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Residents mum at Enterprise Zone hearing

March 31, 2004|by TARA REILLY

No residents testified Tuesday at a public hearing on a county plan to reapply for redesignation of the Hagerstown Regional Airport and surrounding areas as an Enterprise Zone.

The public hearing was held at a Washington County Commissioners meeting.

The Enterprise Zone program was set up to encourage businesses to locate there by offering them tax credits.

The designation, which was granted to the airport and surrounding area by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development in 1984, is good for 10 years.

The redesignation granted in 1994 will expire June 15.

The commissioners voted to reapply for the redesignation of the airport and surrounding area as an Enterprise Zone.

The zone spans 700 acres and includes the airport, Topflight Airpark, Bowman Air Park Center at Hagerstown, Washington County Business Airpark and several other commercial properties along U.S. 11, according to a county statement.

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