Salisbury Rising: Photos of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

With over 30 years of direct industry experience, Salisbury’s Chesapeake Shipbuilding has become a leading designer and builder of a notable array of commercial ships up to 450 feet in length. Their vessels exit from the Wicomico River to operate all over the world, and are suited for inland waterway or ocean service. Their specialization […]

Salisbury Rising: Programs are cultivating youngsters

When children look for carrots in the garden, when they talk about how much they enjoy the vegetable traditionally shunned by little ones, something is being done right. That’s certainly the case at the Salvation Army Richard Hazel Youth Center, where youngsters, on a recent sunny afternoon, rushed to the garden they are cultivating, eager […]

Salisbury Rising: Downtown optimism is highest in 30 years

There are lots of people in the Salisbury economic arena who can see what’s going on. A few of these people even understand what makes the area tick business-wise. There is only one figure who can see, understand and actually explain it all: Dr. Memo Diriker. Dubbed the “Business Guru of the Shore,” Diriker is […]

Salisbury Rising: Entrepreneurial Center will be cutting edge

Successful cities are hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. They foster an environment where ideas are generated, exchanged, developed and put into practice. As Salisbury University’s Director of Entrepreneurial Activities puts it, the top communities know all about creating businesses, creating jobs, creating revenue flows and instilling innovation. Over the next three years, Downtown Salisbury will […]

Salisbury Rising Q&A: Brad Gillis, Joey Gilkerson

Bradley Gillis and Joey Gilkerson are the sons of Salisbury’s most-prominent developers, Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson of business mainstay Gillis Gilkerson. While their dads garnered a great deal of attention over the past 30 years, the spotlight has shifted to Joey, 29, and Brad, 35. Their ambitious redevelopment projects are changing Salisbury, while promoting […]

Salisbury Rising: Fisher’s designs will impact city

When local architect Keith Fisher talks about his upbringing and how he developed a strong work ethic, credit goes to his grandfather and mother. His grandfather owned a pizzeria in the Philadelphia area, where he was born, and it was there he learned the value of a dollar with such precision that, with help from […]

Salisbury Rising: City is building a bicycling network

Several times every week, Matt Drew rides his bike from his home near Salisbury University, north to the company where he works, AWB Engineers on Northwood Drive. It’s not only enjoyable, but beneficial. Bikers, Drew strongly believes, help the environment as they exercise for better health.  Even real estate values increase when homes are near […]