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A Message From The Executive Director
Welcome to the greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce! The GBCC was founded in 1983 and has a long illustrious history in the community. And, there is no better place to live and work than in the city of Bowie.

The GBCC is an organization of choice for business advocacy in the greater Bowie area. We accomplish this by:

* developing a legislative forum that benefits businesses; 
* supporting educational programs such as Youth Leadership Bowie and the Women in Business Scholarship Program; 
* creating marketing and networking opportunities for members including the ever-popular Bowiefest Home & Health Expo and various business mixer events; 
* providing a myriad of opportunities for members to be involved with and making a difference by serving on various committees or volunteering throughout the year. 

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is also a link to local and state elected officials on issues of concern to business, and we provide a variety of services to the community including maps, business referrals, tourist information and sponsorship of community events.

If you find this newsletter valuable to you, please share this with those in your community.

Wishing you continued success,

Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director, GBCC
(w) 301.262.0920 * (c) 205.876.9023
GBCC Welcomes New Team Member

Cecily Flight is the Administrative Assistant for the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. She works directly under the Executive Director, providing office support and program assistance. After graduating from West Virginia University in December 2016 with a BA in International Studies from the Honors College, Flight came to the DC area to participate in an internship with the United States Senate. As a new resident of Bowie, she felt compelled to get involved in the local community and saw a great opportunity to do this at the GBCC. Flight has worked as Program Coordinator at the WVU Office of Sustainability promoting sustainability projects on campus and in the community. Furthermore, she served as the Public Relations Assistant to the Director of the WVU World Music Program, Research Assistant for the WVU Leadership Studies program, Program Intern at Al khawayn University Leadership Development Institute, and Education Chair for the Global Public Health Brigades service trip to Nicaragua. She was the Co-Creator of the WVU Art Movement, which promoted public arts on campus and in the Morgantown community. In 2014, she was selected as a McNair Scholar, and in 2015, a Gilman Scholar to Morocco during the 2015-2016 school year. Flight is attending American University School of International Service for her Master's in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs as a McNair Fellow this fall. She loves coffee, hiking, live music, and traveling.

Maryland & the Regional Economy
in June 2017

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its preliminary employment estimates for Maryland in June 2017. For the second straight month, Maryland's unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percent where it now sits at 4.1 percent. This is great news, considering unemployment in the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) remained constant at 4.6 percent. In fact, Maryland added almost as many jobs last month as all of our neighboring states combined. In June, Maryland employers added 13,300 nonfarm workers to the payrolls, while the rest of the region added 14,200 workers. One main source of this difference is the change in Local Government employment; last month Maryland added 2,100 Local Government jobs while our neighbors shed 6,200 jobs in the sector.

Local Government
Public Hearing August 10th - Community Development Block Grant Program

The City of Bowie solicits public participation in the development of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) at a Public Hearing held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Bowie City Hall.

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides a yearly account to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of funds allocated towards the implementation of the Five Year Strategic Plan. The Plan identifies community needs and proposed solutions in the areas of Housing, Special Needs, Economic Development, and Non-Housing Community Development. 

City Hall is located at 15901 Excalibur Road in Bowie.
Bowie News Flash
Ice Arena Reopens Saturday, July 29
After a three-week delay due to maintenance issues, the Bowie Ice Arena will reopen to patrons on Saturday, July 29. There will be two public skating sessions on that date; the first from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Full operations resume on Sunday, July 30. 
Northern Snakehead fish at Allen Pond Park
The City is investigating a report of a Northern Snakehead fish caught at Allen Pond Park. A fisherman reported catching a 6 to 8-inch Northern Snakehead fish at Allen Pond on July 2. The fish escaped back into the pond while the angler was extracting it from the pole. While this report cannot be substantiated, the City Park Operations Division is taking it seriously. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been contacted and we are awaiting instructions on what actions we must take, if any.  
Northern Snakeheads are an invasive fish first discovered in Maryland in 2002 in a pond in Crofton, Maryland. If one is caught, it must be killed immediately. If anyone suspects they have caught a Northern Snakehead fish at Allen Pond Park, please contact Park Operations Manager Sheri Beach at 301-806-3086 or You may also contact the Park Ranger on duty at 240-508-3881. 

