HILLSBORO — The Town of Hillsboro was recently recognized as one of Maryland’s newest Sustainable Communities. With this designation, there are now 121 Sustainable Communities in the state.
Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Sustainable Community designation is given to communities that exhibit economic, environmental and socially responsible sustainability while protecting historical and cultural resources.
“We are extremely happy to be recognized as the state’s newest Sustainable Community,” Hillsboro Town Commission President Ross Benincasa said. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our volunteers, especially as one of the state’s smallest incorporated communities.”
Incorporated in 1853, Hillsboro is one of Caroline County’s oldest municipalities, featuring nearby tourist attractions like the Adkins Arboretum, Tuckahoe State Park, and access to Tuckahoe Creek. State Route 404 serves as the town’s main street, and Hillsboro’s historical and cultural assets include a Civil War Trail, an historic episcopal church, the bank building on Main Street, and the Town Hall building, which is the area’s old school house.
The Sustainable Community accreditation supplies local governments with a comprehensive package of resources that support holistic strategies for community development, revitalization and sustainability. It is also a prerequisite for several state funding opportunities.
“As a small town, any way that we can open up funding for our town and our residents is a positive thing,” Benincasa said. “We look at this as a first step toward completing several necessary projects throughout the town over the next several years.”
The benefits of the Sustainable Community accreditation include Community Legacy grants, Sidewalk Retrofit upgrades, and the Community Safety and Enhancement Program, which provides funding for vehicular and pedestrian safety along state highway roads, including Hillsboro’s Main Street.
The town’s key Sustainable Community goals include main street facade improvements, improving sidewalk conditions, the revitalization of the Town Hall building and improving stormwater drainage on Church Street.
Also recognized as new Sustainable Communities were the towns of Hancock and Willards and the city of Fruitland.