region. The findings were announced at the Dorchester Visitors Center during a morning reception recognizing new sponsors and board members including an unveiling of a locally fabricated metal IRONMAN sculpture. Cambridge International President and CEO Tracy L. Tyler joined area business and government leaders to applaud the economic benefits and reveal the large, three-dimensional IRONMAN sculpture with a new, Maryland design. “On behalf of Dorchester County and IRONClub Maryland, thank you for rallying behind IRONMAN and enthusiastically supporting our local booster club,” said Tourism Director and board member Amanda Fenstermaker. “Over the past two years, more than 300 members raised over $100,000 in private contributions toward licensing fees and leveraged that support with donations, in-kind services and volunteerism. Together, we’ve increased our investment 100-fold, generating $10 million for our economy in only two short years.” Produced by Salisbury University’s BEACON Center under the direction of Memo Diriker “IRONMAN Races in Dorchester County: 2015 Economic Impact” reveals …

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Dorchester Hosts IRONMAN Maryland

One of the world’s most grueling athletic events is returning to Dorchester County on October 3, 2015. IRONMAN Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic’s only full-length IRONMAN triathlon will bring thousands of athletes—and the attention of the world—to Cambridge, Maryland. IRONMAN is known worldwide as the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit for athletes. Director of Dorchester County Tourism Amanda Fenstermaker said, “I’m happy to see that many of the triathletes have been coming to Dorchester in the months before the race to train.  We’ve been gearing up to welcome them—improving the course and coming up with ways to enhance their experience here. Last year was the triathlon’s first year, and the event generated an economic impact of about $3.4 million for the region. This year promises to be even bigger, with more athletes and more visitors expected. We can’t wait.” Approximately, 2500 athletes along with their family and friends will arrive on the Eastern Shore to compete in a 140.6 mile race, comprised of a 2.4 mile swim on the Choptank River, a 112 mile bike through Southern Dorchester County and 26.2 mile run through downtown Cambridge.  IRONMAN Maryland is one of only 38 IRONMAN Triathlons held in the world, with Dorchester …

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Fundraiser to Support Seafood Industry

The Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association (CBSIA) is holding their annual Crab Feast Fundraiser at J.M. Claytons Crab Co on September 20, 2015 from 2-5 P.M. The tickets cost $35 per person. Tickets include all you can eat crabs, hot dogs, hamburgers, steamed corn, water melon as well as tea and soda. The event will feature a Gun Raffle with a chance to win either a Berretta A400 Extreme or a Beretta A400 Excel Shot gun. All proceeds collected will benefit CBSIA, an association that works with local seafood processors in an effort to maintain a historic industry and a way of life.  Limited Space is available. For further information please contact Aubrey Vicent at 410.382.7807 or Bill Sieling at 410.507.3249.

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Creation of Local Scenic Railroad

By SUSAN BAUTZ, Special to the Dorchester County Department of Economic Development “People love trains,” according to David Owens, vice president of the Eastern Shore Scenic Railroad (ESSR) volunteer group. If the numbers riding the train at the Hurlock Fall Festival are any indication, he is right. Once a year an engine and two restored passenger cars make six round trips between Hurlock and Federalsburg. The trips are sold out. About a thousand excited children, parents, and grandparents wait eagerly for a ride. Older folks remember train travel fondly; but for most children riding the rails means watching Thomas the Tank Engine. The success of the one day event and the popularity of scenic railroads in Western Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania encouraged the ESSR volunteers to pursue the creation of a scenic railroad on 6.4 miles of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) owned track between Hurlock and Preston. For the past nine years the group has worked with MDOT’s railroad division to obtain rights to the short, unused and deteriorating track through leasing or ownership. The project promises to be an incredible boost to heritage tourism and translate into tens of thousands of dollars in terms of economic impact not …

