Commissioners Announce New Economic Development Director

The Worcester County Commissioners announce the appointment of Merry Mears as the new Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) director. She stepped into her new role October 21, 2015.

Mears brings 15 years of economic and workforce development experience to this new assignment. She joined WCED as the deputy director in 2012. Prior to joining WCED, Mears served in several leadership positions, including director of the Workforce Development Division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore. While there, she oversaw the development and implementation of regional Workforce Investment Act funded programs. She graduated from Salisbury University in 2001, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Marketing.

Mears is an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and is engaged in statewide issues affecting infrastructure, jobs and industry.

“I’m honored to serve in this capacity, and to continue working with the County Commissioners to attract and retain businesses while facilitating innovation and job growth in our community,” Mears said. “I remain focused on building and sustaining these types of strategic partnerships to establish and grow local industries and jobs.”

Mears is currently completing the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program through the International Economic Development Council.

For more information, contact Kim Moses, public information officer, at (410) 632-1194.