The SMMCOC is continuing to move forward with its partnerships and alliances. Since the last newsletter we joined two important organizations and updated our relationship with another Chamber.
In January 2017, the SMMCOC joined the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Military Alliance Council (MAC) which was established in 2015 by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce to serve as a liaison between the defense and civilian communities. Member, John Huggins, will represent SMMCOC on MAC. MAC’s mission is to provide community support for critical and unique Department of the Navy (DON) and Department of Defense (DOD) activities, bases and missions located in Charles County.
The Military Alliance Council (MAC) was established in 2015 by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce to serve as a liaison between the defense and civilian communities in recognition of the important role the defense industry and the military play in the quality of life for Charles County citizens, as well as our local economy.
In the Fall of 2016, SMMCOC joined the Southern Maryland Food Council (SMFC) in order to serve agricultural businesses in the southern Maryland region. Members, Roseanna Vogt and Linda Warren, will represent SMMCOC on SMFC. SMFC brings together diverse stakeholders in the regional food system in order to sustain and enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health and sustainability of southern Maryland. Approximately 350,000 people are employed in some aspect of agriculture, making it the largest commercial industry in Maryland. Agriculture also remains the largest single land use in the State.
On March 6, 2017, SMMCOC held a working meeting with the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. At that meeting, the Memorandum of Understanding between the two Chambers was updated. Lobbyists also discussed state legislation that each of our Chambers is supporting on behalf of our members.