Easton Economic Development Corp. Awarded USDA Grant to Connect Farmers to Markets

The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) was awarded $383,673.00 from USDA from its Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) for the implementation of “Chesapeake Harvest: Connecting Farmers to Markets” program.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $56 million in grants this week to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research, including the LFPP grant for the Easton Economic Development Corporation.

“Since this Administration launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009 to coordinate USDA efforts to support local and regional food systems, there has been a dramatic increase in consumer demand for buying local,” said Vilsack. “Over the years, we’ve seen how these new market opportunities are helping to drive job growth in agriculture, increase entrepreneurship in rural communities, and expand food access and choice. This latest round of grants will expand the capacity of farmers and businesses to serve this growing market, help revitalize local economies around the country, and support efforts around the country to provide fresh, healthy food to all Americans.”

Herb Miller, the Chairman of the Easton Economic Development Corporation stated, “This is a jobs machine for our Town. We are incubating several projects, which will bring more jobs to Easton. Our job is to create jobs. Chesapeake Harvest will do that by expanding market opportunities for our community.”

Chesapeake Harvest: Connecting Farmers to Markets will fund critical infrastructure and technical assistance to enable farmers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia to expand market reach, increase the supply of healthy foods to the region, and create market opportunities for small and mid‐size farmers.

Anthony “Tony” Kern, Chairman of the Chesapeake Harvest Advisory Committee and member of the Easton Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors stated, “Many people and organizations from around the community, the region and State have contributed their time and expertise to make Chesapeake Harvest, and ultimately this USDA grant, come to fruition. Chesapeake Harvest looks forward to strengthening and growing these partnerships to advance a growing local food economy that will benefit the region and the Town of Easton and it’s citizens.”

The Easton Economic Development Corporation, formed in 2013, was created to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business formation in order to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations.

Nominations Open for MCE’s 2016 Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award

DSC_0163SALISBURY –Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE) is now seeking nominations for their Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award which will be presented in November at the fifth annual Award Banquet.

Eligible entrepreneurs will come from five counties on the Eastern Shore, and anyone can nominate a business owner. The one page nomination form is easy to fill out and the winner will earn a $2,000 cash prize, and an engraved glass award. The deadline for nominations is September 23rd.  The form can be filled out online at MCE’s website http://www.marylandcapital.org by clicking on the “Get Involved” tab next to the Entrepreneur of the Year logo.

The goal of the award has been to raise awareness about entrepreneurship and recognize the risk takers.  Previous winners have included Peter Roskovich, owner of Adam’s Ribs restaurants and Black Diamond Catering in Fruitland, Ryan Miller, owner of The Deli, Last Call Liquors, and other successful businesses in Wicomico County, Dr. Kerry Palakanis, owner of the Crisfield Clinic, and Christopher Eccleston, owner of Delmarva Veteran Builders in Salisbury.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominees must be a small business owner or majority partner involved in day-to-day operations of the business
  • Business must be located in Wicomico, Worcester,  Somerset, Dorchester or Talbot counties
  • The company must employ 100 or fewer employees
  • The business must have been established locally for at least two (2) years
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Business must be in the good standing with the state of Maryland

The top three nominees will be announced in October and the winner will be named at MCE’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award Banquet on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Salisbury University.

“We all know at least one entrepreneur who works tirelessly day and night to make their business a success. We encourage you to nominate them. To recognize their sacrifices and hold them up as an example of how hard work pays off in the end. Entrepreneurship is about making something happen even if the odds are against you. It’s about the human spirit. And we want to honor that,” said MCE’s Executive Director George Koste. “We hope this will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to take that next step and start their own business, and we want them to know we are here to help.”

MCE created the Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. The award is named after Palmer Gillis, a Salisbury native, who has spent the last 36 years building his construction company into one of the largest general contracting firms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Along the way, he continues to give back through public service as a board member for numerous charitable causes and foundations. He has been a leading voice in trying to make his community a better place.

MCE (Maryland Capital Enterprises), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization located on the second floor of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Building in Salisbury, has been working to promote entrepreneurship since its inception over a decade ago.  Through business counseling, small business loans, classes for business owners and other resources, MCE can help nurture those winning ideas and help turn them into profit.

To nominate an entrepreneur or to learn more about the award, visit www.marylandcapital.org.

