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Farmers Markets in Focus: What Is in Season

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Food activist Alice Waters famously said, “Good food should be a right, not a privilege.” When she uttered these words decades ago, farm-to-table eating was largely reserved for foodies, not for working families on the move. In recent ... Read More...

The U.S. Army Reserve Training Center: Making Reservists Combat-Ready

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The camera angles are tight, the action is compelling, and the 30-second rock and roll instrumental pulls no punches. If the latest U.S. Army Reserve ad is any indication, the Army is primed for battle. Their tagline, “The Army is Ready to Fight,” exudes adrenaline and aptitude. The White Plains-based U.S. Army Reserve Training Center, now open, will help reservists keep their A-games strong.

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New Major Medical Facility Coming To Serve Our Community

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The guest speaker at our April Business Roundtable came to the U.S. in 1967 from a small village in India, and his family has since transformed healthcare in Southern Maryland. Dr. Vinod Shah co-founded Shah Associates along with his wife, Dr. Ila ... Read More...

Meet the EDD: Daniella Djiogan

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Our “Meet the EDD” blog series 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.

 

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Farmers Markets: The Bounty Within Our County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Contrary to the industrial-size bags of rock salt stacked in your garage, spring is on the horizon! While spring might feel like a distant fantasy, producers at our farmers’ markets have been prepping for the season all year long.

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Charles County to the World: Business Opportunities Abroad

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, March 21, 2019

The focus of our first International Trade Seminar on March 14 was on business opportunities in Africa—a growing and diverse part of the world economy that has too many possibilities to ignore. Entrepreneurs and business experts who are already doing business in Africa and elsewhere shared from their experience and gave Charles County businesses a glimpse of what is involved.

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Charles County Channels Celtic Pride

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

While Charles County is thousands of miles from the Emerald Isle, our festivity during the season of St. Patrick is Celtic in spirit. In the 1600s, Maryland became a safe haven for Irish families seeking freedom from persecution for their Catholic beliefs. In the centuries following, reverence for (and revelry in) all things Irish made St. Patrick’s Day an adopted American holiday, regardless of cultural backgrounds.

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CEO Praises Locally-Grown Labor in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Scott Nash, CEO of MOM’s Organic Market, opened his Charles County store on an “inkling” that it was the right location. After the Waldorf store opened in 2012, that “inkling” grew into serious income for the family-owned chain, which deems the Charles County location one of their top producers in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Charles County Business Supports the Business Side of Medical Practices

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Interests in medicine and number crunching lead one Charles County entrepreneur to combine her two passions, along with a healthy dose of tenacity and hard work, to create a successful medical billing business. Joyce Kingsbury, owner of Patient ... Read More...

Exports Expand Opportunities: The New African Marketplace Energizes American Businesses

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

“Ubuntu” is an African word emphasizing connectedness between people of the world. A philosophy embraced by Nelson Mandela, it stresses actions benefiting the greater good. America and Africa’s growing trade relationship is an excellent example of “ubuntu.” Imports from Africa and exports from America boost both economies in powerful ways. In 2017, the US had a $39 billion two-way goods trade with Sub-Saharan Africa — and revenues for both economies are on the rise.

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Roundtable Review: Charles County Open for Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, January 28, 2019
Charles County is open for business! That was the message sent loud and clear at the Economic Development Department’s (EDD’s) Quarterly Business Roundtable on January 24. We were thrilled to have 82 attendees representing local ... Read More...

Nonprofits Are Businesses, Too

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, January 18, 2019
The Nonprofit Institute at CSM is Southern Maryland’s comprehensive resource for nonprofit organizations, offering programming and consultation to enhance their effectiveness and achieve success in fulfilling their missions. In our latest ... Read More...

One Charles County in 2019

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins, in his speech at his Oath of Office, said, “I believe we can balance our County’s beauty and natural resources with improved infrastructure while growing our economy and attracting ... Read More...

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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Views from Charles

Farmers Markets in Focus: What Is in Season

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Food activist Alice Waters famously said, “Good food should be a right, not a privilege.” When she uttered these words decades ago, farm-to-table eating was largely reserved for foodies, ...

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