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of Life
Quality Economic Development 
10 Largest Employers in Garrett County*
Employer
Product / Service
Employees
Garrett Regional Medical Center
Medical Services
400
Garrett College
Higher Education
305
Beitzel Corporation**
Industrial Construction
300
Walmart
Consumer Goods
270
EPT Ski Properties/ Wisp Resort***
Four-season Resort
230
ClosetMaid
Manufacturing
216
Goodwill Retirement Community
Nursing Care
190
Garrett County Community Action Committee
Social Advocacy
180
First United Bank & Trust
Banking & Insurance
180
Arrowhead Deli/Garrett 8
Restaurant, Deli & Cinema
155
Phenix Technologies, Inc.
Manufacturing
109
*Excludes federal, state and local governments. **Garrett County headquarters only.
***At height of ski season.
Source: Garrett County Department of Economic Development
GARRETT COUNTY PROVIDES NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES for potential business owners or eager job seekers. Nearly 900 businesses, which range from a busy four-season vacation resort to an industrial construction operation, call the county home. In fact, the private sector accounts for nearly 85 percent of the jobs in this business- friendly locale. The major industries run the gamut from trade, transportation and utilities to professional and business services, and from education and health services to hospitality and finance.
Growth Industries
The following sectors benefit particularly from Garrett County’s unique infrastructure, workforce and natural resources.
Agribusiness: There are more than 600
farms in Garrett County, benefiting from the area’s ample farmland and fertile soil as well
as a recent movement to “buy local.” Farmers in the county may apply for annual marketing grants up to $250. The agricultural community (garrettfarms.org) also gets a boost from Garrett County’s thriving tourism industry — in the form of barn quilt tours (garrettbarnquilts. org), corn mazes, farm stands and the selling of artisanal products.
Energy: Garrett County proudly invests in environmentally sustainable energy sources. Three Exelon windfarms in the county — Fourmile Wind Energy Project, Fair Wind Energy Project and Criterion Wind Project — together can generate enough electricity to power more than 49,000 homes. County government has also worked with SolarCity to install three solar systems on county- owned property. Together, the systems can
PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY JACOBSEN
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A Thriving ECONOMIC
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