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Magazine says city is 'up & coming'

June 09, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A graphic in this month's issue of Money magazine lists Hagerstown as one of the top "up & coming" cities in America among cities with a population under 250,000.

Mayor William M. Breichner, joined by other city and economic development officials, called a press conference Tuesday to announce the news.

The magazine has been at newsstands for a few weeks.

"Being recognized on a national level is great news," Breichner said. "Hagerstown is on the move. The perception is no longer negative."

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The graphic accompanies a story about a 2002 book called "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How it's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life."

In the book, Richard Florida, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, analyzes cities' creativity, including in the work force.

Cities were evaluated for their technology, tolerance and talent.

Hagerstown is not mentioned in the Money magazine article. However, the graphic says Hagerstown is one of five "up & coming" cities with a population under 250,000.

The graphic lists Bremerton, Wash.; Hagerstown; Monroe, La., Muncie, Ind.; and Clarksville, Tenn.

At Tuesday's press conference, officials portrayed Hagerstown as the second-best city in that category, but there is no indication in the graphic that the cities were ranked in the order they were listed.

Florida could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Tom Riford, the president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, forwarded an e-mail from a colleague involved in the study who said the city tied for second in its size class.

The colleague, Kevin Stolarick of Carnegie Mellon, wrote that Hagerstown tied with Monroe for second place.

Riford said tourism is flourishing, with visitors attracted by the music scene, parks and other features, he said.

At the press conference, Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said a series of development projects will help boost the downtown area.

The mention in Money magazine is a good way to "further celebrate" the progress, he said.

Also, "people are coming here more and more to live," said Hagerstown Economic Development Director Debbie Everhart.

Staff Writer Scott Butki contributed to this story

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