Maryland Commerce designates county’s first Enterprise Zone
CENTREVILLE — The Maryland Department of Commerce has designated Queen Anne’s County as a new Enterprise Zone, a move that could bring new business investments and jobs to the county.
The new Queen Anne’s County 1,300-acre Enterprise Zone extends west from Nesbit Road in Grasonville to Route 8 in Stevensville and includes a majority of the commercial properties in Grasonville, Chester and Stevensville, including the business parks. With this designation, the county will be able to promote job creation for local residents who currently commute out the county to work and better attract and retain businesses and help them expand, according to a statement from the county commissioners.
The county also hopes to increase the commercial tax base and redevelop under-utilized or vacant commercial and industrial land. This is the county’s first Enterprise Zone, and the effective date is Jan. 1.
“The Enterprise Zone is a valuable incentive not only to attract new businesses, but also to help existing businesses to grow in a prime geographic location conducive for commercial infill and redevelopment opportunities,” said Jean Fabi, acting director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development. “By providing state and local incentives, Queen Anne’s County is sending a clear message that it is open for business.”
County Commissioner Jack Wilson said, “Congratulations to Jean Fabi and everyone that helped to make this happen. This will be a great catalyst to help move forward economic development in the designated zone.”
Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said, “This program generates opportunities in every region of Maryland by helping to grow existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating jobs.”
Businesses located in the state’s 29 Enterprise Zones have received roughly $32 million in property tax credits in Fiscal Year 2017 based on more than $2.8 billion in capital investments made in Fiscal Year 2016. Over the past five years, businesses in Maryland’s Enterprise Zones have made a total of $13.7 billion in capital investments.
Commerce approves the state’s Enterprise Zones, while local governments are responsible for their administration. Busi- nesses operating within an Enterprise Zone may be eligible for a tax credit towards their state income tax filings based upon the number of new jobs created, and a tax credit on their local real property taxes based upon their overall capital investment into a property.
“I want to thank the Economic Development Commission and the county commissioners for supporting of the creation of the Enterprise Zone and the tax credit program,” Fabi said. “Moving forward, this will be a valuable tool to boost investment in redevelopment and infill commercial projects, as well as creating employment opportunities for Queen Anne’s County residents.”
Fabi said the county’s website, www.qac.org, will soon have a page devoted to Enterprise Zone material and it will include information about the Commercial Property Tax Credit and Income Tax Credit, as well as the application.
“In addition, I will be personally reaching out to the current projects underway that would be eligible for the program,” Fabi said.
Fabi can be reached at email@example.com or 410-758-1255 or on Facebook at Queen Anne’s County Economic Development.