For several years, property owners in downtown Elkton have been able to take advantage of a Facade Restoration grant program. Businesses located in the Neighborhood Business Development Program target areas have been able to access the grant funding to preserve and rehabilitate the exteriors of commercial properties, to preserve the economic viability of commercial service and improve the appearance of the town’s business district. The program requires a 50% match of the total cost of renovations to the property.That is the maximum amount of funding for each renovation project. The Elkton Alliance has a committee that reviews grant applications. Facade rehabilitation and facade construction projects are considered for the grants. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alliance at 410-398-5076.
Groups Are Opposing Paid Leave Bills
Business groups have formed a coalition to try to stop bills in the Maryland legislature that would require many businesses to offer paid leave. House Bill 0001/Senate Bill 0230. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has been joined by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Maryland Motor Truck Association, Maryland Retailers Association, Maryland Society for Human Resource Management, The Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Restaurant Association and the WMDA Service Station and Automotive Repair Association in saying the bill is an undue burden on businesses, requiring businesses with as few as 15 employees to pay part time employees for as many as seven full business days off. The Maryland Chamber says that with Governor Larry Hogan expected to release his own version of the bill, fighting a paid leave mandate could be difficult.
Study Could Help Clean The Bay
The work of a University of Delaware researcher could help develop restoration plans for the Chesapeake Bay. Deb Jaisi, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has just received a $570,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to fund five years of his source tracking research. What Jaisi studies is the source and travels of phytate. This most common organic phosphorus is blamed for the dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. Jaisi said there is a lot to learn about phytates and his research will examine these phosphorus reserves in grains. Pigs and chickens cannot digest phytate, so it ends up in manure.
“The application of manure in agriculture soil causes a portion of it to leach out of the soil and eventually finds its way to open waters,” the researcher said.
Phytate also originates in plant leaves and while each leaf only holds a little phytate, the numbers of leaves makes this an issue.
Jaisi will study both sources of phytate.
“Understanding the role of the particular source of phytate on water quality is the primary information needed to devise appropriate water quality management,” he said.
Jaisi will work with controlled experiments in his lab and will do a field study in East Creek, which is located in Crisfield.
Study results will be shared with federal, state and local agencies.