Maryland

Quick Facts

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

 

  • Capital: Annapolis
  • Population (2012 Est.): 5,884,563
  • Largest Cities (2012): Baltimore, 621,342; Frederick, 66,382; Rockville, 63,244; Gaithersburg, 62,794
  • Targeted Industries: Cybersecurity, Aerospace & Defense, IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services
  • GDP (All Industry 2012): $317.6 billion*

*Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce

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Incentives

Maryland Resources for Business

FINANCING

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Programs

Maryland Venture Fund: A state-funded seed and early-stage equity fund; an evergreen fund that receives annual allocations from the Maryland State Legislature. The Fund makes direct investments in technology and life science companies and indirect investments in venture capital funds. Approximately 60% of the Fund is invested in technology companies in the areas of software, communications, and IT security, and 40% of the Fund is invested in life sciences companies in the areas of therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics.

Invest Maryland: The largest venture capital investment in history by the State and was designed to support young companies in high-growth Maryland industries. In 2012, $84 million was raised for the program through an online auction of premium tax credits to insurance companies with operations in Maryland. Of that funding, two-thirds is being managed by private venture firms in invest in innovative early-stage businesses in the State. If successful with investments, the firms will return 100% of the principal and 80% of the profits to the State’s general fund. The remaining third will be invested by the state-run Maryland Venture Fund. The state is expecting to invest in hundreds of innovative early-stage companies.

Challenge Investment Program: Provides financing for seed-stage companies to cover a portion of the initial costs associated with bringing new products to market. Initial investments of $50,000 to $100,000 are made with incremental investments to a maximum of $150,000. These incremental investments are awarded based upon the client’s performance and the client’s ability to achieve milestones set by the Maryland Venture Fund at the time of the initial closing.

Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority Fund: There are five financing capabilities offered through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF), with assistance being provided to the business community and political jurisdictions. To qualify for assistance from MEDAAF, applicants are restricted to businesses located within a priority funding area and an eligible industry sector. With a few exceptions, assistance cannot exceed 70% of the total project costs.

Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII): Created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions, the program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths. Qualifying Universities, faculty from Qualifying Universities, and other entrepreneurs interested in creating a University Start-up are eligible for funding.

State Small Business Credit Initiative: Passed as part of President Obama’s Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, this initiative awarded Maryland with $23 million to strengthen existing financing programs that support lending to small businesses. The State is allocating the funds to programs that leverage private lending to help finance small businesses that are creditworthy, but are not getting the loans they need to expand and create jobs.

Community Development Block Grant Program: Provides funding to commercial and industrial economic development projects. Program funds are dispersed to a local jurisdiction in the form of a conditional grant and are then used for public improvements or loaned to a business.

TAX INCENTIVES

Job Creation Tax Credit: Businesses that create a minimum number of new full-time positions may be entitled to state income tax credits of up to $1,000 per job or $1,500 per job in a “revitalization area.”  Businesses engaged in an eligible activity must create at least 60 new full-time jobs in a 24-month period; this is reduced to 30 new full-time jobs if they are “high wage” jobs, and reduced to 25 new full-time jobs if they are located in a Job Creation Tax Credit “priority funding area.”   The Job Creation Tax Credit remains in effect until January 1, 2020.

One Maryland Tax Credit: Businesses that invest in an economic development project in a “qualified distressed county” and create at least 25 new full-time jobs may qualify for up to $5.5 million in state income tax credits.  Project tax credits of up to $5 million are based on qualifying costs incurred in connection with the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and installation of a project.  Start-up tax credits of up to $500,000 are available for the expense of moving a business from outside Maryland and for the costs of furnishing and equipping the new location.  The credit can be carried forward 14 years and is refundable, subject to certain limitations.

Enterprise Zone Tax Credit: The Enterprise Zone program provides real property and state income tax credits for businesses that locate in a Maryland enterprise zone.  The real property tax credit is 80% of the incremental increase in property taxes over the first five years, decreasing 10% annually during the next five years.  The income credit is $1,000 credit per new employee.  For economically disadvantaged employees, the credit increases to $6,000 per new employee over three years.  Enhanced credits are available in enterprise zone focus areas.

