Economic & Workforce Development
Garrett County Economic Development
The Garrett County Department of Economic Development, a department of local government, is focused on a variety of fiscal, community, and infrastructure initiatives. The Department strives to create a diverse economy that: fuels innovation and prosperity; attracts and retains talent—regional and homegrown.
Visit their website here. To reach Economic Development directly call 301-334-1921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Site selection support
- Public/private financing assistance
- Workforce training and recruitment
- Networking resources and referrals
- Marketing support
- Demographic analysis
- General business assistance
Employment Opportunities/Job Postings
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce provides a free jobs board for our members to list open positions and to help job seekers find employment opportunities. Link to jobs board here.
The Workforce Development Taskforce was created by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to address workforce needs in Garrett County and develop solutions to create a sustainable labor pool. Areas of focus include education and training, affordable housing and public transportation. Listed below are details on some of the initiatives undertaken by the Taskforce. If you are interested in joining the Taskforce please fill out the committee sign up sheet here and email it to email@example.com.
Work Ethic Diploma Program
The Chamber in partnership with Garrett County Public Schools has launched a Work Ethic Diploma Program to address the workforce challenges by creating a pipeline of prospective employees who possess those quality attributes desired by employers.
The concept was brought to our attention by employers that felt students were not completing high school with the soft skills needed to be successful employees. With the input of area educators, business leaders, and post-secondary representatives, standards were developed to measure work ethic in students. By meeting established criteria, local students will earn a Work Ethic Diploma upon graduating which will guarantee them job interviews and better wages. To learn more about the program click here.
So far the Work Ethic Diploma Program has been a huge success with the students. We have approximately 500 students in grades 9 - 12 signed up to participate in the program between our two local high schools.
Garrett College Student Welcome
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Taskforce partnered with Garrett College on September 10, 2018 to host a welcome reception for incoming Garrett College out-of-county students.
The purpose of the Welcome Reception was to make the students feel comfortable in their new community and expose them to some wonderful features that Garrett County has to offer. It is our goal that some of these students will choose to make Garrett County their home and find employment at one of our great local companies.
Thanks to our sponsors; Ace's Run Restaurant & Pub, Silver Tree Marine Service, Splash Island and Lakeside Creamery.
Student Familiarization Tours
As the second phase of welcoming the out-of-county students, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett College lead tours to familiarize the students with the community.
Three tours were conducted in different regions of the county. As part of each tour, the students visited a local business to briefly learn about the work the businesses do and the potential for job opportunities.
Affordable Housing Initiatives
More information coming soon.
Public transportation in Garrett County is provided by Garrett Transit Services, an on demand public bus system. GTS operates on an advanced reservation service. Trips can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance. To schedule a trip, call 301-533-9010 (or 301-334-9431 Ext. 6300), Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Make your call by 2:00 p.m. the day before your appointment. A 3-day advance notice required for any trips out of the local area. For more information click here.
Private transportation services are also available. Click here.