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   of high-end tactical equipment used by the U.S. military, law enforcement and other government agencies.
Simon Pearce Glass: One of the last American glassblowing companies in existence, Simon Pearce is renowned for
its beautifully designed, handcrafted glass and pottery pieces. Founded by artisan and master glassblower Simon Pearce in 1971 in Kilkenny, Ireland, the company moved
to the United States in 1981. Expanding
into Garrett County in 1998, Simon Pearce recently celebrated its 20th anniversary here. Guests are invited to watch and interact with master glassblowers before shopping for the finished product in the retail store, where
an extensive assortment of second-quality glass is available alongside first-quality merchandise.
GCC Technologies: GCC relocated to Garrett County as a start-up business in 2006. Initially taking up residence in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center, the county’s business incubator, GCC was named the Maryland Incubator Graduate Company of the Year in 2013. The company, an award- winning, service-disabled veteran-owned business and certified HUBZone company, has an outstanding record of performance
in serving federal civilian, defense and international companies.
Pillar Innovations: Headquartered in Grantsville, Pillar Innovations is a wholly- owned subsidiary of Beitzel Corporation. Founded to service coal mines and industrial facilities in Western Maryland, Pillar Innovations now offers products and solutions in the mining, oil and natural gas, aggregate, automotive, engineering, fiber optics and security/access control sectors.
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, 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.
Two state-designated Enterprise Zones allow companies operating there to receive local and state tax breaks (commerce. maryland.gov/fund/programs-for- businesses/enterprise-zone-tax-credit). Garrett County is a Tier 1 County in Maryland’s More Jobs for Marylanders Incentive Program for Manufacturers (commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs- for-businesses/more-jobs-for-marylanders) and the One Maryland Tax Credit Program (commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs- for-businesses/one-maryland-tax-credit). The county also has a business property tax incentive program available to all new and expanding businesses in the county that meet the qualification criteria.
There are two Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts located in Garrett County — one in Grantsville and one in Oakland. Unique destinations reflecting the traditions and evolving culture of their communities, these districts help develop
Hourly Wage Rates (2017)
and promote community involvement, tourism and revitalization through tax- related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises.
In addition, there are three federal Opportunity Zones (gcedonline.com/ strategic-advantages/opportunity-zones) located in Garrett County:
• Census Tract 2, located in Northern Garrett County, which includes within its boundaries the Northern Garrett Industrial Park, Keyser’s Ridge Business Park and the Town of Grantsville
• Census Tracts 6 and 7 located in Southern Garrett County, which include within their boundaries the Southern Garrett Industrial Park and the Southern Garrett Business & Technology Park
• The municipalities of Oakland, Mountain Lake Park and Loch Lynn Heights.
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.
        Selected Occupations
 Median
  Entry
 Experienced
 Accountants
 $27.26
  $19.91
 $35.19
 Bookkeeping/accounting clerks
 16.72
 11.19
  19.81
  Computer systems analysts
  34.76
   22.55
  43.34
 Customer service representatives
  13.60
 10.48
 16.46
  Electrical engineers
  40.93
   29.31
  53.84
 Electronics engineering technicians
 27.93
 20.38
  34.94
  Freight, stock and material movers hand
  15.36
   11.13
  18.12
 Industrial truck operators
 17.77
  13.18
  22.43
 Inspectors, testers, sorters
 18.35
  13.42
  22.30
 Machinists
 20.89
  16.25
 23.93
 Maintenance workers, machinery
 23.02
  15.37
 26.02
 Network support specialists
 19.19
 13.13
 27.45
  Packing/filling machine operators
  15.89
   11.82
  21.08
 Secretaries
 15.77
 10.69
  19.11
  Shipping/receiving clerks
  16.50
   11.72
  19.64
 Stock clerks and order fillers
 11.81
  9.54
 15.05
 Team assemblers
 12.00
  10.58
 14.65
          Wages are an estimate of what workers might expect to receive in Western Maryland (Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties) and may vary by industry, employer and locality.
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