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Lieutenant Governor Keynotes at Tri-County Council Meeting
Commissioner Kelly Takes Reigns as Board Chair
The full membership of Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland convened in Annapolis on Jan. 24, and welcomed Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown as the keynote speaker. Lt. Gov. Brown addressed a number of Southern Maryland initiatives and issues of interest to the council, including: transportation, health care, regional infrastructure, veteran's issues, and education.
Lt. Gov. Brown announced Maryland's first five health enterprise zones, of which MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, greater Lexington Park, is one of the designated locations.
"Health enterprise zones are a new and innovative way of addressing the health disparities that have plagued our communities for too long," said Lt. Gov. Brown. "My father was a doctor, and growing up I had the opportunity to see firsthand the tremendous impact that quality, affordable health care can have on families and businesses."
Additionally, the Lt. Governor highlighted services the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers to help veterans gain employment and access benefits and services. "Providing these new services through the MVA is an important part of the commitment we make each and every day to improve the lives of the 30,000 active military and 460,000 veterans who call Maryland home," said Lt. Governor Brown, a colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves and the highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.
"We are so honored to have Lt. Gov. Brown address the membership at our first meeting. His message about Southern Maryland's priority initiatives was informative and inspiring, and helped to set the tone for what we plan to accomplish as a council this year," said Charles County Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly, who started her term as chair of the council's executive board.
Tri-County Council members approved unanimously the slate of officers for calendar year 2013. The council membership recognized the service of outgoing chairs Commissioner Todd Morgan (St. Mary's County) and Ms. Mary Lynn Stone, and outgoing executive board members Commissioner Gerald Clark (Calvert County) and Mr. Wilson Parran. Commissioner Kelly presented framed posters of Southern Maryland historic churches to the retiring co-chairs and executive board members, and formally introduced Acting Executive Director Elaine J. Lancaster.
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