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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.

  • HUBZone Saved!

    Then National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA) has passed both the House and the Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk. The NDAA includes important changes to the HUBZone program. The changes contained in this bill represent the culmination of advocacy efforts led by the National HUBZone Council and supported by your local community. The following changes will be made to the HUBZone program as a result of this bill.

    • Freezes HUBZone maps until January 1, 2020 and transitions the program to 5-year map updates after 2020
    • Provides state governors the ability to petition the SBA Administrator to designate areas that have an average unemployment rate at least 120% of national or state average -- whichever is lowest -- as HUBZones; petitions require annual resubmission
    • Removes the qualifier “nonmetropolitan” from “state median income” when determining HUBZone program eligibility
    • Requires the SBA to make a determination on a firm’s HUBZone eligibility within 60 days of application receipt
    • Ensures that BRAC counties receive HUBZone eligibility for a full 8 years beginning on the date the county was designated a BRAC
    • Requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to conduct a study on small business participation on Multiple Award Contracts (MACs)

    Thanks to this grassroots advocacy, we were able to focus Congressional attention on the vital need to reform the HUBZone program, and ensure that it was included in one of the few must-pass bills before the end of the year. The Chair of the HUBZone Council, Shirley Bailey of GCC Technologies and Council member Dennis DuFour of TDEC testified before Congress and had many meetings with Congressional members on the issue. We are indebted to them for their efforts. Thank you also to Congressman Delaney, Senator Van Hollen and Senator Ben Cardin.

  • Chamber Announces 2018 Legislative Agenda 

    Your Chamber is proud to present the 2017 Legislative Agenda. 

    2018 Legislative Agenda 

    2018 Session Schedule 

  • General Assembly Updates

    New updates to begin January 2018.

  • Maryland General Assembly to Convene Jan. 10

    The 438th Session of the Maryland General Assembly will convene January 10, 2018. The session will last for 90 days and is scheduled to adjourn April 9. The Governor's budget is due by January 18. Click Here for the complete schedule of the 2018 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


  • 2018 Mountain Maryland PACE

    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 25, 2018 at 6pm and the breakfast is Friday, January 26, 2018 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)

    Western Maryland Office
    32 West Washington Street, Room 203
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    301.797.2826 

    110 Hart 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

    323 James Senate Office Building
    11 Bladen Street
    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

    309 Lowe House Office Building
    6 Bladen Street
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    1.800.492.7122 x 3435
    301-387-6950

     

  • MD Delegate Jason Buckel

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

    jason.buckel@house.state.md.us

    309 House Office Building
    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

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