The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), formed in 2013, was created to promote economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business formation in order to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works towards maintaining Easton’s continued growth as a diverse, healthy and smart town, leading innovation where the land and water meet.
Goals & Initiatives
The EEDC was launched to achieve three broad goals, each of which has resulted in a variety of exciting projects:
1. Creating an environment that promotes investment in the Town of Easton.
The Easton Economic Development Corporation will target economically depressed areas where it will promote smart redevelopment, working closely with County, State and Federal government agencies and representatives. The EEDC will educate the public and business community about the importance of its economic development work, and will promote and facilitate employment opportunities for that part of the community that has historically been underserved or under-employed. Through traditional means, such as promoting small business access to capital sources and lending, and promoting access to educational opportunities related to business management, legal, accounting and reporting methods, EEDC will develop business opportunity for the economically depressed, and will create benefits for the disadvantaged.
2. Growing the Town of Easton as a diverse, healthy, and affordable “smart town”, which leads innovation in a place where the land and water meet.
We are leading efforts to make the Town of Easton an innovation center, both in terms of quality of life and economic growth. Specific projects include:
- Connecting the heart of downtown Easton to the waterfront through the redevelopment of Port Street
- Preserving and re-energizing Historic Easton
- Developing critical vacant or underutilized parcels in downtown Easton
- Establishing a Hot Desks co-working / maker space in Easton
- Launching the Healthy and Smart Innovation Center to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the seafood industry and to establish a healthy food infrastructure on the Delmarva Peninsula
3. Providing assistance for the production and distribution of healthy food from our land, bay, and rivers.
The Town of Easton is surrounded by the beautiful rural landscape and waterways of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The EEDC seeks to capitalize on the region’s rich agricultural and seafood heritage through a variety of projects, including:
- Launching the Chesapeake Harvest Food Distribution Network, a food hub to be located in Easton, MD, to aggregate fresh vegetables grown by local farmers on the eastern shore of Maryland and market and sell them to wholesale buyers in Washington DC, Maryland and other states in the Mid-Atlantic
- Enhancing healthy food access by providing five percent of its gross vegetable production at a free or reduced rate to the Maryland Food Bank and other food security agencies in Maryland and Washington DC, in order to address food deserts and food insecurity in the rural farming communities and the urban markets in which Chesapeake Harvest operates
- Supporting the establishment of farmer training programs to encourage new farmers and support diversification to include healthy food and value-added products