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Economic Development Commission

(Term 3 years - 7 members)

Kate Goodall-Gray 01/31/21 Aaron Bramble, Chair 12/31/23
Richard Story, 03/31/22 Cindy Genther 12/31/20
Robert Thompson, 03/31/22 Jim Luff, Vice Chair 12/31/20
Tracey Williams, 05/31/22 Robert N. Jacob, Jr., Commissioner Liaison
Date indicates expiration of term.

Jamie Williams, CEcD, Director

Katie Wright, Economic Development Manager



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

Meets first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at County Government Center

Code Home Bill #8-92, #1-97, and #5-15

Chapter 21 - Local Laws

     Commission members shall serve for a term of three (3) years, which terms shall be staggered. No member may serve for more than two (2) successive full terms. (Filling a vacant position during the term shall not be construed as a full term).

     The initial appointments shall be for three (3) persons to serve a one (1) year term, two (2) persons to serve a two (2) year term and two (2) persons to serve a three (3) year term.

§ 21-1 Director.


The Director shall serve at the pleasure of the County Commissioners and receive such compensation as may be from time to time determined by resolution of the County Commissioners.

§ 21-2 Powers and duties of Director.


The Director shall have the following powers and duties:

A.     To facilitate the activities of the Economic Development Commission.

B.     To promote the economic development of the county by attracting additional industry, commerce and tourism.

C.     To gather, maintain and disseminate information concerning industrial sites and commercial sites throughout the county.

D.     To gather and disseminate information concerning the historical and cultural aspects of the county.

E.     To act as the County's official liaison agent with persons interested in expanding existing businesses currently in the County or with persons interested in locating businesses in the County.

F.     To form partnerships of industry, city, state and national and private agencies in promoting the purposes of economic development.

G.     To serve as ombudsman for all businesses and industries in the County in the resolution of any community problems they may have, and to encourage the management of the same to have a constructive interest in the County.

H.     To confer with and inform the County Commissioners, the Economic Development Commission, and municipal governing bodies on all matters relative to the economic development in the County.

I.      To periodically survey the overall status of the county and municipalities to determine if the county and municipalities furnish such services and facilities that are conducive to economic expansion.

J.     To render annually, or as requested, a summary of activities to the County Commissioners.

K.     To meet with existing businesses to ensure retention and keep a pulse on their business activities.

L.     Network and stay involved with state and other regional economic development professionals.

M.    To serve as an ex officio member of the Tourism Development Advisory Board.

§ 21-3 Composition and compensation of Commission.


A.     The Commission shall consist of seven members, excluding the Director, who shall serve as an ex officio member.

B.     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.


Commission members shall serve for terms of three years. No member may serve for more than two successive full terms. (Filling a vacant position during the term shall not be construed as a full term.)

§ 21-5 Officers.


A.     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 may deem necessary. The terms of the officers shall be determined by the Commission.

B.     The Chairperson of the Economic Development Commission shall serve as an ex officio member of the Tourism Development Advisory Board.

§ 21-6 Meetings.


The Commission shall meet in regular sessions at least once a month. Special meetings shall be at the call of the Chairperson in conjunction with the Director.

§ 21-7 Duties of Commission.

A.     Support and assist the Director in the performance of his or her duties.

B.     Meet with the County Commissioners annually, or as requested, to review and evaluate economic policies and issues, and advise the Commissioners on the performance of the County revolving loan fund.

C.     Recommend proposed policies and legislation to the Director to promote a healthy business climate.

D.     Promote cooperation between County departments, municipal and state governments.

E.     Provide an annual review of the County economic development strategic plan, which will include benchmarks for retaining and growing existing businesses. The plan will promote economic growth in the County for the short-term (one- to three-year) and long-term (four- to ten-year) horizons.

F.     Assist the Director with the retention, expansion, and attraction of businesses in the County.

G.     Assist the director with dissemination of information in the interest of economic development by publication, advertising, or other means.

H.     As needed, attend public meetings regarding local and regional economic development.

I.      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.

J.     Perform and/or support other duties as requested by the County Commissioners or the Director.

§ 21-8 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.


April 7, 2020

Citizens may participate by telephone conference:
Dial 1-872-239-8359 and enter Conference ID 425 695 61#
Please mute your phone until the Commission Chair opens the floor for comment.
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

                                    March 3, 2021

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

                                    Planning Update

3:20                 Bryan Matthews, President, Kent County Chamber 


3:40                 Director Report

                                    Commercial Property Search

                                    CHR4-2021 Economic & Tourism Development

                                    CTE Liaison Update

3:55                 Economic Development Manager Update

                                    Job Postings

4:10                 Tourism Manager Update

                                    Visitor’s Guide Update

4:25                 Unfinished Business

4:40                 New Business

4:55                 Public Comments & Announcements                       

5:00                 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.)


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The Economic Development Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of the Month at 3:00 p.m. in The Kent County Commissioners' Hearing Room, unless otherwise advertised.



Audio Recordings


Meeting Schedule


January 6, 2021

February 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

April 7, 2021

May 5, 2021

June 2, 2021

July 7, 2021

August 4, 2021

September 1, 2021

October 6, 2021

November 3, 2021

December 1, 2021