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MACo’s Annual Conference

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference “Energize. Mobilize. Capitalize.” will be held in Ocean City from August 12–15, 2015.  MACo is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to representing the needs of the local governments to the Maryland General Assembly.  The conference brings in an estimated 2,000 local government officials, 250 venders, and offers 25 educational sessions. This year’s annual conference will focus on the economy from the local government perspective, how to foster economic growth, and improve the business climate.  The four-day conference will feature Keynote Speaker Beth Ziesenis, who is an author, speaker, and technology consultant.  Many other informative sessions and panels are also planned. Dorchester County Economic Development Director and MEDA President Keasha Haythe will sit on the general session panel “Maryland’s Next Frontier in Economic Development” along with Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Mike Gill, Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer, and Joshua C. Greene, executive director and co-founder of the Cleantech Open Southeast and partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP. The panel is tasked with exploring ways to improve the business climate in Maryland.  This session will showcase what is in store for the future of business and economic development …

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Crab Cook-Off Celebrates 11th Year

July 11, 2015, marks the 11th annual Taste of Cambridge.  The Taste of Cambridge is held each year to honor Dorchester County watermen and the products they bring to market every day. The Maryland Blue Crab represents the hard-working heritage of the Eastern Shore.  It will be the featured ingredient in categories like Best Cream of Crab Soup, Best Vegetable Crab Soup, Best Crab Dip, Best Crab Cake, and Best Crab Specialty. “Taste of Cambridge has begun to get regional attention as a food competition, but also because travelers are starting to see Cambridge as a fun destination,” said Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Brandon Hesson.  “In some cases, the competing restaurants are bringing a lifetime of experience cooking with the best-tasting crab on the planet, which makes it a can’t-miss-event for fans of world-class food.” Restaurants like Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill, Ocean Odyssey, The High Spot, and Craniums at the Beach will be competing to hold onto their titles.  The Judges’ Choice Winner will qualify to compete in the World Food Championships held this year in Kissimmee, FL in November. For more information on Cambridge Main Street or volunteering opportunities at their events, please visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com. …

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MD House & Garden Pilgrimage Visits Dorchester

The 2015 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) is planned for this Saturday, May 9. The tour will include stops in East New Market and Cambridge. The Chicone Village Longhouse and Garden at Handsell, Huntington Residence, Choptank River Lighthouse, Haller Garden, and Summer Inn are just a few of the named stops on the tour. The Dorches­ter Visitor Center is serving as the information headquarters with tickets, tour information, and available restrooms. Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker said, “We are pleased to wel­come the Maryland House and Pilgrimage Tour to Dorchester County.  This is truly a unique opportunity to showcase the his­toric treasures of Dorchester County while generating eco­nomic impact through heritage tourism.” By advanced reservation only, a box lunch is available for $15 the day of the tour by calling the Dorchester Center for the Arts at 410.228.7782. The 2015 MHGP benefits Dorchester County’s Handsell, an 18th-century plan­tation house located on Indian­town Road just north of historic Vienna. Other 2015 tours will be in St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, and Washington counties. For tour schedules, additional information, or reservations, visit mhgp.org or call 410.821.6933.

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Building Sustainable Working Waterfronts

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS) will host a Working Waterfronts Exchange on Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Although attendance is free and open to the public, space is lim­ited and registration is required. Nicole Carlozo, natural resource planner with DNR, said, “The Working Waterfronts Exchange will highlight working waterfront protection and revitalization ac­tivities in Maryland’s coastal zone and provide an opportunity to connect communities and share lessons learned from other coastal states.” DNR will share information about the state’s Working Waterfronts Program, and the University of Maryland Environmen­tal Finance Center will share the results of an economic and business analysis completed for the City of Cambridge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  A reception will follow at the Richardson Maritime Museum.  Water-dependent businesses are encouraged to take part in the Working Waterfronts Exchange.  If your business would like to advertise or set up a booth, please con­tact Nicole Carlozo for more information at 410.260.8726 or nicole.carlozo@maryland.go.  Registration will be available soon.

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