During Coffee and Conservation, an annual event co-hosted by Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and Waterfowl Chesapeake to celebrate the business of conserving our environmental resources, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, delivered remarks on progress the Department is making in conserving the state’s natural resources.

Haddaway-Riccio shared greetings from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and congratulated the festival on its 49th year. The Secretary’s speech highlighted several accomplishments including how outdoor recreation generates $14.4 billion in consumer spending in Maryland, an Innovative Technology Fund that is providing grants to start-ups developing new technologies to improve the environment, an updated oyster management plan, a newly developed nutrient credit trading program, and the support of a state-of-the-art vertically integrated salmon aquaculture facility being developed in Cordova, MD.

“For an event that celebrates the business of conserving our natural and environmental resources, having the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources here to help kick things off is a perfect fit,” says Sam Shoge, Talbot County Economic Development Coordinator. “We are grateful to Secretary Haddaway-Riccio and DNR for everything they do and for being the lead sponsor for our event.”

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About Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism

The Office of Economic Development and the Office of Tourism were merged in 2016 by the Talbot County County Council to fully leverage the synergy and common interest of the two offices. The mission of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism is to enhance and promote a business-friendly environment for current and prospective enterprises and to advocate for policies that support and strengthen the economic vitality of Talbot County. The vision the department sees for Talbot County is simple: Strong Communities. Empowered Businesses. Innovative Solutions.

If you own or operate a business here in Talbot County, or want to start one, you are encouraged to contact the Department of  Economic Development and Tourism at 410-770-8058 or visit their office at 215 Bay Street, Suite 5, Easton, MD.