A great meeting today of the newly forming Wicomico Education Foundation – designed to help bolster support for our Wicomico Public Schools. This idea is a joint effort of the Greater Salisbury Committee and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, with support also from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Start up committee is moving forward. Exciting stuff. More to come.
Greater Salisbury Committee hosted the Salisbury Youth Development Advisory Committee – YDAC – for its’ second meeting this week. Look at that turnout!!! The RIGHT people, around the RIGHT table, working hard to figure out how this city can better invest in our young people. Community Centers? Mobile “Pop Up” Neighborhood presence? #UNITE SBY. We’re trying. YDAC was born, in part, by the GSC commitment to finding ways to help Salisbury’s “At Risk” youth, and by Mayor Jake Day and the Salisbury City Council’s commitment to….doing the same thing. #Partnerships!!
Jayme Hayes of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore and Sophia Smecker of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, were the featured speakers at the October General Membership Meeting at GSC. Jayme and her JA Fellows Program will be featured in a new jobs grant that was made possible by Wicomico County. Sophia and the Chamber run Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) which launches careers of local teens. Thanks to Jayme and Sophia for great presentations.
This is Greater Salisbury Committee member Matt Drew, today off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. Matt is a key member of the Lower Shore Wind initiative, which GSC is proud to be a part of. Led by GSC member Katarina Ennerfelt, Matt Drew, and Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Ernie Colburn, Lower Shore Wind is working hard to be a key contributor for the construction of a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City. Jobs, and more jobs, for the Delmarva Peninsula would be at stake. Thanks Matt Drew, for hitting the ground – and the sea – running on behalf of Lower Shore Wind.
Greater Salisbury Committee was proud to have brought a Summer Jobs Program to Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day earlier this year. Mayor Day, and the City Council, put $55k into the City budget to hire 10 students to work in the City of Salisbury, Maryland Public Works Department. GSC partnered withCommunity Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Donnie Williams Foundation, and Jayme Hayes and Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore to make this program a success. Today, a picnic to salute and celebrate and congratulate the students great summer on the job.
GSC is so thrilled that this new initiative is off and running, and honored to have helped do our part to get the community behind it!
Amazing experience today. G Mandel Copeland, the creator of 50ksouls, was honored by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot with the William Donald Schaefer “Helping People Award” this morning at Greater Salisbury Committee. A thank you to all of those in attendance, including SenatorAddie Eckardt, Delegates Charles J Otto, Sheree Sample-Hughes andJohn Mautz, Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day, Wicomico County Council President John T Cannon, and Register of Wills in Wicomico County Karen A. Lemon. Also sharing the dais today was Jermichael King Langston Mitchell. And, making so many things happen, as he always does, Len Foxwell, the Comptroller’s Chief of Staff. What a moving and special day. GSC was proud to host this event.
Greater Salisbury Committee salutes the efforts of Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver. After decades – literally decades – of getting oh so close to bringing the question of what to do about a deed restriction that limited the Civic Center’s ability to sell alcohol at events in the building – Culver took the bull by the horns. And he took on the deed restriction. As it turns out, the bull had no real kick to it. Not ONE public comment was made in opposition to ending this decade’s old ban. A deed review by stellar attorney Paul Wilber found an opening. Our County Liquor Board took a courageous vote. And the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill. And now, as a fully functioning Civic Center, one that sells beer and wine, it can more fully compete on the regional stage for acts and entertainment. Another step forward for our community.
Big news and a big leap forward for Wicomico County. The Wor-Wic free tuition initiative is now in place. It’s a great start to a great future for the students of Wicomico County!! Thanks to County Executive Bob Culver for proposing this idea. Thanks to Wor-Wic President Dr. Ray Hoy for putting meat on the bones of this proposal. And thanks to the Wicomico County Council for passing it. Greater Salisbury Committee and Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce / Salisbury, MD were both big proponents of this concept. We look forward to watching it make a difference!!