Views from Charles

Scary Strokes is Fun Fore All

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Scary Strokes, Doug and LaNeta Roth’s monster-themed family entertainment center, has been in Waldorf for only a couple of years, but it’s already recognized as a beloved haunt—in the best way possible. The 11,000-square-foot ... Read More...

Charles County's Sister City Search

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
They say you can’t pick your family, but Charles County is looking for a sister—a Sister City, that is. The search was initiated partly in response to feedback at the Economic Development Department’s International Trade Seminar in ... Read More...

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 


Why These Young Professionals Chose Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Millennials are a vital part of our workforce and future homeowners in Charles County. There is a good chance they’ll start up small businesses, and they’re one of the key demographics to look at when planning for retail development. ... Read More...

Our Hotel Industry’s Annual Checkup. How Did We Fare?

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Waldorf is home to Charles County’s active hotel market, which includes nine national “flag” properties located along Route 301, one of the busiest U.S. highways along the Atlantic seaboard. Our hotel industry holds a distinct ... Read More...

Demolition Starts Today, Makes Room for Progress

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The building at the intersection of Route 301 and St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf is often overlooked by passersby. A wall of trees along southbound 301 limits the view of the structure from the tens of thousands of cars that go by every day, ... Read More...

Steamed Crabs and Sizzling Summer Fun in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, July 8, 2019
Maryland is a lot crabbier this year—and that’s a good thing. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the state’s blue crab population soared by 60% this year. Whether you’re a connoisseur of Maryland’s ... Read More...

Honey Finds Its Sweet Spot

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 24, 2019

Honey is sweet and shelf-stable, but its capabilities extend far beyond taste and time. This humble pantry staple harks back to 2,400 B.C., during the early days of beekeeping in Cairo, when Ancient Egyptians used honey as a sweetener and medicine for a variety of ailments. Local honey made with the pollens of Southern Maryland plants provides the same benefits to Charles County residents today.


Automated Graphic Systems: Using Data and Technology to Deliver Highly Personalized Communications

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, June 10, 2019
Automated Graphic Systems (AGS) of White Plains is the largest printer in Charles County, but they’re not your traditional commercial print company. Data is their specialty, and using that combined with cutting-edge technology, they ... Read More...

Cynthia Ann Serves Up Gourmet Desserts at the La Plata Farmers Market

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Gourmet cookies with Belgian chocolate, soft biscotti, mixed berry crumb tarts, roasted granola—these are only a sampling of the sweet treats sold by Chef Cynthia Ann and her mother, Marilyn, at the La Plata Farmers Market. Cynthia has spent ... Read More...

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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...

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