WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $140,000 to the Eastern Shore for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Both the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore and the Mid-Shore Regional Council for the Eastern Shore will receive $70,000, benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Each CEDS plan will be geared toward bringing together public and private organizations to create new, unique job opportunities and strengthen the regional economy.
“This federal investment in the Eastern Shore’s economy will facilitate public-private collaboration and new partnerships to create well-paying, local jobs for residents. These are precisely the types of investments we need to be making across the state to grow our economy and bring added stability to Maryland families,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “I am committed to seeing that the Eastern Shore – and every corner of Maryland – continues to receive the resources it needs to flourish.”
“The strength of Maryland’s economy depends upon the success of all parts of our state, so this funding is great news for communities on the Eastern Shore and beyond,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I look forward to the innovative ways this program will leverage the private and public sectors to create more jobs and economic opportunity for Marylanders, and I will continue to fight for investments like these that create economic opportunity in our communities.”
The EDA awards federal funds to spur job growth and economic advancement across the United States. Emphasizing regional collaboration and innovation, the EDA helps local economies adopt new approaches to job growth and adapt to changing economic conditions.