Economic & Tourism Development



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

The mission of Kent County Government is to deliver services to protect and improve the health, safety, education, welfare, environment, economy, and unique quality of life of its citizens consistent with the County's values and priorities in a fiscally responsible manner.

The vision is to ensure accountability to the County's citizens for the delivery of essential services consistent with our mission statement.


Planning Your Visit

Economic & Tourism Development welcome you to Kent County. For visitor information, please call us at 410-778-0416 or e-mail us at We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your travel plans. Office Hours 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. Please also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; @VisitKentCounty.

When You Visit

You will find plenty of Kent County information and brochures at the Kent County Visitor Center at Maple Ave. and Cross St. in Chestertown and the Rock Hall Information Cottage on Main Street.


Tourism Development is responsible for marketing, advertising, media relations, and for developing travel and tourism in Kent County.  
Tourism Development strives to safeguard the balance between nature and commerce. It not only facilitates diversification of the County's economy through tourism, it supports the County's coveted way of life, unique heritage and unmatched natural and cultural resources. 
As the marketing arm of Kent County, we manage an extensive marketing schedule, which includes print, electronic and web-based advertising, web site, print collateral, social media and fulfillment.
Tourism Development facilitates visitor analysis and statistical data to ensure the most effective targeted marketing plan, which is reviewed yearly.


The Director and Manager work closely with the Kent County Economic & Tourism Development Commission and the State Office of Tourism Development in the creation, development and implementation of communication strategies.


Our Gigabit County is Open for Business! 



Economic Development Strategic Plan 2017

EDAB Plan 2013Appendix

Kent County Comprehensive Plan

2021 Strategic Plan Meeting Notes - August 18, 2021

2020 Strategic Plan Guiding Document

2020 Strategic Plan SWOT Analysis Summary

2020 Strategic Plan SWOT Meeting 3 Notes - March 11, 2020

2020 Strategic Plan SWOT Meeting 2 Notes - March 4, 2020

2020 Strategic Plan SWOT Meeting 1 Notes - February 26, 2020

Upper Shore Labor Market & Target Industry Analysis

Kent County Labor Market Analysis Executive Summary


Kent County Economic & Tourism Development
Phone: 410-778-0416
Email: or 

Jamie Williams, CEcD, Director
Phone: 410-810-2168

Katie Wright, Economic Development Manager
Phone:  410-810-2169

Jana Carter, Tourism Manager
Phone:  410-810-2216

Shalyn Boulden, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 410-778-7452

400 High Street, 3rd Floor
Chestertown, MD 21620



Links of Interest



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Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Intelligence Report, Site Selection Magazine, March 2018