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May 14, 2010

CVB revenue down 5 percent in 2009

Revenue for the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau was down 5 percent in 2009 due to a decrease in local lodging tax collected and decreases in state grants, CVB President Thomas B. Riford told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The CVB responded with a cutback in expenses, used funds from its cash reserves and surplus, and accessed its line of credit, Riford said. The CVB's annual audit was rated excellent, with no negative findings.

Riford said the year was the most challenging he had ever experienced, but 2010 was shaping up to be better, with revenue in the first quarter up from the same period a year before.

The Washington County Commissioners presented a proclamation declaring the week of May 8 to 16 as Tourism Week in Washington County.


May Building Safety Month in Washington County

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed May 2010 Building Safety Month in Washington County and acknowledged the important work of local code officials to "assure us safe, efficient and livable buildings."

Building Safety Month is promoted by the International Code Council and the International Code Council Foundation.

Washington County Permits and Inspections Director Daniel F. Divito and Deputy Director Angela Smith accepted the proclamation.

Office 'gem' retiring next month

Longtime Washington County administrative executive assistant Julie Cade will retire in June, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday.

"She's certainly been a gem in our office, and we appreciate all the work that she's done out there and everything she's helped accomplish," Murray said.

The commissioners voted 3-1 to advertise her position, with Commissioner William J. Wivell opposed.

Economic development commissioners appointed

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved three appointments and two reappointments to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

David Taylor was appointed as the at-large representative, Jef Bohn as the Chamber of Commerce representative and Mike Zampelli as the Greater Hagerstown Committee Inc. representative. Fred Frederick and Robert Jeffers were reappointed. Terms on the commission are three years.

Purchasing director recognized

Washington County Purchasing Department Director Karen Luther was honored Tuesday with a Certificate of Merit from the Washington County Commissioners for being the recipient of the 2010 Stanley D. Zemansky Award from the Maryland Public Purchasing Association.

The Zemansky Award is MPPA's highest award and recognizes outstanding contributions in the public procurement profession. Luther was presented with that award April 24.

-- Heather Keels

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