Winchester to host conference

July 09, 1997


Staff Writer

Lawmakers from throughout the Tri-State area and beyond will gather in Winchester, Va., Thursday for an annual conference to discuss tourism, economic development and other issues affecting the Interstate 81 corridor.

The Quad-State Legislative Conference is held each year to give legislators from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia a chance to discuss common issues and develop plans for addressing the problems. This year's conference is the 12th meeting.

Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said the conference offers two benefits: promoting common issues and solutions, and allowing lawmakers to get to know their counterparts in other states.


"Because of the interaction (between states), it is frequently necessary to contact the other lawmakers because of constituent problems," Munson said.

Speakers at a morning session include George Williams, director of the Maryland Office of Tourism, and Bob Rinesema, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Also on tap is a session about deregulation of electric power. Speaker will be Ellen Vancko, policy analysis director for Allegheny Power.

Lunch speaker will be former Army Secretary John O. Marsh Jr.

Economic development issues to be discussed include international trade and development activities, and technical industry potential.

Transportation also will be on the agenda.

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