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State Agencies

governments in obtaining Departmental housing-
related resources to complement local programs
using Federal Block Grant funds.

The Division serves as the Department's liaison
with the U. S. Department of Agriculture rural
housing and development programs, which pro-
vide resources relevant to Maryland's local and
regional development activities.

The Maryland Industrial and Commercial Re-
development Fund (MICRF) became operational
in July 1980. It is responsible for administration
of state grants and loans to local governments in
support of their business redevelopment efforts.

The Office of Historical and Cultural Liaison
serves as the Department's policy and administra-
tive link with the Maryland Historical Trust, the
Maryland State Arts Council, the St. Mary's City
Commission, the Commission on Afro-American
History and Culture, the Commission on Indian
Affairs, and the Commission on Ethnic Affairs.

The Office of Training and Management Assis-
tance administers the local government program
of the Federal Office of Personnel Management.



Harry Hughes, State Member
Hans F. Mayer, Alternate


Federal Co-Chairperson: Albert P. Smith

Acting States' Regional Representative: Nancy

Executive Director: Henry Krevor

1666 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20235
Telephone: (202) 673-7835

By Chapter 415, Acts of 1965, the Governor
and the Board of Public Works were authorized
to appoint a State member and an alternate to
the Appalachian Regional Commission to imple-
ment the Federal Appalachian Regional Develop-
ment Act of 1965. Commission membership, in
addition, includes a regional representative select-

Economic and Community Development/147

ed by the majority of the thirteen Appalachian
states (Code 1957, Art. 78A, sec. 13A).

The Commission was created by the Appala-
chian Regional Development Act of 1965 (P.L.
89-4) to plan and coordinate projects and pro-
grams authorized by the Act for the development
of the thirteen-state Appalachian Region, which
includes the Western Maryland counties of Wash-
ington, Allegany, and Garrett. The Commission
consists of a federal co-chairperson appointed by
the President and one member from each partici-
pating state who must be the Governor or his al-
ternate. A state co-chairperson is elected annually
by the governors.

Programs for Appalachian development autho-
rized by the Act include the construction of a de-
velopmental highway system, access roads, health
centers, vocational educational schools, and sew-
age treatment works; the development of land,
timber, and water resources; the rehabilitation of
areas damaged by strip and surface mining; and
the establishment of local development districts
to support economic development efforts at the
local level. The Act provides authority for the
Appalachian Regional Developmental Highway
System, a network of 2,700 miles of development
highways and 1,600 miles of access roads. The
Maryland portion of the highway system consists
of 79.8 miles. Non-highway funds authorized for
the 1978 Fiscal Year amounted to $113,000,000.

The Commission is not an operating agency.
Its major function is the planning and coordina-
tion of programs and projects to be carried out
under the Act by the appropriate federal and
State departments and agencies. The Commission
can act only on those programs and projects that
are submitted to it by State members. Its deci-
sions require the affirmative vote of the federal
co-chairperson and of a majority of State mem-
bers (Code 1957, Art. 78A, sec. 13).


Chairperson: Barry A. Teach
Vice-Chairperson: H. Lester Hunter
Executive Director: Stephen E. Kocsis
Secretary-Treasurer: William M. Kenny

Algonquin Motor Inn
Suite 510
Cumberland 21502 Telephone: 777-2158


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