I’ll Drink To That: Crafting Jobs with Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries at #MACoCon

Lots of attention from the state, local governments and private sector has been given to manufacturers or craft breweries, wineries and distilleries lately. For good reason: these agritourism destinations provide significant benefit not only in terms of job creation and economic development, but also in terms of residents’ quality of life. Learn about how your county can encourage their development and retention at this year’s MACo Summer Conference.

I’ll Drink To That: Crafting Jobs with Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Counties are cultivating new jobs and economic benefits from craft breweries, distilleries and wineries throughout the state. These unique manufacturers flourish in business-friendly environments with local codes and regulations which strike the right balance between promoting industry and maintaining community character and residents’ quality of life. During this session, participants will learn how to encourage growth in this booming industry and all the benefits it has to offer.


  • Kevin Atticks, Founder, Grow and Fortify
  • Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
  • Kelly Slagle, Director of Economic Development, Calvert County Government
  • Hank Abromson, Counsel, Miles & Stockbridge

Moderator: The Honorable Addie Eckardt, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 2017; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

MACo’s Summer Conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year’s theme is “You’re Hired!”.

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