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1000 Friends of Maryland works for a better quality of life by engaging all Marylanders to achieve vibrant communities and healthy rural economies.


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The 1997 General Assembly passed five pieces of legislation and budget initiatives-Priority Funding Areas, Brownfields, Live Near Your Work, Job Creation Tax Credits, and Rural Legacy-known collectively as "Smart Growth."

Smart Growth directs the State to target programs and funding to support established communities and locally designated growth areas, and to protect rural areas. The Priority Funding Areas Act provides a geographic focus for the State's investment in growth-related infrastructure. The remaining four components complement this geographic focus by targeting specific State resources to preserve land outside of Priority Funding Areas, to encourage growth inside Priority Funding Areas, and to ensure that existing communities continue to provide a high quality of life for their residents.

Honor the Past & Showcase the Future

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Founded in 1994, 1000 Friends of Maryland is the state's leading voice for smart growth.  Please join us to

Honor the Past & Showcase the Future

Mark you calendars for our 20th anniversary celebration at Union Wharf in Fells Point.

April 23, 2014    6pm to 8pm

Tickets are $125 each

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