Caroline County Economic Development

About Caroline County Economic Development & Tourism

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The CCEDT Team

Serving the businesses and residents of Caroline County

BOB ZIMBEROFF

BOB ZIMBEROFF | DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM

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Bob Zimberoff is Director of Economic Development for Caroline County and was appointed to his role in January 2024.

An advocate for community growth and development, Bob brings a wealth of experience and a dedication to public service. Bob’s career is marked by a diverse professional background and a deep-rooted connection to the local community. Hailing from the Chicago area, Bob worked for many years as a newspaper journalist at The Star Democrat and Dorchester Banner on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and The Journal in West Virginia.

He began his career in public service as Legislative Director for Delegate Johnny Mautz, where Bob worked with Delegate Mautz to support constituents during challenging times, particularly through the tumultuous period of the COVID-19 pandemic. His efforts in assisting individuals and businesses navigating hurdles, such as unemployment insurance and closures, exemplify his dedication to serving the community. Bob then worked as Eastern Shore Apprenticeship Navigator with the Maryland Department of Labor.

With a robust background in workforce development, code compliance, grant administration, and a passion for local history and community engagement, Bob is always eager to serve his home county of Caroline.

KENDALL TEAGUE

KENDALL TEAGUE | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

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Kendall Teague serves as the Business Development Coordinator at the Caroline County Department of Economic Development, where she dedicates her efforts to empowering new and established businesses within the vibrant community of Caroline County. In her role, Kendall provides support to entrepreneurs, manages outreach initiatives, and spearheads communication efforts aimed at fostering growth and prosperity within Caroline’s business community.

Drawing from work experience in sales, communications, and event planning, Kendall infuses every project with her unique brand of creative energy and unwavering positivity. Her approach drives results and cultivates an environment of innovation and collaboration.

A proud alumna of North Caroline High School, Kendall further honed her skills by studying Fine Arts at Towson University. Currently calling Caroline County home, Kendall is deeply rooted in the community she serves, where she finds inspiration and fulfillment in making a positive impact on local businesses and individuals alike.

TARA HILL-COURSEY

TARA HILL-COURSEY | TOURISM MANAGER

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Tara Hill-Coursey manages the tourism program for Caroline County. She helps to promote the county’s small businesses and events to visitors, and works to support tourism-focused business development. Tara has a legacy in Caroline County for many generations, and has worked in public service through the Caroline County Public Library and Caroline County Recreation and Parks. She serves on several community boards, and resides in the county with her family.

Economic Development Advisory Board

A dedicated group of local business leaders serve on our advisory board. Members include:

Fred Hubbard (Choptank Electric retired)

Anthony Casey (Shoreline Vinyl and Town of Ridgely)

Jeff Damico (Dart Container)

Lorry Dudley (Lorry Industries)

Emad Mohamed (Crystal Steel)

John Phillips (Sisk Fulfillment)

Donna Poole (Arcadia Assisted Living)

Tracey Snyder (Director of the Chamber)

Dr. Derek Simmons (Caroline County Public Schools)

Jeff McGuiness (Watts Landing)

Frank Bartz (Caroline County Commissioner)

Ryan Masten (Masten Pools)

Partners & Municipalities

We are fortunate to have strong partners helping Caroline County to achieve economic success. They include:

Caroline County Chamber of Commerce

Caroline County Office of Tourism

Downtown Denton (Main Street)

Small Business Development Center

Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board

Mid Shore Regional Council

Mid Shore SCORE

Caroline County Commissioners

We also partner with Caroline County’s ten municipalities. The majority of economic activity takes place in the five largest towns. There are three industrial parks in Federalsburg, one in Denton, and a business & technology park in Ridgely.

Denton 

Federalsburg

Goldsboro

Greensboro

Henderson

Hillsboro

Marydel

Preston

Ridgely

Templeville

Strategic Plan

We’re going places, and our five-year strategic plans outlines how we’re getting there. The plan covers fiscal years 2022 – 2027 and three overarching goals:

  1. Grow the number of establishments in Caroline County by 5% in five years
  2. Increase the commercial tax base by 5% in five years
  3. Increase the accommodation tax base by 25% in five years

To achieve these goals, our strategic plan includes clear action items in several focus areas. We encourage you to read the strategic plan to get a better sense of the great things in store for Caroline County!

Economic Snapshot

Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative has created an economic snapshot of Caroline County as part of the Delmarva Index project. The snapshot includes data and visualization of important information related to education, workforce, key industries, and more.

Demographics

Caroline County is home to more than 33,000 residents. A brief Economic Facts bulletin with demographic data about the County is prepared by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Workforce

Workforce availability is constantly improving in Caroline County. Thanks to our partnership with the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, we have the latest data on labor market and unemployment. Our office has made workforce development a priority to help County businesses be productive and profitable.