Update on MAGLEV High Speed Train Proposal  
Approximately 300 Bowie area residents attended the City Council meeting on July 10, 2017 to learn more about the SCMAGLEV project from Bowie Washington Rapid Rail Project Director David Henley. While Mr. Henley's presentation did not address the various routes under consideration, he did discuss the vision for the project and the technology involved. 

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), are directing the environmental study for the project and the evaluation of alternative alignments. Representatives of those agencies were invited to the July 10 meeting, but did not attend. Environmental impact analysis for this project is required under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Following Mr. Henley's presentation on July 10, 24 individuals and City Councilmembers offered comments on the proposal. State Senator Doug Peters, Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, and County Council Member Todd Turner also made brief remarks.
Residents will have another opportunity to learn more about the project and offer comments at the September 5, 2017 City Council meeting. Mr. John Trueschler, Manager of the Environmental Planning Section at MTA, will discuss the following: 
  • the genesis and purpose of the project
  • the distinctive roles of FRA, BWRR, MDOT-MTA, and other federal and state agencies that are involved in the environmental study
  • the process by which alternative alignments are proposed and evaluated
  • the decision-making process - who decides what alternatives are eliminated and what alternatives are retained for further study, how that happens, and the various steps in the process
  • opportunities for public input and updates to the project website
  • how and when detailed maps of the alternative alignments will be shared with the public
  • what has happened in the NEPA process to date and what will occur in the future
  • answers to NEPA process questions we receive from the public in advance of the meeting
All are welcome to attend and participate in this meeting. Contact the City Clerk at ahernandez@cityofbowie.orgor 301-809-3029 if you wish to speak at this meeting.Visit to view the July 10 presentation by BWRR representative Henley and other information about the project.
City's New Service Request System and Mobile App
The City has launched a new service request system to help residents obtain service or ask a question of City government. The new tool, called My BowieMD, is available on the home page of the City website and will soon be available as an app for your mobile device.  With My BowieMD, residents will be able to report a street light outage, request a special metal pickup, report a pothole, or request a host of other City services quickly and easily, and can include photos with the requests.
Within a few weeks the mobile version of the My BowieMD application can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Not only will it provide a means to submit requests when you are on the go, it will also provide easy access to some of our most popular City services. Checking the trash and recycling schedules, paying a water or speed camera bill, contacting a Councilmember, viewing job openings, and keeping up with City news can all be done from one's mobile phone--soon!
We realize this tool may not be for everyone. Please don't hesitate to stop by City Hall, or contact us at 301-262-6200 or, with any requests or questions. 
Community Outreach Committee Grants Available
The City of Bowie Community Outreach Committee (COC) is currently accepting grant applications that pertain to social services programs for youth, senior citizens and other underserved populations within the City. Individuals or organizations can submit applications. Projects or programs should be conducted, whenever possible, within the Bowie city limits.  Applications and other information regarding the Grants are available on the City's website or from City Hall. The application deadline is August 4, 2017.  For additional information, please contact COC Staff Liaison Sally Hein at 301-809-3014 or
National Farmers Market Week - August 6 - 12
Celebrate our nation's farmers by visiting the Bowie Farmers Market on Sunday, August 6. You will find a variety of fresh, inexpensive and healthy food. The market is held in the Bowie High School parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Sunday, August 13, please join us at the market for a free corn roast from 10 a.m. to noon.
The market currently hosts 21 local vendors and organizations that offer a wide variety of products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, beef, lamb, and goat meat, eggs, ice cream, and fresh cut flowers. Each year, the market generates over $100,000 for these local producers, a valuable economic boost for our community.
Development Review Guidelines Update
The Planning Department is currently updating the City's Development Review Guidelines and Policies. The City Council will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to the document at its August 7, 2017 meeting. The public is invited to attend and provide input.  Comments may be made in person at the meeting or shared with Planning Department Direc­tor Joe Meinert at  To obtain a copy of the draft document, contact the Plan­ning Department at 301-809-3047 or
Midwood Lane Stormwater Pond Improvements
In September 2017, the City will begin construction to improve the stormwater management pond located on Midwood Lane near the Belair Swim and Racquet Club. The improvements will update this pond to current standards that improve the environmental quality of stormwater discharge to streams, rivers and bays. Specifically, modern standards reduce the nitrogen, phosphorous and suspended solids carried by stormwater discharges that are detrimental to the environmental health of downstream waters. The Midwood project is being undertaken to meet requirements specific to improving water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. The contractor is Blueridge Inc. Construction is expected to run from September 2017 through January 2018.  

