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  • Garrett County takes economic growth seriously. Its 920 businesses - 20 of which employee 100 or more workers - support 9,670 workers. And while tourism and agriculture have long been the region's primary economic engines, diverse companies are increasingly setting up shop here.

    'Tourism is a significant component of our economy and always will be,' says Frank Shap, deputy director and technology business development coordinator for the Garrett County Department of Economic Development.

    'But I would also say specialty manufacturing, construction, professional technical services, and the public sector are a growing part of that mix.'

    One such notable company, Phenix Technologies, based in Accident (but with offices around the globe), is an internationally recognized manufacturer of high-voltage test equipment. And the Beitzel Corporation and its sister company, Pillar Innovations, are among the region's other major employers.

    For more information about Economic Development in Garrett County, visit Garrett County Economic Development online.