After many months of careful preparation and thoughtful planning, 1000 Friends of Maryland has decided to join forces with Preservation Maryland, the statewide non-profit preservation advocacy organization.
Under this new partnership, 1000 Friends will become Smart Growth Maryland, a robust and targeted campaign of Preservation Maryland. Kimberly Golden Brandt will lead this new campaign as an employee of Preservation Maryland, the Director of Smart Growth Maryland.
Under the banner of Smart Growth Maryland, the mission of 1000 Friends will continue undeterred. The only change our supporters should expect is a greater level of advocacy, outreach and education around smart growth issues thanks to increased efficiencies, bigger impacts and more donor dollars put towards this critical work.
That means more farmland saved, more historic cities and towns revitalized and a smarter future for Maryland.
Preservation Maryland was one of the founding organizational members of 1000 Friends of Maryland in 1994 and has remained a partner throughout the years by advocating for the policies and programs that make redevelopment of historic communities a reality. When existing communities are revitalized, sprawl is limited. This symbiotic relationship has kept the smart growth and historic preservation communities advocating on each other’s behalf for many years.
The launch of Smart Growth Maryland will further solidify this already strong relationship. Smart Growth Maryland provides Preservation Maryland with the ability to advocate for an even greater set of policies and programs that make preservation work possible. Alternatively, Preservation Maryland provides the smart growth community a unique partner to advance their common mission and to utilize historic places as a part of an overall smart growth message.
To learn more, please visit smartgrowthmaryland.org
Maryland's Open Transportation Investment Decisions Act requires the Maryland Department of Transportation to prioritize major transportation projects based on factors like economic growth, public safety, and community vitality. If properly implemented, the Act could help Maryland reduce average commute times, foster access to opportunity, and stimulate investment in our cities and towns. Check out our report to learn more.
The purpose of this report is to recommend a process for the development of each of the 23 measures included in the act. These recommendations are
intended to be readily implementable and to reflect best practices. The sources for these recommendations include:
1. Virginia’s SmartScale project prioritization program, which is widely considered to be the state-of-the-art system in the United States and which the Maryland General Assembly has identified as a model.
2. The new federal Transportation Performance Management system, which requires state departments of transportation, including the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), to collect and analyze a wide range of data that bear on many of the issues set out in the Maryland law.
3. Other states and metropolitan planning organizations.
4. MDOT’s own systems.
The report recommendations demonstrate that Maryland can adopt a high-quality prioritization system that meets all the act's objectives.