Information and photos in this article were sent out by Carroll County Government on January 8, 2024:
On Friday, January 5, 2024, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, and the administration’s cabinet visited Carroll County, meeting with the Board of County Commissioners and other local leaders, and touring several locations throughout Westminster. The Commissioners were excited to welcome the Moore-Miller Administration to the county and appreciated the opportunity to meet with Governor Moore and Lt. Governor Miller to learn more about their priorities and share Carroll County’s primary issues. The discussion included topics such as Blueprint for Maryland’s Future implementation, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) budget and Highway User Revenues, the new Veterans home proposed for Sykesville, and the county’s request for project funding assistance. The commissioners also met with various cabinet members to discuss follow-up steps.
Governor Moore Travels To Carroll County To Continue Statewide Cabinet Meeting Road Tour
Today, Governor Wes Moore kicked off his first Cabinet Meeting Road Tour of 2024 in Carroll County. The administration’s cabinet convened at the Carroll County Library to discuss the Moore-Miller Administration’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to host today’s meeting than in Westminster. In August, the city was hit with a terrible storm that heavily damaged the community – and because of the hard work of our county’s public servants and working in partnership with the state, we made sure all Marylanders made it back to their homes. It was Maryland at our best,” said Gov. Moore. “It was great to be back to speak with our local leaders, learn about the innovative learning opportunities available to the community, and how the county helps those in need. This city is an inspiration, and shows how together we can deliver for the people of Maryland.”
“It is an honor to kick off our first Cabinet Meeting Road Tour of 2024 in Carroll County and meet with local leaders who are doing the work every day to build stronger communities and a stronger Maryland,” said Lt. Gov. Miller. “The educational, behavioral health, and community-development groups our cabinet visited today represent some of the pioneering service-centered organizations found in every corner of the state. Governor Moore and I remain committed to supporting and partnering with these individuals and organizations as we work hand-in-hand to leave no Marylander behind.”
Following the meeting, Governor Moore, Lt. Governor Miller and members of the cabinet were joined by Carroll County elected officials for a tour of the Carroll County Library’s Exploration Commons, a facility that provides state-of-the-art programming including resources, educational instruction and workforce development opportunities – at minimal or no cost. The tour included demonstrations of the Exploration Commons’ teaching kitchen, 3D printers and makers space.
In 2021, Exploration Commons opened to provide equipment and education tools to give the individuals they serve an opportunity to learn the skills they need to succeed. The facility partners with local organizations including The ARC Carroll County, The Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Carroll Community College and Carroll County Public Schools.
At the final stop of the road tour, Governor Moore and members of this cabinet visited the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau, a private, non-profit organization that provides outpatient mental health services in Carroll County. Since 1972, the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau has grown into a multi-disciplinary behavioral health practice that offers a range of outpatient mental health and substance use/abuse treatment options to help residents on the road to recovery and a healthy life. In the FY24 budget, the Moore-Miller Administration provided $1 million to the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Miller and additional members of the cabinet visited The Arc of Carroll County, which provides support to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is one of Carroll County’s largest non-profit organizations serving nearly 700 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Moore-Miller Administration’s FY24 budget included $100,000 for The Arc of Carroll County.