Unemployment in Washington County is low, development is flourishing and more good times lie ahead, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook told a group of business and government leaders Tuesday.
At the annual State of the County address, Snook said businesses invested $280 million in the county in new construction and expansions in 1999.
The projects will mean more than 3,200 new jobs, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
"This clearly is the best of times," Snook said in an interview after the address.
"This didn't just happen overnight," he said.
Snook said the county began working about five or six years ago to make sure there were enough attractive sites from which companies could choose.
The county's two biggest accomplishments last year were to lower unemployment from about 4.9 percent to just under 2.6 percent, and to raise the cash reserves to between 5 percent and 10 percent, , Snook said.