Economic & Tourism Development Commission

(Term 3 years - 7 to 9 members)

Sandy Scott, 12/31/22 Aaron Bramble, Chair, 12/31/23
Richard Story, Vice Chair, 03/31/22 Suzanne Einstein, 12/31/22
Robert Thompson, 03/31/22 Chikki Shajwani, 3/30/22
Tracey Williams, 05/31/22 Dolores Jones, 3/3/22
Date indicates expiration of term.

Robert N. Jacob, Jr., Commissioner Liaison




Reimbursement for Expenses - $30.00 Chairman; - $25.00 Members 

Chapter 21 - Local Laws

§ 21-1. Director.

The County Commissioners of Kent County may appoint a Director of Economic and Tourism Development who shall serve at the pleasure of the County Commissioners and receive such compensation as may be from time to time determined by the County Commissioners.

§ 21-2. Establishment of an Economic and Tourism Development Commission.

There shall be an Economic and Tourism Development Commission.  The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the County Commissioners of Kent County and set forth in this chapter.

§ 21-3. Composition and compensation of Commission.

  1. The Commission shall consist of at least seven and no more than nine members, excluding the Director, who shall serve as a non-voting ex officio member.  At least one member shall be from the tourism industry.
  1. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for such expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as may be approved by the County Commissioners.

 § 21-4. Terms.

  1. Commission members shall serve for terms of three years, or until a successor is appointed.  Members may not be appointed for more than two successive full terms. (filling a vacant position during the term shall not be construed as a full term)
  1. If a member is currently serving on the Economic Development Commission or Tourism Development Advisory Board, that member may finish their term as a member of the Economic and Tourism Development Commission.  If that member is serving in their first term, that member may be reappointed for a second term.
  1. A member may be recommended by the Commission to the County Commissioners for removal.  A member missing three consecutive meetings may be recommended for removal.   

 § 21-5. Officers.

  1. At the first meeting of the Economic and Tourism Development Commission, and each year thereafter, at the first meeting of the calendar year, the members of the Commission shall elect from their members a Chairperson, and such other officers as they deem necessary.   

 § 21-6. Meetings.

The Commission shall hold such regular meetings as necessary to discharge its duties.

 § 21-7. Duties of Commission.

  1. Support and assist the Director in the performance of his or her duties.
  2. Meet with the County Commissioners annually, and as requested, to review and evaluate economic policies and issues.
  3. Recommend proposed policies and legislation to the Director to promote a healthy business climate.
  4. Promote cooperation between County departments, municipal and state governments.
  5. Provide an annual review of the County economic development strategic plan.
  6. Assist the Director with the retention, expansion, and attraction of businesses in the County.
  7. Assist the director with dissemination of information in the interest of economic and tourism development.
  8. As needed, attend public meetings regarding local and regional economic and tourism development.
  9. Assist the Director to ensure local businesses are aware of any local, state, and federal government funding sources (loans and grants) for business growth and retention.
  10. Perform and/or support other duties as requested by the County Commissioners or the Director.

§ 21-8. Subcommittees

The Commission may establish Sub-Committees at its discretion to further the mission of the Commission. 

§ 21-9. Nature of Commission

The powers and duties of the Director and the Commission are of an advisory nature only.  Neither the Director, the Commission, nor any member thereof shall incur any obligations in the name of the county.







September 8, 2021


Citizens may participate by telephone conference:

Dial 1-872-239-8359 and enter Conference ID 700 703 42#

Please mute your phone until the Commission Chair opens the floor for comment.

The meeting will be live-streamed and can be viewed at


  • Focus on Business Retention, Expansion & Attraction
  • Promote Workforce Development & Education
  • Enhance Infrastructure


3:00 p.m.         Call to Order

3:02                 Approve Meeting Minutes

                                     August 11, 2021

3:05                 Bill Mackey, Director, Planning, Housing, and Zoning

                                    Planning Update

3:15                 Bryan Matthews, Kent Forward


3:35                 Director Update               

3:45                 Tourism Manager Update

3:55                 Economic Development Manager Update           

4:05                 Unfinished Business

                                    Update 2017 Strategic Plan

                                                Review Public Input Meeting

                                                Confirm Update of Goals

4:35                 New Business

                                    Request to Change Date of the October Meeting

4:40                 Public Comments & Announcements                                

4:45                 Adjournment


(Meetings are conducted in Open Session unless otherwise indicated.  All or part of The Commission’s meetings can be held in Closed Session under the authority of the MD Open Meetings Act. Meetings are subject to audio and video recordings. There may be times when one or more Kent County Commissioners are present.)









For Economic Development Commission minutes before June 2021, please visit .

For Tourism Advisory Board minutes before June 2021, please visit .



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The Economic & Tourism Development Commission meets the 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 3:00 p.m. in The Kent County Commissioners' Hearing Room, unless otherwise advertised.



Meeting Schedule



June 9, 2021

July 14, 2021

August 11, 2021

September 8, 2021

October 13, 2021

November 10, 2021

December 8, 2021