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New Innovation Center Opens in Cambridge

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The new Eastern Shore Innovation Center in the Dorchester Technology Park (Photo:WBOC) The new Eastern Shore Innovation Center in the Dorchester Technology Park (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  The Eastern Shore Innovation Center is now open for business.  The 13,500-square-foot facility, which opened Monday, provides office and warehouse space, as well as resources for 13 startup businesses to stay and grow.

"We've provided the infrastructure for people who have that inspiration to end up creating business that can help people, and support the economy at the same time," said Steve Doblow, director of the center.

By providing low-cost office space for two to three years, businesses can get off the ground with one less stressor.

"To have that all in one bag, it's perfect," said Robert Carrion, who works with Quevera, one of the tenants of the innovation center.  "It allows us to use our resources in other avenues to create revenue.  So it does cut back and it does make everything easier."

The goal is to allow businesses like Cambridge Federal, to stay local and create more jobs on the shore and in Dorchester County.

"My intent is to hire recent graduates from Salisbury with SAP certification and have them on the help desk here in Dorchester County, so they don't have to go to Washington, D.C. or New York for employment," said Mike Ross, the CEO and founder of Cambridge Federal.

Cambridge and Dorchester County have taken several steps to bring business and people to the area.  Dorchester Economic Development Director Kesha Haythe believes it is working.

"Economic development is a challenge, particularly when you're in a distressed county.  It's more difficult, but we've been taking baby steps and doing one step at a time, and in the past eight years, we've been working with companies to create 600 new jobs," said Haythe.

Those 600 jobs have lowered the county rate of unemployment from twelve to seven percent.

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