Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is served by an esteemed Board of Directors comprised of business leaders from a variety of industry sectors. Formed in 2013, EEDC was created to promote economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business formation in Easton, MD, in order to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The Board has announced the appointment of new member Marilyn M. Neal and existing board member Lloyd (Scott) Beatty, Jr. as Chairman of the Board.
Scott Beatty has served as Shore Bancshares, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2013 and as a director of the Company since 2000. Between 2011 and 2013, Beatty served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Shore Bancshares and between 2007 and 2013 as its Executive Vice President and COO. Prior to the merger of subsidiaries, CNB and The Talbot Bank of Easton, which formed Shore United Bank in July 2016, Beatty served as a director of the Talbot Bank and as a director of CNB. Beatty was also employed in various executive-level operating officer capacities. Prior to joining Shore Bancshares, Beatty was the Chief Operating Officer of Darby Overseas Investments, LP, a global private equity firm, and President of Darby Advisors, Inc., a privately held family investment business. He also served as a practicing certified public accountant for 25 years and a principal in the accounting firm Beatty, Satchell & Company.
Tracy Ward, Executive Director of EEDC, comments, “We are extremely fortunate to have Scott Beatty take a leadership role with our organization. His deep financial background, experience and knowledge of the Greater Easton area will strengthen our ability to drive economic vitality and foster a healthy quality of life for our citizens.”
Marilyn Neal is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Service Center, Inc. (NSC), the designated Community Action Agency for Talbot County. In her position, Neal reviews the Self-Sufficiency Standard for hundreds of low-income Talbot County residents each year in an effort to ensure that the best resources are available to enable families and individuals to make progress toward real economic security. Since 2009, she has overseen millions in federal, state, local, and private funding to assist families to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition.
Under Neal’s leadership, NSC’s has continued to offer services that remove barriers to self-sufficiency by providing homelessness solutions, affordable housing, energy/utility assistance, after school care, food, and other emergency services. Together with her staff of 20, she directs and evaluates the effectiveness of NSC’s programs: Ridgeway Transitional Homeless Shelter; Webb’s Hope, a congregate living facility, several affordable housing units, Maryland Energy Assistance Program, Housing Solutions Program, Maryland Food Bank, After School and Summer Youth Program, Rapid Rehousing Program and the Emergency Services Program. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of NSC, Neal served as the organization’s Deputy Director. She partners with various human service agencies to include her current roles as Vice-Chair of the Maryland Community Action Partnership (MCAP) and as a Member of the Talbot County Rotary Club.
“Marilyn’s tireless commitment to her vital work in our community will assist us in our Port Street and Easton Point redevelopment activities, ensuring that we build the necessary networks and opportunities for those in need. She will bring a unique perspective to our Board as we continue to look for ways to partner with citizens and community organizations,” states Ward.
Additional members of the EEDC Board of Directors are Herbert S. Miller, Chairman Emeritus; Amy Haines, Vice Chairman; Anthony P. Kern, Treasurer; Charles H. Thornton, Secretary; Ron Engle, Rabbi Peter E. Hyman, Rosalee S. Potter, John Trax, Mayor Robert C. Willey, Ann Harvey Yonkers, Matthew Peters, and Ted Bautz.
Easton Economic Development Corporation was launched in 2013 to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business creation in the historic Town of Easton, Maryland to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works toward managing Easton’s continued growth as a diverse and healthy “smart town,” leading innovation where the land and water meet.