Posted on: March 8, 2017

PACE 2017

Photo Pace Aerial


 FEBRUARY 28, 2017


The 2017 Mountain Maryland PACE Committee, under the sponsorship of the Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation, graciously acknowledges and sincerely appreciates the contributors who were instrumental in producing the 41st annual PACE Reception and Breakfast in Annapolis at Loews Hotel on Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27. The reception attracted 475 and 330 attended the breakfast.

Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan gave the keynote address at the breakfast. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and US Senators Benjamin Cardin and Christopher Van Hollen made remarks. Courtney Thomas, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission Executive Director, was the emcee. The Comptroller Franchot presented the Comptroller’s Medallion to the PACE Co-Chairs. This recognizes Marylanders who make a difference in their communities.


The Purpose of PACE

PACE is a self-funded, annual premier economic development event for Mountain Maryland. PACE provides a valuable and effective venue to present strategic needs and specific requests to the Maryland General Assembly. Allegany and Garrett Counties have this important voice in Annapolis because of personal participation and superior support.

Strategic Meetings


Allegany and Garrett Counties organize individual meetings before and after PACE to discuss projects with key state and federal officials. Overall, all of the key decision-making players are present and can brainstorm to effectively secure and use all the available resources, financial and otherwise, for the benefit of Mountain Maryland. 

  • This year the Allegany County Commissioners, County Administrator, County Attorney, Finance Director, Public Works Director, Economic Development Director, and staff members presented water and sewer projects valued at 125M to funding partners: US Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Municipal representatives from Cumberland, Frostburg, Lonaconing, Luke, and Westernport, and LaVale Sanitary Commission representatives also presented individual projects to these officials. 
  • The Garrett County Commissioners, County Administrator, and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director met with Secretary Gill, Department of Commerce, to discuss the HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Redesignation for Garrett County. Garrett County officials also presented water and sewer projects for Hoyes Run, Bloomington Water, Deep Creek Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Mountain Lake Park Water Distribution System to funding partners.

           Municipal representatives from Accident, Friendsville, Grantsville, 

           Kitzmiller, and Oakland were able to participate as well and meet with

           state and federal agencies about key projects.

  • The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director scheduled a meeting with Secretary Brinkley, Department of Management and Budget, to discuss the Tourism Promotion Act. There were also meetings with Senator Middleton, Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Astle, Senate Finance Committee Vice-Chair, Delegate McIntosh, House Appropriations Committee Chair, Delegate Davis, House Economic Matters Committee Chair, and Delegate Barve, House Environment and Transportation Chair, to discuss a variety of topics -  tourism funding, transportation funding, rural economic development, mandated paid leave, PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) proposed legislation, and heritage funding.
  • The Greater Cumberland Committee serves both Allegany and Garrett Counties and arranged seven meetings. The discussion points for each meeting included the opioid epidemic and regional efforts, natural gas regulations, the I-68 Regional Economic Partnership, the Regional Job Intern Bank, broadband, PILOT proposed legislation, the north/south trade corridor, and other statewide energy opportunities. Meetings were held with Comptroller Franchot, Secretary Schrader, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Deputy Secretary Tablada, Department of the Environment, Secretary Gill, Department of Commerce, Secretary Belton, Department of Natural Resources, Secretary Rahn, Department of Transportation, Administrator Johnson, State Highway Administration, and Dr. Tung, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration.


Pace 2017 Ice Sculpture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Informative, interactive, and personally staffed displays were showcased at the reception and breakfast by Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub,  AES Warrior Run/Allegany Aggregates, Allegany Museum, Allegany County Tourism, Beitzel Corporation, Brenda’s Pizzeria & Trader’s Coffee House, Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority/Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Columbia Gas of Maryland, Engage Mountain Maryland, FireFly Farms, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Friends Aware, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Higher Education: Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Garrett College, Orbital ATK: ABL Operations, Rocky Gap Casino Resort, The Greater Cumberland Committee, and Wisp Resort.

Financial Support

Gold Sponsors were AES Warrior Run, Allegany Aggregates, API: American Petroleum Institute, BB&T, Beitzel Corporation, Columbia Gas of Maryland, FirstEnergy Corporation, Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Rocky Gap Casino Resort, The Belt Construction Group, Verso Corporation: Luke Mill, and Western Maryland Electrical Industry Labor Management Committee: IBEW Local Union 307.


Silver Sponsors were Byco Enterprises, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, EverPower Wind Holdings, Flagship Rehabilitation, Orbital ATK: ABL Operations, PharmaCare Network, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Western Maryland Health System, and WRA: Whiteman, Requardt & Associates.


Bronze Sponsors were Adams Family Funeral Home, Bennett, Brewer & Associates, Brotherhood of Carpenters KML Union, CBIZ, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Mettiki Coal, Potomac Farms Dairy, Progressive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, R.H. Lapp & Sons, Total Biz Fulfillment, and Western Maryland Building & Construction Trades Council.

Partners included Allegany Coal & Land Company, Allegany County Teachers Federal Credit Union, Chessie Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Professional Real Estate Services, Cumberland Cultural Foundation, Demaree Inflatable Boats, Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, Huber Michaels & Company, J-R’s Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery, Bob Martin, MBS Keystone, National Jet Company, Queen City Business Systems, Railey Realty, Turnbull, Hoover & Kahl, and WEPCO Federal Credit Union.    

Door prizes featured products, services, and experiences. Cumberland Trail Connection donated the grand prize, a mountain bike. Allegany County donors were City Lights American Grill & Bar, Comfort Inn, Cumberland Country Club, Fairfield Inn, Ristorante Ottaviani, River’s Edge Alpaca Farm, and Shooters Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Garrett County donors were Dutch’s at Silver Tree, FireFly Farms, High Mountain Creamery & Market, Lodestone Golf Course, Mountain State Brewing, Savage River Lodge, and Wisp Resort.


Media Coverage

The PACE Committee appreciates articles published by the Cumberland Times-News, The Republican, and Allegany Magazine and live broadcasts by Allegany Radio Corporation and WCBC.

Thanks to All!

PACE 2017 Co-Chairs

Allegany County: J. Robert Smith and Jeremy G. Irons

Garrett County: Nicole Christian and David Moe

PACE Committee Media Contact

Bretta Reinhard

Public Information Officer

Allegany County Government

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