Research and Development Tax Credit Program: For Maryland businesses that incur Maryland qualified research and development expenses, the Basic R&D tax credit is 3% of eligible R&D expenses that do not exceed the firm’s average R&D expenses over the last four years and the Growth R&D tax credit is 10% of eligible R&D expenses -in excess of the firm’s average R&D expenses.  The credits are capped at $4 million each.  If the amount of credits all businesses apply for exceeds the cap, each business receives it’s pro rata share.  Businesses must submit an application to DBED by September 15 for expenses incurred in the previous tax year.  The credit is refundable for small businesses.

Biotechnology Investment Tax Credit Program: Maryland’s Biotechnology Investment Tax Credit provides income tax credits for investors in qualified Maryland biotechnology companies.  The value of the credit is equal to 50% of an eligible investment made in a qualified Maryland biotechnology company during the taxable year.  The maximum amount of the credit cannot exceed $250,000 for investors.  If the credit exceeds the tax liability, the remaining credit is refundable.  The program has a program cap and credits are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Research and Development Tax Credit Program: Provides income tax credits for expenses related to cellulosic ethanol technology research and development conducted in the State. The amount of the tax credit is equal to 10% of the eligible expenses incurred and cannot exceed the tax liability for that year. The maximum amount available for all companies in each year is limited to $250,000.  Businesses must submit an application to DBED by September 15 for expenses incurred in the previous tax year.

Brownfields Revitalization Incentive Program: A site that qualifies for this incentive program may qualify for real property tax credits as well. The site must be located in a jurisdiction that participates in the BRIP, and owned by an inculpable person.  For five years after cleanup, a site may qualify for a real property tax credit between 50% and 70% of the increased value of the site. (In an Enterprise Zone, the tax credit may last for up to 10 years).  This credit, combined with other real property tax credits, may not exceed 100% of the tax on the increased value of the site.

Security Clearance Tax Credit: The program provides income tax credits for businesses that incur costs related to obtaining security clearance for their employees or for the cost of constructing or renovating a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF). Businesses may receive a credit of up to $200,000 for security clearance administrative costs, 50% of the costs to construct a single SCIF up to $200,000 or up to $500,000 for the cost of constructing multiple SCIFs. In addition, a qualified small business that performs security-based contracting in Maryland may be eligible for income tax credits for the first year of rental payment for spaces leased in Maryland. The total credit is capped at $2 million. If the amount that businesses apply for exceeds $2 million, each business receives its pro rata share. The program goes into effect for tax years beginning January 1, 2013. Businesses apply to DBED by September 15th for expenses incurred in the previous tax year.

Cybersecurity Investment Tax Credit: The program provides a refundable income tax credit to Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Companies (QMCCs) that secure investment from an investor.  QMCCs receive a credit of 33% of the investment up to $250,000.  Companies are limited to participating in the program for only two years.  The program has a program cap and credits are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  The credit is available for tax years beginning January 1, 2014.

Wineries and Vineyards Tax Credit: Provides an income tax credit of 25% of qualified capital expenses made in connection with the establishment of new wineries or vineyards, or the capital improvements made to existing wineries or vineyards.  Total credits applied for may not exceed $500,000 or the credit will be prorated.  Businesses must submit an application to DBED by September 15 for expenses incurred in the previous tax year.  The credit is available for tax years beginning January 1, 2013.

Maryland Film Production Tax Credit: A film production project may be entitled to a refundable tax credit against State of Maryland income tax for certain costs incurred in the State that are necessary to carry out a film production activity. Qualified projects can be awarded a maximum of $7.5 million in credits in each fiscal year. Qualifying production activities are eligible for a tax credit of up to 25% of the qualified direct costs for a feature film, and 27% for a television series. If the amount of the tax credit exceeds the total tax liability in the tax year, the entity can claim a refund in the amount of the excess.

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Clean Energy Incentive Tax Credit: Businesses that use certain renewable energy sources or waste materials to produce electricity that is sold to an unrelated person may be entitled to an income tax credit. The facility must be placed in service, or co-firing with coal must begin, on or after January 1, 2006, but before January 1, 2016. Sole proprietorships, corporations and pass-through entities, such as partnerships, subchapter S corporations, limited liability companies and business trusts may claim the tax credit.

