The Mid-Shore Regional Council was created in 2001 via enabling legislation proposed by the Eastern Shore Delegation in response to recommendations made in the Governor's Eastern Shore Economic Development Task
The Mid-Shore Regional Council operates as a cooperative regional planning and development agency within Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties to foster physical, economic and social development. The Council initiates
and coordinates plans and projects for the development of human and economic resources.
The Mid-Shore Regional Council is a federally designated Economic Development District (an economically distressed area) that enables federal funding to the region through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development
To drive economic development through universal, open access to broadband services via a fiber optic network that serves rural Maryland by building an advanced, world-class broadband network across the rural communities
of Eastern, Southern and Western Maryland supported by its members who provide "Last Mile" services.
The regional councils are the founding members and each have a seat on the Board of Directors.
Support the establishment of a Mid-Shore Business and Technology Incubator
The Mid-Shore Business and Technology Incubator was a recommendation from the Economic Adjustment Strategy completed by the Chesapeake Bay Region Technical Center of Excellence with primary sponsorship from
Maryland Department of Commerce and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Dorchester County developed the Eastern Shore Innovation Center. The incubator is located in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park.
Regional Technology School
Working with Chesapeake College, Upper Shore Regional Council, and public school systems (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties) over the past several years, the Mid-Shore Regional Council
has discussed the possibility of a study to determine the feasibility of a regional technology school or utilizing Chesapeake College in offering regional technology programs. The Council continues to communicate
with the various entities and offer assistance as needed.
Health Cluster Economic Impact Work Group
The Mid-Shore Regional Council is establishing a Health Cluster Economic Impact Work Group to increase communication among the health industry and public and private sectors to aid the industry's stability and growth
within the region.
Support the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC)
Established in 2004, the ESRGC is an organization that seeks to provide access to geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to the local governments of Maryland's Eastern
Housed at Salisbury University, the ESRGC is a joint effort between the Mid-Shore Regional Council, Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Salisbury University.
Projects in the Mid-Shore region receive a 50% reduction in charges because of the financial support of the Mid-Shore Regional Council.
Support the Master of Science in GIS Management at Salisbury University which trains the next generation of geographic information administrators.
Launched in 2008, the GeoDASH Initiative provides technical assistance to community leaders through the development of state-of-the-art data visualization tools that merge traditional business intelligence,
geographic information, and dynamic modeling to support regional economic development decision making. The initiative is managed by the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) of the Richard A. Henson
School of Science and Technology at Salisbury University, in partnership with both MSRC and the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Mid-Shore Regional Council
Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore
ESRGC (Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative)
BEACON (Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University)
Mid-Shore Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
Economic Development Districts put together Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) for their federally recognized and approved economically distressed regions. Federal statute requires that a CEDS
be in place before a region can receive U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) public works and infrastructure funds.
The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
Governance of Maryland Upper Shore Transit (MUST)
MUST is a regional five county coordinated transit system that services the citizens of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot Counties.
Delmarva Community Transit
Queen Anne's County - County Ride
Key elements in the MUST coordinating model and strategy:
Periodic meetings of the transportation providers, MTA, MSRC, and the outreach and media providers
MUST meetings are coordinated with the quarterly Community Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) meetings
Bilingual (English and Spanish) brochures and schedules
Coordinated single policy on inclement weather procedures, fares, and transfers
Bilingual toll free information line for customer needs
Provides outreach to present and promote the availability of public and other transit services
Overseas MUST website and all printed materials
Participates on the Maryland Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation
Periodically facilitates a customer survey of the transportation system
Assists with the Upper Eastern Shore Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
Regional review authority for JARC/New Freedom, 5310, and Senior Rides programs for the six counties of the Upper Eastern Shore
As a federally recognized U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Development District (EDD) the Mid-Shore Regional Council advocates and assists with EDA grant processes. Here are examples of EDA infrastructure
funding obtained over the last several years.
Caroline Technology Park located in Ridgely
Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Inc.
(in association with the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore to assist in fiber optic builds on the Eastern Shore)
Dorchester County Business and Technology Park
Project Green Box: An Investment in Advancing and Enhancing the Green Economy in Dorchester County
Regional Medical Facility
(University of Maryland Medical System/ Shore Health System)
Support the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC)
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center was created by the Mid-Shore Regional Council following the recommendation from the Economic Adjustment Strategy.
Incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit in 2004
Focus is on high-growth, innovative, and scalable startups and entrepreneurs