3 new enterprise zones created in counties


December 24, 1997

State economic development officials designated parts of three counties as enterprise zones yesterday, hoping to bring jobs and help jump-start languishing economies.

The new enterprise zones in Cecil, Wicomico and Worcester counties bring to 35 the number of areas in the state offering tax breaks and other incentives to business in exchange for job creation.

In Cecil, the enterprise zones designated by the state's Department of Business and Economic Development in Elkton, Perryville, North East and Port Deposit represent the first ones in the rural county.

"It's another tool for economic development, and we're hopeful that it would add business and bring jobs," said Oakley Sumpter, president of the Cecil County Commissioners.

In a further effort to stem its 5.7 percent unemployment rate, Cecil County also is spending roughly $10 million on roads and sewer lines and new natural gas lines are being installed, Sumpter said.

In Worcester County, the new zone is in Pocomoke City, while Wicomico County's new zone is in Salisbury. Both counties already have two enterprise zones.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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