Community Investment Tax Credit: Businesses and individuals that donate to qualified organizations’ approved projects can earn credits equal to 50% of the value of the money, goods or real property contribution operated by tax exempt organizations (under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)) are eligible for a tax credit of up to $250,000. This credit is in addition to any charitable contribution deduction that is allowed for these contributions on both the state and federal income tax returns. The credit may be taken against corporate income tax, personal income tax, insurance premiums tax or public service company franchise tax. The same credit may not, however, be applied to more than one tax type.

Commuter Tax Credit: Maryland-based businesses that provide commuter benefits for employees may be entitled to a tax credit for a portion of the amounts paid during the taxable year. Commuter benefits include certain costs for an employee’s travel to and from home and the workplace, a Guaranteed Ride Home program or a parking “Cash-Out” program. The credit may be taken against corporate income tax, personal income tax, state and local taxes withheld (for tax-exempt organizations) or insurance premiums tax. The same credit may not, however, be applied to more than one tax type. Sole proprietorships, corporations, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and pass-through entities, such as partnerships, subchapter S corporations, limited liability companies and business trusts may claim the tax credit.

Employer-Provided Long-Term Care Insurance Tax Credit: Employers who provide long-term care insurance as part of an employee benefit package may claim a credit for costs incurred. The credit may be taken against corporate income tax, personal income tax, insurance premiums tax or public service company franchise tax. The same credit may not, however, be applied to more than one tax type. Sole proprietorships, corporations and pass-through entities, such as partnerships, subchapter S corporations, limited liability companies and business trusts may claim the tax credit.

Employment Opportunity Tax Credit: Businesses that hire an individual who is receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) or Family Investment Program (FIP) entitlements may be entitled to a tax credit for wages paid to the employee and for child care and transportation expenses paid on behalf of the employee. The credit may be claimed for individuals hired before July 1, 2009. The credit may be taken against corporate income tax, personal income tax, state and local taxes withheld (for certain tax-exempt organizations only), insurance premiums tax or public service company franchise tax.

Maryland Disability Employment Tax Credit: Businesses that hire people with disabilities may be entitled to a tax credit for wages paid to the employees and for childcare or transportation expenses paid on behalf of the employees. A person with a disability includes a veteran released from the armed forces for a service-related disability. The credit may be claimed for individuals hired before July 1, 2012.

Maryland-Mined Coal Tax Credit: A co-generator, a public service company or an electricity supplier that purchases coal mined in Maryland on or before December 31, 2020 may be eligible for a tax credit.

Sustainable Communities Tax Credit: This credit replaces the Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit as of June 1, 2010. This credit is an expansion of the Heritage Structure Tax Credit and alters eligibility requirements of the credit. A refundable credit may be allowed for substantial expenditures incurred to rehabilitate certified structures in Maryland on or after June 1, 2010, but before July 1, 2014.

Telecommunications Property Tax Credit: A telecommunications company that is a public utility is allowed a credit for a portion of the total property taxes paid by the company on its operating real property in Maryland, other than operating land, that is used in its telecommunications business. The credit may be taken only against corporate income tax. Only corporations may claim the tax credit.

For current program information, visit the Comptroller’s Office.

Harford County Office of Economic Development

Eileen Y. Frado
Senior Business Development & Site Selection Manager
220 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3059
fax: 410-879-8043
[email protected]
www.harfordbusiness.org

Harford County, Maryland is part of the Greater Baltimore Region, strategically located on I-95 in the heart of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic United States markets. Harford County’s location, highly skilled workforce and progressive, business-friendly environment offer the ultimate setting to a vast array of companies and industry sectors.

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Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Laurie Boyer
Executive Director
95 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD 20850
301-315-8095
fax: 301-315-8097
[email protected]
www.rockvilleredi.org

Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) assists companies who want to launch, locate and expand in Rockville MD, offering guidance and support to companies at all stages of growth. www.rockvilleredi.org.

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State Listings

  • Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

    Dominick Murray
    Secretary
    401 East Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    P: 410-767-6301
    [email protected]
    www.choosemaryland.org
  • Maryland Economic Development Association

    Pamela J. Ruff
    Executive Director
    P.O. Box 27039
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    P: 410-347-1246
    [email protected]
    www.medamd.com
  • Maryland Economic Development Corp. (MEDCO)

    Robert Brennan
    Executive Director
    300 East Lombard Street, Suite 100
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    P: 410-625-0051
    [email protected]
    www.medco-corp.com
  • Maryland Technology Development Corp.

