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Dorchester County’s Tax Burden 7th lowest in the State

Dorchester County’s tax burden is ranked 7th lowest in the state of Maryland. SmartAsset.com has released its third annual study on the Places with the Lowest Tax Burdens. The study calculates the amount of money a person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in Maryland. To find out more visit https://smartasset.com/taxes/maryland-tax-calculator?year=2017#map.

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Unsinkable Eastern Shore II

Unsinkable Eastern Shore II: Rural America Responds to Climate Change Join the Eastern Shore land Conservancy for a morning of conversation exploring how the Eastern Shore’s communities, businesses, and institutions are already preparing for climate change and where innovation can make the region a leader. Date: Saturday, April 1, 9:00AM-1:00PM (Doors open at 8:30AM) Location: Eastern Shore Conservation Center (114 S. Washington Street, Easton, Maryland) Registration: http://tinyurl.com/UnsinkableES ($20 includes breakfast and book) Keynote Speakers: John Englander, author of “High Tide on Main Street” and Mark Jacobson, founder of The Solutions Project Moderators: Rona Korbell of the Bay Journal More information: Brian Ambrette, BAmbrette@eslc.org

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Startup Roadshow Visits Dorchester

The Startup Maryland Roadshow stopped in Dorchester County on its statewide tour.  Striving to connect innovation communities to the innovation economy, the tour focuses on four main initiatives; connection, celebration, coaching, and capital. The annual tour provides startup’s with access to the coaching, capital and connection that they may not be privy to otherwise. The tour stop in Dorchester began at Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture in Hooper’s Island. Then the next morning the bus stopped at Factory F on Dorchester Ave in Cambridge. Several stakeholders including the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Preservation Maryland gathered for the morning visit in support of the vision of Factory F. Later in the afternoon the bus stopped at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center.  Several businesses and resource partners including the Maryland Department of Commerce, TEDCO and the Dorchester Chamber attended. Two businesses pitched their idea on the bus. Immediately after the ESIC visit an impromptu pop-up party at Factory F began. The community was invited and  welcomed to take a look at the possibilities for the building. The day ended at RAR with large group gathered to support the tour and celebrate entrepreneurship and a “Where are they now” for Hoppers Island Oyster Aquaculture and …

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55th Annual MEDA Conference Held at Hyatt

The 55th Annual Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina May 1-3, 2016.  Nearly 300 people were in attendance for the annual gathering.  The theme for the conference was The Economic Dynamics of Live, Work and Play. The conference focused on the requirements for planning and executing the right mixture of quality-of-life amenities’ for attraction, employees, residents and visitors. Pamela Ruff, executive director of MEDA said, “Every community possesses recreational, cultural and entertainment assets that offer a lifestyle that appeals to employers, employees and residents. Our conference emphasized best practices for partnerships and practices that highlight those assets” The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development hosted a Revitalization Tour of downtown Cambridge. Panel experts included Brett Summers, NOVO Properties; John Renner, Cross Street Partners and Stanley Keyser, Keyser Development Corporation. They shared information on their Cambridge Projects and insights on what incentives work best to bring in private investment. The presenters focused on identifying and constructing the key elements crucial to creating a dynamic and vibrant community. Keynote speakers included Peter Kageyama, author of the book, For the love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and …

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SCORE Mentoring Workshop

The Eastern Shore Innovation Center hosted a start-up mentoring workshop for its tenants through SCORE. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Bud Cass, SCORE Chapter Leader and Ed French, SCORE Mentor, gave a presentation on the value the mentorship program can add to start-ups and existing businesses. Supported by the Small Business Administration with a network of over 11,000 volunteers and 320 Chapters nationwide, SCORE can provide free, confidential business counseling, volunteer mentors, and business tools. Business templates and inexpensive business workshops are also available. To learn more about SCORE please visit www.score.org.

