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Commerce Holds Networking Reception

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office attended a networking reception hosted by the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the SelectUSA Investment Summit. The reception took place in Washington DC where summit attendees were invited to learn more about Maryland and all it offers new businesses. Maryland Department of Commerce’s Secretary Mike Gill, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Ben Wu and Managing Director of International Investment and Trade, Signe Pringle addressed the attendees with a warm welcome and invited them to Maryland. Countries represented at the reception included China, Israel, Italy, Canada and more. To learn more about the SelectUSA Investment Summit please visit https://www.selectusa.gov/selectusa-summit.

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Annual Report Presentation

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) completed its annual report and presented it to the Dorchester County Council and the public on November 3, 2015.  The presentation highlighted achievements and initiatives throughout the previous fiscal year. Keasha Haythe, director of the DCED spoke about opportunities and challenges of attracting prospects. Highlights from the annual report include 27 site visits and tours in Dorchester County. 54 jobs were created through attraction and expansion. More than 700 companies were contacted for attraction and expansion. Goals and priorities for DECD include business development, expansion, and retention initiatives. The Dorchester Regional Technology Park remains a business development priority. Construction of The Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Eastern Shore’s first full-purpose business incubator, will be completed in January 2016. The technology incubator will strengthen Dorchester County’s economy by creating the infrastructure, environment and network to help entrepreneurs and small business owner’s start or expand their businesses. To learn more about the Dorchester County Economic Office please visit www.ChooseDorchester.org, and subscribe to “Currents ” newsletter or follow us on Dorchester County Economic Development’s Facebook page.

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Dorchester Welcomes New Business

After 5 years at their headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, Premier Fire Protection Services (PremFPS) opened a second location on Chesapeake Drive in Cambridge. PremFPS offers a variety of services including sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and suppression as well as fire alarms. President, Joseph Boyle and Vice President, Robert Henneberry, Jr. opened PremFPS after noticing a lack of good customer service in the fire protection industry. Together Boyle and Henneberry have grown the business with one goal in mind, superior customer service. Boyle said, “We guarantee you will not find a higher level of service anywhere in our industry.” The Dorchester County Economic Development Office assisted PremFPS with their site selection process, a service that is available to all businesses seeking a location. PremFPS found a strategic central location that fits their needs of reaching the residents and businesses on the Eastern Shore. Boyle added, “We will provide the highest quality fire protection services to the Delmarva Peninsula from our Cambridge location. Thank you for the continued support of the Premier family!” To contact Premier Fire Protection Services please call 240.366.8163 or email info@premfps.com. Visit their website at www.premfps.com.

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Dorchester Hosts IRONMAN Maryland

One of the world’s most grueling athletic events is returning to Dorchester County on October 3, 2015. IRONMAN Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic’s only full-length IRONMAN triathlon will bring thousands of athletes—and the attention of the world—to Cambridge, Maryland. IRONMAN is known worldwide as the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit for athletes. Director of Dorchester County Tourism Amanda Fenstermaker said, “I’m happy to see that many of the triathletes have been coming to Dorchester in the months before the race to train.  We’ve been gearing up to welcome them—improving the course and coming up with ways to enhance their experience here. Last year was the triathlon’s first year, and the event generated an economic impact of about $3.4 million for the region. This year promises to be even bigger, with more athletes and more visitors expected. We can’t wait.” Approximately, 2500 athletes along with their family and friends will arrive on the Eastern Shore to compete in a 140.6 mile race, comprised of a 2.4 mile swim on the Choptank River, a 112 mile bike through Southern Dorchester County and 26.2 mile run through downtown Cambridge.  IRONMAN Maryland is one of only 38 IRONMAN Triathlons held in the world, with Dorchester …

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Dorchester Tech Park Lots Available

The Dorchester Regional Technology Park is a 113-acre, full-utility park that includes water, sewer, and fiber connections for tenants.  Strategically located across from the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, the park boasts beautiful scenery with a paved pathway for walking. The Dorchester Regional Technology Park has been marketed to businesses in various industry sectors. Industry sectors include, but are not limited to, aviation, pharmaceutical, call centers, and government contractors.  The Eastern Shore Innovation Center technology incubator is the Dorchester Regional Technology Park’s first tenant. Four- to five-acre lots are for sale starting at $65,000 per acre.  For more information or to schedule a site visit, contact Dorchester County Economic Development at 410.228.0155 or email sbanks@ChooseDorchester.org.

