In 1986, Larry Paulozzi created the first Town Planner for a several communities in Cleveland, Ohio. The calendar became a tool that allowed the families in a community to have a one stop resource guide to all the information and events that occur daily. The creation also allowed business owners more direct access to families and offered them a chance to have their message or offer be on display for 365 days a year at a cost of pennies per household. This concept has continued to grow over the years building the Town Planner brand. Today the Town Planner publishers distribute the Town Planner community calendar to over 4,000,000 households nationwide.

          Finding the concept intriguing, Steve Nelson approached several business people in the Cumberland area asking for their feedback. Their response was overwhelmingly positive and after much due diligence, including meeting with existing publishers and Town Planner customer’s in Pittsburgh and Annapolis, Nelson Marketing & Publishing was formed and purchased a license to produce the Town Planner Calendar.  From that humble approach in 2004 of being a home-based business distributing the Town Planner in Allegany County Maryland, to currently distributing nine different regional editions in Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland, Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania, and Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, and Grant counties in West Virginia.

            Additionally the business produces the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory, the Allegany County Tourism Destination Guide and offers design and print services.


Owner Steve Nelson’s community service includes Past Board Chairman of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce where he still serves as chair of the membership committee, Past President of the Rotary Club of Cumberland where he still serves on their board of directors,  and is Past President of the Cumberland YMCA.  He is the Vice President of the Potomac District of Boy Scouts and troop 9 Cresaptown Scoutmaster, Board of Directors First Peoples Community Credit Union, Board of Directors Tri County Council of Western Maryland, Allegany County Museum, Bowling Green Citizens Committee,  and serves on The C&O Canal National Historic Park Federal advisory board.

Nelson attended Allegany College, Frostburg State University and has a BS from Geneva College.

Nelson is a past honoree of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce outstanding business award  for his community service. He resides in Bowling Green with his wife Cheryl, a Family Nurse practioner who is a Professor and Director of the Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic at Allegany College of Maryland.

In addition to their civic activities the couple are avid bike riders, snow skiers, and participants in other outdoor recreational opportunities found in the region.

Steve Nelson
Owner & Publisher

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