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Written by Bretta Reinhard   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:06

January 19, 2016





The 40th PACE Is This Week!


Secretary David Brinkley, Budget and Management, Will Speak


24 Displayers - 48 Sponsors



The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation proudly host PACE. Allegany’s

J. Robert Smith and Garrett’s Nicole Christian are co-chairing the 40th PACE Reception and PACE Breakfast next week in Annapolis.



Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management David R. Brinkley will be the keynote speaker at the PACE Breakfast. Secretary Brinkley is responsible for the state budget. As presented on the department’s website,, Secretary Brinkley has explained the need to eliminate the state’s structural deficit not through increasing taxes and fees, but by imposing a strict diet on governmental growth and keeping to it. Secretary Brinkley’s in depth understanding of and involvement in the formulation of the state budget will make his keynote address especially timely. US Senator Benjamin Cardin and Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, will also be making remarks at the PACE Breakfast.


Courtney A. Thomas, Executive Director, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Cumberland, will be the mistress of ceremonies and emcee the PACE Breakfast. Thomas was named a Top 100 Leading Woman by the Daily Record in 2011 and as one of the Daily Record’s VIP under 40 in 2012.

She was honored as Allegany County, Maryland’s Young Professional under 40 by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Western Maryland Jaycees in 2014. Thomas is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Maryland.



The PACE Reception is Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and the PACE Breakfast is Friday, January 22, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Both events are held at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis.

The reception is a cocktail party format featuring hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The breakfast is buffet style. Any individual may purchase the all inclusive ticket to attend both events, the PACE Reception and the PACE Breakfast. The price is $150 per person.

Displays are prominently featured at both events (see displayers below). Allegany and Garrett County businesses and individuals generously donate products, services, and experiences for giveaways at the breakfast.



The reception and breakfast feature distinctive, audio-video, interactive and personally staffed, professionally created displays which showcase businesses, educational institutions, medical care, tourism destinations, and other offerings and organizations in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Displayers have the opportunity to meet and network with high ranking officials in a friendly, informal setting.

The PACE Committee sincerely appreciates the participation of the 24 displayers. Displayers, as of January 19, 2016 are:


  • Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
  • AES Warrior Run/Allegany Aggregates
  • Allegany County Tourism
  • Allegany Museum
  • Beitzel Corporation
  • Brenda’s Pizzeria and Traders’ Coffee House
  • Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority
  • Columbia Gas of Maryland: A NiSource Company
  • Community Trust Foundation
  • Engage Mountain Maryland
  • Exelon Corporation
  • First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union
  • Friends Aware
  • Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
  • Garrett Trails
  • Herrington Manor State Park
  • Higher Education: Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, and Garrett College
  • HRDC: Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission
  • Larson Design Group
  • Orbital ATK: ABL Operations
  • Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
  • Savage River Lodge/Fronterra Resources
  • The Greater Cumberland Committee/North-South Appalachian Highway
  • Wisp Resort.


Breakfast giveaways in Allegany County include:

  • Bruce House Inn, Cumberland: one night stay
  • City Lights Restaurant, Cumberland: gift basket
  • Comfort Inn, LaVale: one night stay
  • Cumberland Country Club: 18 holes of golf with carts for four individuals
  • Cumberland Trail Connection: trail bike
  • Fairfield Inn, Cumberland: one night stay
  • Mezzos Tapas Bar, Cumberland: $250 happy hour party
  • Queen City Creamery, Cumberland: one quart of ice cream/Puccini Restaurant, Cumberland: $25 gift certificate
  • Ramada Inn, Cumberland: one night  stay
  • River’s Edge Farm, Oldtown: two nights/three days stay.

Breakfast giveaways in Garrett County include:

  • The Town of Oakland and The Oakland B&O Museum/Garrett Regional Medical Center: painting/gift basket
  • Railey Mountain Lake Vacations: two night stay at a Will O’ The Wisp cabin and $40 gift card to Ace’s Run Restaurant
  • Smiley’s: one night stay at The Lodges at Sunset Village, lunch at Smiley’s, and dinner at Pine Lodge Steakhouse
  • Engage Mountain Maryland: poster by Clinton Durham, one night stay at Blue Moon Rising, and “Family Fun Package” from the Alley
  • Ace’s Run Restaurant/Bello’s Portraits/Oakland Golf Club: $50 gift card/half hour in studio portrait session and 11x14 retouched print/foursome with cart
  • Adventure Sports Center International/Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex/Trader’s Coffee House: two rafting passes/four one-day pool passes/coffee gift basket
  • Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations/HART for Animals: two night stay in the shoulder season/two night stay in a deluxe dog room or cat condo at Bed n’ Bark
  • Massage at the Lake Day Spa: “Pamper Me Deluxe Package”
  • Brenda’s Pizzeria/Oakland Golf Club: $50 gift card/foursome with cart
  • Wisp Resort: golf getaway.




