Upper Shore Regional Council

History of the Organization

The Upper Shore Regional Council (USRC) was created in October, 2003 (Chapter 100, Acts of 2003, Annotated Code of MD, Art. 20D, Sec. 1-102 thru 2-301). The Council is a regional planning and development agency for Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties. We exist to foster the physical, economic and social development of the region. For the development of the area’s human and economic resources, the Council initiates and coordinates plans and projects.


The mission of the USRC is to foster regional planning and development for Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties; to afford federal, state, county and local governments a regional forum to identify issues and opportunities; and, to provide leadership in planning and implementing programs to improve the quality of life in the Upper Shore Region of Maryland.

The Upper Shore Regional Council has been a part of the following regional projects, among others:

  • Public Regional Transportation
  • Small Business Growth and Economic Development
  • Agriculture/Resource-based and Value-Added Industries Development (www.shorevines.org)
  • Maryland Broadband (creation and expansion)

The Upper Shore Regional Council is a part of a team and network of regional councils. There are 5 regional councils in Maryland:

  1. UpperShore Regional Council
  2. Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
  3. Tri-County Council for Western Maryland
  4. Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
  5. Mid-Shore Regional Council

Since each regional council supports three counties, 15 of Maryland’s total 23 counties are represented by Councils.