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We Moved

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) recently announced its relocation to the Eastern Shore Innovation Center in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park.  The move was effective on February 5, 2016. Keasha Haythe, director of the DCED said, “We are excited to move into our new space that will provide the office and several other tenants the ability to network and collaborate in a business friendly environment.” The newly constructed Eastern Shore Innovation Center is  13,500 SF and is approximately a mile from DCED’s previous location at the Cambridge Dorchester Regional Airport. The new address is 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge MD, 21613. All contact information has remained the same. To reach the office please call 410-228-0155 or email info@choosedorchester.org.

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Abandoned Building Renovated

The Dorchester County Career and Technology Center construction students recently volunteered to help renovate a vacant building in Vienna.  Students in Pete Pietras’s Carpentry class and Danny Insley’s Electricity class participated in the project. The abandoned building in Vienna was selected to be renovated for the town’s new Dorchester County Sheriff’s Substation. The Carpentry students were tasked with squaring the entry door jamb and hanging the front door. The Electrical students performed the following tasks: wiring the main electrical panel and installing a motion sensing light fixture for the rear of the building, ran supply power for a new HVAC system, replaced an interior chandelier style light fixture, installed an exterior light fixture near front entrance, and mounted a weather-proof exterior receptacle. The vision of the Dorchester Career and Technology Center is to provide a well-prepared workforce for area employers as well as well-prepared students to be successful in post-secondary training or college. For more information on the Dorchester Career and Technology Center please visit dctc.dcpsmd.net.

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DCED Property List

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) maintains a list of available land and commercial properties within the county. Office space, industrial facilities and warehouse spaces are available. The office continues to maintain a strategic partnership with the real estate community to assist in identifying property that meets the needs of businesses. The DCED offers site selection and relocation assistance to new and expanding businesses. To find out more information or to add your property to the list please call the Dorchester County Economic Development Office at 410-228-0155.

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Robin Hood Shop Still Thriving

The Robin Hood Shop thrift store opened in 1957 and generates revenue for the hospital auxiliary. Open six days a week the thrift shop has been a staple in the community for years. Income generated through the Robin Hood Shop and the Hospitality Shop has assisted in renovations, new equipment and services held at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The Robin Hood Shop welcomes most donations with the exception of computer equipment and large furniture. Staff and volunteers ensure all items donated are used by someone. If their high standard of quality is not met or the item doesn’t sell, they are donated to Planet Aid or other charities. Books that haven’t sold are donated to the Veterans Hospital and the Detention Center. The Robin Hood Shop also offers a group text option to alert customers of special coupons and sale dates.  Community service hours are available for high school juniors and seniors. To learn more about the Robin Hood Shop and Auxiliary please call 410-228-6339.

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Small Business Expanding Operations

Resource Asset Management Solutions LLC (RAMS) is a reliability and engineering solution provider for the utility industry with a field office located in Cambridge, MD.  The business opened in the summer of 2013 with nine employees and has expanded to approximately fifty full time employees since that time. RAMS is expanding its operations and focuses on hiring local talent at all levels of professional development including recent high school graduates. Engineering augmentation, pole inspection, contact voltage programs, and Overhead Maintenance Inspection (OHMI) are just a few of the services they provide. RAMS specializes in providing innovative solutions using the latest technology.  OHMI uses mobile and visual scans combined with ultrasonic technology and infrared. RAMS also utilizes UAV Drones to collect photographs and field data. Scott Dorsey, executive vice president said, “With an in-field professional assessment staff and tenured team, we are armed to support any engineering, reliability and assessment needs.” The RAMS commitment to the community reaches across Dorchester County and beyond. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Baywater Animal Rescue and Maryland Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Research at the Horn Point Laboratory are just a few local causes they support. Dorsey …

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New Technology Face Added to Campaign

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office welcomes Quevera as the new technology face in the water moves us branding campaign. Quevera, a software engineering company headquartered in Columbia, MD expanded to Cambridge and will move into the Eastern Shore Innovation Center this month. 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 technology incubator.  We are letting ‘water move us’ to opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore.” Maryland is a national leader in Technology. In 2014 the US Department of Commerce ranked Maryland first for technology based Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  It was also marked first in the nation for concentration of businesses and jobs in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) and fourth in the nation for tech employment density. Quevera provides local students internships in the technology field. Simms and his team worked closely with Kermit Hines, Principal at the 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. To …

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FABTECH wrap-up

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) recently attended the 2015 FABTECH Trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, and finishing event. DCED shared a booth with the Maryland Department of Commerce, combining efforts to attract companies.  Four leads were developed and since then, Dorchester County has been placed on an expansion evaluation list for one of the companies. The trade show attracted 40,000 attendees and 1500 exhibitors. The four-day event connected industry professionals to the latest technologies for buying, selling and networking. For further information on the tradeshow, please contact the DCED office at 410-228-0155.

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Lots Available

The Dorchester Regional Technology Park is a full service park offering water, sewer, and fiber connection for tenants. The 113 acre park is conveniently located directly across from the Cambridge -Dorchester Regional Airport. Lots range in size from 4-5 acres with a starting price of $65,000 per acre. Lot 3 is home to the Eastern Shore Innovation Center and will house various businesses ranging in industry sector. The Incubator is planned to open later this month. Please contact the Dorchester County Economic Department Office for more information on the Dorchester Regional Technology Park at 410-228-0155.

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Incubator Manager Hired

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office is pleased to welcome Steve Dolbow, the new manager of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center. As manager, Dolbow is responsible for developing programs and managing the business incubator located within the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. In addition, he is responsible for managing the “innovation network” for Dorchester County and providing community leadership regarding entrepreneurship and economic development innovations in our region. Keasha Haythe, director of the Dorchester County Economic Development office said, “Steve brings several years of experience and we are happy to have him as part of the team. Filling this position with someone familiar with entrepreneurship and innovation helps the Eastern Shore Innovation Center achieve its mission.” Innovation has been the hallmark of Dolbow’s career. During his 22 years with IBM, he helped companies identify computer applications that would streamline their businesses and increase their profit.  Steve created Dolbow & Company, a firm praised for developing high profile, client serving websites which were recognized by PWC, Forbes, the Smithsonian and others as “Best of the Web” examples of the use of web technology. Throughout his career he has worked with clients in the manufacturing, financial services, business services, distribution, publishing, non-profit and …

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Gootee’s Marine in Branding Campaign

Dorchester County has a rich boating heritage including boating building, skipjacks, marinas, and sailing. Rivers, creeks and the bay provide recreation as well as a living for many residents in the county. Water, it’s part of Dorchester’s identity, heritage and opportunity and for that reason the boating industry was chosen to be part of the “water moves us” branding campaign. The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) is excited to have Gootee’s Marine as the next new face in the branding campaign. Located on Hooper’s Island Road in Church Creek, Gootees Marine is a well-known family run business since 1954, focusing on new and used boats, motors and trailer sales as well as fishing charters. Sales Manager Nick Gootee said, “I love the direct contact with the public and helping them decide which boat or engine best suits their needs, wants, and budget.” Gootee’s Marine employs 12 full employees, and most employees have been there over 20 years. Maryland’s boating industry is an economic driver. The Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program and DNR’s -Economic Impact of Maryland Boating in 2007 reported, “Every 6.5 boats registered in Maryland leads to more than one full-time job somewhere in the state’s economy and each …

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