After 40 years of hosting the PACE reception, the event is as important today as it was in the beginning. The mission of telling our story in the state capital to key legislators and countless officials remains the focus of PACE. This venue provides a chance for citizens of Mountain Maryland to have their voices heard by those who make decisions that directly impact our region. Everyone is welcome to join Allegany and Garrett Counties in celebrating 40 years of progress at PACE 2016.



This cooperative effort of Allegany and Garrett Counties continues to be an excellent way to showcase and advance our communities. PACE strives to educate state legislators and state officials about Allegany and Garrett Counties and to present the local perspective about on-going issues and hot topics. The 2016 Talking Points are:

Economic Development

  • Preserve the Maryland Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program.
  • Create the Rural Development Incentive Program to replace the One Maryland Tax Credit Program.
  • Provide regulatory exemptions for slow/no growth communities.

Natural Resources

  • Create the Open Space Incentive Program to replace the current system of county reimbursement of revenues from state owned lands.



  • Continue to fast track the North/South Appalachian Highway

      (U.S. 219/U.S. 220).

  • Support the Governor’s timetable for full restoration of highway user funding to local jurisdictions.


  • Increase Tourism Development Board funding to a minimum of $9.573 million.
  • Support funding for maintenance and development of trails in Allegany and Garrett Counties, including $750,000 for Meadow Mountain – Phase II of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail.


  • Increase state aid to community colleges by $26 million per year for the next four years and expedite the percentage ties in the Cade and BCCC funding formulas.
  • Advance the much needed Frostburg State University’s Education and Health Sciences building.
  • Increase the 2017 Capital Budget for community colleges to $123.6 million to fully fund approved and requested projects.
  • Assist in the completion of capital projects for aging K – 12 facilities.


The success of Mountain Maryland PACE is dependent on the participation and

financial support of local businesses, individuals, organizations, and other entities. Sponsorships help to underwrite the event costs and are utilized to host the Governor, cabinet members, General Assembly members, and state and federal officials for the PACE Reception and PACE Breakfast. The PACE Committee sincerely appreciates the 48 sponsors who financially support this noteworthy annual event.

As of January 19, 2016:

Gold Sponsors are:

  • AES Warrior Run
  • Allegany Aggregates
  • BB&T
  • Beitzel Corporation
  • Care Ventures
  • Columbia Gas of Maryland: A NiSource Company
  • Exelon Corporation
  • First Energy
  • Frostburg State University
  • GCC Technologies
  • Maryland Broadband Cooperative
  • Rocky Gap Casino Resort
  • SBDC: Small Business Development Center

      Western Region

  • The Belt Group of Companies
  • Verso: Luke Mill

Silver Sponsors are:

  • First United Bank & Trust
  • Orbital ATK: ABL Operations
  • The PharmaCare Network
  • Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

Bronze Sponsors are:

  • Alliance Coal/Alliance Resource Partners: Mettiki Coal
  • Bennett, Brewer & Associates
  • Fike, Conner & Associates
  • HunterDouglas
  • RH Lapp Mechanical Contractors
  • LaVale Veterinary Hospital
  • Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop
  • Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales
  • Total Biz Fulfillment
  • United Carpenters & Joiners Local 1024
  • Western Maryland Building & Construction Trades Council

Partners are:

  • ACT Personnel Service
  • Adams Family Funeral Home
  • Allegany Coal and Land Company
  • CBIZ
  • Chessie Federal Credit Union
  • Coldwell Banker Professional Real Estate Services
  • Demaree Inflatable Boats
  • Greener Lawn Care
  • JR’s Custom Screenprinting & Embroidery
  • MBS Keystone
  • National Jet Company
  • Potomac Valley Consulting
  • Progressive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center
  • Queen City Business Systems
  • Queen City Motors
  • The James F. and Margaret M. Scarpelli Family
  • Turnbull, Hoover & Kahl
  • WEPCO Federal Credit Union.

PACE Committee Media Contact: Bretta Reinhard Allegany County Government Public Information Officer 701 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD  21502-2803 T 301.777.2526 X 124

F 301.724.6970, M 301.876.2202, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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