Councilman Pete Smith, County Executive Steve Schuh Highlight Impact of Proposed Conference Center
Hanover, MD (September 18th, 2015) – Councilman Pete Smith and County Executive Steve Schuh, along with other citizens, today highlighted the impact of a proposed Maryland Live! Conference Center.
“The planned conference center will be a game changer for our county,” said Schuh. “This project will provide a first class graduation venue for a first class school system.”
The proposed conference center, made possible by legislation from Councilman Smith, would provide a venue for Anne Arundel County High School graduations and other non-profits at no cost to the county.
The tax incremental financing, or TIF, legislation proposed by Councilman Smith would finance infrastructure improvements around the site, including road improvements and sewer upgrades.
“My legislation ensures that this conference center will move forward with the infrastructure it needs to thrive,” said Smith. “I hope my colleagues on the County Council will join us as we work to create a premier venue for our county.”
Joining Councilman Smith and the County Executive were local citizens in favor of the project.
“I am excited to see my children and their friends graduate at a facility in Anne Arundel County,” said Stephanie Turnbach, a local parent. “Every child should be able to graduate in the county that helped educate them.”
The project would also ensure the Maryland Live! Casino can continue to generate revenue for the county in the form of Local Development Council (LDC) grants, which fund the police, fire, community college, critical nonprofits, and infrastructure projects near the casino.
“We at the LDC have the honor of reinvesting money generated by Maryland Live! back into our community,” said LDC Chairwoman Claire Louder. “This planned project will ensure that investment is protected.”
The event took place at the Harmans Dorsey Fire Station in Hanover, which received a $1 million LDC grant for capital improvements to its facility.
The County Council is scheduled to vote on the legislation during the September 21st session.