The Maryland Department of Commerce and other state agencies recently received a $1.12 million grant from the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) for a second phase state-wide Statewide Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).

The first JLUS grant was awarded to the Maryland Department of Commerce in 2018.

“Maryland’s military installations are a great source of economic strength for their communities and for the state as a whole,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “This grant will help make sure that as these installations and communities grow and embrace new technology and development, they will do so together so all stakeholders can benefit.”

The new OEA grant will support the development of a State of Maryland Military Communities Compatible Use website; a planning coordination guidebook for local communities; and a study to identify and display via publicly available maps for use by potential energy developers. The last activity could help developers identify areas where renewable energy projects may or may not be viable with Maryland military installations.

The program will span 18 months, starting June 1, 2020 and ending November 30, 2021.

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