Brief History of TCC
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) was formed on December 6, 1964, as a cooperative planning and development agency to foster the social and economic development of the Southern Maryland Region. In 1965, the Governor of Maryland recognized the TCCSMD as the regional planning and development organization for the Region comprising of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. The TCCSMD’s statute was established by Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1966. The TCCSMD’s enabling law was reenacted as State General Legislation in 1976 (Article 20, Maryland, Annotated Code) and again in 2008 (Article 13-601 through 13-627, Maryland Annotated Code).
The purpose of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is to serve as a forum for the resolution of region-wide issues and the attainment of regional goals. The Tri-County Council is a partnership of State and local government established more than fifty years ago as the regional development and planning organization for Southern Maryland.
As such, the Council:
- Provides a framework for cooperation and coordination among the elected, civic and business leaders of the Region.
- Undertakes action programs that focus local, State, and Federal resources in a comprehensive strategy to enhance the quality of life of all the people of Southern Maryland
- Initiates and coordinates plans and projects which foster the physical, economic and social development of the Region.
In carrying out these responsibilities, the TCCSMD serves as an information and data source, engages in regional planning, serves as an advocate for the region’s interests and priorities at the Federal and State levels, qualifies the region for Federal and State assistance, and develops programs to meet region-wide needs and goals.
Key elements of the regional strategy:
- Diversify and broaden the economic base
- Preserve agriculture as a viable industry
- Restore and protect the environment
- Implement highway improvements and expand commuter assistance services
- Manage growth and requirements for public services.
For more information, please contact the Tri-County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-274-1922