Worcester County offers a dynamic growth marketplace, with multiple opportunities in retail, professional and health services. Our county offers a superb family-friendly lifestyle, outstanding school system and friendly towns, which when coupled with our low tax rate, enterprise zones and ready access to major metropolitan markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, means we are serious about attracting and retaining your business.

We’d like you to know that Worcester County ranks number one in the state of Maryland for in-state wealth transfer, which packaged with a growing population, means that opportunities abound. Our low tax environment, with the second lowest property tax rate and the lowest piggyback tax rate in Maryland means we are highly competitive as a business location. Our area boasts many attractive business incentives as well, including three enterprise zones in Berlin, Pocomoke City and Snow Hill. Worcester County is defined as a Small Business Administration HUBZone, meaning additional benefits for you and your business if located here.

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Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for county citizens by increasing employment opportunities, expanding the tax base, protecting our environmental assets and creating full-time, family supporting jobs.

For more information, please contact us.


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Meredith Mears, Director

Meredith Mears is director of Worcester County Economic Development, providing leadership for business attraction and retention efforts and executing job creation strategy in the County. In this role, Ms. Mears remains committed to her focus of building and sustaining strategic partnerships to establish and grow local industries and jobs. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Development, Ms. Mears was the workforce division director for the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland where she oversaw a $1 million budget for workforce development services in the tri-county region.

As an active member of the Maryland Economic Association, Ms. Mears is engaged in statewide issues affecting infrastructure, jobs and industry. She is a member of Leadership Maryland, a selected group of Maryland’s best and brightest leaders enlisted to create actionable, positive change in our communities, and she holds seats on several Board of Directors including the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), the MEDA Foundation, Maryland Capital Enterprises, the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County and the Delmarva Water Transport Committee. Ms. Mears is also a Local Advisory Board member and Planning Council member for Wor-Wic Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing from Salisbury University.


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Kathryn Gordon, Deputy Director

Kathryn Gordon is Deputy Director of Worcester County Economic Development, assisting the Director in business attraction and retention efforts through the County. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Foundation, Ms. Gordon owned and operation sever small businesses, encapsulating the very entrepreneurial spirit the department strives to establish within the local community. Ms. Gordon is a member of Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), joining the statewide team in promoting economic growth and community well-being. Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a Master’s of Science degree in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources from University Maryland University College.


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Kathy Shubert, Administrative Assistant

Kathy Shubert is the Administrative Assistance for Worcester County Economic Development, assisting the Director and Deputy Director with their daily operations. Prior to joining WCED, Ms. Shubert serves as executive assistance for a tableware design business. The tableware was manufactured in Limoges, France, where she traveled to meet with clients and vendors in order to establish good business relationships. She planned and coordinated special events and trade shows in cities such as Atlanta, New York, London and Paris. Ms. Shubert also has experiencing managing both retail and wholesale businesses and customer service training. In her current role, she will assist the Director and Deputy with their day to day duties and support them in their efforts to bring economic growth and prosperity to Worcester County.


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Tim Sherman, Business Consultant

Tim Sherman joined the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Eastern Regional at Salisbury University in June 2015; He received his BS in Business Administration and MBA degrees from Salisbury University. Mt. Sherman’s background includes employment in the banking industry, serving as the Business Department Head and Occupational Education Dean at Wor-Wic Community College and Chief Loan Officer for Maryland Capital Enterprises, an alternative business lender. He uses his lending and educational experiences and skills to assist business growth in Worcester County.