Month Day, 2016
[Insert Your Address]
Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Chair
Delegate Sally Jameson, Vice Chair
House Economic Matters Committee
Room 231 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
RE: House Bill 548/Senate Bill 429: Business and Economic Development: Maryland Design Excellence Commission (Bill Hearing on February 17, 2016)
Dear Chairman Davis, Vice Chairman Jameson and Members of the House Economic Matters Committee:
I am writing to express my support of the legislation now before you House Bill 548 to establish the Maryland Design Excellence Commission. This Commission will be an important investment by the State of Maryland to benefit the current and future quality of life for all Maryland Citizens.
[Please write a few sentences about your background here, what your involvement in the design community has been in the past and how you expect to continue engaging in design policy efforts within Maryland. Include any prior support of legislative efforts that have supported any design discipline. If you are leading a design policy effort in another State, explain the importance of more States developing their own design policy programs. Briefly describe a design project, either in progress or completed in Maryland, that impacted economic improvement and/or quality of living within the State of Maryland. If you are a design educator, explain how STEAM design programs, design and innovation labs, and other design led innovation training will benefit community college and university students who may work in various industries in Maryland or if you are teaching in K-12 public schools describe how STEAM design programs will give children a well-rounded education to go on to be successful in design education programs or other interdisciplinary fields of study].
Once this legislation is passed, the establishment of the Maryland Design Excellence Commission will develop design-driven innovation programs and outcomes fostering sustainable economic development, competitive job growth, effective government services and livable communities for all Maryland citizens.
Kindly consider this statement as part of the Committee Hearing that will take place on February 17, 2016 in the House Economic Matters Committee Committee.
[Your name here]