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Mears named development chief

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

MerryMerry Mears, a 15-year veteran of workforce and economic development was named the new Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) director Oct. 21.

Mears has served as WCED deputy director for three years. Before that, she was director of the Workforce Development Division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore where she oversaw the development and implementation of regional Workforce Investment Act funded programs.

“I’m honored to serve in this capacity, and to continue working with the County Commissioners to attract and retain businesses while facilitating innovation and job growth in our community,” Mears said in a statement. “I remain focused on building and sustaining these types of strategic partnerships to establish and grow local industries and jobs.”

She replaces former WCED Bill Badger who resigned earlier this year over what he cited as “lack of support” for the county government. He said at the time he wised the best for the county and knew that Mears was doing an excellent job.

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