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New Wet Lab at Eastern Shore Innovation Center Hoping to Boost Economy

Posted: 08/01/2017 17:35:00 -04:00 Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Kaitlin Isabell is a pro at fingerprint scanning and she's just an intern.

Her company, Cambridge Federal, is a small business at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center inside Dorchester Regional Technology Park.

The Center is called an incubator - a space housing small businesses and attracting young talent like Isabell.


"I've never seen a 3-D printer before and that was a great opportunity," Isabell said with a smile. "I am now licensed to do fingerprinting."

Along with the 3D printer, the Center also has its own wet lab. It's the first of it's kind on the Eastern Shore where businesses and researchers can use and rent a lab.

It's an attractive deal to business owner, Mike Ross.

"If it weren't for the incubator we probably wouldn't have started," Ross said.

Right now, the Innovation Center is the only building inside the park, but county officials say surrounding lots could quickly fill up with companies looking to stay in the area. That could mean more jobs, more young talent, and a boost to the local economy.

Dorchester County Economic Director, Jeff Trice, says the incubator is what an aging county like Dorchester needs.


"It's vital to have that 25 to 30, 40 somethings staying here or coming back here," Trice said.

And it's working.

"Cambridge was just a road that I took to get down to Salisbury most of the time or to get down to the beach to vacation, but now that I've stopped in here, I really enjoy it," Isabell said. "Everything is really great around here."

The Eastern Shore Innovation Center opened February last year.

The new wet lab hopes to attract STEM-related businesses and researchers to Dorchester County.

 

 

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