    Robert A. Rosenbaum
    President & Executive Director
    5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 214
    Columbia, MD 21044
    P: 410-740-9442
    [email protected]
    www.marylandtedco.org

 

Utility Listings

  • Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE)

    Debra Larsson
    Director, Strategic Communications Initiatives
    7225 Windsor Boulevard
    Baltimore, MD 21244
    P: 410-470-7433
    [email protected]
    www.bge.com

 

Regional Listings

  • Science & Technology Park at Johns Hopkins

    Michael Rosen
    Senior VP, New Business Development
    855 North Wolfe Street
    Baltimore, MD 21205
    P: 847-568-8404
    [email protected]
    www.forestcityscience.net/hopkins/
  • Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

    Ruthy Davis
    Director, Regional Workforce & Business Development
    15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 745
    Hughesville, MD 20637
    P: 301-274-1922, ext. 815
    [email protected]
    www.tccsmd.org
  • Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

    Leanne Mazer
    Executive Director
    1 Technology Drive, Suite 1000
    Frostburg, MD 21532
    P: 301-689-1300
    [email protected]
    www.tccwmd.org
  • University of Maryland Bio Park

    Jane Shaab
    Business Development/Leasing
    801 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    P: 410-706-8282
    [email protected]
    www.umbiopark.com/

 

County Listings

  • Allegany County Department of Economic Development

    Matthew W. Diaz, CEcD
    Director
    701 Kelly Road
    Cumberland, MD 21502
    P: 301-777-5967
    [email protected]
    www.alleganyworks.org
  • Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

    Wes MacQuilliam
    Business Development Associate
    2660 Riva Road, Suite 200
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    P: 410-222-7410
    [email protected]
    www.aaedc.org
  • Baltimore County Economic Development

    Helga Weschke
    Acting Director
    105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 300
    Towson, MD 21204
    P: 410-887-8533
    [email protected]
    www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business
  • Calvert County Economic Development (CCED)

    Linda Vassallo
    Director
    Courthouse Square, 205 Main Street, 2nd Floor
    Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    P: 410-535-4583
    [email protected]
    www.co.cal.md.us
  • Carroll County Department of Economic Development

    Paige Sunderland
    Business Development Manager
    225 North Center Street, Suite 101
    Westminster, MD 21157
    P: 410-386-2070
    [email protected]
    www.carrollbiz.org
  • Cecil County Office of Economic Development

    Lisa Webb
    Director
    200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Suite 2700
    Elkton, MD 21921
    P: 410-996-6292
    [email protected]
    www.cecilbusiness.org
  • Charles County Economic Development

    Debra L. Jones
    Business Development Manager
    10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 206
    White Plains, MD 20695
    P: 301-885-1344
    [email protected]
    www.meetcharlescounty.com
  • Dorchester County Economic Development

    Keasha Haythe, CEcD
    Director
    5263 Bucktown Road
    Cambridge, MD 21613
    P: 410-228-0155
    [email protected]
    www.choosedorchester.org
  • Frederick County Business Retention & Development

    Helen Riddle
    Manager
    Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    P: 301-600-1058
    [email protected]
    www.discoverfrederickmd.com
  • Garrett County Department of Economic Development

    Kim Durst
    Economic Development Specialist
    Frederick A. Thayer, III Courthouse, 203 South Fourth Street, Room 208
    Oakland, MD 21550
    P: 301-334-1921
    [email protected]
    www.gcedonline.com
  • Harford County Office of Economic Development

    Eileen Y. Frado
    Senior Business Development & Site Selection Manager
    220 S. Main Street
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    P: 410-638-3059
    [email protected]
    www.harfordbusiness.org
  • Howard County Economic Development Authority

    Lawrence F. Twele
    CEO
    6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500
    Columbia, MD 21046
    P: 410-313-6500
    [email protected]
    www.hceda.org
  • Kent County Economic Development

    Bernadette Bowman
    Director
    400 High Street
    Chestertown, MD 21620
    P: 410-810-2830
    [email protected]
    www.kentcounty.com
  • Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

    Steve Silverman
    Director
    111 Rockville Pike, Suite 800
    Rockville, MD 20850
    P: 240-777-2005
    [email protected]
    www.choosemontgomerymd.com
  • Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation

