WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - In his annual State of the County address, Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt stressed the importance of building a strong economic base in the upcoming year. Pollitt said the best way to do that is by attracting new business to the county rather than passing new taxes and cutting services to save money.
Dina McIntyer is the co-owner of the Ark General Store and Coffee Shop in Fruitland that just opened up a few months ago. McIntyer said that she would like to see other small businesses in town to make things interesting.
"Good competition is always a good thing. And this area needs more small businesses. There are not a whole lot around here," said McIntyer.
Attracting new businesses, both large and small, is a top priority for the county in the upcoming year. Executive Pollitt said he is even looking outside the box for ideas.
"Going place, as when I went to Taiwan. Exchanging business cards and talking about what we do here and how we might be useful or of interest to another party, even around the world."
Dana Simson has an art and ceramics shop in Salisbury and suggests taking advantage of some empty space to attract businesses and new jobs to the area.
"There's already the wonderful bones in the waterfront area, empty lots, an exciting river traffic thing with the tug boats and opportunities for walk ways and people to congregate down here," said Simson.
All types of options for the county to consider as it looks to land new jobs and businesses moving forward.