DCED Director Voted Association President

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) Director Keasha Haythe, CEcD, was elected President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) on Monday April 27, 2015, at the organization’s 54th annual conference held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge.  Haythe, a 13-year industry veteran, certified economic development professional, and MEDA board member since 2009, takes on a key board position. “I am honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers in the economic development profession to serve as president of this outstanding organization,” Haythe said of her selection, adding, “I look forward to working with my colleagues in business, industry, and government to promote policies and programs that strengthen our state’s business climate.” Haythe was appointed director of DCED in June 2008.  In the past seven years, she has pursued an aggressive agenda designed to capitalize on Dorchester County’s core economic assets and develop collaborative partnerships to support high-level initiatives such as the Dorchester Regional Technology Park and the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) incubator.  During Haythe’s tenure, Dorchester County has completed Phase I of the technology park and announced Phase II of the park, which includes the construction of the ESIC facility. “The MEDA Board of Directors are …

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Haythe Named in Maryland’s Top 100

Congratulations to Keasha Haythe, director of Dorchester County Economic Development, and Nicole Robertson-Van Schaik, president of The Robertson Group, for winning spots in The Daily Record’s 2015 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Haythe was awarded 40 Under 40 in 2012, and Robertson-Van Schaik was a recipient of the 2014 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award. Dorchester County Economic Development Business Development Manager Susan Banks said, “The recognition is a tremendous honor and adds to the growing professional buzz the county is experiencing. Their talent, hard work and leadership has not gone unnoticed.” “This year’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women are extraordinary. They go above and beyond in everything they do. They lead companies, create change, break barriers, chart new territory and make a difference at home, at work and in their communities,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They inspire those around them to be the best they can be. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them.” “I am excited Nicole and I are being honored together. Nicole is amazing and I am glad she has a business in Dorchester County. It is truly a humbling experience to be recognized,” said Haythe. Haythe and Robertson-Van Schaik were chosen from …

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Dorchester Unveils 2014 Marketing Campaign

On Tuesday, January 14, Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe unveiled the county’s 2014 business marketing campaign before the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The ad campaign is the latest installment of “water moves us,” the economic branding program Haythe introduced last fall to elected and community leaders. The inaugural advertisements profile Dorchester’s business strengths and opportunities. Highlighting specific industries and showcasing successful people, the campaign features bold photography, memorable copy and compelling stories. The seven campaign profiles illustrate how Dorchester’s identity reflects the landscape, culture and the character of the people who live, work and visit. The industries and companies featured in the 2014 campaign are: Agriculture (Layton’s Chance Winery); Aquaculture (Chesapeake Gold); Arts and Creative Class (Dorchester Center for the Arts); Manufacturing (GKD); Restaurants/Retail (Realerevival Brewing); Small Business (TNT Moving & Cleaning); and Tourism (Harriet Tubman State Park). “Water moves us” captures the heritage, identity and economic opportunities unique to our county,” Haythe said, “we plan to add new profiles each year to continue to tell our stories of industrious and innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders.” The 2014 campaign will be featured on Dorchester County’s website, in social media, on banners, brochures, print and digital advertisements as well …

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Cambridge Rotoscope – Economic Breakthrough

Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Rotary Club’s January 16’s luncheon.  Haythe spoke about the departments efforts to facilitate economic breakthroughs for Dorchester County.  The new marketing brand “water moves us” initiative, the Eastern Shore Innovations Center being the first full-service business incubator, and the Dorchester Regional Technology Park plans were discussed. Read the full Rotoscope article here:  Rotoscope 01-2014 PDF

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Inaugural Awards Banquet Salutes Small Businesses

More than 100 people gathered at Suicide Bridge Restaurant on Monday, December 9 for the 2013 Inaugural Dorchester County Small Business Awards. Thousands of sparkling lights transformed the Christmas-festooned glass-walled event space into a winter wonderland for the first-time awards. Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe welcomed the guests and recognized the County Council and awards committee for their commitment to small businesses. Following an invocation from Grace United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Blake, guests enjoyed a buffet before settling in for the awards ceremony. Event committee member Pat Wielgosz served as emcee and recognized by name every one of the nominated businesses. He then presented the evening’s first award (1-25 Employees) to Steve Disharoon, owner of The Drug Store in Hurlock. Joining Disharoon at the podium was Senator Richard Colburn and Delegate Addie Eckardt. Senator Colburn presented resolutions from the Maryland State Senate while Delegate Addie Eckardt presented Maryland General Assembly citations with Delegates Eckardt and Haddaway-Riccio as Sponsors to each award winner. After reading from the nomination crediting the second recipient with transforming downtown into a dining destination, David DeLuca presented the second award (26-50 Employees) to Cambridge Eateries. Co-owners Jamie and Brett Summers and Chef Patrick Fanning …

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