Washington College Announces $2 Million To Endow a New Entrepreneurial Sciences Position

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce and a matching $1 million gift, Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society will have a newly endowed position aimed at creating entrepreneurial opportunities for students in the sciences.

Funding for the Chief of Entrepreneurial Science comes from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a program designed to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields. It is joined by a $1 million gift from Louisa Copeland Duemling H ’10 GP ’10, to establish the Andelot Endowment Fund for the Center for Environment & Society.

The MEI grant is the largest single award of its kind that the State of Maryland has made to Washington College.

“Washington College is an economic driver for the Eastern Shore and the entire State of Maryland,” Commerce Secretary Mike Gill says. “The research its faculty conducts and the bright young minds they nurture fuel Maryland’s economy and keep our State humming. We are proud to partner with this institution and look forward to seeing the fruits of the new position for years to come.”

Duemling’s $1 million gift established the Andelot Endowment Fund for the Center for Environment & Society in 2015. In addition to enabling the College to secure the MEI funding, the endowment will help the College and CES support a variety of purposes, including research-based teaching and scholarship opportunities. For instance, the money may help pay the salary of a visiting scientist, support the cost of a research vessel and equipment to enable further research, or help qualified students pursue internships and other types of real-world learning.

“Louisa Duemling’s foresight and generosity have created a remarkable opportunity for the College,” says President Sheila Bair. “I have no doubt that her gift, and the State’s matching financial support, will result in exciting opportunities for our students to create innovative solutions to a host of environmental and scientific challenges facing our region and our world. This program is yet another example of how Washington College is applying the analytical and problem solving skills at the heart of a liberal arts education to the issues confronting our society, providing practical know-how for our students and generating growth for our local economy.”

John Seidel, director of the Center for Environment & Society, points out that this new position in entrepreneurial science is novel in liberal arts colleges. “We are very excited to engage students, faculty, and staff in practical problems, looking for cost-effective environmental solutions that can be designed, implemented, and marketed in such a way that we also generate economic activity in our communities.”

Doug Levin, currently deputy director of the CES, will become the first Chief of Entrepreneurial Science. Although the program will be linked to multiple disciplines at the College—including environmental science and studies, math and computer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology—its initial focus will be on expanding and commercializing the Basic Observation Buoys, or BOBs, that form the backbone of Levin’s initiative, the Chester River Watershed Observatory (CRWO). Lauded as a national model, the CRWO uses state-of-the-art technologies to monitor every aspect of the Chester River while involving college and K-12 students, as well as teachers, on every level of that endeavor—from the hands-on engineering of building a buoy with its attendant electronics and gear, to gathering the data and making it publicly accessible.

In the past, Seidel says, a major impediment to using buoys on a meaningful scale has been their high cost. But Levin and his team have lowered the expense dramatically, making it possible to deploy them in large numbers. It also makes them desirable across the world, wherever there are issues of water quality. “We see a growing market for these kinds of cost-effective solutions,” Seidel says.

The Observatory’s ultimate aim is to connect surrounding communities to the waterway’s future and provide more thorough information on which to base decisions that will benefit the river and the Chesapeake Bay. Through the CES program called Rivers to the Bay, which has been funded for the last three years by the Maryland State Department of Education, the CES already has worked with nearly 60 educators in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties to teach data-gathering techniques and to develop K-12 lesson plans that incorporate the Observatory.

“The Observatory is a wonderful example of linking students at various levels to problems of national importance,” says Seidel. “There is no better way to learn than by doing, and the lessons these students learn will stay with them for a lifetime. Doug Levin and his colleagues are masters at making these connections, and now we have the opportunity to really capitalize on what they have built. The State of Maryland and visionaries such as Mrs. Duemling deserve enormous credit and our gratitude for making such opportunities possible.”

MEI was created by the General Assembly in the 2014 legislative session and in its first year has provided $8.3 million in funding to leverage $10.6 million in private donations toward nine new professorships. In addition to the Washington College grant, those positions include a post at Morgan State University, three posts at the University of Maryland, College Park and two each at University of Maryland Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University. MEI dollars can be used to pay salaries of newly endowed department chairs, staff, and support personnel in designated scientific and technical fields of study; fund related research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students; and purchase lab equipment and other basic infrastructure and equipment.

