Dorchester Announces Economic Development Director

A special welcome to Eastern Shore native Jeff Trice, Dorchester County’s new Economic Development Director.

An experienced business veteran, Jeff has launched workforce initiatives, created training programs and grown jobs at the county, regional and state level throughout Maryland. He’s also started three businesses during his career.

Most recently, Jeff was the Director of Business Solutions for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation where he worked with federal agencies, defense contractors, airlines and other businesses to expand the county’s employment base.

“We are very excited to have someone of Jeff’s caliber joining our economic development team,” said Jeremy Goldman, Dorchester County Manager. “We look forward to leveraging his experience and know how to continue the department’s success in developing and recruiting businesses to all of Dorchester County.”

From 2010 to 2016, Jeff was Business Services Program Manager for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR) Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. He also served as Special Project Coordinator for DLLR’s Upper Shore Division of Workforce Development.

Jeff, who started his new position on July 1, views the Economic Development Team as integral to the economic growth and stability of Dorchester County.

“I live and breathe business, but I also believe in taking a holistic approach and broad economic view of our county’s opportunities and challenges,” he said “It’s not just about serving businesses. Economic development should include efforts that support career programs in our schools, grow the real estate tax base, create job opportunities and serve the citizens of Dorchester County.”

A native of Caroline County, Jeff is now a resident of Preston. He started Marshy Hope Realty in Federalsburg in 2002 and served as President of the Mid- Shore Board of Realtors in 2009.

“It’s nice to be back on the Shore and have the opportunity to have a positive impact where I live.”  I hope to leverage a lot of what we do across multiple counties, cooperating and collaborating to market the Shore.”

Jeff served in the United States Navy for eight years and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. He earned a BS Degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland College Park and is currently working toward certification with the International Economic Development Council.

He is based at our offices at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center at the Regional Technology Park and joins an established team that includes Business Development Manager Susan Banks, Innovation Center Manager Steve Dolbow and Executive Assistant Tina Thompson.

Jeff can be reached at 410-228-0155 or you can email him at jtrice@choosedorchester.org