In recognition of President’s Day, we interviewed one of our favorite leaders, the Economic Development Advisory Board’s Chair, Anne M. Hooper. Ms. Hooper is the Realtor/Manager of Hooper & Associates, a real estate business headquartered in Waldorf, and she was voted in as the new Chair just last month.
Our advisory board was created in 2016 by the Board of County Commissioners for the purpose of advising the EDD Director and sharing ideas, solutions, and creative approaches to business and economic development and related issues facing Charles County. Its 12 members are appointed based on private sector experience and/or expertise in certain areas.
Here’s what our new EDAB Chair had to say:
EDD: Why did you join the EDD’s Advisory Board?
AH: I joined the EDD’s Advisory Board in hopes of making a positive impact on the future of Charles County with continued positive economic growth and development while preserving the County’s treasured environmental features.
EDD: What do you hope to do as Chair?
AH: The EDD’s Advisory Board members, under my lead, have pledged to be more visible and active advocates for Charles County within the local business community. We have also pledged to strengthen the relationship between EDD and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce with the guidance of Bonnie Grady, new President & CEO of the Chamber, and Darréll Brown, EDD Director.
EDD: Tell us about your business.
AH: Hooper & Associates is a family-owned, full-service real estate firm that specializes in commercial and residential appraising, sales, leasing, and property management.
EDD: What is your business’s history in Charles County?
AH: Hooper & Associates was founded by James “Jim” Hooper in 1989. The headquarters has and continues to be located in Charles County.
EDD: What is your favorite part about working in Charles County?
AH: My favorite part of working in Charles County is the diverse community and endless opportunities available to entrepreneurs.
EDD: What do you feel are the main advantages of doing business in the County?
AH: I find the two main advantages of doing business in Charles County are the proximity to Washington, DC and the education incubators for workforce development, such as the College of Southern Maryland.
EDD: What would you tell someone looking to open a business in Charles County?
AH: Just as Maryland is “Open for Business,” according to Governor Larry Hogan, so is Charles County. Charles County and the State of Maryland have a number of business resources available that can assist an individual or business in making their vision of opening within the County a reality.