Maryland 3.0: Food Trucks Are Hot Business in State, When They Find a Place to Park

When David Chapman decided to open a bright green food truck selling healthy meals in large bowls two years ago, he had a lot less competition on Baltimore’s streets.

“I was just tired of having a boss,” Chapman, 34, said of his decision to leave his career as a technician to start The Green Bowl, dishing out Bibimbap, a Korean-inspired rice dish, and other favorites to a loyal customer base.

Two years later, the number of food trucks roaming Baltimore in search of customers has more than doubled from 25 to 64, according to city transportation department data analyzed by Capital News Service.

Food truck owners say they expect their ranks to continue to grow, despite outdated street vending laws governing food trucks that could hamper future expansion in Baltimore.

Today, it’s possible to get a Greek lamb burger, Indian tandoori, a lobster mac and cheese cone and a hand-crafted caramel latte from the food trucks that roam the city. The Green Bowl, for example, appears on the stone-paved Thames Street at Fells Point every Friday around lunchtime, where Jimmy McNeely often grabs a meal.

“I come here mainly for the convenience, because it’s right next to my office. I either bring lunch from home or come here,” said McNeely, 25, who works at Morgan Stanley, a two-minute walk from The Green Bowl’s spot on Thames Street.

Ashley Ridgeway, 26, a security staffer at Morgan Stanley, said she has taken to eating lunch from food trucks because of their “creativity,” which sets them apart from standardized fast food offerings.

“They offer food that’s not on the menu in traditional restaurants,” Ridgeway said. “I had never bought lunch from food trucks until I began working here about a year ago. Now I’m a big fan.”

Ridgeway has tried four different food trucks that come to Fells Point on different days. Her favorites: those that sell barbecue and burgers, like The Smoking Swine on Tuesdays or Gypsy Queen Cafe on Fridays.

“I’m not a calories counter, so I’m not too concerned about the healthfulness of these food,” she laughed.

The food truck movement began about ten years ago in Los Angeles, led by a Korean barbecue truck called Kogi, according to the Associated Press. In the ensuing decade, food trucks have spread to cities large and small, becoming a critical part of the dining landscape.

Drew Pumphrey, a civil engineer turned food truck owner, normally serves 120 to 150 customers during lunch on a typical weekday from his barbecue truck, The Smoking Swine.

“It’s been far more profitable than we initially thought,” Pumphrey said, noting that he only needs to serve 60 people to turn a profit for the day.

Food trucks fill the sweet spot of “convenience food,” in between the two traditional eatery categories, fast food and restaurants. They serve tastier food than fast food chains, but at a faster pace than most sit-down restaurants, making it particularly appealing to the young and busy.

David Pulford, owner of UpSlideDown Dave, a three-year old barbecue truck in Baltimore, said most of his customers are urban professionals between 25 and 40.
“A lot of baby boomers still don’t quite get the idea. But some late baby boomers are very accepting [of] food trucks,” Pulford said.

Proximity Law Troubles Vendors

As food trucks become more popular, the gap between existing restaurant regulations and the needs of mobile eateries is becoming more apparent in Baltimore and other U.S. cities.

In March, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University published a case study on current food truck regulations in four U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C.

“Municipalities are being forced to revisit these regulations as issues arise over competitiveness, parking, sanitation, property and sales taxes, and proximity to brick and mortar businesses,” wrote Jessica Huey, the author of the case study report.

The “proximity law”, which prohibits food trucks from operating within 300 feet of any restaurant, is common in many cities, including Baltimore. Because hungry customers tend to congregate in restaurant-dense areas, the law puts food trucks at a disadvantage.

Sean Burnett, a spokesperson for the city transportation department, said the proximity law was originally created to protect both food trucks and restaurant owners from competing with each other.

“During the creation of the legislation, the focus was becoming more … friendly,” to small restaurants that are more vulnerable to competition than large restaurants, Burnett wrote in an email.

Food truck owners, however, are not convinced that food trucks and restaurants compete for the same customers.

“There is no proof that restaurants are negatively affected by food trucks at all. Food trucks sell a different league of food. It’s completely different from a restaurant,” Pumphrey said. “What we are in competition with are brown-bag lunches — whether people bring lunch to work or not.”

Restaurant owners see it differently. “I don’t see any disparity in demographics between food truck consumers and restaurants,” said Tony Minadakis, owner of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a casual dining spot in downtown Baltimore.

