In addition to Tax Credits and Incentives, Financing Programs, and State Incentives, other areas of assistance and programs include:

Project Expedite

The Charles County EDD may approve project expediting to help speed up the development approval process for qualifying businesses and projects restricted to commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects only. To qualify, the project must achieve EITHER (a) minimum job creation requirements OR (b) minimum capital investment requirements.

(a) Job creation criteria: Minimum of 10 full-time jobs must be created by project AND minimum average annual salary of 10 full-time jobs must be greater than the most recent annual Charles County median wage.

(b) Minimum capital investment criteria: projected amount of capital expenditure of the project must be at least $1,000,000.00.

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Fee and Permit Waivers

While the County does not generally waive permit fees since most of these are paid to special or enterprise funds, waivers are permitted under special circumstances.

Workforce Training and Retraining

Based on eligibility, the County may provide a number of workforce training support solutions including:

  • Customized Training Jobs Investment: Cash reimbursement for retraining employees of both new and existing companies. Usually requires threshold of minimum number of new jobs and investment.
  • Small Businesses and New Jobs Retraining: Jobs must integrate new technology.

ED Incentive Opportunity Fund

Forgivable loans for flexible use such as job training, infrastructure, land purchase, and relocation. Usually depends on number of jobs and level of investment.

Views from Charles

Charles County’s Three Opportunity Zones to Encourage Investment

Published: 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 ...

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Lucretia Freeman-Buster
Chief of Business Development

Charles County EDD
10665 Stanhaven Place

Suite 206

White Plains, MD 20695

Phone: 301-885-1344


“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization