Caroline County Economic Development

2023 Caroline Economic Symposium set for April 6th

Caroline County Economic Development & Tourism invites you to the 2023 Caroline Economic Symposium, a high-level review of the economy at a local, national, and global level featuring an expert group of industry leaders on Thursday, April 6th. The event will be held from 8:30am – 12pm at the North Caroline High School Auditorium in Ridgely.

Dr. Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, will be returning as the keynote speaker, offering an insightful analysis of recent economic trends and transformations.

The symposium will also include an update on Choptank Fiber’s broadband progress with Tim McGaha, VP of Technical Services for Choptank Electric Cooperative and VP of Operations for Choptank Fiber, and a presentation on youth workforce programs by Eric Cook, CTE Teacher Specialist & Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for Caroline County Public Schools, and Morgan Cox, Event and Communications Specialist for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.

Following a short break, the program will then continue with two Featured Insights moderated by Debbie Bowden, Director of Caroline County Economic Development & Tourism. Melissa Quirk, President & CEO of Provident State Bank, will be joining Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Jake Day for the first moderated discussion. The second will feature Jessica Tuel, Director of Behavioral Health for the Maryland Health Department, and Courtney Stewart, Director of Human Resources for Tri-Gas & Oil.

The symposium will also feature special remarks by Frank Bartz, Caroline County Commissioner, Dr. Derek Simmons, Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools, and Dan Schneckenburger, Executive Director of Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board.

“We are so excited about this year’s speakers and the wealth of knowledge they will be sharing with us,” says Debbie Bowden, Director of Caroline County Economic Development & Tourism. “We will be exploring the state of banking, innovative ideas on hiring and keeping workers, workforce housing, and school-based workforce development programs – all topics that are incredibly relevant to doing business in our current economy.”

This event is free to attend, but reservations are required. Tickets are available online at

This event is hosted by Caroline County Economic Development & Tourism, with support from Caroline County Public Schools, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Provident State Bank, and Pep-Up Tri-Gas & Oil.



Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism is an office within Caroline County government. Its mission is to help businesses of all sizes thrive in the community. For more information, visit, or contact 410-479-4188 or



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