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Hagerstown-Wash. Co. EDC and Hagerstown City Council endorse shared objectives

September 16, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown City Councilman Forrest Easton, left, speaks as fellow council members Ashley Haywood and Martin E. Brubaker listen during a State of the City presentation sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to collaborate with the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, the Hagerstown City Council has endorsed shared objectives with the county agency, aimed in large part at enhancing the city center.
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In an effort to collaborate with the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, the Hagerstown City Council has endorsed shared objectives with the county agency, aimed in large part at enhancing the city center.

As part of the EDC's planning and goal-setting process for fiscal 2012, the city was asked to recommend ways the two entities could work together, according to city documents.

Jill Estivillo, the city's economic development manager, said Tuesday that the overarching goal is for the city and the county to work together on strengthening the city center as a business, arts-and-entertainment, education and residential hub.

Councilmen Forrest W. Easton and Martin Brubaker called the recommendations a good starting direction.

The five-member council endorsed the primary goal, as well as a statement of four objectives and five strategies that were presented to the EDC board in August.

The objectives included:

  • Encourage and foster the renovation and redevelopment of the city center properties.
  • Attract major anchor employers to the city center.
  • Support entrepreneurial and small-business development in the city center.
  • Develop long-range strategic plan to implement strategies to diminish major obstacles to economic development.
The strategies included:
  • Working to identify and establish a joint fund and incentives to support the financing of new building acquisitions, renovations, redevelopment, new construction projects, and other new projects and programs in the city center
  • Market development sites in the city center to include currently vacant land and possible sites for demolition.
  • Partner to attract federal state and county government agencies to locate in the city center.
  • Jointly identify opportunities for creating alternative sources of capital for entrepreneurs and startup companies.
  • Complete a written strategic plan.

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