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.

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.

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Meredith Mears, Director

Merry-MearsMerry Mears is Director of Worcester County Economic Development, providing leadership for business attraction and retention efforts and executing job creation strategy in the County. 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. In this capacity, she oversaw a $1 million budget for workforce development services in the tri-county region, and was responsible for building and sustaining strategic business alliances to establish high quality relationships in the community. As an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), Ms. Mears is engaged in statewide issues affecting infrastructure, jobs and industry. Ms. Mears holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from Salisbury University.

Kathryn Gordon, Deputy Director

Merry-MearsKathryn Gordon is Deputy Director of Worcester County Economic Development, assisting the Director in business attraction and retention efforts throughout the County. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Development, Ms. Gordon owned and operated several 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’s of Science degree in Business and a Master’s of Science degree in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources from University of Maryland University College.