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New Deputy Director Announced
The Worcester County Commissioners announced the promotion of Kathryn Gordon to the position of Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) deputy director. She stepped into her role on February 27, 2017. Gordon joined the Worcester County Government team in 2013 where she worked in County Administration while completing her education. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Phoenix University and a Master of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from University of Maryland University College. Director Merry Mears states “Kathryn’s unique combination of business ownership experience and human resources education will serve WCED, as we prioritize the expansion of workforce development resources in our County.” Gordon brings nearly a decade of business management and ownership experience to her new position. In addition to her professional accomplishment, she is active in school and community fundraising events.
Incubator Office Space Available
The Worcester County Small Business & Technology Incubator located in the Pocomoke City Industrial Park has office space available for emerging companies displaying the potential to create quality job opportunities. Four individual offices are available, and tenancy includes business mentoring from a seasoned entrepreneur, a shared work area, conference room, free WIFI, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and 24/7 building access. The Incubator is certified as an official incubator by the Maryland Business Incubator Association (MBIA) and the Technology Development Corporation (TEDCo). Worcester County’s Incubator is operated in partnership with Audey LLC, owned by local business leader David Landsberger, and is designed to accelerate job growth and the success of companies in the start-up or early stages of development. For further information, visit www.chooseworcester.org or contact Merry Mears at 410-632-3112.
Hogan signs More Jobs Act of 2017, includes tax relief
Original story by Brian Gilliland, OC Today
(April 14, 2017) Gov. Larry Hogan signed the More Jobs for Marylanders Act of 2017 on Tuesday, which offers tax credits for specified manufacturing businesses if they increase employment and offer job training.
The bill also establishes tax credits for businesses that employ an eligible apprentice, scholarships for students in a job skills program at community college, requires vocational goals to be set for high school students and requires the state to track the apprenticeship programs.
“The More Jobs for Marylanders Act of 2017 is an incredible piece of legislation that targets the manufacturing industry with an offering of state level tax credits,” Merry Mears, county director of economic development said. “This legislation encourages job growth in our county, and it’s entirely possible that we may see a resurgence of the manufacturing industry here.”
Mears Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2017
Leadership Maryland recently announced Worcester County Economic Development’s Director Meredith M. “Merry” Mears is one of the 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class- Class of 2017. Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. During the eight-month program, Mears will participate in hands-on learning focusing on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The President and Chief Executive Officer for Leadership Maryland, Renee Winsky, states the 52 selected participants “represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.” Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Their desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and their personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state make them the ideal Leadership Maryland member.
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Step Up & Reach for the Stars STEM Summer Program Students Recognized
Worcester County Economic Development and several elected officials were present at the Performing Arts Center in Ocean City on July 28th to recognize 58 Worcester County students who took part in the Step Up and Reach for the Stars STEM summer program. Students participating in the program did so through a summer camp, leadership development cohort or an internship opportunity with local businesses. Sincere thanks go out to area businesses that provided STEM internship opportunities to our students: OceanCity.com; Studio Codeworks; Hardwire LLC; Full City Media; Maryland Coastal Bays; Atlantic General Hospital Emergency Room, Radiology, Neurology and Townsend Medical Center; and West Ocean City Injury and Illness Center.
“This program offers our youth an invaluable opportunity to connect with local businesses as their future workforce. Employers are given this time to recognize and groom local talent and, students receive hands-on experience within organizations they wouldn’t have access to otherwise” stated Merry Mears, Director of Worcester County Economic Development.
Governor Larry Hogan commended the students in a personal letter during the ceremony.
“Maryland is home to the best medical facilities in the country, a quickly growing biotech industry, the NSA in Fort Meade, and other highly skilled federal jobs tied to our close proximity to Washington, D.C.,” Governor Hogan said. “Your completion of this summer program…sets you on a path to achieve success both now and in the future.”
“The STEM summer programs are a true continuum, meaning that we are reaching students at three distinct stages of their academic lives to provide a series of experiences that build on one another, first as middle school students exploring their interests, high school students emerging as leaders and finally university students preparing to enter the workforce,” Program Facilitator Fawn Mete said.
Ribbon Cutting at Chesapeake Martial Arts Studio
On Saturday, August 20th, Chesapeake Martial Arts owners, Jim and Kim Heaney, held a very well attended ribbon cutting while welcoming the crowd to their new location in Ocean Pines. The Heaney’s have officially doubled their workforce, and the 12,000 square foot Pines Plaza address will allow them to expand program offerings. The larger location will feature a dedicated wrestling room, and it will be the headquarters for Berlin High School’s wrestling team.