ANNAPOLIS - A new economic strategy could help Washington County find new users for its large, empty stores, county leaders told a state cabinet official Wednesday.
Members of the county's legislative lobbying coalition pitched a "reuse" concept for vacant buildings, hoping it could include state incentives.
Although David W. Edgerley, the secretary of Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development, said the financial climate isn't right for new tax breaks, coalition representatives called the meeting productive.
Brien J. Poffenberger, the president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said it was a good brainstorming session that showed the county was on the right track. Another round of talks with state officials is expected.
The county group, joined by its lobbyist and two state lawmakers, was pleased to hear Edgerley say the state could pay up to 50 percent for a feasibility study for the former Allegheny Energy headquarters at Friendship Technology Park.