Governor Larry Hogan announced state funding for Lower Eastern Shore initiatives at a press conference at the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce in Wicomico County. The governor was joined by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day, and state and county officials for the funding announcement, which includes $1 million for Salisbury's Downtown Revitalization Plan, as well as nearly $29 million for projects across Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties.

"I said that the shore will not be neglected anymore. I said that you will have a seat at the table." Said Governor Hogan

The Hogan administration's support for the Downtown Revitalization Plan, a 20-year master plan developed by the City of Salisbury in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Agriculture, will help the city create a vibrant mixed-use urban center in the downtown and riverfront areas. The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs and new downtown housing units, including housing for Salisbury University graduate student.

Mayor Jacob Day said, ""It is a very good day for Salisbury, a very good day tax payers in Maryland and business on the lower shore."

The governor also announced an additional $29 million in his FY 2018 Capital Budget for projects across the Lower Eastern Shore. This includes nearly $13 million for projects in Wicomico County, nearly $12 million for projects in Somerset County, and more than $3 million for projects in Worcester County. These investments include construction at West Salisbury Elementary School and Parkside High School, improvements for the Smith Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, and renovations at Wellington Wildlife Management Area, as well as funding for Ocean City Beach Replenishment and Hurricane Protection, and investments in the Atlantic General Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. The governor also affirmed the administration's commitment to fund the final phase of Arthur Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shorebirds.

"This feeling of the leader of our state here in our community. Telling us how important we are to the state as a whole." Mayor Day commented after the press Conference.

Governor Hogan also announced that the state will invest nearly $368 million for Lower Eastern Shore transportation projects.

This includes funding to finish the rehabilitation of the US 13 Bridges in Pocomoke City, replace the MD 349 bridge over Windsor Creek, re-deck 11 bridges along the US 50 Salisbury Bypass, and upgrades to create a 4-lane divided highway on Worcester Highway.