Rivers & Roads Consulting Partners with Upper Shore Regional Council to Create Innovative New Program

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Chestertown, MD – Rivers & Roads Consulting proudly unveils the Municipal Development Consulting Program (MDCP), a pioneering initiative aimed at empowering communities within Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties to achieve their quality-of-life improvement goals.

As a trusted partner in regional planning and development, Rivers & Roads Consulting was contracted by the Upper Shore Regional Council (USRC) to conceptualize and develop this program. Leveraging the firm’s expertise in strategic consulting, Sam Shoge, co-founder and partner at Rivers & Roads, worked closely with USRC to design a program that provides municipalities with the vital resources and technical assistance needed to advance community assets and promote lasting community development.

“I’m delighted that the Upper Shore Regional Council trusted us to conceptualize this program,” said Shoge. “This initiative underscores our commitment to empowering communities and facilitating positive change. By providing essential resources and technical assistance, we aim to support municipalities in achieving their quality of life improvement goals and fostering sustainable growth.”

Under this innovative program, municipalities will have access to technical assistance provided by a team of Rivers & Roads consultants to support in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of initiatives crucial for community development and prosperity. Special emphasis will be placed on assisting municipalities in obtaining special designations that serve as prerequisites for accessing additional funding streams, such as the Main Street Program and Arts & Entertainment Districts.

Recognizing the importance of measurable outcomes in evaluating the program’s impact, Rivers & Roads structured the program to prioritize initiatives that have clear, trackable metrics. For instance, projects supporting the establishment of Arts and Entertainment Districts will enable the tracking of tax credits granted to eligible businesses and artists, providing tangible evidence of the program’s effectiveness and demonstrating how Rivers & Roads Consulting’s expertise can be leveraged for long-term community benefits.

Municipalities interested in applying for the Municipal Development Consulting Program can find more information on the Upper Shore Regional Council’s website.


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Rivers & Roads Consulting is a regional leader in community, economic, and real estate development consulting. With a keen focus on driving transformative change, our firm collaborates closely with mission-oriented nonprofits, forward-thinking local governments, and ambitious entrepreneurs to conceptualize and execute initiatives that invigorate communities and stimulate sustainable growth.

Are you seeking expert guidance in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing innovative programs to drive positive change in your community?

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