The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) has extended the deadline to August 7, 2015 to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the site of an Agricultural Business and Center for Food Innovation (the “Ag and Food Center”).
This Ag and Food Center is intended to be the site/sites for development of a regional farmers’ market, local food and produce distribution hub to efficiently stock and distribute food from local farms to wholesale and retail buyers, value added processing of livestock, seafood, and produce, and an incubation site for beginning farm entrepreneurs. The site must have adequate land to accommodate a diverse set of agri-business uses.
To this end, the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCC), through its Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is requesting Expressions of Interest (EOI) and information for land acquisition. The EOI should be from landowners or their representatives for the lease or purchase of a site/sites suitable to develop the regional Agri-Business and Center for Food Innovation, located within the Southern Maryland region (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s counties). This is not a solicitation or request for formal proposals that will result in a contractual relationship or commit the TCC/SMADC to enter into a further agreement with any respondent. The EOI should be considered a request for interest and information only.
Two (2) hard copies of the EOI responses are required with accompanying electronic submittal (optional). Deadline for Submittal of Interest is 4:00 p.m. local time, August 7, 2015. For more information, and to view/download a copy of the EOI visit the SMADC website at: www.smadc.com.
Additionally, SMADC is gathering information from farmers and the public via a survey. The survey is posted on the SMADC website at: www.smadc.com. Questions should be directed via e-mail to: AgFoodCenter@smadc.com or by phone to (301) 274-1922.