It was a beautiful, clear, sun-filled afternoon during the kickoff event for the development of Mistletoe Hall Commerce-Business Park, Easton’s newest business park. On Friday, October 19, local, state, and federal officials were joined by Governor Hogan to announce the launch of this project.
Mistletoe Hall Commerce-Business Park is comprised of 86.25-acres of land on Goldsborough Neck Road and borders Easton Airport and Talbot Commerce Park. The business park will include seven parcels, offering prime location to encourage entrepreneurial activity and business expansion and attraction. The land was set aside many years ago for business and industrial use and has long been part of Easton’s long-range plans for growth.
This undertaking relies on intergovernmental cooperation and public/private sector partnerships. Funding for the project came from a number of local, state, and federal partners. In addition to funds committed to the project from the Town of Easton and Talbot County Government, the Rural Maryland Council awarded $250,00 and the United States Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration awarded $2,282,750.
“This investment will create jobs and help our businesses grow and prosper,” says Easton Mayor Bob Willey. “The Mistletoe Hall project will help ensure that Easton will flourish in the coming years, and we are grateful to all who assisted in making this happen.”
The funding will allow for the roads, storm water management, and utilities to be constructed, resulting in a “pad” space available for short or long-term lease. The project is expected to take approximately 24-36 months to complete.
In partnership with the Town of Easton, Talbot County applied and received a $250,000 grant from Rural Maryland Council’s Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund. This grant allows Talbot County to begin working on the first phase of improvements to Goldsborough Neck Road to support the project. Portions of Goldborough Neck and Airport Roads have been slated for future improvements to accommodate the development of a new hospital site off Route 50 near the Talbot County Community Center.
“We are committed to helping our municipalities create vibrant business communities and to providing jobs for Talbot County residents, says Talbot County Council President Jennifer Williams. “The Council is delighted to partner with the Town of Easton on the Mistletoe Hall project.”
The Mid-Shore Regional Council was instrumental in helping both Easton and Talbot County secure the grant funding for this project. “The Mistletoe Hall project has been listed for many years in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for this region,” says MSRC Executive Director Scott Warner. “This project strengthens the Mid-Shore’s business environment and resources. We are pleased to have played a role in securing the funding.”