HAGERSTOWN -- Two Washington County officials traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, last fall for a four-day economic development conference, said Leanne Mazer, executive director of the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland.
Washington County Commissioner James F. Kercheval and Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, attended the conference as representatives of the Tri-County Council, which promotes development in Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, Mazer said.
Kercheval and Troxell are on the Tri-County Council board.
The event, held from Oct. 4 to 7, was the annual training conference of the National Association of Development Organizations, Troxell said. It included workshops and tours of sites of interest in the Anchorage area, such as the Port of Anchorage and a diverse inner-city neighborhood in the process of redevelopment, he said.
"It's very good training," Mazer said.
One particularly interesting workshop was a tour of Anchorage's Fed Ex freight air facility, Troxell said. Washington County has FedEx ground facilities but not an air hub, and officials have mentioned trying to establish one, he said.