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Garrett County Lauded for Clean Air

The 2023 State of the Air report released by the American Lung Association bills Garrett County as one of the nation’s cleanest when it comes to ozone pollution. Garrett County was the only county in the state with an “‘A” grade for its zero days high in ozone smog, continuing for its sixth consecutive year. Read more.

Photo (left to right): Sitting: Commissioner Paul Edwards, Commissioner Larry Tichnell, and Commissioner Ryan Savage Standing: Spencer Schlosnagle, Mayor of Friendsville, Carol Calhoun, All Earth Eco Tours, Connor Norman, Business Development Specialist, Kim Durst, Manager of Business Development, and Steve Kelley, Director of Planning and Community Development

Garrett County Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 40th Anniversary

At its public meeting on April 18, 2023, the Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County, Maryland presented a proclamation to Steve Bortz, Director of Garrett County Habitat for Humanity, Inc., recognizing and celebrating Habitat's 40th anniversary. Also taking part in the recognition were Habitat Board members Ron Tressler, Jessica Dijack, Robin McGill, and Tonya Sturm. Founded in 1983, Habitat's volunteers, families, and staff have worked diligently with its ongoing mission to eliminate impoverished housing and homelessness in Garrett County. Read more.

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty in Oakland

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, April 28, 2023, to celebrate the opening of Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty's Oakland branch. Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty is a general practice firm serving Western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in a broad range of legal services. The firm’s current members include J. Matthew Gilmore, Michael Llewellyn, Nicholas Monteleone, Jack McMullen, Robert Paye, Gregory Getty, Matthew Lamp, Emily Haworth, Alex Hayden and Jennifer Walsh. Read more.

Photo (left to right): Commissioner Paul Edwards, Mark Widmyer of Senator McKay's Office, Ryan and Morgan Yoder with daughters, Connor Norman, Business Development Specialist, and Andrew Fike, Chair of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Ribbon Cutting Held for Yoder's Butcher Barn in Grantsville

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, April 29, 2023, to celebrate the opening of Yoder's Butcher Barn, 3521 Chestnut Ridge Road, Grantsville. A small, family-owned slaughterhouse and custom processing shop focused on serving Garrett County and the surrounding community, the business is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to noon. Read more.

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2023 Garrett County Job Fair

The 2023 Garrett County Job Fair will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 1 - 6 PM in the Heritage Hall on the Garrett County Fairgrounds. The Job Fair is open to the public. Employers interested in participating are asked to register in advance. Learn more.

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UGE Achieves Notice to Proceed Milestone for Community Solar Project in Oakland

UGE International Ltd., a commercial and community solar leader, has reached the ‘Notice to Proceed’ (NTP) milestone for a 2.7MW ground-mount community solar project in Oakland, Maryland. The Notice to Proceed milestone indicates that financing for the project has closed and all necessary permits and interconnection approvals for the project are in place. This 20-acre project to be built at Lucas Landscaping and Turf Farm will join UGE’s Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) program, meaning that at least 30% of the energy generated by the project will be reserved for LMI households. Strengthening renewable energy equity is one of UGE’s guiding goals; the Company’s stated target is for more than 25% of the off-take from its operational portfolio to serve LMI households by 2026. Read more.

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Chick-Fil-A Nonprofit True Inspiration Award Grant Applications Open

Chick-fil-A's True Inspiration Awards® program was created in 2015 to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A® founder S. Truett Cathy. Through these annual grants, it is Chick-fil-A's pleasure to celebrate and support nonprofit organizations making an impact in their local communities. Grants range from $30,000 to $350,000, with a collective $5 million awarded annually to organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Organizations will be awarded for their work in the following areas: caring for people, caring through food, community, and caring for our planet. Learn more.

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Boost Your Exporting Expertise!

Boost Your Exporting Expertise! Join the U.S. Commercial Service for virtual tradecraft & industry-focused seminars during Export Week, May 1-5, 2023. Sign up for one, or all, of the 25+ unique sessions specially designed for exporters of all experience levels. Learn more.

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National Small Business Week Virtual Summit Set for May 2nd & 3rd

Join the SBA and SCORE on May 2-3, 2023, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit. This free, annual online summit is offered to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those aspiring to start a business. The Summit will include educational sessions, online business resources, and exciting speakers. Advance registration is required. Learn more.

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Garrett County Partnering With Comcast to Expand Broadband to More Than 300 Homes and Businesses

Governor Wes Moore announced that Maryland is awarding nearly $92 million to expand high-speed internet access to an estimated 14,500 households and businesses across the state through Connect Maryland, an initiative to close the digital divide through the Office of Statewide Broadband. Funding includes a grant award for Comcast, with additional investment from the company, to serve more than 300 new connections in Garrett County. This project area is the northeast corner of Garrett County, including portions of Pocahontas Road, Gravel Hill Road, Piney Run Road, Beall School Road, Frostburg Road, Old Frostburg Road, Blocher Road, Sam Crow Road, Green Lantern Road, Avilton Lonaconing Road (to the intersection with Green Lantern Road), Teaberry Ridge Road, Laurel Woods Drive, Pine Grove Road, Louvina Drive, Blue Lick Road, and McKenzie Road. Read more.

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Altus Power, Inc. Evidences Its Growing Footprint in Garrett County

The Grants for Artists (GFA) program supports the working and living expenses of Maryland artists. A primary aim of the program is to provide holistic support rather than restrict resources to the creative work that artists produce. A primary goal of the program is to bolster a creative workforce that composes a significant portion of Maryland’s creative and economic activity. Learn more.

Glendale Road Realignment Project Commences

The Glendale Road Realignment project began Monday, April 24, 2023. Traffic flow will be impacted during the project phase, and the public should expect travel delays. Questions can be directed to Excavating Associates at 301-777-0444. Learn more.

Available Commercial Space in Garrett County

McHenry Business Park

Photo of McHenry Business Park, Bumble Bee Road in McHenry - 107 acres available for purchase

More information:

Additional Resources:

Garrett County Business Development - 301.334.1921 -

May 2023 -

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