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 Quality of Life: Economic Development
    Labor Availability
(by place of residence)
Employment* (2017, by place of work)
 Industry
 Establishments
 Annual Avg. Empl.
 Empl. %
  Avg. Wkly. Wage
  Federal government
  13
  65
   0.6
  $1,052
 State government
 6
 250
 2.1
  816
  Local government
   46
   1,375
    11.8
   766
  Private sector total
  844
  9,998
   85.5
  633
 Natural resources and mining
 34
 351
  3.0
 1,157
 Construction
 153
 897
 7.7
 846
  Manufacturing
   45
   926
    7.9
   741
  Trade, transportation and utilities
 214
 2,565
  21.9
 575
  Information
  9
  155
   1.3
  608
 Financial activities
 52
 520
 4.4
  603
 Professional and business services
 108
 818
  7.0
 774
 Education and health services
  73
  1,769
 15.1
 699
  Leisure and hospitality
  73
  1,689
   14.4
  312
 Other services
 54
 308
 2.6
 637
 Overall total
 909
  11,689
  100.0
 654
  Civilian Labor Force (2017 avg.)
   County
  Labor Market Area*
 Total civilian labor force
 15,612
  96,782
 Employment
   14,798
  91,300
  Unemployment
  814
 5,482
  Unemployment rate
    5.2%
   5.7%
  Residents commuting outside the county to work (2012-2016)
 Number
 Percent
  3,405
 24.7%
 Employment in selected occupations (2012-2016)
  Management, business, science and arts
  4,475
 32.0%
 Service
 2,665
  19.0%
 Sales and office
   2,908
  20.8%
  Production, transportation and material moving
 1,786
 12.8%
  *Garrett and Allegany counties, MD; Preston Co., WV; and Somerset Co., PA
Growth Industries
Garrett County’s convenient location close to major metro areas, educated workforce and solid tourism revenue are beneficial for just about any sector. However, the following industries are our most notable ones:
Technology: With the help of incubator programs, local talent and tech-forward facilities, Garrett County’s more than 30 technology companies are set for growth. They also benefit from a responsive county government. For example, to enable more comprehensive broadband connectivity, Garrett County launched an innovative public-private partnership with wireless broadband-solution leader Declaration Networks Group (DNG). Garrett County
and DNG have worked together to
provide residents and businesses with NeuBeam, a high-speed internet service
that enables speeds up to 20 times greater than previous offerings. To learn more
about the technology being used to boost broadband availability in Garrett County, visit garrettcounty.org/broadband.
Specialty Manufacturing: Garrett County’s natural resources and intellectual capital have attracted more than 30 specialty manufacturers. These employers also benefit
*Includes civilian employment only
from the county’s convenient location, which allows for overnight trucking to one-third of the United States. The county’s proximity to the Port of Baltimore means manufactured goods can be exported swiftly. Garrett County Airport (garrettcounty.org/airport- 2g4) provides freight and ground support services for commercial and general aviation.
Tourism & Recreation: Tourism has seen steady, record-breaking growth since the recession (see p. 41). The county’s more than 1.2 million annual visitors provide regular opportunities for new tourism-related businesses to open in the area.
Agribusiness: There are more than 600 farms in Garrett County, benefiting from the area’s fertile soil as well as a recent “farm- to-table” movement. Farmers in the county may apply for annual marketing grants
up to $250. The agricultural community (garrettfarms.org) is enhanced by 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 like handcrafted cheeses.
Energy: Since 1925, Brookfield Power Piney Deep Creek hydroelectric station has provided the area with pure, renewable
energy. 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 supply approximately 35 to 40 percent of Garrett County government’s annual power consumption.
Notable Businesses
These are some of Garrett County’s more renowned employers:
ClosetMaid: Established in Ocala, Fla. in 1965, ClosetMaid opened its Grantsville facility in late 2007 and became operational with 40 employees. Today, the Grantsville facility employs more than 232 individuals working two shifts and sells its product lines through Amazon, Wayfair, Lowes, Home Depot, Target and other major retailers.
Garrett Container Systems (GCS): GCS is a major manufacturer of reusable aluminum shipping containers. Its products include general-purpose cargo containers, dog kennels for military K-9 units and welded, air- tight units. The company also is a distributor
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