Save Our HUBZone

Garrett County is currently designated an Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), based on income and unemployment data. This designation allows certified companies located in the county, including our company, to receive preferential treatment for Federal government contracts. There are a total of 11 companies, employing nearly 500 people, who are certified HUBZone Small Businesses in Garrett County. These 11 businesses, again including ours, greatly depend on this HUBZone designation for a significant share of their work.

Here is the urgent issue. Based on what we consider to be faulty data, Garrett County is set to lose its HUBZone designation at the end of 2017. Without this critical HUBZone designation, these Garrett County companies will be at a severe disadvantage in competing for future Federal contracts. Such an outcome could jeopardize millions of dollars in business and potentially cause serious job reductions. For Garrett County, it could prove very harmful to the local economy and set back the community’s future economic development efforts.

Right now, we are working diligently with the other 10 impacted businesses as well as our county, state, and federal officials to find a viable solution, including extending the county’s HUBZone status. Please join us in this effort. To help you, we are providing you links to letters written in support by officials on the matter and other resources. We will update this page as we collect more.

Letters in Support

Letter to Rep. Delaney, dated Jan. 27, 2017, from the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Letter to Gov. Hogan, dated Jan. 27, 2017, from the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Letter to Sens. Van Hollen and Cardin, dated Jan. 27, 2017, from the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Letter to Rep. Delaney, dated Feb. 8, 2017, from Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary R. Michael Gill

Resources

American Community Survey’s (ACS) Increased Margin of Error in Rural Areas Effecting Eligibility for Governmental Funding,” Position Paper by  Garrett County Chamber of Commerce