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    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business on a local, state and federal level. Please see the links below for more information on how your Chamber represents you on these matters.

  • CALL TO ACTION - HELP SAVE GARRETT COUNTY JOBS

    We are mobilizing our members to save Garrett County jobs! PLEASE CONTACT U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DELANEY AND THE U.S. HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE (contact info below) and ask for their support of H.R. 3294, the HUBZONE Unification and Business Stability Act (HUBS). This bi-partisan bill will save Garrett County’s HUBZones. 

    Bipartisan HUBZone Bill Press Release 

    HUBZone Bill Section by Section Final 

    HUBZone Bill Final
     
    Absent congressional action, Garrett County will lose six of its seven HUBZones at the end of January 2018 and the seventh HUBZone March 31, 2019. This will impact nearly a dozen local businesses employing close to 500 people. Local certified companies depend on HUBZones to secure federal contracts. If Garrett County loses its HUBZones designation, these businesses may have to relocate to maintain their certified HUBZone status. H.R. 3294 will save Garrett County's HUBZones by implementing a change from using the state non-metropolitan median income to the state median income for the income formula.  The bill will take effect immediately upon passage and all designations will be grandfathered until Jan 1, 2020.
     
    The HUBZone program was designed to provide economic opportunity to rural counties, like Garrett, that have low-household incomes, high unemployment, and whose communities have suffered from a lack of investment. Due to a shift in how these criteria are evaluated, Garrett County will no longer qualify for HUBZones after 2018 unless H.R. 3294 is passed. 

    Please send letters of support to the members of the House Small Business Committee (SBC) and Rep. Delaney today.

    Halimah Najieb-Locke is the SBC Professional Staff Member and can help get your letters to the committee. Her email is Halimah.Locke@mail.house.gov and her phone is (202) 225-4038.
     
    Representative John Delaney
    https://delaney.house.gov/contact/email-me
    (202) 225-2721
    CC: Sonny Holding, sonny.holding@mail.house.gov
     
    Here’s a link to the members of the SBC, if you would like to contact them individually.
     
    Additionally, please contact U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and ask their support and assistance in helping pass this bill.
     
    Senator Ben Cardin
    https://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/email-ben
    (202) 224-4524
     
    Senator Chris Van Hollen
    https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
    (202) 224-4654

    Thank you for your assistance with this very important and urgent issue.

  • Chamber Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda 

    Your Chamber is proud to present the 2017 Legistlative Agenda. 

    2017 Legislative Agenda 

    2017 Session Schedule 

  • General Assembly Updates

    General Assembly Update - 2/6/17

  • Maryland General Assembly to Convene Jan. 11

    The 437th Session of the Maryland General Assembly will convene January 11, 2017. The session will last for 90 days and is scheduled to adjourn April 10. The Governor's budget is due by January 18. Click Here for the complete schedule of the 2017 Legislative Session. To track legislation and stay up-to-date on legislative activity, go to http://mgaleg.maryland.gov

  • 2016 D.C. Trip - Issue Papers

    May 10, a delegation from Garrett County travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional members on five priorities for Garrett County. The delegation discussed the American Community Survey’s negative impacts on rural communities, HUBZone Re-designation, the I-68 Regional Economic Partnership Marketing Studies, Keyser’s Ridge Water Storage Tank and Infrastructure, and the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail. Issue papers on these priorities were developed and shared with officials and staff during the meetings. The delegation met with Xan Fishman, Legislative Assistant for Representative John Delaney; Brigid Houton, Senior Advisor for Maryland Affairs for Senator Barbara Mikulski; Senator Ben Cardin; and Representative Chris Van Hollen. The group also met with top officials from the American Community Survey, a division of the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, the delegation presented Senator Mikulski with a Proclamation by the County Commissioners commending her for her service to Maryland. By all accounts, the trip was a success! Not only was the delegation able to promote and garner support for these community priorities, they forged a relationship with Congressman Van Hollen who could potentially be Maryland’s next U.S. Senator. The trip was organized by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

