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Sweeney consults on park project

July 21, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Sweeney consults on park project



After working on redeveloping Fort Ritchie and overseeing planning of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, Robert Sweeney has a new project - Allegheny Energy's Friendship Technology Park.

Sweeney, of Boonsboro, said he is doing consulting work for Allegheny Ventures, a subsidiary of Allegheny Energy.

For one year he will work - sometimes part-time sometimes full-time - for the company's planned park off Interstate 70 , he said. Then he will return to retirement.

"We are always looking for top-notch people in their field, and Bob obviously has great experience and talents that we hope to draw upon for various projects and, particularly, development of certain areas such as the Friendship Technology Park," said Guy Fletcher, an Allegheny Energy spokesman.

Sweeney is aware that some may question his involvement with the project since Allegheny Energy had one of the sites considered for the education center, but he said there is no conflict of interest. He was not offered the Allegheny job until after he left the campus job, he said.

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Sweeney resigned in June as project director of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center effective July 1. At that time he said he resigned to return to the private sector.

Sweeney, 61, was named Hagerstown Center project director in May 1999. The position was scheduled to dissolve when the campus was built.

Sweeney previously served as executive director of the PenMar Development Corp., resigning in February 1999 after serving for more than three years. PenMar's mission was redeveloping the former army base at Fort Ritchie.

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