Economic Development Commission


The Economic Development Commission’s members serve 3-year terms.

Date Appointed
Term Expiration
Hazen ArnoldJanuary 1, 2020December 31, 2022
Heather BacherJanuary 1, 2020December 31, 2022
Edward BeresJanuary 1, 2019December 31, 2024
Lee Schnappinger BridgmanJanuary 1, 2020December 31, 2022
Jonathan CookJanuary 1, 2020December 31, 2022
Larissa CostelloMarch 9, 2021December 31, 2023
Brian DeMossJanuary 1, 2019December 31, 2024
Deayna EwellJanuary 1, 2022December 31, 2024
Shelly M. Gross-WadeJanuary 1, 2022December 31, 2024
Jesse ParksJanuary 9, 2018December 31, 2024
James ReillyMarch 9, 2021December 31, 2023
Jeremy ReynoldsJanuary 1, 2019December 31, 2024
Jaime ThompsonJanuary 1, 2022December 31, 2024
Shawna TruittMarch 9, 2021December 31, 2023
Lara WilsonJanuary 1, 2022December 31, 2024


  • 4th Wednesday of Every Month at 9 a.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center
  • December meeting will be held on the 19th, due to the holiday

The Economic Development Commission meets the 4th Wednesday of every month. For times and locations of meetings, call the Economic Development and Tourism Office at 410-604-2100.


The Economic Development Commission was established by Resolution in April 1982 and again by Resolution 94-04 of February 8, 1994. The purpose of the commission is to develop a vibrant economy with the necessary human and business resources to provide the highest quality of life for all residents, while preserving the County’s distinctive cultural and environmental heritage.

They investigate and assemble information pertaining to economic resources, industrial sites and opportunities and disseminate this information by publication, advertising or other means. They periodically survey the over-all condition of the County from the standpoint of determining whether the County has a community climate and furnishes such services and facilities as are conducive to industrial and economic expansion and makes recommendations to the Department Planning and Zoning regarding the development of commercial projects.


The Economic Development Board of Directors oversees a small fund that was established through the solicitation of private funds in the mid-1980’s. Over the years these funds have been used for a variety of economic development initiatives. On July 21, 2006, the BOD directed that these privately raised funds be placed under the 501c(3) control of the Foundation for Community Partnerships. The foundation operates as an umbrella 501c(3) organization for the BOD.