    2016 HUBZone Issue Paper

    2016 American Community Survey (ACS) Issue Paper

    2016 Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail - Eastern Route Issue Paper

    2016 I-68 Regional Economic Partnership Marketing Studies Issue Paper

    2016 Keysers Ridge Water Tank Issue Paper

    Proclamation for Sen Mikulski

  • Chamber Board Changes Position on Shale Gas Development

    On March 7, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announced that it has adopted the following position:  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has no position for or against unconventional gas drilling or shale gas drilling in Garrett County.


  • Post-Labor Day Start for Maryland Schools

    The State of Maryland needs to look at all opportunities for growing this critically important segment of our economy. One opportunity is for Maryland schools to start after Labor Day. Early school starts are negatively impacting communities with tourism economies. In May 2014, a statewide task force, created through the passage of SP963 and appointed by Governor O'Malley, voted 12-3 (later changed to 1104) to support a post-Labor Day start for Maryland schools. A poll of 708 residents released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 71 percent of those asked said they supported moving the start of school until after Labor Day. An online poll conducted by the Cumberland Times News received measured more than 80% support for this initiative. On August 15, 2013, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot released an Economic Impact report completed by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates announcing that a delayed school start in Maryland would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, including $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue. Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina, our most competitive tourism destinations, have enacted legislation to ensure that school calendars to not unnecessarily inhibit tourism. North Carolina requires a 10 week summer break and schools can start no sooner than August 25. Virginia and Michigan prohibit schools from opening before Labor Day. Alabama is the most recent state to join the ranks by passing a law in early May 2012 that mandates schools end on or before memorial Day and start after labor Day. Delaware also had a task force study the issue and come to the same conclusion as Maryland's task force. It is very likely that they will be enacting legislation soon.


  • Mountain Maryland PACE

    Keep an eye out for 2017 Mountain Maryland PACE information!

    Join us for our annual visit to Annapolis. Mountain Maryland PACE is a great opportunity to showcase our community to state leaders and policy-makers. The reception is Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 6pm and the breakfast is Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8am at the Loew's Hotel.

    Click here for more details including ticket information and much more!


  • Contact your Legislators

    Please feel free to contact your local legislators.


  • U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D)

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    U.S. Contact Senator Cardin (D)

    Cumberland Office
    13 Canal Street
    Rm. 305
    Cumberland, MD 21502
    Phone 301.777.2957
    Fax 301.777.2959

    Washington, DC
    509 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    202.224.4524


  • U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D)

    Contact Senator Van Hollen (D)

    B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: 202.224.4654

  • U.S. Representative John Delaney

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    6th District

    Contact Representative Delaney

    38 South Potomac Street
    Suite 205
    Hagerstown, MD 21632
    301.733.2900

    1632 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    202.225.2721

     

  • MD Senator George Edwards

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    (R-Dist. 1)

    George.edwards@senate.state.md.us

    Maryland Railway Station
    13 Canal Street, Room 304
    Cumberland, MD 21502
    301.722.4780

    James Senate Office Building
    Room 322
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    1.800.492.7122 x 3565


  • MD Delegate Wendell Beitzel

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    (R-Allegany/Garrett, Sub-Dist. 1A)
    Wendell.beitzel@house.state.md.us

    Lowe House Office Building
    Room 410
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    1.800.492.7122 x 3435


  • MD Delegate Jason Buckel

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    (D-Allegany, Sub-Dist. 1B)

    jason.buckel@house.state.md.us

    House Office Building, Room 309
    6 Bladen St.
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    1.800.492.7122 x 3404

     

  • MD Delegate Michael W. McKay

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    (R-Allegany/Washington-Sub-Dist. 1C)

    mike.mckay@house.state.md.us

    House Office Building, Room 322
    6 Bladen St.
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    1.800.492.7122 x 3321