Maryland Economy

DBED has the facts on Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions

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Brief Economic Facts, available in DBED’s online document library, provide details on Maryland’s 23 counties, Baltimore City and the overall State.

Did you know that Talbot County is surrounded by more than 600 miles of shoreline, or that Montgomery County is home to more than 250 biotech companies? Each Maryland county contributes unique resources to the State’s overall business climate and quality of life.

As part of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development‘s (DBED) commitment to every county in the State, DBED has released its updated series of Brief Economic Facts reports for 2015. These reports, available in DBED’s online document library, provide details on Maryland’s 23 counties, Baltimore City and the overall State. Data includes major employers, wages, population, climate and more.

At no costs to jurisdictions, the reports supplement marketing materials and publicize each area’s economic strengths. Brief Economic Facts reports often play a central role on county economic development websites and are widely utilized by site selectors.

“Our office uses the Brief Economic Facts report as a valuable marketing tool to prospective businesses, start-ups, and those evaluating relocation. This detailed county snapshot highlights the economic benefits of working and living here,” said Keasha Haythe, Director of the Dorchester County Economic Development Office.

Published annually by the State since 1970, the reports are among DBED’s most recognized and continuous publications.

According to Joyce Takeno, a DBED business research analysts who has dedicated hundreds of hours toward producing the reports,”Much has changed over the past 45 years in the way business development data is packaged and delivered, but site selectors still expect economic developers to be able to provide an easily comparable profile of their jurisdictions.”

This year’s 25 four-page reports feature updated headers and footers incorporating a Maryland flag design, which Takeno called a “splash of color,” that was not possible before the reports were published online.

“The design of the BEFs has changed over the years and there have been modifications and additions to the data, but they continue to provide a concise overview of each county’s economy, infrastructure and assets, information that is needed by business prospects to make location decisions,” Takeno added.

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