Spy Update: Talbot County’s Economic Development and Tourism Team Reports In


Just over a year ago this week, Cassandra Vanhooser was given the task of running two crucial programs for Talbot County. The first was the job she had initially been signed up for, which was running the County’s Office of Tourism, and the second, heading up its office of economic development, was added to her portfolio after the Talbot County Council approved plans to consolidate the two divisions.

That was a tall order for any administrator, particularly given the fact that Cassandra would need to build an entirely new department from scratch, starting with such essential elements as mission statement, goals, and annual objectives with very little regarding resources and staff support.

Those circumstances have changed significantly over the last twelve months. With the addition of Sam Shoge as economic development coordinator, and Ryan Snow as the office’s project manager, a new team has emerged to not only complete the day-to-day needs for the department but also fast-tracked a community input and strategic planning process, successfully implemented a new enterprise zone for downtown Easton, and more recently fine-tuned all of the County’s major communications tools including enhancing Facebook and other social media outlets.

The Spy sat down with all three of them at the Bullitt House last week for a catch-up session.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism office please go here

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