Taking the First Steps to ReNEW Maryland

Blog post by Ashley Duckman

Ashley Duckman is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Maryland Chamber. As the VP, she leads advocacy efforts on behalf of the 4,500+ members of the Maryland Chamber before the Maryland General Assembly and on the federal level. Duckman’s responsibilities include developing, leading, and executing the legislative strategy of the organization and maintaining positive working relationships with key elected officials and members of the Administration in order to build a better understanding of and appreciation for business issues.


On Friday, May 15, at 5 p.m., Governor Hogan allowed the state to enter the first stage of his Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, a three-phase response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor’s approach is designed to give each local government the ability to pick and choose what reopens and when, instead of one set of guidelines for the entire state. The Maryland Chamber has been tracking how local jurisdictions plan to respond in their reopening efforts, and we encourage you to check here often to keep tabs on your locality.

On May 5, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce launched ReNEW Maryland, a collection of policy proposals aimed at assisting Maryland in overcoming the economic impact of COVID-19 and rebuilding the strength of its economy. ReNEW Maryland is separated into three distinct phases focusing on economic resilience and the near-term financial health of the business sector; economic recovery and the mid-term policies establishing stability and predictability; and the economic rise or the long-term planning for a post-pandemic economy and eventual economic expansion. The ReNEW Maryland policy proposals are the result of the hard work and input of the Chamber’s dedicated membership and other stakeholders participating in the Maryland Chamber’s COVID-19 Working Group.

It is our hope that, with these policy proposals in hand, our government and business leaders will work together as the economy reopens to implement these recommendations to address some of the most pressing concerns facing the business sector. Some of these recommendations are as follows:

Finally, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce also released its Safe Workplace: Best Practices and Baselines for Reopening Maryland at the end of April. This set of guidelines is a critical resource for employers as they begin to reopen in a safe and responsible way. I encourage you to view and share these best practices.

As Maryland takes these first critical steps toward going back to work, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will continue to advocate for policies that provide our members and the business community with safety, stability and success for the future.

Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.





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