Tours Local Organizations in Salisbury, Attends MACo Conference in Ocean City
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford toured Salisbury, Md. on Friday, August 17 while visiting the Eastern Shore for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference in Ocean City, Md.
Lt. Governor Rutherford’s first stop of the day was the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank. In 1981, the Maryland Food Bank opened a branch in Salisbury in order to better serve the rural populations of the Eastern Shore. In its first year, the branch distributed about 33,000 meals. Last year, the branch distributed more than five million meals to Marylanders. This branch in particular sources fresh food from local farms and is a vital partner in the Farm to Food Bank program.
He subsequently toured the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative on Main Street with Salisbury University President Dr. Charles Wright. The goal of this cooperative is to improve the GIS technology capabilities of the county and municipal governments of the six counties of the region: Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester. Services including technical support, data analysis training, and more are provided at low or no cost to the counties and municipalities.
Next, he visited The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art which features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. With its 4.5-acre waterfront facility and 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum is a major destination for tourists and a resource for local residents who enjoy its year-round offerings, contributing a total regional economic impact of more than $6 million.
The lieutenant governor also attended the MACo Crab Feast with Governor Hogan Friday evening and is participating in a walking tour of the Assateague Shoreline Project with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Saturday afternoon in Berlin, Md.