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.
Appointed by Southern Maryland Municipal Association: Joseph W. Norris
Ex officio (nonvoting): Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Commerce; Robert S. McCord, Esq., Secretary of Planning.
Southern Maryland Senate Delegation: John D. (Jack) Bailey; Arthur Ellis; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
Southern Maryland House of Delegates Delegation: Gerald W. (Jerry) Clark; Brian M. Crosby; Debra M. Davis; Mark N. Fisher; Michael A. Jackson; 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: Mark N. Fisher, 2018; Steve Walter, 2019.
Appointed to 2-year terms: James D. Blackwell, 2018; Anna Chaney, 2018; Rebecca Seward, 2018; Lucille Walker, 2018; Mary Wood, 2018; Catherine Hamilton, 2019; Janna Howley, 2019; David Paulk, 2019.
Appointed to 4-year terms: Edward Bowling, 2018; William M. Hitte, 2018; John Faber, 2020; Willie Goddard, 2020; four vacancies.
Ex officio (nonvoting): Steven R. Weems, Esq., Chair, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; Joseph Bartenfelder, 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.
Nonvoting: Lisa Barge; Earl F. (Buddy) Hance; Hagner R. Mister; Rachel O’Shea; Jennifer Pettko; Barbara Polito; Martin Proulx; Charles Rice; Kim Rush-Lynch; Donna K. Sasscer; Henry A. (Bud) Virts.
Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director
In 2000, the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission was convened by the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland 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 the Council , to encourage farmers to stop growing tobacco.
The Commission assists farmers in transitioning from tobacco production to alternative crops and agricultural enterprises. With the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, the Commission also has developed and revised the Tobacco Transition and Southern Maryland Strategic Plan for Agriculture.
Twenty-three members constitute the Commission. 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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