For the last two years, the restaurant has also operated a food truck that tours the city every day. “We use this food truck more as a marketing tool than a profit generator. So far it has helped bring more people to our restaurant,” Minadakis said.

Parking Becomes a Major Challenge

To accommodate the needs of mobile food vendors, many cities have created “food truck zones” – parking spots that are designated for food trucks. Prince George’s County passed a law in October that created 12 “food truck hubs” in the county. Under old laws, food trucks were only allowed to do business at festivals and other one-day events.

Finding a parking spot during lunch hours is still a pain for vendors. The designated spaces are frequently filled. And if they park in a regular space, they run the risk of violating the proximity law by parking within 300 feet of a restaurant.
Baltimore first created food truck zones in 2011. In June 2014, the city council passed a bill promising to create more zones. But after almost 18 months, that promise has yet to be fulfilled.

In some cases, vendors have seen existing food truck parking spots vanish.
Chapman from The Green Bowl said there used to be a food truck space at the crossing of E. Pratt Street and Commerce Street, until a Shake Shack opened in February. The city removed the food truck space during construction. But after Shake Shack opened for business, the food truck spot wasn’t replaced.

“It’s what the city wants to do. In some cases, it’s obviously that it’s what the restaurant wants,” Chapman said.

The city transportation department said they had not removed any food truck spots due to new restaurants opening. But they have been forced to remove spots because of construction and utility maintenance work. Burnett said construction around the Shake Shack location is still ongoing, and the city is looking for a replacement spot for food trucks.

Baltimore currently has about 60 food trucks and nine 50-foot food truck spots plus a food truck park downtown, according to city records. A 50-foot spot can generally hold two food trucks. The trucks can also use regular street parking spaces as long as they comply with the proximity law.

Besides restaurants, food trucks are also restricted from parking within two blocks of schools, city markets, and football and baseball stadiums on game days.

The spot on Thames Street in Fells Point The Green Bowl favors is a regular street parking space — but there’s no guarantee it will always be available. Last month, The Green Bowl circled around for an hour and eventually had to move to another place three miles away.

“Now there are very few spots in town that are any good and worth parking at. It’s a mess.” Chapman said.

By Sissi Cao


Washington College President Bair to be Speaker for Aspire Rural Maryland Summit

More times than not the best solutions to complex community challenges are developed through the collaboration of multiple levels of stakeholders within the community. With this simple, yet often overlooked concept in mind, the Rural Maryland Council is hosting its 2015 Rural Summit – “Aspire Rural Maryland.”

The conference will be held on Thursday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court in Annapolis, and is open to the public. Registration is $50.00 per person and includes continental breakfast, the Rural Impact Awards Luncheon, and a networking reception.

BairSheilaThe keynote speaker will be Sheila Bair, 28th president of Washington College and former chair of the FDIC. Bair gained national prominence for her leadership during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and was twice named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. She is Washington College’s first female president and the author of several books, including The Bullies of Wall Street.

The biannual summit brings together professionals and grass root individuals from throughout Rural Maryland. Attendees will include residents, State and local government leaders, grass root nonprofit organizations that work in rural communities, and professionals representing health care, economic development, agriculture, forestry, workforce development, and community development.

“Our goal is to provide a venue for all stakeholders to be part of the conversation to create positive change in our rural communities,” says Charlotte Davis, executive director of the Rural Maryland Council. “We know that if we can get everyone together – our residents, nonprofits, and our legislators – we can craft solutions that will work. This summit will build momentum and truly be an unofficial kickoff for our legislative agenda that will affect our rural communities,” she adds.

Conference goers will gain access to information and resources such as loan and grant programs and the opportunity to meet and collaborate with cabinet secretaries and other legislators. At press time the following secretaries were confirmed: R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce; Benjamin N. Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; and Mark J. Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources. Also attending will be James P. Eichhorst, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

A special conference feature will be the Rural Impact Awards Luncheon, recognizing individuals and organizations that have done outstanding work. The following will be acknowledged:

• Rural Community Volunteer (up to two awards);
• Outstanding Rural Economic Development Award;
• Outstanding Rural Community Development Award; and
• Outstanding Legislator Award.

At press time conference sponsors include: Platinum level sponsors: Maryland Department of Commerce (formerly Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development); Gold Level Sponsors: MARBIDCO; Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; and Silver level sponsors: Community Development Network of Maryland.

