Rachel Barry hired as Caroline County Economic Development Coordinator
The Caroline County Commissioners are pleased to announce the selection of Rachel Barry as Economic Development Coordinator.
Barry comes to the County with three years’ experience in economic development. Prior to being hired by the County, she served as the Manager of Small Business Services for Caroline Economic Development Corporation, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s small business strategy and outreach. This included managing the Caroline County Small Business Loan Program, business plan review, site selection, troubleshooting permitting and regulatory issues, and assistance securing project financing.
In her new role, Barry will be responsible for implementing the County’s strategic plan for economic development. Her duties include working with the County Commissioners and the Economic Development Advisory Board to establish objectives in business retention and expansion, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and marketing and business attraction.
County Commission President Dan Franklin stated, “I’ve had the privilege of working with Rachel in her former position with CEDC, where I was on the Board of Directors. I am excited to have her aboard as Caroline County’s Economic Development Coordinator, and have no doubt that she will continue to provide outstanding service to our business community and citizens. We’re proud to have Rachel on our team.”
A native of Caroline County, Barry holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She moved back to Denton with her husband after he completed military service in 2012. Barry previously worked in the logistics and financial sectors and is active in several local organizations, including Caroline Imagination Library Partnership. She has also served on the Board of Directors for SCORE Mid-Shore, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed, since 2013.
Barry began her position effective March 1, 2017.