Current News, Events, and Press Releases

County Working With Broadband Companies to Expand Service
Garrett County’s current broadband coverage is estimated at 75%, Commissioner Paul Edwards noted during a county government update report last week.
Mountain Maryland PACE Reception & Breakfast to be Held January 23th & 24th
Tickets for the 44th-annual Mountain Maryland PACE Reception & Breakfast, presented by the Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation & the Garrett County Development Corp., are still available.
Virtual Job Shadow is New Tool For Teachers and Students
The platform allows students to learn about hundreds of careers by viewing videos of people in those jobs, finding out what education/training is needed, future career trends, etc.
Commissioner Edwards: Economic Development Requires Infrastructure Work
The commissioners’ entire county update PowerPoint presentation is available for viewing online at
Garrett County Arts Council Names New A&E Coordinator
Oakland resident Mary Sincell McEwen started the new part-time job Monday. “I’m excited about shining more of a spotlight on our arts communities,” she said.
Income Must Be Part of Education Equation
Garrett County is considered the 6th wealthiest county in the state, because of high assessments at Deep Creek Lake.
Applications Now Open for TEDCO's Investment Funds
TEDCO, MD’s economic engine for technology companies, is now accepting investment applications for its Rural Business Innovation Initiative, Builder Fund, Seed Funds, and MD Venture Fund.
Western Maryland Consortium Services Available
The Western Maryland Consortium continues to offer funding for educational assistance and workforce opportunities for eligible persons in Garrett County, MD.
Chamber of Commerce Presents Legislative Agenda
“As the voice of business, we will advocate for these priorities, monitor legislative activities of the MD General Assembly and keep our members informed of issues that may impact them" - the Chamber.
Garrett Trails Hires New Director
“Josh has been a life-long resident of Garrett County...and shares a love for the outdoors, which made him the perfect candidate,” said Mike Dreisbach, Garrett Trails President.
FireFly Farms, Among the Most-Awarded in the US, Proudly Celebrates Another 15 Awards for its Handmade Cheeses in 2019
“It has been a great year for FireFly Farms,” remarked National Sales Director, Cristi Menard. “These fifteen new awards bring FireFly Farms’s individual award count to a staggering 120!"
Southern Band Wins Atlantic Coast Championship
The Southern Garrett Marching Band won its first-ever Tournament of Bands 1A Atlantic Coast Championship on Saturday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Backbone Food Farm Has Successful Hemp Trial Season
A small hemp crop was grown for the first time this year at Backbone Food Farm near Oakland. The trial was set up for 100 plants so the Dubanskys could study different varieties.
AAUW Branch Celebrates Women-Owned Businesses
The American Association of University Women — Garrett Branch hosted a reception last Thursday to recognize the “motivation, dedication and hard work” of women business owners.
Anonymous Donors Plan $1 Million Estate Gift for Garrett College
A couple who are part-time residents of the Deep Creek Lake area has established a $1 million estate gift to the Garrett College Foundation to be used in connection with either the college’s performin