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Why Queen Anne's County, Maryland
... is the place to locate your business!
1. Quality of Life...
Queen Anne's County is located on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers a scenic rural environment strategically located within the Washington-Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cultural and educational resources are easily accessible. Queen Anne's County is situated within one to two hours drive of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE and Philadelphia PA.
2. Excellent Location and amenities...
Two U.S. highways in the County connect with major interstate arteries so that approximately one-third of the U.S. population can be reached via overnight trucking.
Airfreight and passenger service is available primarily through nearby Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
Locally operated Bay Bridge Airport offers a pilot controlled lighted runway, weather information and fueling 24 hours a day for light aircraft.
3. Outstanding, skilled workforce...
Queen Anne's County is part of a region that enjoys one of the highest populations of scientists and engineers in the United States . Highly qualified professional, managerial, technical, and clerical residents are ready to help you in positions in research, technology, science, construction, communications and manufacturing.
4. Unparalleled education and continuing education opportunities...
Local Public schools are highly regarded and sought after and rank in the top 15 percent of all county systems statewide.
Chesapeake College in Wye Mills is a regional two-year community college, which also offers four-year degree course work.
5. Excellent transportation infrastructure...
US Rt. 50/301 provides easy access to ground transportation. Rt. 97 interstate is 15 miles away.
The County-owned Bay Bridge Airport is located on Kent Island in Stevensville and provides a unique asset to businesses.
The Maryland/Delaware Railroad services Queen Anne's County from Kent County, MD to Centreville, MD.
Maryland offers an outstanding transportation infrastructure, including highway, air and port resources. The state has one of the best-maintained highway systems in the country, including heavily traveled routes such as Interstates 95, 97, 81 and 68. BWI Airport is one of the fastest-growing flight centers in the country, accommodating over one-third of the passenger traffic in the Washington-Baltimore metro area and surpassing Reagan National as the most popular airport among local travelers. Adding to its convenience, the airport also provides light rail, commuter and Amtrak train service on the airport grounds. BWI is in the midst of an aggressive expansion plan to keep pace with the booming activity of recent years and to position itself as the dominant airport in the region.
The Port of Baltimore is less than one hour away, very convenient for businesses who require the port for the shipping and receiving of goods.
6. Reasonable business costs...
No inventory tax for Business Personal Property. The state has no corporate franchise tax or gross receipts tax on manufacturers. Queen Anne's County has no tax on sales for resale; manufacturer's purchase of raw materials; manufacturing machinery and equipment; purchases of materials and equipment used in R&D and testing of finished products; purchases of computer programs for reproduction or incorporation into another computer program for resale. Maryland Sales and Use Tax is five percent statewide. Sales and use tax
Queen Anne's County does not have corporate income tax and the State corporate tax rate is a reasonable seven percent, which has remained unchanged for decades.
Queen Anne's County's property tax rate is $0.77 per $100 of assessed value and is consistently one of the ten lowest in the state. Queen Anne's County offers a non-residential (commercial) property tax credit for businesses that make significant real property improvements (i.e. construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or expansion of a non-residential structure) and creates 12 new additional full-time employees.
Queen Anne's County offers participation in its Revolving Loan Fund Program for eligible businesses.
Major Tax Credits are available from the State to businesses based on job creation, research and development activities, etc. Additional information can found on the State's website www.choosemaryland.org.
7. Commitment to nurture existing business...
Queen Anne's County has a listing of availabile business sites and space. Flex space is available at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park . Land is available for purchase and/or lease.
Customized incentive packages are available to assist businesses in relocation or expansion efforts.
Call or e-mail Jean Fabi, Business and Economic Development Liaison, to learn more about "Doing Business in Queen Anne's County" at 410-758-1255 or e-mail: email@example.com