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.
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
Help us recognize the leaders whose hard work has given us thriving downtowns, bustling main streets, and strong working rural lands.
Then meet the visionaries taking us into the future as we continue the effort to create vibrant communities, keep farmers farming, and support a resilient economy and a healthy environment.
Mark you calendars for our 20th anniversary celebration at Union Wharf, 915 Wolfe Street in Fells Point.
April 23, 2014 6pm to 8pm
Ticket sales to start next week.
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