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St. Mary's Chamber holds annual dinner meeting

The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting featured the passing of the leadership baton and the handing out of prestigious awards. The event was held for the second year in a row at the social hall of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department.

The organization’s new president for the next year is Kim Oliver of Amelex, who succeeds Kenneth “Buzz” Shelley of Wyle. Before the changing of the guard, Shelley presented the organization’s Annual report to members and handed out several awards.

Robin Finnacom, president of the Community Development Corporation received the 2013 Public Servant Award and Chamber Business Person of the Year Award went to Tom Jarboe of Technology Security Associates, Inc. Neither recipient knew they were receiving the award prior to the announcement.

In presenting the 2013 Public Servant Award to Finnacom, Shelley said: “This year’s recipient of the Public Servant Award is well known in St. Mary’s County and especially Lexington Park. An employee of St. Mary’s County Government since 2000. Originally hired to direct the Lexington Park Plan our recipient has worked in the Department of Economic & Community Development since 2002 and has served as the President of the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation since 2004. As part of the Economic & Community Development Department she managed the Lexington Manor acquisition, relocation and demolition project which represented the single largest CDBG grant to a local government in the history of the State’s Program.  In her dual role she has worked to develop and implement strategies for the economic stabilization and revitalization of Lexington Park. Her efforts in the commercial area have included operating the Revolving Loan Fund, establishing the Focus Enterprise Zone, and strategic demolition projects. The Enterprise Zone efforts produced tax incentives related to 1,700 new jobs and capital investments totaling $23.7 million. She facilitated a $7.2 million roadway, sewer and water reconstruction project for a 1.4 mile section of Great Mills Road. Together with the Small Business Technology Development Center our recipient worked to establish retail and service start-ups and expansions in Lexington Park. Through the “Jobs Connection Program” training and assistance were provided for welfare to work clients in order to provide employees for local businesses as well as employment for residents. She established and provides support for the Lexington Park Business & Community Association. Throughout her tenure the Chamber has been able to count on her participation and support in dealing with a number of topics handled through Task Forces or committees managed by our Organization. For her efforts in the area of Economic and Community Development with a keen awareness of the needs and requirements of the business community, we are pleased to present the 2013 Public Servant Award to Robin Finnacom.”

In presenting the 2013 Business Person of the Year Award to Jarboe, Shelley said: “The criteria for the selection of the recipient of this Award include success in their profession, involvement in the community, personal attributes, and equally important is t

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