The Economic Development Commission (EDC) advises the County Commissioners on all matters concerning economic development throughout Queen Anne’s County. Board members are appointed and represent the county’s diverse industry sectors and geography.

Mission:  The EDC’s mission is to collaborate with all stakeholders to pursue economically and environmentally sustainable balanced growth opportunities for business, tourism, and agriculture.

Vision:  The EDC envisions an economically and demographically vibrant community, full of promise for current and future residents and businesses, yet is uncompromisingly dedicated to the preservation of the environment, heritage and rich culture.

The EDC is the reviewing body for the County’s Revolving Loan Fund Program. This program provides funding for business development, strategic expansion, and commercial vineyard establishment.

The EDC adopted its 10-Year Strategic Plan in January 2015, and a Strategic Action Plan  2017-2022  with 6 Driving Strategies:

  •    Focus on High Potential Economic Activity Sectors
  •    Support Education and Workforce Development
  •    Enhance Infrastructure
  •    Promotion and Public Awareness
  •    Encourage Affordable and Workforce Housing
  •    Enhance Quality of Life

North County Economic Implications Study:    

The EDC, with the support of the Upper Shore Regional Council, engaged Sage Policy Group, Inc. to study the implications of the improvements to US Route 301. The study was completed in October 2018, and can obtained by contacting the Department of Economic and Tourism Development.

Economic Development Commission

Chair:  Heather Bacher, Marketing Executive/Sr. Vice President, Shore United Bank

Vice-Chair: Shelly Gross-Wade, Bay Crossing Consulting

Secretary: Lee Bridgman, University of Maryland Extension-QAC

Treasurer: Ed Beres, Realtor, RE/MAX Executive

Board Members:

  • James Riley, President & CEO, Clean Systems, LLC and Therapy Systems DME
  • Brian DeMoss, Owner, Chesapeake Burial Vaults
  • Jeremy Reynolds, COO, RTI Forensics and RTI Commons
  • Larissa Costello, Co-Founder, Ad Astra Wealth Management
  • Jesse Parks, Senior Vice President, KRM Development
  • Lara Wilson, UMD Shore Regional Health
  • Deayna Ewell, Onyx Salon
  • Jaime Thompson, Owner, Nicholynn Advisors Accounting Firm
  • Todd Wilhoit, President, Chesapeake Investment Planning
  • Patricia Fox, Retired Professional Planner/Program & Project Manager

Jack Wilson and Chris Corchiarino are the County Commissioner Liaisons for Economic and Tourism Development. Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Information.

The Commission meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month, except for July, at 9 a.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center, Barrett Room, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD.

For questions about the EDC please reach out to us.

Economic Development Coordinator
Rebecca Clark
[email protected]