Caroline County Economic Development

June Director’s Note: 2022 Caroline Economic Symposium

Debbie Bowden, Director

Caroline County Economic Development is hosting an Economic Symposium on June 2, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in Denton. The keynote speaker is economist Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group, who will present on the state of the economy at a global, national, and local level. We will have panelists discussing the state of banking and commercial real estate, broadband and supply chain. There is no charge for the Symposium, but registration is required.

I have written about how businesses in Caroline County rallied together to support each other during the closures and other mandates in the pandemic. Right on the heels of the pandemic response, as we were “opening up” again, pressures started from the supply chain and the shifting labor market. Those pressures continued into late 2021 and early 2022 and were compounded by inflation (as of the writing of this column, national inflation is reported at 8.5% March 2022 year over year).

This Symposium is a chance for you to get information and insight into how industries are coping with the pressure of supply chain, labor market, and inflation. It will also be an opportunity to network with business leaders from the mid-shore region.

We are hosting the Symposium with the support of great partners: Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism, Dorchester County Economic Development, the Mid Shore Regional Council, the Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore, the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance, and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. This group banded together at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to work to bring information and data on the impact of the closures and workforce issues from COVID-19. During the Symposium, there will be a demonstration of the toolkits that have been developed from this project.I hope you can join on June 2, 2022. For more information and to register, visit For updates on any future business support, please visit, sign up for our newsletter, and follow Caroline County Economic Development on Facebook.

Caroline County Economic Development is an office within Caroline County government. Its mission is to help businesses thrive in the community. Debbie can be reached at 410-479-4188 or

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