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Mid-Shore CEDS Committee Meeting. January 6, 2010. Agenda. Introductions Approve minutes from last meeting Review CEDS goals and objectives Accept or reject proposed projects Member Matters Next meetings Adjourn. Goals and Objectives. Goal 1 – Ensure that there is sufficient public

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  • Introductions
  • Approve minutes from last meeting
  • Review CEDS goals and objectives
  • Accept or reject proposed projects
  • Member Matters
  • Next meetings
  • Adjourn
goals and objectives
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.


  • 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.

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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.
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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.


  • 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.
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Goals and Objectives

Goal 3 – Encourage programs that accelerate the

development of companies that apply new

concepts and technologies in innovative ways.


  • 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.

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Goal 4 – Strengthen and diversify agriculture, fisheries and support

newest techniques in aquaculture and agriculture.

Goals and 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 on-farm 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.
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Goals and Objectives

Goal 5 – Support opportunities for continuous learning and

workforce development.


  • 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.
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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).


  • 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
Accept or Reject Proposed Projects
  • Two projects were submitted for evaluation.
  • CEDS Executive Committee evaluated the projects on November 30, 2009.
  • Both projects met the evaluation process and are being submitted today for consideration to be included in the CEDS Action Plan.
  • Regional Medical Facility
continuous learning and workforce development
Continuous Learning and Workforce Development
  • Preparing a High-Tech Workforce for the Eastern Shore of Maryland
next meetings
Next Meetings

CEDS Full Committee – July/August 2010

CEDS Executive Committee – September/October 2010

CEDS Full Committee – January 2011