Sign up for Bowie's Energy Audit Program ($100 Value)
Save money and improve the comfort of your home with a no-cost BGE comprehensive energy audit available for Bowie homeowners. Complete an application online at or in the Planning Department at City Hall during City Hall business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For more information, contact Kristin Larson at 301-809-3044 or
Public Hearing August 10th - Community Development Block Grant Program
The City of Bowie invites public participation in the development of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) at a public hearing on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Bowie City Hall.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides a yearly account to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of funds allocated towards the implementation of the Five Year Strategic Plan. The Plan identifies community needs and proposed solutions in the areas of Housing, Special Needs, Economic Development, and Non-Housing Community Development.

The City of Bowie has the following job openings:
  • Solid Waste Positions (closes 8/24/2017)
  • Bus Driver - Senior Center (open)
  • Police Officer - Entry Level and Lateral (open)
  Visit for more information or to apply.
Repurposed information, 
New & Renewing Members 
Farmers Insurance


Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Bohler Engineering


Forbes Printing &  Marketing Services


Herbal Life, Felicia Sewell-Harris


JR Johnson, Inc


Toth Distribution Service, Inc.


Corporate Partners 

  An Exelon Company


St. John Properties 


Eric Linzey, ActionCOACH

O'Malley, Miles & Gilmore ,P.A 

Sherman Ragland, RealInvertors, LLC

Widmann Financial Services
Bowie Business Journal

In conjunction with the GBCC, Bowie Business Journal (BBJ) is a cable television program designed to help Bowie business owners start and grow their business. The 30-minute show features GBCC members and is hosted by me, Pauline K. Markward, Executive Director of GBCC.

If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email me.

BBJ  airs at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday and Wednesday on Comcast channel 77 and Verizon channel 11.
Event Photos: Photography by Perry

The photos from the "Bowie Night Out Against Crime 2017" held on Aug 1, 2017 at Allen Pond can be seen on my website by clicking on the following link which will take you directly to the gallery.  Alternatively, you can go to my website, click on Galleries and when you get to the galleries page, expand the category, "Bowie Chamber of Commerce Events ", and select "Bowie Night Out Against Crime 2017".

Matt Slovick,
a member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce since 2009, recently qualified for Aflac's National Convention in October at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort as one of the top associates in the United States. In May, Slovick traveled to Cabo in Mexico as part of Aflac's first Northeast Territory Convention as one of the leading associates in the state of Maryland. 

Good News
Which U.S. towns have the best elementary schools?A new analysis by names top 10 affordable towns with great schools.

Staying in the same school district while your child is young not only enables them to grow up surrounded by the same group of friends, it can help ensure you receive a high return on your home investment.

But deciding where to put down roots can be difficult for first-time homebuyers, who might not be sure which school to enroll their child in.

To help parents narrow down their search for the perfect school, did a little research to find out which public schools rank among the best in the nation.

Top 10 elementary schools
To come up with its ranking, the online real estate website analyzed ZIP codes within the top metropolitan areas in the country which contained at least one public school ranked eight out of 10 or higher by school ratings website GreatSchools.

