Dorchester Economic Development Office
The Dorchester Economic Development Office is committed to strengthening the county’s business and employment climate to create more prosperous, vibrant and sustainable communities. Working with partners in government, economic development and education, we help business owners navigate and access the services and resources they need to succeed.
Under the leadership of director Jeff Trice and County Manager Jeremy Goldman, our team is dedicated to creating an environment where businesses thrive.
As Dorchester’s one-stop shop for economic assistance and advocacy, we offer a range of business development services. From site selection and workforce training to technical assistance and financial incentives, please let us know how we can help your business grow.
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Appointed in July 2017, Jeff brings vast experience in government and the private sector to our team. Specializing in workforce development, he is committed to ensuring that Dorchester’s employers have a pipeline of skilled trade and trained professionals. Jeff previously led Maryland’s efforts in business services for DLLR and is a former business owner, Navy veteran and past President of the Mid-Shore Realtors.
Business Development Manager
Susan has served as our business development manager since 2013. Combining her experience in customer service, technology and procurement for both a global manufacturer and international relief agency, she forges collaborative relationships between business owners, stakeholders and economic development officials to maximize resources and results for the county.
Eastern Shore Innovation Center Manager
Over the past 30 years, Steve has developed an extensive background in marketing and sales for technology companies. From his days at IBM and interactive media companies to his tenure as a banking executive, this serial entrepreneur has honed a portfolio of skills well suited to help our incubator businesses navigate the unique world of tech start-ups.
Cambridge native Tina Thompson has served Dorchester County as an executive secretary and administrative specialist since 1999. After working with the county council for many years, she joined our team in early 2016. Today, Tina brings her considerable skills in customer relations and organization to help our tenants, visitors, and business customers thrive.
Location: Eastern Shore Innovation Center
Dorchester’s economic development office is located at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the anchor tenant of Dorchester’s Regional Technology Park.
Conveniently situated off of U.S. Route 50 across from the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, the Tech Park is a full-service business enterprise zone with competitively priced building lots.
The state-of-the-art Innovation Center is the county’s flagship business incubator. It contains 13,000 sq. ft. of Class A office suites, co-working space, shared amenities and the Eastern Shore’s only commercial wet lab facility.