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Commissioners Announce New Economic Development Director

The Worcester County Commissioners announce the appointment of Kathryn Gordon as the new Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) director. Gordon stepped into her new role June 4, 2019.

“Kathryn is a highly-qualified, highly-motivated professional with extensive knowledge and field experience, but more importantly she is a committed and dedicated individual,” said Commission President Diana Purnell. “She will continue to build on her record of accomplishments, making her a great asset to the county and its citizens.”

Gordon, who brings 11 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience to her new position, began her career with Worcester County Government in 2013. She joined WCED as deputy director in 2017 after completing her master’s degree. Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources. 

“I’m honored to serve as the new director of Economic Development,” Gordon said. “I grew up in Worcester County, and I graduated high school in our nationally-renowned schools. Now I’m raising my family here, and I look forward to working with our government leaders, the business community, and private citizens to build the strategic partnerships that will help our county, my home, grow to its fullest potential.”

Gordon is an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), allowing her to remain current on opportunities that promote economic growth and protect Worcester County’s rural character. She sits on the IEDC Sustainability Advisory Committee, focusing on the triple bottom line: creating sustainable social, environmental, and economic well-being. Gordon also sits on the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Local Advisory Committee to ensure the CTE programs offered at Lower Eastern Shore technical high schools meet the economic and workforce needs of the communities. 

Gordon is currently completing the IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program, recognized as the standard of excellence for the profession. 
To learn more about how WCED programs and services can help you grow an existing business or start a new venture, contact Gordon at (410) 632-1332.