Our “Meet the EDD” blog series regularly profiles 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.
Martin Proulx joined the EDD in 2017 and serves in a newly created role as the department’s Agriculture Business Development Manager. In his role, Martin is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering programs and initiatives to promote and enhance the County's agricultural industries. He is also responsible for establishing and expanding partnerships with key agricultural stakeholders throughout Charles County, and serves as the primary contact for agricultural businesses.
Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): What is your favorite thing about working for the EDD?
Martin Proulx (MP): Learning something new each day. Not only is this a cohesive team that frequently shares knowledge and experience, but we are constantly interacting with organizations and entrepreneurs that teach us a great deal about some very unique and innovative industries.
EDD: Describe Charles County in three words.
MP: Urban. Rural. Unique.
EDD: What was a turning point in your life?
MP: My experiences with farmers markets were a big turning point in my life. It sounds corny, but I never knew that a freshly ripened strawberry was supposed to be sweet and red in the middle. I quickly learned the importance of small business and buying local, and became adamant on using my background and experience to benefit the industry.
EDD: What's the last best dish you cooked?
MP: I don’t have any Italian roots that I know of, but my spaghetti and meatballs recipe is top notch!
EDD: What is the latest book that you read?
MP: I usually pick up a book when I find a new interest or hobby. The last book I read was “How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time.” Although I didn’t get it right the first time, it was a very informative read.
EDD: Who inspires you?
MP: The farmers and entrepreneurs I work with on a regular basis. I admire the passion they have for their business and their dedication to paving their own path. I learn from them every single day.
EDD: What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
MP: Although there are a few skills in the realm of agriculture I hope to learn in the future, I definitely want to learn beekeeping. I think it is a very unique practice that is crucial for the environment, and being able to produce my own honey would certainly be an added bonus. In fact, I plan to take some courses soon to learn more.