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Learning Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship Through Doing

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 10, 2018
This is a guest blog by Dr. John Short, College of Southern Maryland. Cultivating economic growth in Charles County requires, among other things, helping those with an entrepreneurial bent develop their talents and put them to work in the creation ... Read More...

10 Charles County Experiences to Put Under the Tree

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Shopping local this season has a lot of benefits. It supports our small businesses, keeps money in the county, and builds community. But, what about those people on your list who have everything? Here are some ideas for Charles County experiences to ... Read More...

Pediatric Dentist Treats Kids from New White Plains Building

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Pediatric Dentist Dr. Joseph Brannon, known as “Dr. Joe,” serves some of Charles County’s youngest residents from his new office in White Plains. We say “new” because his office, Kids By the Bay Dental, just opened in ... Read More...

We’re Thankful for Charles County Business Resource Partners

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
It’s that time of year to remember what we’re thankful for, and at the Economic Development Department (EDD), we’re especially thankful for the business resource partners we work with to help Charles County businesses succeed and ... Read More...

Charles County’s “Untapped” Craft Beverage Market Will Benefit from New Legislation

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, November 15, 2018
The craft beverage industry is growing in the State of Maryland, and the Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) in collaboration with Planning and Growth Management recently proposed a zoning amendment, passed by our Board of ... Read More...

Solutions for Hire: Employers’ Workforce Strategies

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Charles County is home to a well-educated, experienced workforce. We have the data to prove it, thanks to a study done by the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University that will be presented at the Fall Meeting. When study ... Read More...

Workforce Development: Growing Our Local Talent

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, October 15, 2018
Building a strong labor force is critical in many aspects of economic development, and by providing quality education and training in Charles County, we’re creating a skilled workforce to meet the demands of today and the future. Charles ... Read More...

EDD Creates Task Force for Business Retention & Expansion

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 27, 2018
A critical component of our Charles County Economic Development 5-year strategic plan is to help our existing businesses grow and expand. After all, research suggests that up to 86 percent of economic growth is spurred by existing businesses. Our ... Read More...

Cannabis as Medicine? A New Frontier in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
It’s been more than four years since the state legislature voted to legalize medical cannabis, and growers, processors, and dispensers are beginning to open throughout Maryland. Charles County is home to three medical cannabis dispensaries and ... Read More...

Charles County’s Three Opportunity Zones to Encourage Investment

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, August 16, 2018
In June 2018, Charles County was awarded Opportunity Zones designations for three census tracts: The Town of Indian Head; An area west of U.S. 301 in Waldorf – the southbound side – from the county line to Berry Road, encompassing the ... Read More...

Workforce Discussion Planned for 2018 Economic Development Fall Meeting

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, August 6, 2018
We’re already planning for our 2018 Economic Development Fall Meeting on October 30, but the topic is one that came up in every panel discussion at our 2017 event. Even before the 2017 Fall Meeting adjourned, we knew what our topic would be ... Read More...

How Charles County Companies Can Apply for a Maryland Business License

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Applying for a Maryland Business License is the first and most important step any entrepreneur or business owner takes to launch a new company. Although it might seem daunting at first, we’ve covered the “what you need to know” ... Read More...

Looking Local: Awards and Apparel Provider Serves Needs of Charles County and DC Metro Area

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 11, 2018
When a young Brian Keesee decided in 1996 to open a Crown Trophy franchise, he was fresh out of the Air Force and thought it would be easy. After three years of long hours and eating cheap frozen dinners, he says he realized his error in judgment. ... Read More...

EDD Participates in Major Retail Convention

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
A group of us from the EDD represented Charles County at the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) RECon on May 20-23 in Las Vegas. “We’re working with developers, property owners, brokers and consultants in Charles County ... Read More...

Meet the EDD: Darréll A. Brown, Esq.

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, May 21, 2018

We sat down recently with Darréll Brown,  the EDD director, to learn more about him as a person and the kinds of things he enjoys both on and off the job.

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Charles County Leads in Public Education; Paves Way for Future Talent

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, May 4, 2018

Did you know that Charles County has the third highest public school graduation rate in Maryland?

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Charles County Kicks Off 2018 Farmers’ Market Season

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, April 27, 2018

Charles County’s farmers’ markets are back for the 2018 season!

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Safeway Goes. What Comes Next?

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, April 23, 2018
The recent announcement that Safeway will close their store in Bryans Road came as a surprise – a very bad surprise, to be sure. There was no hint or warning, just some social media buzz over the weekend that we – the economic ... Read More...

Commercial Real Estate in Southern Maryland

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Located about 20 miles from Washington, DC, Charles County touts some of the best commercial real estate in Maryland.

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Nammo Energetics Indian Head – A Long Time in the Making

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
After several years of behind-the-scenes activity, one of the largest economic development projects in recent county history went public in January of last year when Nammo Energetics Indian Head and an official from the naval facility at Indian Head ... Read More...

Charles County Native Builds Success as Tech Entrepreneur

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Brian Seeling, co-owner of Peerless Tech Solutions in La Plata, has always wanted to own his own business. “I was always trying to find ways to be an entrepreneur,” he says. “I wanted to find anything where I was successful and ... Read More...

Meet the EDD: Martin Proulx

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, March 9, 2018

Our “Meet the EDD” blog series regularly profile a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff that are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County.

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Looking Local: How ATP2 Benefits from Being Close to the Capital

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Paul Peynado, executive vice president and CFO of All Technically Proficient Professionals LLC (ATP2), to learn more about ATP2's cost-effective solutions for businesses and government organizations.

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EDD Director’s Views: Growing and Nurturing Our Existing Companies

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, February 15, 2018

While business attraction is certainly a component of the work we do, the EDD also places high priority on growing companies that are already in Charles County and doing as much as we can to help them succeed.

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The Charles County Difference: 3 Things About Our Quality of Life

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, February 8, 2018
The Indian Head Rail Trail, a scenic 13-mile bike trail built along an abandoned railroad corridor, traverses almost halfway across the county. The James E. Richmond Science Center at St. Charles High School includes a NOAA Science on a ... Read More...

Looking Local: Finding the Right Fit for Doctor Offices

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Owner Basile Aziagbe and wife/Managing Director, Dominika M. Plesiak In a specialized industry like healthcare, having the technical skills to do the job is important, but according to Basile Aziagbe of Reliant Healthcare Solutions, ... Read More...

Looking Local: Sagepoint Senior Living Services Grows Stronger With Age

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, December 29, 2017

For our latest edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Kelsey Pearson, director of marketing at Sagepoint Senior Living Services. 

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EDD Director’s Views: 2017 Year in Review

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

As we reflect on 2017 and all that we have achieved as a county and department, collaboration is the common thread among all of Charles County’s economic development accomplishments.

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Spotlight on Two Economic Development Partners

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
We just celebrated our Fall Meeting, and we are grateful to our generous sponsors who helped make the meeting a success. The Fall Meeting was sponsored by 19 local businesses and they all make significant contributions to our community in just about ... Read More...

6 Reasons to Shop Charles County This Season

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, December 1, 2017
Infographic courtesy of article, "Small Business Saturday Statistics" on grasshopper.com. Online shopping can sound very attractive when considering getting out in the cold and battling holiday traffic on Waldorf’s Route 301. But, this ... Read More...

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Views from Charles

Learning Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship Through Doing

Published: Monday, December 10, 2018
This is a guest blog by Dr. John Short, College of Southern Maryland. Cultivating economic growth in Charles County requires, among other things, helping those with an entrepreneurial bent develop ...

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