Berlin Mayor Gee Williams talks about properties available in Berlin’s growth area during the first VIP Real Estate Tour on Sept.28.PHOTO COURTESY WORCESTER COUNTY(Oct. 26, 2012) Worcester County Economic Development launched the first in what is anticipated to become an annual VIP Real Estate Tour on Sept. 28.
WCED Director Bill Badger and other area business partners led interested investors on a chartered bus tour through the growth areas in northern Worcester County. Throughout the tour, investors both saw and heard many compelling reasons why they should choose Worcester County as a premiere location to grow their businesses.
More than 25 properties currently available were featured on the tour. A handful of them included the former Cropper concrete Plant in Ocean City; the Sea Isle Motel and Light Corner Pad Site in West Ocean City; the 56-acre former Tyson Plant property in Berlin; and the North Gate Medical Offices and Pines Plaza in Ocean Pines.
The tour helps to further vital economic development initiatives here on the shore. First and foremost, the tour highlights Worcester County’s pro-business attitude to promote business development, expansion and relocation, and to increase the career opportunities that are available to area citizens.
“Worcester County is committed to paving the way for new strategies and innovations that lead to job creation and investment in our economy,” Commission President James C. “Bud” Church said. “This tour and other new initiatives are a part of the great strides Badger has been making, since joining Worcester County Government last year, to advance economic development locally. Over the last week, the Commissioners have been receiving outstanding feedback about the first Worcester County Economic Development Tour, as well as the public and private partnerships that are being created under his leadership.”
Badger and other tour narrators highlighted the wealth of properties and investment opportunities available in strategic growth areas in Ocean City, West Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin. In addition to learning that Worcester County is a dynamic, pro-business marketplace abounding with new opportunities, the trip provided participants with an opportunity to network and develop valuable contacts now that could develop into thriving public and private partnerships in the future.
“I found it (the VIP tour) to be informative, and I made some potentially useful contacts as well,” Vista Design Marketing Director Michael Goldberg said. “This event helped to bring those of us in the local development community closer together, and I’m confident good things will result. I will look forward to the second annual VIP Bus Tour.”
Throughout the tour, Badger highlighted the many advantages those doing business in Worcester County have that give them a leg up on competition located elsewhere. Some of these advantages include the additional resources that are available to businesses choosing to operate within any of Worcester County’s three enterprise zones, which are located in Berlin, Pocomoke and Snow Hill. Businesses locating in an enterprise zone may be eligible for income tax and real property tax credits in return for job creation and investments SEQ CHAPTER h r 1.
Additionally, the entire county has been designated a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hubzone certification provides businesses with greater access to federal procurement opportunities.
“The first tour focused on the growth areas in northern Worcester County in the areas of Ocean City, West Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin,” Badger said. “Great things are also happening in Snow Hill and Pocomoke, and it is our hope that future tours will serve to continue to highlight the many great business opportunities that abound throughout our seaside county, where investors truly can have the best of both worlds.”
For more information, visit the Web site wwwchooseworcester.org or contact Badger at 410-632-3112 or bbadger@co. worcester.md.us.