Lower Shore Wind
GSC is a member of Lower Shore Wind. LSW is a joint public/private partnership that counts as its members the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce’ Saisbury Wicomico Economic Development; Worcester County Economic Development; the Tri-County Council; and private entrepreneurs like Katarina Ennerfelts of Toroid and Matt Drew of AWB Engineers. LSW was formed to position the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland as a key player in the burgeoning Offshore Wind area off the coast of Ocean City. LSW believes that our region can be a key player in the Operations and Maintenance supply chain that will be needed over the next 20 years as Offshore Wind comes to the area. LSW works closely with both U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind, the two developers who will be bringing wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City in the next five years.
Wicomico Revenue Cap Study
GSC has put together a committee to study the Wicomico County Revenue Cap. GSC is working jointly with BEACON, Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network, and its Director, Dr. Memo Diriker, on the study. GSC believes that the Revenue Cap, which became the law of the land in Wicomico County in 2000, as the result of a voter led referendum, is something that should be examined. Many Wicomico County residents are unaware of the existence of the Revenue Cap, and many others may be unaware of what the Revenue Cap actually is, and how it affects our County. The study will look to educate the citizens of Wicomico County on the Revenue Cap, as part of a comprehensive review. The findings of the study will be reported to the full GSC membership, and also to County leaders and stakeholders. Fall 2017 is the anticipated time frame for the completion of the study.
Transformational Community Leadership Series – TCL
TCL was launched by GSC in April, 2017. TCL is a leadership series, brought to GSC as an idea from one of its members, Chris Eccleston, of Delmarva Veteran Builders. This series meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. TCL has a cohort of 52 next generation Salisbury and Wicomico County leaders. The goal of TCL is to take these future leaders and “drill them down” – if you will – on the the industries, institutions, and entities that are the backbone of our community. Education, public safety, growth, manufacturing, health care, agriculture and our airport are the categories that are explored each month. The cohort takes a tour on the first part of the afternoon (at places like Perdue Farms, Salisbury University, our public schools, a local farm, our county’s detention center) and follows that with a panel discussion from community leaders.
Youth Development Advisory Committee – YDAC
GSC has made looking at our community’s at-risk population an institutional priority since 2015. As part of GSC’s work in that area, and in coordination and conjunction with Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, YDAC was formed. YDAC has a membership of nearly 70 Salisbury area citizens, many of whom come from the local nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping serve our youth. YDAC was given the charge by Mayor Day to assist him and the city in coming up with options on much needed new community centers in the city. So far, an old abandoned home in one of Salisbury’s oldest neighborhoods has been purchased, and will be converted into a community center. Also, working closely with Wicomico County School Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin, and Mayor Day, YDAC has helped recommend a site for a second community center, which will also serve as home for the new CHOICES Academy, the alternative school for the Wicomico County Public School System. YDAC is led by Chair Samantha Scott and Co-Chair Jim Thomas.
Foundation for Wicomico County Public Schools
A collaborative effort with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this still-forming Foundation has one objective: to assist in boosting the image and perception of the Wicomico County Public Schools. GSC is using models that other communities around the country have put together in an effort to create a strong foundation to bolster and support the WCPS, as needed, with dedicated community members on the Board of the Foundation. Coming in Fall 2017.
Holly Center Reimagined
GSC is proud to be working with Maryland Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader to help the vision he has for the Holly Center. “Holly Center Reimagined” is the Secretary’s concept to bring fresh energy, an upgrade to the facility’s physical plant, and a new collaborative spirit to Holly Center. GSC was instrumental in bringing Holly Center to Salisbury in the 1970’s, and is honored to be working with the Department of Health to make this vital community asset be all it can be – in serving our state’s most vulnerable citizen’s, and in moving Holly Center into a stronger position with its community partners.