October 18, 2021

Van Hollen Announces over $6 Million in Direct Investments for the Eastern Shore Projects Included in Key Committee Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of over $6 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Eastern Shore within the Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, Senator Van Hollen included over $62 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland within the Committee’s proposed legislation. A full list of the funds included by Senator Van Hollen in the legislation is available here. This legislation, released by the Committee as part of the annual Congressional Appropriations process, will proceed to consideration before the full Senate. 

“Securing federal investments for key local projects that support our communities is one of my top priorities. These initiatives will impact the everyday lives of countless Marylanders by creating new job opportunities, modernizing our infrastructure, and supporting new education and workforce training programs. I was proud to fight for these investments to support the Eastern Shore, and I will keep working to get this funding over the finish line in Congress,” said Senator Van Hollen. 

The funding announced by Senator Van Hollen includes:

  • Over $1.95 million  in funding for infrastructure & economic development projects, including for Cecil County’s Belvidere Road expansion, Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport runway extension, and Cecil County’s New Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Over $1.3 million in funding for educational initiatives, including Caroline County Public School’s development of the Greensboro Judy Center Early Learning Hub Facility, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Interdisciplinary Research Center, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Historical Digitalization Project
  • Over $2.8 million in funding to support our communities’ health care through the Choptank Community Health's Federalsburg Health Center
  • $116,000 in funding for public safety through the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Body Worn Camera System

 More information on these requests and a full list of the Senator’s funded requests for the region is available here. Please email Destinee_Easton@vanhollen.senate.gov for more details on specific projects, to request a quote on a specific project, or to speak with the Senator regarding this funding.