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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Water Moves Us to Paint Perfect Pictures

Arts advocate Mickey Love believes the county’s unsurpassed natural beauty and growing creative class inspires and nurtures artists in ways few places can. As Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), Love has been a driving force overseeing the expansion and relocation of this popular attraction. Along with galleries, performance venues, special events and public art, the DCA is an anchor tenant in Cambridge’s Arts & Entertainment District. Love is fond of saying; you can’t “throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting the arts.” She points to the caboose next to the train station that houses Powell Realtors, now a canvas for renowned Church Creek muralist Michael Rosato. The latest public art project beautifully illustrates her point, as Chesapeake’s iconic landscape comes to life on Cambridge Creek. Visit the DCA, and discover how water can move you to paint a masterpiece.

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Michener Murals Paint County History

Visitors crossing Cambridge Creek on Maryland Avenue will now be welcomed to town by two magnificent murals created by local artist Michael Rosato. Commissioned in honor of James Michener’s Chesapeake, the second of four public art installations planned for Dorchester entitled “The Watermen,” was unveiled December 6 at the J.M. Clayton Company. “Dorchester’s rich history, unique Chesapeake culture and expansive landscapes are known by people around the world thanks in part to Michener’s seminal work,” said County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker. “These inspiring works of art help tell our many stories to visitors and residents.” Fenstermaker and Rosato were joined by community leaders to officially unveil the 25’ wide by 15’ high mural depicting a great blue heron with a soft crab in its beak over an underwater scene of the Chesapeake teeming with marine life. Fenstermaker believes the murals’ Chesapeake landscapes inspire visitors and promote further exploration. Her office has two more Chesapeake Country corridor artworks planned in 2014 for Church Creek and East New Market. The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway weaves together the multifaceted layers of nationally significant maritime and agricultural heritage to reflect the distinct sense of time and place Michener captured in his novel Chesapeake. The …

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Gootee’s Marine Goes the Distance for Dorchester Anglers

County business one of Delmarva’s largest boat dealers When Phillip Gootee opened his boat dealership in the 1950’s to serve the waterman who plied their trade on the waters in and around Dorchester, he hoped to help fisherman like himself secure the equipment, supplies, and services they needed to make a living. Little could he imagine half a century later, Gootee would become synonymous with Chesapeake Bay fishing and one of the largest boat dealer in the mid-Atlantic. Serving professional and recreational anglers alike, and still owned and operated by the Gootee family, the flagship sales and service center is located in Church Creek. As their motto – Fishing Boats from Fishing Folks – indicates, Gootee specializes in fishing boats, motors and trailer packages. According to Sales Manager – and third generation family member – Nick Gootee, who’s ‘worked here since before I was paid,’ the company sold approximately 100 new boats in 2012. “Some of our most popular boats are Maycraft, G-3, and Sailfish.” The company employs 12 people in all of their divisions, including a charter fishing operation run by third generation family member Phillip Gootee from mid-April through November. Open year-round, this ‘seasonal’ business is just as busy …

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