St. Mary's County Times October 12, 2017 - Page 12

12 Feature The County Times Thursday, October 12, 2017 Robin Finnacom Worked Tirelessly For Revitalization Robin Finnacom By Guy Leonard Staff Writer For 17 years in the county government’s service Robin Finnacom, now retired, has focused on building and revitalizing neighborhoods and even whole com- munities that have either suffered blight, slow econom- ic decline and even natural disasters. An economic development specialist, Finnacom has had a hand in nearly every major economic develop- ment and revitalization project in the county for the past two decades. A county native who attended both Little Flower and St. Mary’s Academy schools, she started her career working in the non-profi t world in the Baltimore area after college and stayed there for 20 years. Then in 1992 she started work with the Tri-County Council as an economic development specialist on one of the most transformative events to come to St. Mary’s: the infl ux of thousands of defense industry jobs from the consolidation of military stations and programs to Patuxent Rive Naval Air Station. “An infl ux of 6,000 jobs was a signifi cant impact,” Finnacom said. “Everything was going to be affected.” Much of her work with the council focused on bring- ing representatives from St. Mary’s up to Trenton, New Jersey and Warminster, Penn. to ease the transition to their new homes. Her work with the council attracted the notice of the county and in 2000 she took on the work that helped defi ne much of her career: the challenge of revitalizing Lexington Park. As newly ѕɕѽȁ1᥹ѽAɬI٤)хѥ͡ͅѱѼݽɬݥѠ)хѥи+q$х䁅ݕȳtͅ)q ЁݔЁЁt)MչѥȁɅЁչ́Ѽճɽ)Ս́܁ɕ͍́ȁɕЁ5́I̴)х͡ѕɥ͔齹ȁѡЁɽéɥȁѡ+qMͽѕɽ͔Ѽѡͥt)ٔхɕ́Ѽ͕ͥ́Ѽɕє)QѕȁѥȁɕȁՑݽɭ+q%Ёɽ՝Ё́ѼѡЁѡɔݕɔչɕѽȁѡ չٕЁ Ʌѥ)ѥ́ѡɔtͅqЁѕ䁍ѡѥɕѽȁѡչéѵЁ)ɕЁ5́I9)ٕЁѡѡéͤ+q ЁЁݕ́ѼݥѠ͕̰ͥݔѥѼх͠ѕͥ́)ձѥձєѕɕЁٕѵлt)مѥݽɭɽ́́ݕٕ́ѡ)ȁͽѥ́ɽ٥չѥ́ ɕٕͥٔЁMՑ)Ёѕɥѡݸ)Q́ȁ)QЁ݅́ѡ͔ݥѠ)مѥɥٕ)ѡٔѡչ䁥+qIٕȁͅ܁ɽͥ͡Ʌ͙ɥ(ԁѼɅ锁ѡ1)хѕ́Ѽ)ձeЃ݅Ѽͽٔt)ѽ5Ȱ)ѡ٥ɭЁ́ݕ)ݸ́ѡЁQ̰)ٕ́ͥ她ѡ)ѡЁͅЁЁͥѡ+PP!=5L4 ,d䁽ٕɅ)͔є)Mͼչ+q%Ёɥ)ѡMѡɸ5居%)ѕtͅ)مѥQ+qQɔݕɔɕ́ɽݥЁե̀M5%PѥѥٔѼȁɽѠ٥)ѡɔݕɔЀ́ѥ٥ѡɔt)ɍ̸)́ѡչ䁵ٕݥѠ̰́+q%ӊéхЁѼȁЁȳt)́Ѽɕє܁̸)ͅѡ9éɕ͕ɔq5Ё+qѡ͔́Ѽх䁡ɔɍЁݽɬ݅́ɕѥչѥȁѕȁѡ́Ѽ)ѡݹ̳tͅ))=ѡɽ́́͡ݽɭѡ+q ЁݗeٔЁѼɽѡ丁]e)Q́ɅѡЁͥЁȁ丁ѡ͔t+qQЁ݅́ѡЁхЁѡݡ$ɥٕt)IЁMȰݡѡѽ)͡ͅ)ٕЁЁչ䁝ٕɹаͅѡɝ)́ͼյхɽհɥٔɽ՝ЁѼȁݽɬȁѡչ)ѥѡչéɽ䁵ѕɑɕ)ݡٕٔɹЁɔѽ́ѼݥѠ+q$ٔЁɕЁȁI͡é)ѕɽѥ̰䁽ݡձչtMȁѽQ չQ̰ѥ)ѡɕЁ5́1᥹ѽAɬɕ̸)éɕͽɍձ́ѥɽ́)ḾͼݽɭѼєѡՍѥեѥ̸)H ձمɐх͠ѡQɕ9эQɔ+q9ͽ́ѡ́չ䁝ٕɸ)=ͥаѡ՝ѡЁѽȁɥ͔ЁЁͽѥ́ԁՅѕɉ)݅́ɑѥѡɕٕ䁕́ѕȁ!ɥȁщЁгtMȁѥՕ)%ͅɽѡչ䁉̸+qM͕ٕѡЁɽݕѡщлt+q$݅́䁍ȁݡmѡչ䁅Ʌѽt)]ѠՍݽɬѥѼѼѠɕ٥х)ɝɕЁͅaeԁѼЁѡ1᥹ѽAɬչ䁅ٕͥѡ)ɔݗeɔѥԁɝѡɕٕ今gtչé䰁͕́͡ͅѼ͕)ѽѡ́Iٕ ɑѽȰѡչ䁵٥ѡɥЁɕѥ)ݡՑѥѼɝ͡ѕ+q'eɽՐѡݽɬ'eٔtͅ)ѕȁѡѽɴѡѼЁɽq'eٕٔ݅́ɽ́)Ʌхєͅѕȁɕ̸)ѥՑѼɽՕ́́$ͅ܃лt+qQ݅́ѕͥٔݔЁ)ݡѼɝ䁡ͥt)展ɑչѥ̹)ͅq%Ё݅́ɽ̻t)Q́5-䰁ѡ)չ)ͥ)ɕͥаͭͅѡ)ɐȁ)ѵЁȁ)݅́qЁt))ѥ̸)!ȁՍ́͡ݍ͕)ȁݽѠͅ+qM͕݅́)Ѽѡ́չ䁙ȁѡЁɔ)ٕ䳊t5-䰁ɕͥ)5-é)Aɵ䰁ͅqM)݅́ɽͽٕˊ)͡ݽձݡ)ѡݱ)Aѽ́Ʌ5Յ