How the Department of Commerce Supports Military and Community Compatible Use

The Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) is the state's primary economic development agency, working to promote Maryland's many economic assets, including military installations, and spurs economic development through the marketing of local products and services, both at home and internationally. The agency also works to enhance international investment, trade, and tourism to support the state's economy. Commerce recognizes the importance of balancing the missions and related economic impact of the state's military installations with the economic well-being of the communities that surround the installations. Commerce provides staff to lead and administer the activities of the Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC) and the Secretary of Commerce chairs the MMIC.

In addition, Commerce is one of seven state agencies that take part in the review of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications for permitting approval of utility-scale renewable energy projects (along with the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Energy Administration, Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Transportation, and Planning). Commerce is also a part of the Federal Offshore Siting Process for Renewable Energy projects. Compatible permitting and siting of renewable energy projects are key to maintaining and protecting the military mission and operational areas in the state.

Learn how Commerce's​ Office of Military and Federal Affairs and the Maryland Military Installation Council support compatible use.

Compatibility Factors relevant to the Department of Commerce: Coordination/Communication, Legislative Initiatives

Relevant Programs and Plans

Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVOLP)


The Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVOLP) supports Maryland businesses that are owned by military reservists, veterans, National Guard personnel, and small businesses that employ or are owned by such persons. The program provides these businesses with no-interest loans of up to $50,000 for up to 8 years to pay for necessary business expenses, accessibility improvements for service-disabled veteran business owners, or expenses that result from an employee service member's call to active duty.

Hire Our Veterans Tax Credit


The Hire Our Veterans Tax Credit provides a state income tax credit incentive to small businesses for hiring qualified veterans based on paid wages. Visit the program website to learn more about benefits, limitations, and for application instructions.


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