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Groundbreaking Event at Technology Park

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office recently hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Eastern Shore’s first purpose-built incubator.  The purpose of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center is to spur sustainable economic vitality in the region through high-growth entrepreneurship and innovative practices in the business community.  Start-up businesses entering the incubator will have the opportunity to grow and take advantage of business resources until they graduate out after two years.  Elected officials, business owners, and community members joined together to celebrate the event. The ceremony began with Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe welcoming attendees.  “I want to thank each of you for the commitment to come together to create a stronger and more prosperous community,” said Haythe.  The morning was a much-anticipated gathering for financial partners who have worked together for years to make the day a reality. The invocation was provided by Pastor Pam Bockart of Antioch, Beckwith, and Spedden United Methodist Churches in Cambridge, Maryland.  Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers welcomed guests and shared his excitement by noting that we will grow our own businesses in the incubator.  Senator Addie Eckardt recognized the elected officials and stated she had been a …

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SelectUSA Wrap Up

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) recently attended the second annual 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md.  The sold-out summit brought investor delegations from all over the world, domestic and international businesses,global CEOs, senior U.S. leaders, and economic development organizations. At the trade show, economic development organizations shared ideas and opportunities directly with international investors and one another.  DCED made direct contact with 17 different countries and shared information with hundreds of attendees. Speakers at the summit included President Barack Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other top U.S. government officials.  Topics and panels varied from Investing in Rural America, The Innovation Advantage,Training Your Skilled Workforce, to Protecting Your Intellectual Property. Dorchester County Economic Development’s booth was busy and received prospect leads in the manufacturing industry.  Secretary Pritzker visited the Dorchester County exhibit.  DCED’s “water moves us” branding was also a success with many great comments and questions from prospects as well as other economic development agencies. For more information on the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit, please visit www.selectusasummit.com.

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Business Partners with Career and Technology Center

Dorchester County welcomes Quevera, a new software company, to the offices at the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, Quevera has expanded to Cambridge and will move into the Eastern Shore Innovation Center upon completion. Quevera’s combined technical experience is vast and permits them to penetrate several industries including health care, government services, education, and commercial sectors. Providing custom software engineering services and solutions for their clients, Quevera builds lasting partnerships based on set extraordinary values. CEO Lee Simms added, “We are very excited to be part of the Dorchester County community and look forward to growing a partnership with Dorchester County schools and the Economic Development office. Quevera is vested in this community and excited about residing in the coming technology incubator. We are letting ‘water move us’ to opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore.” Simms and his team worked closely with Kermit Hines, Principal at South Dorchester Career and Technology Center, to create an internship designed to be educational and further student’s professional goals. Their internships are paid and provide students with school credit. The five interns that were chosen to participate in Quevera’s program represent both Cambridge South-Dorchester and North Dorchester High Schools are Luke Schulze, Laticia Ennals, …

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Lively Arts Scene Draws Visitors & Residents

When Mickey Love arrived in Cambridge in 2007 to run the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), she saw firsthand how the beauty of the environment inspired people to create amazing art. As she rolled up her sleeves to join the board and staff to plan DCA’s expansion and relocation to the historic Nathan building, she quickly discovered that the arts would be a key player in growing Dorchester County’s creative economy. “I used to say when I first moved here that you couldn’t throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting an artist,” she laughs, adding, “The arts have quietly and quickly become an economic and employment force in the county, creating artistic enterprises, supporting restaurants and retailers, and attracting tourists.” Since August 2008, the landmark Art Deco Building at 321 High Street has been home to the Dorchester Center for the Arts. With approximately 500 members, a world-class artisans’ shop, more than 100 classes and workshops, a dozen performances, and over 5,000 visitors each year, it is the anchor of the county’s arts industry. The 14,000-square-foot former Nathan’s Furniture Store was renovated in two stages. The recently completed second-floor performance and rental space will increase visitors and visibility. Love …

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Entrepreneur Leads Local Revitalization

Small business owner Jermaine Anderson, featured as one of the seven faces in the “water moves us” marketing campaign through the Dorchester County Economic Development Office, is not only a serial entrepreneur but also an active participant in the community. Jermaine is one of four principals at TNT Moving and Cleaning by Design. The business offers many services such as interior design and senior move services which entail assisting families and aging senior citizens to downsize, organize, persevering their history, etc. Anderson’s business also helps new residents, retirees and weekenders easily and efficiently move into and maintain their Dorchester home so they can enjoy all the amenities an Eastern Shore lifestyle entails. Together Jermaine Anderson and Adriane Holmes operate a nonprofit named Alpha Genesis CDC. The nonprofit focuses on the revitalization of the 500 block of Race Street in Cambridge. Anderson hopes the area will become a creative campus of the arts. The expectation is the local gallery movement will continue into the 500 block of Race Street and become a joint workspace where artisans can live and work. African American-owned businesses are an important part of the Eastern Shore’s economy and history. Jermaine Anderson’s creative entrepreneurial energy has provided …

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