Ponies on the coast in Assateague state park

Regional Resources

Data Resources

ESRGC (Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative)

The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) provides access to geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to the local governments of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The ESRGC is an outreach entity of Salisbury University, and is a joint effort between the Mid-Shore Regional Council, the Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and the University.

BEACON (Business Economic and Community Outreach Network)

BEACON, The Business Economic and Community Outreach Network of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, offers business, economic, workforce, and community development research and consulting services. BEACON clients include private, public, and non-profit sector organizations.

DelMarVa Index (Economic and health dashboards)

DelMarVa Index, a collaborative effort of Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCCLES), the Mid-Shore Regional Council (MSRC), and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Center (ESRGC-Salisbury University) to provide a user-friendly tool to find economic data, demographic data, etc. for business planning purposes


A CEDS, or Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, is a roadmap to understanding the regional economy and serves as a useful guide to local decision making. It is a comprehensive planning document that acts as a blueprint to the economic development activities of a region and is a requirement for receiving Federal infrastructure funds through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the US Department of Commerce.

View the 2021-2022 CEDS HERE 

County Economic Development Directors

Somerset County

Danny Thompson, Executive Director
Somerset County Economic Development Commission

Wicomico County

Dave Ryan, Executive Director
Salisbury – Wicomico Economic Development

Worcester County

Melanie Pursel, Director
Worcester County Office of Tourism & Economic Development

County Recreation, Parks and Tourism Directors

Somerset County

Clint Sterling, Director
Somerset County Recreation, Parks and Tourism


Wicomico County

Steve Miller
Director, Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Kristen Goller
Manager, Tourism

Worcester County

Melanie Pursel, Director
Worcester County Office of Tourism & Economic Development


Kelly O’Brien-Rados, Director
Recreation and Parks
410-632-2144 x2502