ANNAPOLIS— With the Rural Maryland Council convened in the capital, Gov. Larry Hogan proclaimed Thursday, Feb. 11 Rural Maryland Day.
“We are here today to collaborate (with), celebrate and educate our legislators regarding the status of our rural communities in Maryland,” said Doris Mason, chairman of the RMC and executive director of the Upper Shore Regional Council.
“Rural residents are working to provide all of the people in our fine state with food, fiber and fuel. Our rural economies are a critical component of our state’s overall economy,” Mason said.
Members of the RMC met with members of the General Assembly on pending legislation. The RMC is hopeful that for the first time since 2006, the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will receive $2 million in funding to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s disadvantaged and underserved rural communities.
The RMC said the quality of life in rural Maryland can be improved over the next several years by promoting rural regional cooperation, facilitating entrepreneurial activities and supporting key community colleges and nonprofit providers.
The RMC serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council. It functions as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state flourish and gain equity with their suburban and urban counterparts.
The goal for the RMC is that residents in rural communities achieve success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and other vital public services and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are sustained for future generations.