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Exelon: The energy giant established the Criterion Wind Project in Garrett County in 2010. Since then, this 28-turbine wind farm has generated clean energy, new jobs and revenue throughout the county.
Resources and Incentives for Employers
Garrett College (garrettcollege.edu) offers continuing education and non-credit workforce training in a variety of fields,
from welding to nursing, through its Career Technology Training Center. The school has also partnered with the county’s Department of Economic Development on initiatives to promote well-paying jobs and advancement opportunities.
One such initiative is the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (growgarrettcounty.com), which provides workshops and mentoring for entrepreneurs at all stages of development.
The Center for Entrepreneurship is part of the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC), which was launched as
a technology incubator and supplies its tenants with resources and low-cost office
space on the college campus. GIEC also hosts an outpost of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which helps small businesses get started and grow. For more information about local SBDC services, visit marylandsbdc.org.
Garrett College’s partnership with the county’s Department of Economic Development (gcedonline.com) also resulted in the Garrett Coworking Hive. Founded in December 2013 to provide office equipment and a low-cost place to work in the GIEC building (starting at $20 per month), the Coworking Hive (growgarrettcounty.com/ giec.php) has proven to be a real boon to the region. Pleased Hive members have cited its advantages as 24/7 wireless internet connectivity, a casual business atmosphere and flexibility, especially for businesses
that need an office only part of the year for seasonal events.
These college-based programs have access to state and federal funding
and maintain a relationship with the Mountain Maryland Angel Investors Group (mountainmarylandangels.com), which consists of private investors who finance nascent businesses in the region.
Labor Statistics
Sources: Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Office of Workforce Information and Performance
Two state-designated enterprise zones (commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs- for-businesses/enterprise-zone-tax-credit) are also in the county — Northern Garrett Industrial Park (107 acres) and Southern Garrett Industrial Park (254 acres). Companies that operate in these zones receive local and state tax breaks.
Meanwhile, the federal Small Business Administration (sba.gov/hubzone) has designated the entire county a HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Zone, which confers federal contracting preference to qualified businesses in the area.
2015
2016
Labor Force
15,564
15,533
Employment
14,552
14,678
Unemployment
1,012
855
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