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.
The Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County is a broad-based coalition of state and local smart growth, citizen, environmental, and good government groups that includes 1000 Friends of Maryland. To learn more, visit www.SaveCharlesCounty.com
As Governor of Maryland, Parris Glendening spearheaded the state’s pioneering and widely respected Smart Growth initiative. Today, Governor Glendening works with leaders throughout the country to help them apply smart growth principles to rebuild state and local economies.
Ed McMahon is nationally recognized as an inspiring speaker and a leading authority on sustainable development, land conservation and smart growth. During the past 25 years, McMahon has assisted communities in all 50 states on a wide variety of community planning and economic development issues.