Created an Economic Development Cabinet that meets regularly to discuss our local economy and ways to enhance it.
Inventory Tax Phase Out is continuing.
As a means to stimulate the local housing industry, an Impact Fee Moratorium was put into place on April 23, 2015 with a sunset of December 31, 2016.
Perdue Stadium improvements are underway and a new 20 year lease with the Shorebirds has been negotiated and signed.
Henry S. Parker Complex expansion is in process. The County has obtained a $1 million grant from the State to assist in this project and an Option Agreement has been entered into for a 20 acre parcel of land adjacent to the complex. This expansion will serve to enhance the County’s nationally recognized sports tourism efforts.
MAASA (Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance), the formal sports marketing partnership between Wicomico County, Worcester County and the Town of Ocean City, received the 2015 Maryland Tourism Partnership Award. Additionally, MAASA and Maryland Sports were awarded the Sports Destination Management Magazine 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Award for their collaboration in hosting the USSSA Eastern World Series, which will return for its tenth consecutive year in July of 2016.
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center renovations are in process. The $3.4 million project will modernize the appearance of this 40-year-old facility in order to make it more competitive in the marketplace. The State has contributed a $1 million grant to assist in the endeavor.
Created the Office of Business Development and established two new positions entitled “Director of Business Development and Grants” and “Administrative Office Associate 1”.
Assisting The Maryland Food Bank with relocation effort and culinary school project for second chance students; alcohol/drugs/shelter housing/unemployment.
USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) Girls Eastern World Series Tournament was held July 15, 2015 to August 01, 2015. Approximately 400 teams from 14 different states as well as Canada participated. The event resulted in an estimated economic impact of $20 million and a hotel room night demand in excess of 12,000 room nights.
Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament is being held December 26, 2015 to December 30, 2015. 100 boys and girls teams from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia will participate. This is the largest tournament of its kind on the East Coast and the second largest in the nation.