Annapolis coming to Hagerstown

City will be first stop on O'Malley's 'Capital for a Day' tour

City will be first stop on O'Malley's 'Capital for a Day' tour

April 15, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Gov. Martin O'Malley and his cabinet will hold office in Hagerstown on May 8 as part of a program that was designed to bring the state government to the people.

O'Malley's office announced Monday that the governor will visit eight cities in Maryland this year as part of the Capital for a Day program. Hagerstown will be first on the stop, followed by Chestertown, Leonardtown, Pocomoke City, Port Towns, Cumberland, Gaithersburg and Ellicott City.

Christine N. Hansen, O'Malley's deputy press secretary, said the intent of the visit will be to let officials from the state government work with their local counterparts.

"It's for one-on-one interaction," she said.

The itinerary for the governor and his cabinet's trip to Hagerstown has not been finalized at this point, including the site where they will meet, Hansen said.


Karen Giffin, community affairs director for the City of Hagerstown, said city officials are very excited for the governor to see Hagerstown.

"We're going to be showcasing all of our assets," she said. "We're very honored to be selected as the first stop."

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and other local agencies have been working under the radar for the last year to bring the governor and his cabinet to Hagerstown, chamber president Brien J. Poffenberger said.

"It's a great opportunity for state-level decision makers to focus on things that are going on in Hagerstown and Washington County," Poffenberger said. "Frankly, that doesn't always happen."

Capital for a Day

Maryland cities selected to be part of the Capital for a Day program (counties in parentheses):

· Chestertown (Kent)

· Cumberland (Allegany)

· Ellicott City (Howard)

· Gaithersburg (Montgomery)

· Hagerstown (Washington)

· Leonardtown (St. Mary's)

· Pocomoke City (Worcester)

· Port Towns (Prince George's)

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