Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development celebrated Economic Development Week in Maryland from October 23rd through the 27th with a week of engaging initiatives honoring the unique role that economic development plays in creating vibrant communities. The event recognized economic development’s contribution to the business climate, job retention and growth rates, the tax base, and the overall quality of life in Queen Anne’s County by focusing on four strategic pillars: economic development, tourism development, workforce development, and community development.
Monday & Friday: Economic Development
On Monday and Friday, the Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development team visited 16 businesses that represented a variety of industries to answer questions, provide resources, and most importantly to thank them for choosing Queen Anne’s to locate, relocate or expand their business. Queen Anne’s County ranks in the top 13% of all counties in the U.S. in business industry diversity.
Tuesday: Tourism Development
On Tuesday, QACETD highlighted how Queen Anne’s County’s vibrant tourism industry is a primary source of economic growth and development. Tourism creates jobs, strengthens the local economy, and contributes to local infrastructure development.
Wednesday: Protecting Maryland Agriculture Forum
On Wednesday, Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development hosted Protecting Maryland Agriculture: Smart Farming Challenges and Solutions, a forum that brought together industry leaders from agriculture, cybersecurity, government, tech, and education to discuss the smart farming technologies used in food production with their associated cybersecurity risks and challenges. Attendees learned about resources and solutions available to protect our food supply pipeline in Maryland and beyond. Funded by TEDCO and Upper Shore Regional Council, facilitated by Shelly Gross-Wade of Bay Crossing Consulting, and organized by Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development, this hybrid workshop welcomed over 60 ag entrepreneurs, cyber and tech experts, government representatives and economic developers that discussed the do’s and don’ts of staying secure in today’s increasingly technological agricultural environment.
Thursday: Youth Workforce Development
On Thursday, the focus was on highlighting Queen Anne’s County’s youth workforce development. Businesses need access to a highly skilled workforce in order to grow, expand and succeed. Connie Dean, Career Technology Liason for the QAC, builds and enhances partnerships between schools and local businesses, with the goal of providing career awareness for all students, promoting both Careers in the trades and Technology Education (CTE), and creating a stronger pipeline of skilled and prepared workers for our local businesses. Queen Anne’s County continues to be seen as a leader on the Eastern Shore in youth workforce development.
“In Queen Anne’s County, it seems like every week is Economic Development Week as our team of professionals are working every day to support the County’s businesses striving to achieve our mission of becoming a valued partner and respected resource for our local employers, entrepreneurs and business owners,” says Heather Tinelli, Director of Economic & Tourism Development. “This past week was an exciting opportunity to visit with a diverse group of businesses from all parts of the county and learn about their needs, successes and future expansion plans. Queen Anne’s County is where Shore Ventures Begin.”
For more information on starting, growing or relocating your business to Queen Annes’s County, please contact Rebecca Clark, Economic Development Coordinator, at [email protected].