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Ironman Races add $5.5M to Local Economy

SPECIAL by ANDREA VERNOT: IRONClub Maryland, the non-profit organization formed to support large-scale, high-impact endurance events in Dorchester County, today released the results of an economic impact report revealing that the 2015 IRONMAN races attracted 3,500 participants and generated almost $5.5 million for the region. The findings were announced at the Dorchester Visitors Center during a morning reception recognizing new sponsors and board members including an unveiling of a locally fabricated metal IRONMAN sculpture. Cambridge International President and CEO Tracy L. Tyler joined area business and government leaders to applaud the economic benefits and reveal the large, three-dimensional IRONMAN sculpture with a new, Maryland design. “On behalf of Dorchester County and IRONClub Maryland, thank you for rallying behind IRONMAN and enthusiastically supporting our local booster club,” said Tourism Director and board member Amanda Fenstermaker. “Over the past two years, more than 300 members raised over $100,000 in private contributions toward licensing fees and leveraged that support with donations, in-kind services and volunteerism. Together, we’ve increased our investment 100-fold, generating $10 million for our economy in only two short years.” Produced by Salisbury University’s BEACON Center under the direction of Memo Diriker “IRONMAN Races in Dorchester County: 2015 Economic Impact” reveals …

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Millennials in Dorchester

Each week the Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) posts a profile of a Millennial working in Dorchester County. Millennials, also know as Generation Y, are a highly educated generation known for their entrepreneurial spirit. The start and end dates for the generation are debated but are typically considered to be 1980-2000. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-in-three American workers are Millennials. Focusing on Dorchester County’s young professionals highlights their contributions to the community and also provides a showcase of the younger generation working in local businesses. The first month DCED highlighted five young professionals that work in Dorchester. The first profile was Chelsea Dunnock, 26 years old. Chelsea graduated from the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. She is the Mid-Atlantic Channel Account Manager for ForeScout Technologies Inc. Headquartered in CA, Forescout Technologies is a leader in cyber ware security offering solutions that integrate with leading network; security; mobility and IT management products to overcome security silos; automate workflows and enable significant cost savings. Chelsea lives in Dorchester County and is a home owner. The second profile was Gary Baxter, 26 years old. Gary graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Geography and Earth Science; Atmospheric Science and Environmental Land …

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Economic Development Day

On February 16, 2016, Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) members came together in Annapolis to celebrate the 2nd Annual Economic Development Day. Over 60 economic developers attended and were able to connect with legislators and share information about Economic Development projects throughout the state of Maryland. Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Ben Wu and Managing Director of Marketing & Communications at Maryland Department of Commerce, Alison Mayer presented a strategic plan prepared by the Maryland Economic Development Commission. MEDA Executive Director said, “It was a particularly special day as MEDA was presented with a House Resolution by the House Delegates. The Resolution was in recognition and celebration of MEDA’s 55th Anniversary. We were proud to accept this distinction on behalf of all of the members who have made their life’s work bringing jobs and investment to our state.” To learn more about MEDA please visit www.medamd.com.

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Water Moves Us Campaign Expands

Two years after launching the first ever cooperative branding campaign, “water moves us”, Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) has expanded the industry sectors of faces. The campaign showcases quality of life and people who choose to relocate to one of the East Coast’s most picturesque, historic communities. Quality of life and the economic well-being for a community are pillars for economic development. Living, working and recreational amenities are factors considered by new residents. New residents Jill and John Hrabosky moved to Dorchester County after John’s sales territory was moved to the East Coast. The Hraboskys wanted to be near the water and could have chosen to relocate anywhere from Maryland to Maine.  Jill said “We knew we wanted to be near water, so I looked at a map, and literally pointed to Cambridge.  It had direct water access, and a beautiful countryside.” Dorchester County is located on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore with more than 1,700 miles of shoreline. It is the largest land/water mass county in Maryland, with nearly 600 square miles of land and 70 square miles of waterways. Dorchester County offers attractive and affordable housing options from waterfront estates to rural developments including small city condos, townhouses and apartments.Many …

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Ready, Set, GROW

The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) is offering a small business outreach event for the Eastern Shore. The event is tailored to assist small, minority and women owned businesses compete for State contracting opportunities. The Ready, Set, GROW outreach event will have procurement officers and local buyers on hand to discuss specific opportunities available at their agencies. A network session will provide attendees the opportunity to meet with local and state procurement representatives. Ready, Set, GROW will be held at Salisbury University on October 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Businesses interested in attending should visit www.goma.maryland.gov.

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