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I-70 sign may soon publicize future USM Hagerstown Center

June 23, 1999

Classes at University System of Maryland, Hagerstown Center, are not scheduled to start at Friendship Technology Park until September 2002 but they may be publicized shortly on a sign on Interstate 70.

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook mentioned at Tuesday's meeting he was thinking about asking Allegheny Power, which owns the park, to amend a sign to mention the campus.

At least 50,000 people daily pass by an existing sign, visible from I-70, which announces the property is the site of the technology park, Snook said.

"Good idea," Commissioner John L. Schnebly told him.

"Excellent," agreed Commissioner Paul L. Swartz.

Allegheny Power will amend the sign or put up a separate one for the campus, said Midge Teahan, Allegheny Power spokeswoman.

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Either way, the company will do something to announce the presence of the campus on the property, she said.

The company donated a 20-acre site in the park, which is off Interstate 70 on Downsville Pike, about five miles from downtown Hagerstown.

The system's capital planner has said he thinks the center in the future should expand onto a second 20-acre site nearby in the technology park.

- Scott Butki

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