Quality of Life
Queen Anne's County is located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers a scenic rural environment strategically located within the Washington-Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Cultural and educational resources are easily accessible. Queen Anne's County is situated within 1 to 2 hours drive of:
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Washington, D.C.
- Wilmington, Delaware
Excellent Location & Amenities
There are 2 U.S. highways in the County connecting with major interstate arteries so that approximately 1/3 of the U.S. population can be reached via overnight trucking.
Airfreight and passenger service is available primarily through nearby Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Locally operated Bay Bridge Airport offers a pilot controlled lighted runway, weather information and fueling 24 hours a day for light aircraft.
Outstanding, Skilled Workforce
Queen Anne's County is part of a region that enjoys one of the highest populations of scientists and engineers in the United States. Highly qualified professional, managerial, technical, and clerical residents are ready to help you in positions in research, technology, science, construction, communications and manufacturing.
Unparalleled Education Opportunities
Local Public schools are highly regarded and sought after and rank in the top 15% of all county systems statewide. Chesapeake College in Wye Mills is a regional 2-year community college, which also offers 4-year degree course work.
Excellent Transportation Infrastructure
- U.S. Route 50/301 provides easy access to ground transportation. Route 97 interstate is 15 miles away.
- The County-owned Bay Bridge Airport is located on Kent Island in Stevensville and provides a unique asset to businesses.
- The Maryland/Delaware Railroad services Queen Anne's County from Kent County, MD to Centreville, Maryland.
Maryland offers an outstanding transportation infrastructure, including highway, air and port resources. The state has one of the best-maintained highway systems in the country, including heavily traveled routes such as Interstates 95, 97, 81, and 68.
BWI Airport is one of the fastest-growing flight centers in the country, accommodating over 1/3 of the passenger traffic in the Washington-Baltimore metro area, and surpassing Reagan National as the most popular airport among local travelers. Adding to its convenience, the airport also provides light rail, commuter, and Amtrak train service on the airport grounds. BWI is in the midst of an aggressive expansion plan to keep pace with the booming activity of recent years and to position itself as the dominant airport in the region.
Port of Baltimore
The Port of Baltimore is less than 1 hour away, very convenient for businesses who require the port for the shipping and receiving of goods.
Reasonable Business Costs
No inventory tax for Business Personal Property. The state has no corporate franchise tax or gross receipts tax on manufacturers. Queen Anne's County has no tax on:
- Sales for resale
- Manufacturer's purchase of raw materials
- Manufacturing machinery and equipment
- Purchases of materials and equipment used in research and development and testing of finished products
- Purchases of computer programs for reproduction or incorporation into another computer program for resale
Queen Anne's County's property tax rate is $0.77 per $100 of assessed value and is consistently 1 of the 10 lowest in the state. Queen Anne's County offers a non-residential (commercial) property tax credit for businesses that make significant real property improvements (e.g. construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or expansion of a non-residential structure), and creates 12 new additional full-time employees.
Programs & Credits
Queen Anne's County offers participation in its Revolving Loan Fund Program for eligible businesses.
Major Tax Credits are available from the state to businesses based on job creation, research and development activities, et cetera. Additional information can found on the state's website.
Commitment to Nurture Existing Business
Queen Anne's County has a listing of available business sites and space. Flex space is available at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park. Land is available for purchase and/or lease.
Customized incentive packages are available to assist businesses in relocation or expansion efforts.