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Disque resigns EDC post

March 20, 1998

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Sharon W. Disque has resigned as Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission coordinator effective March 31 to take a job with CSX in Baltimore.

Disque will be CSX's manager of industrial development for Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, she said Thursday.

"It's a big step up," she said.

Disque said that she and her husband Carl, a Hagerstown attorney and the founder and chairman of the Western Maryland Blues Fest, haven't decided whether to move to Baltimore or move halfway to Baltimore.

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She started working for the EDC in 1986 when Leroy Burtner was the director. Her specialty has been attracting new businesses to the county. During her tenure, firms such as Staples, Wal-Mart's photo processing plant, Sealy Mattress and Phoenix Color have set up shop in the county.

Disque also has played a role in the development of new industrial space, including the Newgate Industrial Park on Hopewell Road.

"It's been fun because every year there have been new challenges," Disque said.

Disque, 39, said she was lucky to have worked with the people she did.

"She in my opinion deserves tremendous credit for the role she's played in successfully bringing a lot of industrial prospects into this community," Burtner said.

Burtner is now a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker.

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