Economic Development Commission
The Economic Development Commission’s members serve 3-year terms.
|Names||Date Appointed||Term Expiration|
|Hazen Arnold||January 1, 2020||December 31, 2022|
|Heather Bacher||January 1, 2020||December 31, 2022|
|Edward Beres||January 1, 2019||December 31, 2024|
|Lee Schnappinger Bridgman||January 1, 2020||December 31, 2022|
|Jonathan Cook||January 1, 2020||December 31, 2022|
|Larissa Costello||March 9, 2021||December 31, 2023|
|Brian DeMoss||January 1, 2019||December 31, 2024|
|Deayna Ewell||January 1, 2022||December 31, 2024|
|Shelly M. Gross-Wade||January 1, 2022||December 31, 2024|
|Jesse Parks||January 9, 2018||December 31, 2024|
|James Reilly||March 9, 2021||December 31, 2023|
|Jeremy Reynolds||January 1, 2019||December 31, 2024|
|Jaime Thompson||January 1, 2022||December 31, 2024|
|Shawna Truitt||March 9, 2021||December 31, 2023|
|Lara Wilson||January 1, 2022||December 31, 2024|
- 4th Wednesday of Every Month at 9 a.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center
- December meeting will be held on the 19th, due to the holiday
The Economic Development Commission meets the 4th Wednesday of every month. For times and locations of meetings, call the Economic Development and Tourism Office at 410-604-2100.
The Economic Development Commission was established by Resolution in April 1982 and again by Resolution 94-04 of February 8, 1994. The purpose of the commission is to develop a vibrant economy with the necessary human and business resources to provide the highest quality of life for all residents, while preserving the County’s distinctive cultural and environmental heritage.
They investigate and assemble information pertaining to economic resources, industrial sites and opportunities and disseminate this information by publication, advertising or other means. They periodically survey the over-all condition of the County from the standpoint of determining whether the County has a community climate and furnishes such services and facilities as are conducive to industrial and economic expansion and makes recommendations to the Department Planning and Zoning regarding the development of commercial projects.
The Economic Development Board of Directors oversees a small fund that was established through the solicitation of private funds in the mid-1980’s. Over the years these funds have been used for a variety of economic development initiatives. On July 21, 2006, the BOD directed that these privately raised funds be placed under the 501c(3) control of the Foundation for Community Partnerships. The foundation operates as an umbrella 501c(3) organization for the BOD.