About Economic Development

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Caroline County Economic Development (CCED) is dedicated to creating economic opportunities for the businesses and residents of our community.

Our mission is to enhance Caroline County’s quality of life through economic growth. We are also committed to pursuing economic growth in a strategic manner that preserves our rural character.

CCED is a department within Caroline County government.

Your Economic Development Team

We are here to serve you – the businesses and residents of Caroline County.

Rachel Barry | Economic Development Coordinator

410.479.4188 | Email 

Contact Rachel to Discuss Your Business

Rachel Barry serves as Economic Development Coordinator for Caroline County. Prior to joining the County, she was the Manager of Small Business Services for Caroline Economic Development Corporation. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s small business strategy and outreach. This included managing the Caroline County Small Business Loan Program, business plan review, site selection, troubleshooting permitting and regulatory issues, and helping businesses secure project financing.

A native of Caroline County, Rachel holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She moved back to Denton with her husband after he completed military service in 2012. Rachel previously worked in the logistics and financial sectors and is active in several local organizations, including Caroline County Imagination Library Partnership and Denton Rotary. She also serves on the Board of Directors for SCORE Mid-Shore, a nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys kayaking and book club but her greatest joy comes from her daughters, Mollie and Marcie.

Economic Development Partners

Caroline County is known for its collaborative culture. Economic development is a team sport, and we are lucky to have great teammates who help us fulfill our mission.

Debbie Bowden
Sr. Business Development Representative
Maryland Department of Commerce
443.826.7241 | Email 

Debbie is your local, boots-on-the-ground contact for the Maryland Department of Commerce. She helps connect local businesses to state resources and incentives.

Amy Kreiner
Executive Director
Caroline County Chamber of Commerce 
410.479.4638 | Email 

The Caroline County Chamber of Commerce has a very active membership and Board. Amy and Chamber members often work with Economic Development on initiatives related to workforce, governmental relations, and marketing.

Economic Advisory Board

We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of local business leaders who serve on our advisory board. This board is a non-governing body that helps advise on matters related to strategy and local business needs. Members include:

Frank Adams, Nationwide Insurance (Retired)
Debbie Bowden, Maryland Department of Commerce
Marcia Bryan, Choptank Transport
Anthony Casey, Shoreline Vinyl Systems
Jeff Damico, Dart Container Corp.
Lorry Dudley, Lorry Industries
Dan Franklin, Caroline County Commissioners
Rob Griffith, Turnbridge Point
Fred Hubbard, Choptank Electric Cooperative (Retired)
Emad Mohamed, Crystal Steel Fabricators
Milton Nagel, Caroline County Board of Education
Clay Railey, Chesapeake College
Larry Yateman, Trenton Pipe Nipple Co.

Caroline County Demographics

Caroline County is home to 33,000 residents. Please explore demographic data about the County in the Brief Economic Facts bulletin prepared by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Municipalities in Caroline County

Caroline County is home to ten incorporated municipalities. The majority of economic activity takes place in the five largest towns. There are three industrial parks Federalsburg, one in Denton, and a business & technology park in Ridgely.

Lifestyle & Leisure in Caroline County

Caroline County is a rural community on the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We are known for our outdoor lifestyle and family-friendly community. Our two state parks, Adkins Arboretum, and various agritourism businesses are popular destinations. Caroline County has also become a culinary destination in recent years. Our agricultural community is perfectly suited for the farm-to-table movement. Caroline County is a rural community on the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We are known for our outdoor lifestyle and family-friendly community. Our two state parks, Adkins Arboretum, and various agritourism businesses are popular destinations. Caroline County has also become a culinary destination in recent years. Our agricultural community is perfectly suited for the farm-to-table movement.  Please visit the Caroline Office of Tourism to learn more about life in Caroline County.