Southern Maryland National Heritage Area – EXCHANGE:A Regional Planning Forum

We hope to see you on Saturday, April 20 on the campus of USM at Southern Maryland for the Exchange Regional Planning Forum, an important step in planning for the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area!

Invitation is attached or you can  RSVP here by Thursday, April 18.

Why should I attend?
Your knowledge and ideas are needed! The success of the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area depends on the engagement of many people who will help shape and implement plans to honor, preserve, commemorate, and celebrate the important stories and places of Southern Maryland.

 What will happen at the Exchange?
Group discussions will focus on seven topics – youth engagement, Piscataway places and stories, planning for Maryland’s 400th anniversary, historic preservation, the visitor experience, stewardship of the landscape, and preserving and sharing cultural living traditions. Each session includes brainstorming ideas, discussing opportunities, and considering the role of the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area. Sessions will be facilitated by subject matter experts. Congressman Steny Hoyer will give remarks during the Exchange.

Which sessions should I attend? 
Each of the seven session topics will be repeated two to four times during the day. Participants can review the list of topics and select up to four group discussions to join. 

What will happen after the Exchange? 
Information and ideas gathered at the Exchange will be presented to the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area Steering Committee. These ideas will contribute to the development of strategies to include in the management plan, which will guide the NHA’s work for the next decade. 

Questions? Contact Brandon Rosario, SMNHA Program Specialist at 443-684-8865, or Carolyn Brackett, SMNHA Management Plan Consultant, at 615-712-8029.