Ernie Colburn: Perhaps best to extend impact fee moritorium

There are a couple of things on the radar screen of the Chamber. One is the “Development Impact Fee” and the second is the “Enterprise Zone Expansion.” First, let’s look at the Impact Fee. Since its inception in 1992, this fee was established as a supplemental fee to help fund education in Wicomico County. Over […]

Ernie Colburn: Coming off great success, YEA! will be even better

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has just graduated its first class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Now you’re probably thinking: “Great. … What’s the Young Entrepreneurs Academy?” Well, it’s a program for students in grades 6 through 12 from public schools and private schools that have the opportunity to come up with a big […]

Ernie Colburn: Watching some key issues in the General Assembly

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly session is well underway. Gov. Larry Hogan continues to put forth suggestions for tax reductions for individuals as well as businesses and while we appreciate these suggestions, a few need additional thought prior to coming on the floor of the Senate and House for a vote. First, let me list […]

Ernie Colburn: Chamber will help lead important projects in 2016

As we look ahead to 2016, the future is bright for the city of Salisbury and Wicomico County. Several projects are on the table that your Chamber is involved with that will promote growth, friendlier business environment, and overall positioning of our area as a contender for future prosperity. Here are just a few of […]

Ernie Colburn: What’s going on at the Chamber? Lots!

I get the question a lot “What’s going on at the Chamber?” The answer is “Everything!” We’re so deep and involved in many projects that are both short-term and long-term opportunities for our area. So, I feel the best way to bring you up-to-speed on  the projects would be via categorization under the Chamber’s Divisions […]

Ernie Colburn: Economic development is at the center of everything we do

As we hit stride of mid-summer with the celebration of our country’s independence, it gives us the opportunity to look back on those things we’re grateful to have, like our freedom and it’s also a time to look ahead to what’s down the road for Wicomico County and the city of Salisbury. I include both […]

Ernie Colburn: A chance to talk directly to leaders

The Chamber’s Advocacy and Government Relations Division is hard at work this summer preparing for six consecutive “Lunch & Learn” sessions between city and county government leaders and six different key categories of businesses that are Chamber members. These Lunch & Learns will benefit our government leadership as well as give select businesses the opportunity […]

Ernie Colburn: Helping fund fireworks is the right move

After a number of years in hiatus, four years ago Mike Dunn said to his wife, “I want to bring the fireworks back to Salisbury.” Knowing Mike as I do, once he sets his mind to something, there’s no turning back. Mike single-handedly started with “zero” dollars, and put Salisbury’s Fourth of July celebration back […]

Ernie Colburn: Chamber survey finds elected school board backing

Within the past several weeks, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce commissioned an online survey with our membership asking one straightforward question: “Do you think Wicomico County should have an elected school board?” Legislation in Annapolis would have posed the question of an elected school board to the voters on the general election ballot in […]