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ALLEGANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
MAY 10, 2018
COUNTY ESTABLISHES DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND GROWTH
May 10, 2018 (Cumberland, MD) – The Allegany County Board of County Commissioners at its Public Meeting passed a resolution establishing the new Department of Planning and Growth within Allegany County Government.
“This is long overdue. We must do better in meeting the needs of our businesses and I think this is a step in the right direction,” commented Creade V. Brodie, Jr., Commissioner.
The resolution, presented by County Administrator Brandon S. Butler, reorganizes local government to provide a more streamlined approach for individuals and businesses investing in Allegany County. The move is the result of a number of meetings Mr. Butler conducted with the area’s business leaders, economic development entities and mayors & councils.
To date, Allegany County is one of only a few counties in Maryland that does not have a department that is dedicated to planning. “This is our next step in county government – a logical way forward to responsibly make updates to planning in Allegany County,” said Butler during the public meeting. “The way that government is organized should never be the reason why businesses choose not to invest in the county.”
This reorganization of county operations will be revenue neutral and will not require an increased appropriation in the proposed FY 2019 budget. It is the county’s hope that this department will create useful tools that will guide individuals and businesses through the permitting process in a meaningful way.
“With this move, Allegany County continues to ensure that our citizens receive the services they need and expect out of local government,” stated Commission President Jake Shade.
Commissioner Bill Valentine added, “As someone who owned and operated a business for many years, I’ve seen how government overregulation can stop growth. I am excited to see how this department will assist our citizens.”