P. O. Box 745
15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 - 0745
(301) 274-1922; (301) 870-2520 (Washington, DC area)
A Southern Maryland scene: Sailboats docked on St. Leonard Creek, Calvert County, Maryland, May 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Legislative members: Mark N. Fisher; Matt Morgan; Edith J. Patterson.
At Large members: Ellen Flowers-Fields; Helen M. Werneke.
Appointed by Southern Maryland Municipal Association: Robin Cavallaro
Ex officio (nonvoting): Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Commerce; Robert S. McCord, Esq., Secretary of Planning.
Terms expire 2021.
Southern Maryland Senate Delegation: John D. (Jack) Bailey; Arthur Ellis; Michael A. Jackson.
Southern Maryland House of Delegates Delegation: Gerald W. (Jerry) Clark; Brian M. Crosby; Debra M. Davis; Mark N. Fisher; Matt Morgan; Edith J. Patterson; Elizabeth G. (Susie) Proctor; C. T. Wilson.
CALVERT COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: Earl F. (Buddy) Hance; Michael R. Hart; Thomas E. (Tim) Hutchins; Kelly D. McConkey; Steven R. Weems.
At-Large: Brian Raines
Nonvoting: Maurice T. Lusby III; Kelly Robertson-Slagle.
CHARLES COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: Gilbert Obie (B. J.) Bowling III; Thomasina Proctor (Sina) Coates, Esq.; Reuben B. Collins II; Robert A. Rucci; Amanda M. Stewart.
At-Large: Ellen Flowers-Fields
Nonvoting: Darrell A. Brown; Stephen M. Bunker.
ST. MARY'S COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: Eric Scott Colvin; James Randy Guy; Michael L. Hewitt; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O'Connor.
At-Large: Helen M. Werneke
Nonvoting: Christopher Kaselemis; James Howard Thompson.
The Council brings together local, State and federal resources to address issues in economic development; environmental protection; and regional resource management, which includes transportation, utilities, urban growth and development, housing, and public facilities and services. Annually, the Council submits its proposed programs and operating budget for the next fiscal year to the Department of Commerce. At least every four years, the Council reevaluates the General Development Plan for Southern Maryland, following the election of State and local officials (Chapter 36, Acts of 1979).
Thirty-seven members make up the Council. Twenty-nine are voting members, and eight nonvoting (Code Economic Development Article, secs. 13-601 through 13-640).
Appointed to 1-year terms: Steve Walter, 2020.
Appointed to 2-year terms: Amanda Hand, 2022; Joan Bearden, 2022; Linda Jones, 2022; Edward Goodman, 2021; Guy Kilpatric, 2020; one vacancy.
Appointed to 4-year terms: John D. (Jack) Bailey, 2023; Michael A. Jackson, 2023; Catherine Cosgrove, 2024; Erik de Guzman, 2024; Dan Donohue, 2024; William M. Hitte, 2023; Deana Tice, 2024; Willie Goddard, 2020.
Ex officio (nonvoting): Julie Oberg, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Steven P. Wall, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Craig Beyrouty, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park; Gilbert Bowling III, Chair, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.
Nonvoting: Lisa Barge; Hagner R. Mister; Ronald Marney; Kelly Swann; Barbara Polito; Martin Proulx; Charles Rice; Donna K. Sasscer.
Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director
In 2000, the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) was convened by the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) to stabilize the agricultural enterprises of Southern Maryland, encompassing Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties. At that time, the State of Maryland had instituted a voluntary tobacco buy-out program, administered by SMADC to encourage farmers to stop growing tobacco.
The Commission's mission was to assist farmers in transitioning from tobacco production to alternative crops and agricultural enterprises; as such SMADC has dispersed the tobacco buyout monies to all buyout participants, developed a further regional plan for diversification, and continues to support farms and the future of agriculture by expanding and promoting a viable and profitable agricultural farming community in Southern Maryland by providing vision, support, research, grants, and marketing & promotion to area farmers. As new farm economies are being formed, SMADC helps to streamline regulations and reduce obstacles.
SMADC helps farmers create a profitable farming future and helps the public to understand the importance of local farms to the overall economy. To achieve that goal, SMADC is committed to helping connect local farmers to their consumers, as well as to protecting area farmland through local land preservation.
Twenty-three members constitute the SMADC Board. The Tri-County Council appoints nine members to 4-year terms, and eight members to 2-year terms. Representing specialized agricultural sectors, two members are appointed to one-year terms. Four members serve ex officio.
Michelle Nicholson, Chair
Kelly Williams, Vice-Chair
Doris J. Cammack-Spencer; Marcia Chase; Maurice Chase; Stacey M. Cook; Alan Crawley; Robin Cullers; Pennie Drinkard; Seth Erlin; Rich Fleming; Michael Ghosh; Larry Greenhill; Marcia Keeth; Christy Lombardi; Edie McGreevy; Suzie Miller; Todd B. Morgan; Maureen Murphy; Michelle Nicholson; Daniel Palliparambil; Cindy Rauner; Mike Scott; Mark Wilding; Stephanie Witte; Therese A. Wolf.
Ex officio: John F. Hartline, Executive Director, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
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