2018 Community Impact Award: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is an economic driver in Talbot County, bringing locals and guests together, and generating sales taxes through non-mission related business units and tourism tax income through attracting accommodation, dining, and shopping guests to CBMM. CBMM is committed to social responsibility when it comes to community involvement. They have partnered with several profit and not-for-profit businesses to create a healthier and more robust business and community environment for all.
CBMM currently attracts more than 70,000 annual guests, a 40% increase in the number of visitors five years ago. In addition, a 2016 BEACON economic impact study conducted by Salisbury University, found that CBMM contributes $7.58 million in economic impact to Talbot County. CBMM is further investing in economic development and social responsibility by undergoing strategic and master planning in 2017-2018, the results of which will secure the future for CBMM and Talbot County as a destination.