The Town of Easton, Maryland, received a $1 million state administered HUD grant to upgrade its Talbot Commerce Park. The project will extend public sewer and water service and complete access road improvements to the park’s 111 acres intended for light industrial uses such as warehousing, distribution, automotive services and offices.
Easton annexed TCP in October 2014 so city services could be extended into the park. According to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, existing businesses in the park employ approximately 180 people, and the project is estimated to create an additional 100 positions over the next five years.
Funding is provided through the Community Development Block Grant Program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and administered locally by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Additionally, to assist with project costs, the Town of Easton contributed $250,000 and Talbot County provided just over $144,000.
“This is yet another example of the state, county and town working together to keep businesses within the town limits,” said Mayor Robert Willey. “By providing town utilities, we ensure both business expansion and the creation of many new jobs. The CDBG grant makes the project feasible and we look forward to continued support from DBED and DHCD on future endeavors.”
“The Talbot County Council is looking forward to building economic capacity for the town and the county by assisting the business community with this expansion,” said Corey Pack, County Council President. “We are very pleased to support the community in attracting new businesses to the Talbot Commerce Park.”
“Though the CDBG program, the state has been able to help companies expand, support community improvements, assist counties and towns in planning for their future, and add jobs,” said DBED Secretary Mike Gill. “We are pleased to work with our partners in Talbot County to ensure the Talbot Commerce Park has the infrastructure critical to its continued growth.”
“The Community Development Block Grant program helps us strengthen Maryland’s communities by expanding affordable housing opportunities, creating jobs, stabilizing neighborhoods and improving the overall quality of life,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth Holt. “It also is one of our more flexible community development tools, providing local municipalities such as the Town of Easton the resources they need to complete essential projects such as business retention and attraction, and commercial revitalization.”