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October 05, 2008

Maryland Economic Development Association

FLINTSTONE, Md. - The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) will host the 2008 MEDA Fall Conference on Oct. 17 at the Rocky Gap Lodge in Allegany County.

The conference will include an in-depth look at how important customer service strategies are for keeping jobs in Maryland and for winning expansion jobs.

The conference will address best practices, discuss threats to success and identify tools that assist with efforts to retain business. Industry experts and business decision makers will share how their recent partnerships kept and increased jobs in Maryland.

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The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a networking hour and continental breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m.

The registration form, agenda and hotel details are available at www.medamd.com.

RHP Construction

RHP Construction Inc. has been appointed as a dealer for Lester Building Systems LLC, a major supplier of pre-engineered post-frame buildings.

Lester Buildings designs and manufactures all types of wood post-frame buildings for the agricultural, equestrian, suburban-hobby and commercial building markets.

For information, call RHP Construction at 301-797-1929.

Waynesboro Hospital

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program recently received certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

The cardiac rehabilitation program is a medically supervised, monitored exercise and education program for patients who have had valve replacements, heart transplants, stable angina, heart attacks, cardiac bypass surgery or cardiac stents. Applicants for certification are reviewed by a national board, and if found to meet the strict standards of care, earn the distinction of an AACVPR certified program.

Columbia Gas of Maryland

CANONSBURG, Pa. - Columbia Gas of Maryland and its employees recently were honored for outstanding safety performance and commitment to accident prevention at the Midwest Energy Association's annual Gas and Electric Operations Conference.

Columbia, which has a local office in Hagerstown, received an Accident Prevention Award for having zero DART (days restricted or transferred) incidents during 2007, the lowest number of all of the association's member companies.

Columbia Gas of Maryland also was recognized for safety performance by the American Gas Association in 2006.

COPT

COLUMBIA, Md. - Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) recently announced that it completed its public offering of 3,737,500 common shares, which includes 487,500 shares to cover overallotments.

The sale generated net proceeds to the company, before offering expenses, of about $139 million.

COPT purchased the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade in two phases beginning in 2006 and is redeveloping it into a mix of office, commercial and residential uses.

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