RuralStat is an interactive tool we’ve developed with GeoDASH at Salisbury University to track the general health of individual rural counties and regions in Maryland. RuralStat uses basic quality-of-life indicators compiled from reliable state and federal sources and organizes that data to show how each rural county and rural region is doing compared to itself over time, as well as to other counties, regions and the state. You decide which counties, regions and indicators to review. Take a look.
April 23, 2013
ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
The Rural Maryland Council, an independent state agency based in Annapolis, seeks an experienced administrative and communications assistant. Specific duties are to coordinate and implement administrative projects, communications, and other tasks. The incumbent staff offers support to the agency’s Executive Director, Executive Board and committees. The incumbent also assists with planning meetings, workshops and other special events. Candidates should be well organized, self-motivated and able to work with a great deal of independence. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; a good work and attendance record; and an aptitude for detail. The candidate must also be able to manage many projects simultaneously and be proficient with all Microsoft Office applications. Salary commensurate with experience.
For a complete job description, click here. To apply submit a resume, writing samples and salary requirements to:
Administrative and Communications Assistant
c/o Rural Maryland Council
50 Harry Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21404
No later than: Friday, May 24, 2013
Maryland's General Assembly recently adjourned Sine Die on Monday April 8th. We are pleased to report that RMC and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistant Fund (MAERDAF) grant program were included in the Governor's Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget in the amounts of $167,000 each. The five regional councils also received funding of $150,000 each. This important funding will allow our organizations to continue our work in improving rural Maryland. We thank the Governor and the Legislature for their support.
We worked to restore budget funding to the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF). MEDAAF provides loans that help create jobs and encourage economic development. While the Senate had accepted a Department of Legislative Services' recommended cut, we worked with Conference Committee members to restore $3.5 million to the Fund.
Besides the budgetary issues, we focused on workforce development and access to health care. We worked on the Governor's Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program (HB 227/SB 278) to ensure a regional component to this program. Working with Department of Licensing, Labor and Regulation and the Department of Business and Economic Development, EARN will provide $4.5 million grant funding to job training programs.
In healthcare, we continued our support of telemedicine. In joint testimony with the Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA), we supported HB 931/SB 496 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine. This new law will allow Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine used in emergency situations.
Health Enterprise Zones and Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund Grants
Recently, the Lt. Governor announced the State's first Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) in five locations including two in rural areas: Greater Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, and Dorchester and Caroline Counties. Community coalitions in each HEZ will receive grant funding to address health disparities.
We are thrilled that, of the five HEZ, two are rural. Earlier this fiscal year, RMC awarded a MAERDAF grant to the MRHA to provide technical assistance to rural communities that were applying to the HEZ program. We congratulate MRHA on their success!
The Mission of the Rural Maryland Council is to build a bright future for Rural Maryland by helping to address its unique concerns. The RMC works towards achieving effective solutions by bringing together a diverse partnership of federal, state, and local government officials and representatives from the private nonprofit and for-profit sectors to form a strong collective voice dedicated to addressing the critical issues facing Rural Marylanders. The success of the RMC depends on the strength of its Executive Board, membership and Working Committees. Our general membership includes several hundred people -- each of whom brings a unique perspective, background, knowledge, and skill set to the table. Any Maryland citizen is eligible to become a member of the RMC. There is no fee for joining, just fill out an application form, mail or fax it back to us and we'll be in touch. Read More About Us
· The 2020 Rural Prosperity Investment Initiative (pdf) outlines a vision for Rural Maryland. A Rural Prosperity powerpoint presentation (2.3M) is also available. A PDF version (900 kb)is also available