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Lower Shore 2014 Economic Forecast

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - For the 26th year in a row, business leaders on the Lower Shore tried to look into their crystal balls and get an idea of what to expect economically in the year ahead.

Representatives from across the Lower Shore took part in the 26th Annual Economic Forecast.  At the meeting, leaders said staying connected and up with the times with technology is essential.  In Ocean City, steps are being taken to make the life of a tourist a little easier.

"People who are already in Ocean City were going onto our website to get information about things to do, and places to go and restaurants to dine in.  So, we've moved that up in our priority list to develop a mobile website," said Ocean City Director of Tourism, Donna Abbott.

In Salisbury, finishing an initiative to attract more people downtown is a top priority.

"We have free downtown Wifi being implemented.  Phase one is complete. Phase 2 is under way and the third phase will be complete by this summer," said Salisbury City Council President Jake Day.

Day also said the city would like to make broadband more accessible in all parts of the city.  And Justin Kelley, the president of the Impact Technology Group said expanding broadband to areas of Worcester and Somerset counties that are currently without it could bring big benefits.

"Being online and having the broadband capability is very vital to the economic growth of this area because if the consumers have internet, they can connect with businesses and that fuels economic growth and jobs," said Kelley.

Plenty of ways technology can play a big part of the Lower Shore's economy in 2014.

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