The top 10 most affordable towns with great elementary schools were as follows:
  • Aurora, Illinois: Homestead Elementary School, the Wheatlands Elementary School, and Wolfs Crossing Elementary School.
  • Stone Mountain, Georgia: Wynbrooke Elementary School.
  • Hampton, New Jersey: Union Township Elementary School.
  • Royersford, Pennsylvania: Brooke Elementary School, Evans Elementary School, Limerick Elementary School, Upper Providence Elementary School.
  • Kingwood, Texas: Deerwood Elementary School, Greentree Elementary School, Hidden Hollow Elementary, Shadow Forest Elementary School, Willow Creek Elementary School.
  • Rosemount, Minn: Shannon Park Elementary School.
  • Bowie, Maryland: Whitehall Elementary School, Yorktown Elementary School.
  • Huntington Woods, Michigan: Burton Elementary School.
  • Stow, Massachussettes: Center School. 
  • Chandler, Arizona: Kyrene De La Mirada School, Kyrene De La Paloma School, Kyrene De Las Brisas School, Kyrene del Cielo School, Paragon Science Academy.
Key motivator
A previous study by found that living in a good school district is important to many first-time homebuyers.

Family needs were cited as a key motivator to enter the housing market by Millennial home shoppers, as well as those age 35-44. The desire to live in a better school district was found to be a primary reason for purchasing a new home.

"When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features, such as large backyards, tops the list of homebuyer priorities," said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for

Potential to build equity
The aforementioned markets offer strong public schools and affordable homes, says Vivas, "making them a great fit for homebuyers with elementary school-age children."

Purchasing a home in a great school district can also make you more likely to stay put, which could lead to a better return on investment when you do decide to sell.

"Staying in your home for at least five to 10 years is one way you can ensure you receive a high return on your home investment," added Vivas. "With strong middle and high schools many of the markets on the list offer families the opportunity to put down roots while building equity in their home."

For families with older children, also ranked affordable towns with the best middle and high schools. Those rankings can be viewed here.

By Sarah D. Young, 

Peanut Butter Shelf
Bowie Food Pantry

GBCC has adopted the Peanut Butter Shelf in the Bowie Interfaith Pantry. Each month the Bowie Food Pantry goes through approximately 350 jars of peanut butter. 

You can drop off your donation at the Chamber office or directly to the Bowie Food Pantry, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 134. (GBCC Office is Suite 117.)

Pick up a "reminder bag" at the Chamber office!

Prince George's County

Estimated Demographics 2017

 Total population 922,435
 Total Households 324,66
 Median Household Income $79,469
Our Mission

To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at the local, county and state levels.
Upcoming Events

Be Your Authentic S.E.L.F
Lessons From a Business Owner
Crystal Richards, FHFMA, PMP
Date: August 15,2017
Time: 8am - 9:30am
Location: GBCC Office
Cost: $20

Powers Connection Breakfast
Largest Networking Breakfast of the Year!
Multi-Chamber Breakfast
Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 am
Location: Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum, MD
Cost: $30 Members Prepaid; $45 Non-Members & Walk-ins

Multi-Chamber Mixer
Date: August 24, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Walden Country Club
1500 Riedel Road, Crofton
Cost: $20 Member; $25 Non Member & Walk-ins

Fall Into A New Career
Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00pm
Location: Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie

Public Safety Appreciation Awards
Date: September 8, 2017
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Cost: $40 -includes breakfast

CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell- Breakfast
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 10:00am
Location: Bowie Comfort Inn
Cost: $35 Prepaid; $45 Walk-ins

Brewie Fest 2017
Date: October 7th
Time: Noon
Location: Baysox Stadium
Rain or Shine
More information to follow!

After Hours Mixer
DHC Medical Supply
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 8855 Annapolis Road, #100, Lanham, MD 20706
Cost: $20 Member; $25 Non Member & Walk-ins

Women In Business Luncheon
Date: October 11, 2017
Time: 11:30am
Location: Walden Country Club
Cost: $30 Member; $35 Non Member & Walk-ins

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email

48-hour notice is required on cancellations 
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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