On the list of jobs that could qualify for hardship pay, Eastern Shore county directors of economic development might be one of them. Working in a weak post-recession world, with fewer resources, at a time when the retail and manufacturing sectors are in midst of profound change makes life tough, but when you add in that they operate in a state that has a reputation of not being business-friendly makes one say good luck with that.
And yet Talbot County’s Paige Bethke, has been doing just that the last five years, and has actually found ways for a small economic development office to strategically focus their limited resources to keep Talbot competitive.
In her interview with the Spy, Paige talks candidly about the current business climate on the Mid-Shore, and how economic development does and can happen on the Eastern Shore.
This video is approximately eleven minutes in length