CEDS Executive Committee Meeting - Mid

Report
Mid-Shore
CEDS Committee
Meeting
January 6, 2009
Agenda
• Introductions
• Approve minutes from last meeting
• Review CEDS goals and objectives
• Accept or reject proposed projects
• Update on capacity building project
• Next meetings
• Adjourn
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1 – Ensure that there is sufficient public
infrastructure (e.g. telecommunications, IT,
incubators, waste water treatment capability,
roads, transportation, education facilities,
technology training centers, and public parks) and
investment capital to foster the development and
prosperity of our existing and new industry clusters.
Objectives:
 Design and implement a master plan for regional telecommunications
infrastructure and facilities to provide affordable, redundant broadband
services for the public and private sectors.
 Conduct regional waste water assessments and determine capacity and
technology needs to handle future growth and economic development.
 Improve the services available at existing and new industrial sites to further
their potential for development.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1 Objectives (continued)
•
Establish and support regional investor network(s) and increase
awareness, involvement and investments from angel investors and
venture capital firms.
•
Support and expand a regional revolving loan fund to promote job
growth and support expansion of local businesses.
•
Strengthen transportation linkages and make recommended
improvements to Route 404 and Route 50.
•
Support the expansion of the coordinated regional transit program.
•
Bring together federal, state, and local funding to acquire land and
infrastructure for the development of business parks and technology
training centers.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 2 – Establish a regional identity and marketing plan that
leverages our competitive advantages, protects our
natural resources, honors our rural heritage and
takes proactive measures to diversify the economy.
Objectives:

Create a regional branding plan that supports the CEDS vision
statement and obtain support from each county and local business
leaders.

Obtain funding to implement a regional branding strategy.

Support ongoing regional efforts to grow the cultural and heritage
tourism industry.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 3 – Encourage programs that accelerate the
development of companies that apply new
concepts and technologies in innovative ways.
Objectives:
 Establish an incubator that accelerates the development of
environmentally friendly science (marine & environmental),
agriculture, aquaculture, and technology based business.
 Develop a center for entrepreneurship.
 Develop CEO and peer groups to provide technical support for
expanding or struggling businesses.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 4 – Strengthen and diversify agriculture, fisheries and support
newest techniques in aquaculture and agriculture.
Objectives:

Support the development of renewable, sustainable fuel sources.

Explore and identify emerging agricultural and food market opportunities
associated with soy, common grains and other agricultural products that can be
grown locally and provide high value markets for Delmarva farmers.

Support the development of value added agriculture businesses.

Identify opportunities for high value aquaculture operations that create new
opportunities for watermen.

Work with legislators to remove local and state policies that are a barrier to onfarm processing and innovative niche farming operations.

Create an agriculture incubator for testing and growing ethnic/niche produce
that will create work for recent immigrants, and opportunities to test and explore
the agrarian knowledge they bring from their culture and countries.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 5 – Support opportunities for continuous learning and
workforce development.
Objectives:

Ensure that continuous learning and workforce development
resources are available to all segments of our population.

Implement the findings of the regional daycare (childcare and
eldercare) and work ethic taskforces.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 6 – Provide regional data and technology services needed
for present and future infrastructure planning and
construction (e.g. regional GIS mapping system).
Objectives:

Identify additional partners and resources needed to sustain the
Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC).

Conduct growth impact assessments for the various jurisdictions
within the region to determine long term infrastructure needs.
Accept or Reject Proposed Projects
• Six projects were submitted for evaluation.
• CEDS Executive Committee evaluated the
projects on December 15, 2008.
• Four projects met the evaluation process and
are being submitted today for consideration to
be included in the CEDS Action Plan.
Infrastructure
• Infrastructure Related to the
Commercialization of Denton
Infrastructure
• Mistletoe Farm Project
Infrastructure
• Speculative Building for the Caroline
Technology Park in Ridgely
Continuous Learning and Workforce
Development
• Calhoon MEBA Vessel Firefighting Program
and Training Facility
Update on Capacity Building Project
• A collaborative effort between the MSRC, TCCLES,
ESRGC, BEACON, DBED and EDA.
– Eastern Shore Business and Economic Development Dashboard
Specialist – Mr. James Garrity
– Economic Development and Transportation Planner –
Ms. Sara Bunch
• Presenters
– Mr. Michael Pennington, Executive Director of the TCCLES
– Dr. Michael Scott, Director of the ESRGC
– Mr. James Garrity
Next Meetings
CEDS Full Committee – July/August 2009
CEDS Executive Committee –
September/October 2009
CEDS Full Committee – January 2010

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