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Money to market Hagerstown airport tops county priorities for grant money

May 08, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

Money to develop a marketing plan for Hagerstown Regional Airport will be the county’s top priority for grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday.

The project is one of six the commissioners agreed to submit for consideration for an anticipated $1.3 million to be distributed between three Western Maryland counties for fiscal 2013.

The county is seeking $75,000 in ARC funds for the marketing plan, or half of the $150,000 estimated cost.

Other projects on the commissioners’ list were, in order of priority:

  • $7,500 toward a fiber-optic line extension in Hancock.
  • $150,000 toward an energy house at Hagerstown Community College.
  • $25,000 toward a study of manufacturers’ supply chains for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
  • $10,000 for development of programs for Leadership Washington County.
  • $200,000 for a wastewater-collection system project by the city of Hagerstown.

In the separate grant category of access road funds as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, the county commissioners had only one request: $750,000 toward the extension of Professional Court.

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In that category, about $1 million is anticipated for division between the three Western Maryland counties.

For both categories of funds, the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland is responsible for divvying funds between Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

The money comes from the ARC, a federal-state partnership that works for “sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia,” according to the commission’s website, www.arc.gov.

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