The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recently announced the appointment of Paige Tilghman as the director of the Office of Economic Development. Tilghman’s primary responsibilities will be to manage the business retention, expansion and attraction activities for the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners under the direction of County Administrator Gregg Todd.
Tilghman will join the county in supporting business growth and opportunity, working toward better infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life in Queen Anne’s County. Tilghman said she and the commissioners have some goals they hope to accomplish before year end, including reviewing the work plan and Economic Development Strategy Plan. Once a work plan is fully developed, said Tilghman, they will then develop a marketing plan.
As director, Tilghman will continue to work with Jean Fabi as the Queen Anne’s County business development coordinator. Fabi served as interim director when Jamie Gilbert stepped down.
Tighlman said one aspect of EDC’s plan looks at the retention of the existing business base and helping them expand. The plan also looks at bringing in new business and what those businesses can add to the county. There is significant interest in high tech manufacturing and also marine technology, as well as agriculture and agriculture production.
Agriculture is a predominant business in the northern part of the county, said Tilghman, and the commissioners are interested in exploring growth [of those agriculture businesses] and supporting development. The need for infrastructure will be a consideration also when looking at the northern part of the county, said Tilghman.
The Economic Development Commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage Visitor Center, 425 Piney Narrow Road in Chester, and meetings are open to the public. There will be no meeting in July.
Tilghman and Fabi are available to call on businesses to discuss retention and expansion strategies. For more information, call 410-604-2013.