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Why Maryland's Coast

Long renowned as a fantastic vacation destination, Worcester County is an even better place to launch a career, build a business and plant roots. Discover how our enviable coastal lifestyle has helped businesses thrive for generations – and why we’re a magnet for entrepreneurs and new enterprises.

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Bright

Nine Blue Ribbon Schools

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Wild

Assateague Island National Seashore and Pocomoke State Forest

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Green

Top mid-Atlantic golf destination

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Playful

Outstanding recreation facilities, parks and program

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Talented

Dynamic young workforce and entrepreneurial spirit

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Well

Growing network of health facilities and professionals

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Chic

Nationally known retailers and independent shops

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Friendly

Close-knit, safe and affordable communities

Resources & Incentives

Thanks to a network of government, private and academic programs, businesses on Maryland’s Coast have access to a number of financial resources, incentives and tax credits

Location Assets

Stretching from Southern Delaware to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Worcester is the heart of the Delmarva region and the only Maryland county bordering the Atlantic. Located less than three hours from Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia, Ocean City – the county’s renowned resort – attracts more than 8 million visitors annually. Worcester is also federally designated SBA HUBZone, with three Enterprise Zones and two Arts & Entertainment districts.

Pocomoke Industrial Park

Worcester’s flagship manufacturing hub is the 175-acre Pocomoke Industrial Park. Start or expand your business in a designated Enterprise Zone near NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Join nine companies employing over 300 in agriculture science, firearms production and repair, and medical equipment manufacturing. Four lots remain. Learn more.

Featured Video

From golf-course developers and craft distillers to loggers, hoteliers and physicians, Maryland’s Coast boasts a diverse business economy. Meet the people behind some of our largest industries:

Maryland’s Coast Business Spotlights

August 8, 2022

A collection of videos with Maryland’s Coast business owners. Get to learn...

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About Economic Development Office

Located in Snow Hill Maryland, Worcester’s Economic Development Office serves business owners, employers and entrepreneurs throughout the county. Under the direction of the County Council and Administrator, the office develops partnerships and programs to support businesses on Maryland’s Coast. Learn more about the services here or contact a business specialist.

Tourism

One of the nation’s most beloved vacation destinations – tourism is also the county’s leading economic driver. From Ocean City’s 10,000 hotel rooms and Maryland’s only coastal casino to hundreds of restaurants, attractions and amusements, we’re powered by recreation and relaxation.