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Committees and Workplan

To more efficiently execute its charge and more effectively distribute its responsibilities, the Commission has formed three committees. The specific responsibilities of each committee are:

  1. Business Development: This committee will study and seek to implement innovative ways of enhancing the participation of buinesses and individuals of Middle Eastern extraction in the economic life of Maryland, including the expansion of government contracting opportunities for businesses owned by Middle Eastern Americans and the development of conditions favorable to expanded trade and investment between the Middle East and Maryland
  2. Workforce Development: This committee will study Middle Eastern American appointments to boards and commissions, and to other decision-making positions within state government. The goal of this committee will be to increase engagement and opportunities for Middle Eastern Americans in state government.
  3. Community and Social Development: This committee will work to reach out to Middle Eastern American communities and promote cultural awareness throughout the state. This committee will also study ways to plan for the anticipated and continued growth of the Middle Eastern American population. Furthermore, the committee will work to promote and increase access to state programs and services, including social, health, and educational programs.

Taking into account the mandates of the Governor's Executive Order the Commission held a strategic planning meeting to develop short-term (Year 1) and long-term (Years 2-4) goals for the Commission and Committees. The following is the Commission's Work Plan that sets forth the short term and long term goals and activities of the Commission and Committees which will be reviewed each year and revised as appropriate.

Business Development

Short Term Goals

  • Establish a database identifying Middle Eastern American owned businesses
  • Meet with Middle Eastern business associaitons, State government agencies, embassy officials, and local chambers of commerce
  • Identify obstacles to Middle Eastern American businesses

Long Term Goals

  • Organize Middle Eastern American business conference with participation from State agencies, local chambers of commerce and embassy representatives
  • Promote inclusion of Middle Eastern countries to the Minority Business Enterprise program
  • Promote inclusion of Middle Eastern countries in Maryland Sister States program
  • Organize trade mission to the Middle East
  • Assess feasibility of establishing a "Peace Zone" for businesses in Maryland, to provide economic incentives for Middle Eastern businesses to relocate

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Workforce Development

Short Term Goals

  • Data Collection
  • Demographics in Maryland
  • Immigrant workforce
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Understanding government hiring policies and making recommendations
  • Tapping into existing resources/projects, such as addressing under-employment

Long Term Goals

  • Maintain and update an employment database
  • Sponsor Middle Eastern Job Fair
  • Mentoring programs
  • Attract Middle Eastern businesses
  • Expand State Official visits to the Middle East for purpose of economic and workforce development

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Community Development

Short Term Goals

  • Resource Booklet Guide
  • Social, educational, and health information
  • Translations
  • List of federal, state, community agencies concerning health facilities
  • List of community housing agencies
  • Needs Assessment, Report on Communities
  • Identify communities
  • Identify community representative; potential liaison role with Commission
  • Multi-Cultural Day (Cultural Event)
  • Invitation to civic agencies
  • Heritage Magazine or report
  • Community updates with important information (i.e. awareness for participation in 2010 census)
  • Ongoing Interfaith Programs
  • Women's issues

Long Term Goals

  • Educational programs
  • Cultural awareness and needs of the communities
  • Focus on youth and senior health
  • Encourage community leader participation
  • Governor's "Meet and Greet" with community leaders
  • Identify volunteer groups from communities (i.e. students or tapping into VISTA/AmeriCorps)

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