By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The new director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission says the county should advertise in trade magazines and ensure a quality education system to attract new business.
John C. Howard told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday the county needs to create "a big-league image" to compete with the thousands of other counties looking to land the 100 or so major development projects that occur nationwide each year.
"You've got to create an image that says, `You're a star,'" he said.
Howard also said that without a quality education, attracting high-wage, high-tech jobs will be difficult. He also said the county must work to make sure that those jobs are available when students graduate from college to prevent the county's top students from moving elsewhere.