Bronze level sponsors are: Cecil County Government; Engage Mountain Maryland; Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.; Maryland Agricultural Conflict Resolution Service; Maryland Department of Agriculture – Marketing Department; Maryland Department of Agriculture – Resource Conservation Agricultural Certainty & Nutrient Trading Programs; Maryland Forests Association; Maryland Insurance Administration; Maryland Relay 711; Maryland Rural Health Association; Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland; Triea Technologies, LLC; and USDA Rural Development.

Founded in 1994, the Rural Maryland Council operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state to flourish and to gain equity to its suburban and urban counterparts. The vision for RMC is the ultimate realization that citizens living in rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and other vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are being sustained for future generations.

To register for the conference visit rural.maryland.gov or call (410) 841-5774, email rmc.mda@maryland.gov. For updates on all RMC events and activities connect with the Rural Maryland Council at facebook.com/RuralMaryland or on Twitter @RuralMaryland.


The Entrepreneur of Hooper’s Island: Johnny Shockley Nationally Brands the Eastern Shore Oyster

While most of the Eastern Shore’s watermen had known for some time that their centuries old harvesting industry was dying over the last several decades, Johnny Shockley, along with friend Ricky Fitzhugh, did not take that news sitting down. Aware of how unique Chesapeake Bay oysters were, and the exceptional market demand they offered, Shockley and his family went back to the drawing board to re-invent the oyster business from the ground up.

The result of that hard work and creative effort was the founded of the Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, which stands as one of the best examples of blending age old tradition with high technology tools to keep one of the Bay’s iconic trades viable and environmentally sustainable.

In his interview with the Spy, Johnny Shockley outlines what it took to kick-start Hooper’s Island Oyster Co. into one of the most innovative aquaculture enterprises on the East Coast. Johnny also highlights the role his family plays with the business, the successful by-products which include the international sale of specialized equipment, ecotourism, and the ongoing marketing efforts, including entertaining tours of wholesalers and restaurant chefs in conjunction with the Dorchester County Tourism to get the world out.

This video is approximately five minutes in length

Maryland 3.0: The Emergence of 1880 Bank with CEO Kim Liddell

If one listed the top financial stories on the Eastern Shore so far this year, Cambridge’s 1880 Bank acquisition of Easton Bank a few months ago would lead that category. The purchase of the Talbot County bank founded by Dr. David Hill, by Dorchester County’s former National Bank of Cambridge is seen as a logical move by 1880 to grow sufficiently enough to remain a healthy institution in the world of community banking.

Heading this transition has been Kim Liddell, who was recruited in 2010 to help chart the 130-year-old community bank’s future in the post-recession era. With a career in bank management in the metro Washington DC region for over twenty years, the native North Carolinian talks to the Spy about his unique experience of finding a way forward for 1880, his impressions of a regulatory burdens for small banks in America, and memories of starting as the new kid on the block on the Eastern Shore but with advantage of having the late Mike Menzies, former CEO of Easton Bank and Trust, as a friend and mentor.

This video is approximately ten minutes in length.


The First Five Years: Ian Fleming & Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn

When Ian Fleming and Mark Salter started out on their own after leaving the Inn at Perry Cabin in 2010, it was hard to imagine a more perfect pairing of professional skills. Ian, with years of experience in the hospitality trade, including managing some of the world’s most exclusive resorts with Michelin top ratings, matched with Mark’s legendary tenure as Perry Cabin’s executive chef, seemed made in heaven as they began as co-owners of the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford.

In fact, that match was not made in heaven but Scotland. Almost thirty-two years ago, they became friends while working together at the Cromlix House Restaurant, one of country’s most successful dining venues at the time, and credited in helping ignited a new era of fine dining in the United Kingdom.

Fast forward to 2015, having survived the great recession and a host of major changes in the food and hospitality business, Ian and Mark look back in their Spy interview at their five years doing business on the Strand in Oxford.

This video is approximately ten minutes in length

hotDesks Profiles New Start-Up Water Monitoring Company

Lee Beauchamp, co-founder of O-P-S LLC, has over 12 years of leadership experience managing public works departments and facilities—specifically in area of water and wastewater treatment.

