Talbot County has a way of making everyone feel fulfilled with our distinctive attractions, ample business opportunities, and a welcoming workforce. An area known for its entrepreneurial spirit, Talbot County is the place to pursue your passions.
Unspoiled Rural Beauty
Not only is the rural scenery of Talbot County captivating, we’re also close to big-city amenities that bolster your business opportunities. Situated on Maryland’s iconic Eastern Shore, Talbot County lies on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay. Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean lie to the east and Virginia’s Eastern Shore to the south.
Located less than 90 minutes from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., we’re positioned for sustainable business growth. Talbot County’s tourism industry employs 1,986 people, generating $303 million in visitor spending and $120.1 million in local, state, and federal taxes. These kinds of numbers make opening a retail shop, restaurant, or other service operation an attractive business opportunity. As a scenic destination with sparkling shore lines and charming towns, this is the place to do business.
We’re here to build relationships with every member of our community. Contact us today to learn more about how your business can capitalize on our county’s assets.
Quality of Life
Many communities say it, we’ve got it. Talbot County is booming with opportunity. Our unspoiled rural character provides livability for our residents and contributes to the county’s multi-million dollar tourism industry.
Your home is your haven, and Talbot County’s low taxes and retention of property value make your dwelling a worthy investment. Even more impressive, Talbot County maintains the lowest real property tax rate in the state.
See more about Talbot County housing statistics from the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors here.
With more than 600 miles of tidal shoreline, Talbot County retains a maritime flavor. Watermen make their living, pleasure boat users explore the Bay, and government agencies utilize our sites to research and preserve our valuable assets. With 27 public landings, we invite you to immerse yourself in our waterways.
If you prefer land over sea, green space is everywhere with more than two dozen public parks located throughout the county. The Talbot County Parks and Recreation System and Talbot County Community Center coordinate programs that cater to all families. No matter the season, there’s always action in Talbot County.
Your health is safe with us. Access to quality healthcare is quick and affordable. We’re home to University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, a facility ranked eighth best hospital in Maryland according to U.S. News and World Report. Our overall health ranks even better. According to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, Talbot County is ranked fifth out of Maryland’s 24 counties for overall health. This ranking is based on factors such as overall health behavior, access to clinical care, as well as social and economic factors. Check out Shore Regional Health’s plan to build a new $350 million hospital in Easton.
Our public school system is one of the highest rated districts in our region and outperforms the state in most subject areas. It’s easy to take education a step further with Chesapeake College on our turf.
Talbot County Public Schools
Our public school system blends four principles for educational achievement: Innovation, Compassion, Motivation, and Collaboration. Highly driven teachers, staff, and administrators bring instruction, skills, and guidance to mold our youth into the next generation of our workforce.
Our school system has some bragging rights:
- TCPS outperformed the state in 11 out of 14 areas in 2016 assessments.
- TCPS ranks second in the state for college readiness.
- Smart Board technology is available in every classroom.
- TCPS provides a laptop computer to every high school student.
- Dual enrollment opportunities are available with Chesapeake College.
- Ten CTE programs including Biomedical Science, Pre-Engineering, and Construction Trade.
- A Youth Apprenticeship program partners with local employers and the Maryland Department of Labor to allow students to earn while they learn.
Chesapeake College is influential for its size. Founded as Maryland’s first regional community college in 1965, the institution provides convenient and affordable opportunities in the form of more than 70 college majors.
Why do we love Chesapeake College?
- Career and non-credit workforce training is available.
- It provides jobs for more than 450 members in the surrounding community.
- Dual-enrollment and Career and Technology Education programs give high schoolers the chance to earn credit toward a degree or certification.
Colleges Within 70-Minute Drive
When it comes to higher education on the Eastern Shore, you have options. Aside from Chesapeake College, we have three additional prestigious institutions less than 90 minutes from Easton.
- Salisbury University– Salisbury, Maryland (55 minutes from Easton)
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore– Princess Anne, Maryland (70 minutes from Easton)
- Washington College– Chestertown, Maryland (50 minutes from Easton)
Do you want to leverage Talbot County’s educational resources for your business? Contact us today and we can help you train the workforce of tomorrow.
Our people put passion into their work. What else do we love about our workforce? They live here.
Our people are eager and educated.
Looking for ways to elevate your workforce? We’ll help you build a powerhouse team.
Talbot County has made improving its infrastructure a high priority. Whether you’re in need of lightning fast internet for your office or a major highway for your manufacturing facility, it’s all here in Talbot County.
Electricity: Delmarva Power (Pepco), Choptank Electric Cooperative, and Easton Utilities Commission.
Gas: Natural gas is supplied by Eastern Shore Natural Gas/Chesapeake Utilities to the town of Easton
Water and Sewer: The towns of Easton, Oxford, St. Michaels, and Trappe and the village of Tilghman are served by municipal systems. The remainder of the county’s water needs are supplied by wells fed by deep aquifers.
Highway: Stretching more than 3,000 miles, U.S. 50 is a major east-west route of the U.S. highway system, stretching from West Sacramento, California, to Ocean City, Maryland.
Not only does business take off in Talbot County, so does travel. Talbot County-owned Easton Airport is located just two miles north of downtown Easton. Home to more than 40 aircraft and 23 full-time pilots, Easton Airport is the aviation gateway to the Eastern Shore and its location brings significant travel opportunity. Ranked Maryland’s second busiest airport, it serves the local community, visitors, and recreational pilots, helping everyone get where they want to go.
The airport is a hub of economic activity, and its impact is impressive. Bringing business revenue, jobs, and tax dollars to the area, there is no denying the Easton Airport does its part in stimulating the state and local economy.
Easton Airport Economic Impact
High-Speed Internet Lives Here
Let’s face it, businesses today need to be up and running online. Long gone are the days of dial-up speeds. Talbot County has the Maryland Broadband Cooperative and Easton Utilities robust fiber optic network keeping us up to speed. In our incorporated towns, you will have access to the speeds you need through Atlantic Broadband.
Maryland Broadband Cooperative
Founded to provide a solution to the lack of broadband on the Eastern Shore and other rural areas in Maryland, the Maryland Broadband Cooperative is a company that built and maintains a fiber optic network throughout Maryland. The Cooperative has a Point of Presence located here in Easton.
Easton Utilities Gigabit Service
High-speed internet is available in residential and commercial packages. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, Easton Utilities’ connectivity won’t slow you down.
Servicing many of our incorporated towns and villages, Atlantic Broadband offers the speeds our businesses and residents need to get work done.