    Gwen S. McCall
    President & CEO
    1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 350
    Largo, MD 20774
    P: 301-583-4650
    [email protected]
    www.pgcedc.com
  • Somerset County Economic Development Commission

    Daniel K. Thompson
    Executive Director
    11916 Somerset Avenue, Suite 202
    Princess Anne, MD 21853
    P: 410-651-0500
    [email protected]
    www.somersetcountyedc.org
  • St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development

    Laura Boonchaisri
    Economic Development Coordinator
    P.O. Box 653 Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive
    Leonardtown, MD 20650
    P: 301-475-4200, ext. 1408
    [email protected]
    www.stmarysmd.com
  • Talbot County Office of Economic Development

    Paige Bethke
    Director
    215 Bay Street, Suite 5
    Easton, MD 21601
    P: 410-770-8058
    [email protected]
    www.talbotcountymd.gov
  • Washington County Department of Business Development

    Robert P. Mandley
    Business Development Specialist
    100 West Washington Street, Room 103
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    P: 240-313-2280
    [email protected]
    www.hagerstownedc.org
  • Worcester County Economic Development

    Bill Badger, Jr.
    Director
    100 Pearl Street, Suite B
    Snow Hill, MD 21863
    P: 410-632-3112
    [email protected]
    www.chooseworcester.org

 

City Listings

  • Aberdeen Economic Development Commission

    Phyllis Grover
    Director of Planning & Community Development
    60 North Parke Street
    Aberdeen, MD 21001
    P: 410-272-1600, ext. 216
    [email protected]
    www.aberdeen-md.org
  • Baltimore Development Corporation

    Leon F. Pinkett II
    Senior Economic Development Officer
    36 South Charles Street, Suite 1600
    Baltimore, MD 21201-3015
    P: 410-837-9305
    [email protected]
    www.baltimoredevelopment.com
  • Cambridge Economic Development

    Natalie Chabot
    Director
    410 Academy Street
    Cambridge, MD 21613
    P: 410-221-6074
    [email protected]
    www.choosecambridge.com
  • City of Bowie

    John Henry King
    Economic Development Director
    15901 Excalibur Road
    Bowie, MD 20716
    P: 301-809-3047
    [email protected]
    www.cityofbowie.org
  • City of Frederick, MD Department of Economic Development

    Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
    Director
    101 North Court Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    P: 301-600-6360
    [email protected]
    www.businessinfrederick.com
  • City of Hagerstown

    Jill Estavillo
    Economic Development Manager
    14 North Potomac Street, Suite 200A
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
    P: 301-739-8577, ext. 111
    www.hagerstownadvance.com
  • City of Takoma Park

    Sara Anne Daines
    Director, Housing & Community Development
    7500 Maple Ave
    Takoma Park, MD 20912
    P: 301-891-7224
    [email protected]
    www.takomaparkmd.gov
  • City of Taneytown Economic Development

    Nancy McCormick
    Economic Development Director
    17 East Baltimore Street
    Taneytown, MD 21787
    P: 410-741-1100, ext. 20
    www.taneytown.org/economic_development.asp
  • Gaithersburg Office of Economic & Business Development

    Tom Lonergan
    Economic Development Director
    City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    P: 301-258-6310
    [email protected]
    www.gaithersburgmd.gov
  • Montgomery Village Foundation

    Dave Humpton
    Executive Vice President
    10120 Apple Ridge Road
    Montgomery Village, MD 20886
    P: 301-948-0110
    [email protected]
    www.montgomeryvillage.com
  • Ocean City Development Corporation

    Glenn Irwin
    Executive Director
    108 Dorchester Street
    Ocean City, MD 21842
    P: 410-289-7739
    [email protected]
    www.ocdc.org/
  • Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

    Laurie Boyer
    Executive Director
    95 Monroe Street
    Rockville, MD 20850
    P: 301-315-8096
    [email protected]
    www.rockvilleredi.org
  • Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development, Inc.

    David Ryan
    Executive Director
    One Plaza East, Suite 501, P.O. Box 4700
    Salisbury, MD 21803
    P: 410-749-1251
    [email protected]
    www.swed.org
  • Town of Bel Air Economic Development

    Trish Heidenreich
    Director of Economic Development
    37-41 North Main Street
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    P: 410-838-0584
    [email protected]
    www.belairmd.org