Featured Mover | Jeff Trice, Dorchester County

By: Daily Record Staff August 29, 2017

Jeff Trice has been named the economic development director in Dorchester County.

Most recently, Trice was the director of business solutions for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation where he worked with federal agencies, defense contractors, airlines and other businesses to expand the county’s employment base.

An experienced business veteran, Trice has launched workforce initiatives, created training programs and grown jobs at the county, regional and state level throughout Maryland. He’s also started three businesses during his career.

From 2010 to 2016, Trice was business services program manager for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

Trice, a Caroline County native, is also a veteran, having served eight years in the U.S. Navy.


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Bachelor of Science in business management/marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park

What is Dorchester County’s No. 1 draw in attractive new businesses or to entice relocation of existing businesses? 

There are so many reasons to choose Dorchester that singling out just one is difficult.  I think the #1 draw is that Dorchester County offers an exceptional quality of life.  Today’s businesses demand not only access to roads, airport, land and technology.  They also demand a place where their workforce can thrive and achieve work-life balance.   Dorchester County is just that place!

With a great mix of industrial, retail, hospitality and technology employment, as well as an exciting, growing food, beer and wine scene, Dorchester is an ideal place to relocate or start a business.  We meet all the demands of business, and can provide a workforce with great problem-solving experience.  Our Tech Park has water, sewer, and fiber connections to Broadband, is adjacent to the local airport, is within the Enterprise and Hub Zones and boasts an Innovation Center incubator space.

If you had not chosen economic development as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I am passionate about encouraging people to reach their highest potential, so had I not chosen economic development, I would have probably found some other way to help people recognize opportunities and connect them to economic growth and stability for themselves, their families and the community.

Favorite “vacation”:

My favorite “vacation” was spending four and a half years in Hawaii, when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor during my Navy service.  It’s still my favorite place, and it allowed me to travel the world, experience different cultures and gain a better understanding of world economics.

When I want to relax, I … :

…Cook!  I enjoy trying out new, healthy recipes.

Favorite book:

My favorite recent read was “It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff.  Great positive management book about steward leadership.

Favorite quotation:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”  — Napoleon Hill

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