EDC outlines priorities

August 25, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Assisting and retaining existing businesses in Washington County remains the top priority for the local Economic Development Commission.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) presented five priorities to the County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

In addition to the top priority, the others are:

  • To develop relationships with various segments of the county's work force.

  • To keep on top of infrastructure concerns such as needed water and sewer upgrades.

  • To attract businesses to the county with an emphasis on specific industries.

  • To support government efforts to boost economic development, such as the revitalization of downtown Hagerstown.

"If we don't have a vibrant downtown, we're not going to have a vibrant county" said EDC Chairman Douglas S. Wright.

The EDC was created in 1966 as a part of Washington County government. It is governed by a volunteer board of 12 community and business leaders and six ex-officio members, according to a written statement from the EDC.

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