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Tourism, economic development on Quad-State Legislative Conference agenda

August 15, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WINCHESTER, Va. - Economic development and tourism were on the afternoon agenda at Thursday's Quad-State Legislative Conference.

Patrick Barker, executive director of the Winchester-Frederick County (Va.) Economic Development Commission, said one thing that makes the Interstate 81 corridor attractive for businesses is lower electricity costs than some large cities have.

Barker said rates are bound to rise, but he urged lawmakers to lobby to keep them fair, predictable and equitable.

Tourism officials from Frederick County, Va., Jefferson County, W.Va., and Franklin County, Pa., said the four neighboring states along I-81 - Maryland is the fourth - have joined forces for marketing.

They distributed a newly printed brochure advertising some of the attractions and events of "The Great Valley," as the four-state area was labeled.

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A Web site will be part of the marketing effort.

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