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Queen Anne’s County is a premier business destination that truly rocks! It could be said that the County’s reputation for “rocking” is because we are the world headquarters for Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars. While that’s certainly one reason, it’s not the only one as it’s really Queen Anne’s County’s entire composition of business strengths and amenities that make us “rock.” The County’s strategic Mid-Atlantic location, excellent market access, highly educated workforce, excellent schools, competitive business costs, attractive incentives and outstanding quality of life are ideally suited for businesses of all sizes and sectors. It’s what puts Queen Anne’s County at the “top of the charts” as a location for companies and “strikes the perfect cord” with businesses.  

Located on the shores of the stunningly beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Queen Anne’s County’s economy was founded on the agriculture and seafood industries. While those industries still play a significant role the County’s economy has evolved over the last twenty years to become an international business community led by companies such as Hydrasearch, NRL and Associates, Power Electronics, PRS Guitars, Miltec UV, Ride Entertainment Group and RTI Forensics, just to name a few. It’s little wonder that some of the world’s leading and most recognizable CEOs and top executives increasingly calling Queen Anne’s County home.  If you are thinking about locating or expanding your company, please consider Queen Anne’s County. We give businesses the “rock star treatment”.  

Key Facts

Consider the following advantages and opportunities offered by Queen Anne’s County:

  • A growing population of 48,804 with the 5th highest growth rate in Maryland and the highest growth rate on the Eastern Shore.
  • Strategically located 40 miles from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Less than one hour from Wilmington, DE, two hours from Philadelphia and three hours from New York City.
  • Close proximity to major markets in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest via US 301 a limited access, 4-6 lane highway that provides excellent connections to multiple interstates.
  • A highly educated workforce of 26,258 that is part of a labor market area of 359,000.
  • Home to a number of successful national and international firms in a variety of advanced manufacturing sectors including metal fabrication, high value consumer goods, construction materials, electronics, food and beverage, and maritime equipment and defense contracting.
  • Aggressive incentives available for expanding and new businesses including performance loans/grants, a revolving loan fund, real commercial property tax credits, no personal property tax and workforce training grants.
  • Access to higher education facilities including Chesapeake College which offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, and a variety of continuing education programs.
  • An exceptional quality of life highlighted by beautiful waterfront villages and strong Eastern Shore values.