Foreign trade zone concept discusssed
By SCOTT BUTKI
Low attendance at Wednesday's forum on a proposed foreign trade zone for Washington County doesn't mean the idea isn't drawing interest, said Joseph Trocino, a consultant working on the project.
It means those interested in the idea already know about it, said Trocino of Trocino & Associates, of Leesburg, Va.
He said he would meet individually with about 35 interested companies.
Ten people, most already involved in the project, attended Wednesday's forum at the Plaza Hotel.
Some business representatives had heard about the proposal at a recent Chamber of Commerce function and others know about it from a Greater Hagerstown Committee survey of local businesses, Trocino said.
Foreign trade zones are areas, sometimes noncontiguous, in which companies don't have to pay tariffs when importing products, he said.
Trocino predicted that Washington County's zone would encompass about 2,000 acres, including land in Hancock, the former Fort Ritchie property and at and near Hagerstown Regional Airport.