A licensed Professional Engineer, Lee was the Operator in Charge of the Cortlandt Manor Consolidated Water Department in New York and the Wicomico County Public Works Department on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Lee Beauchamp, co-founder of O-P-S LLC,

Lee Beauchamp, co-founder of O-P-S LLC,

His experience inspired him to launch O-P-S LLC with the creation of WaterOPS, a suite of cloud-based water monitoring software that helps municipalities meet and exceed water quality standards—and avoid potential costly violations.

His operational experience leading major public works projects has been crucial in the architecture of the compliance engine in WaterOPS that helps municipalities and facility managers meet the needs of engineers and licensed inspectors in the field.

“WaterOPS empowers facilities managers and municipalities with assurance and confidence when reporting to regulators,” Lee says.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Delaware and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wilmington University. He is currently serving on the executive board for the County Engineers Association of Maryland and is a Staff Sergeant in the Delaware Army National Guard.

Lee credits the mentorship and programs offered at hotDesks for accelerating the development of his startup business.

“Membership in the coworking space at hotDesks is absolutely helping us launch our products and services way ahead of schedule,” he said.

He also said the hotDesks accelerator program moved at the pace of his days at Army bootcamp—where he was prepared “to meet major challenges in a relatively short period of time.”

Lee completed hotDesks’ first 6-week accelerator program in April and his company recently won a grant from the Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition at Salisbury University. The money will go to continue research and development of WaterOPS.

The company is seeking investors at this time, Lee says.



Federalsburg Becomes Caroline County’s First Enterprise Zone

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) today announced the designation of the Federalsburg Enterprise Zone in Caroline County. In addition, DBED also approved an expansion and re-designation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone in Baltimore County, as well as an expansion of the Cecil County Enterprise Zone. Enterprise Zones enable jurisdictions to provide businesses located within the zones with income tax and property tax credits to help create and retain jobs.

“I am pleased to designate Caroline County’s first Enterprise Zone and help expand zones in Baltimore and Cecil counties,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The zones help sustain existing businesses and attract much-needed new businesses, allowing us to achieve our most important goal of creating and retaining jobs.”

Last year, businesses located in the State’s 28 Enterprise Zones received more than $17 million in property tax credits, which have contributed to $2.7 billion in capital investment in Maryland businesses in last year alone, and $13.7 billion over the past 5 years.

The Federalsburg Enterprise Zone covers more than 530 acres, including downtown Federalsburg, as well as three industrial parks and other key commercial buildings. The designation of an enterprise zone will help Federalsburg spur economic development, increase the number of jobs, and reduce poverty rates. This is the first time Caroline County has applied for the program.

“Federalsburg is the economic engine of Caroline County,” said Federalsburg Mayor William Beall.  “We have growing companies ready to take advantage of the Enterprise Zone benefits, and we’re excited about the new businesses that the Zone will attract.”

The North Point Enterprise Zone, which expires this year, has been renamed the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone and expanded by more than 3,000 acres. The re-designation will help Baltimore County retain and expand existing companies, while encouraging out-of-town companies to relocate and take advantage of the industrial, warehouse, distribution, and Port-related opportunities on the Sparrows Point Peninsula and the Middle River Depot, a former World War II aircraft factory.

“Over the past twenty years, enterprise zone designation has been a catalyst for more than $300 million in new private investment in eastern Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With the expansion of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone to 7,000 acres, we can further leverage these targeted tax benefits to bring new jobs and businesses to Sparrows Point, Dundalk and Middle River, the region’s traditional manufacturing and logistics center.”

Additionally, the Cecil County Enterprise Zone has been expanded to include more than 1,000 acres in the Town of Port Deposit, including the former U.S. Naval Bainbridge Training Center and the Tomes Landing Marina. This expansion gives the county nearly 6,000 acres of Enterprise Zone area.

The Enterprise Zone designation is a vital incentive for Cecil County and prospective businesses,” said Lisa Webb, Director of Economic Development for Cecil County. “It has been proven effective in creating job opportunities and encouraging capital investment in our community. We are pleased to include Port Deposit/Bainbridge in the expansion, and believe this positions Cecil to be more competitive and strengthens our growth corridor.”

DBED approves the State’s Enterprise Zones, while local governments are responsible for their administration. Businesses operating within an Enterprise Zone may be eligible for a tax credit towards their state income tax filings based upon the number of new jobs created, and a tax credit on their local real property taxes based upon their overall capital investment into a property.

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