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Washington County hires project liaison for economic development projects

Hagerstown resident Terry Irwin will communicate status updates regarding new building and existing building expansion projects

April 17, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
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Terry Irwin has been hired as Washington County’s project liaison for economic development projects, a county official announced Wednesday.

Under the direction of Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher, Irwin joins the county’s Department of Public Relations and Community Affairs to serve as a point of contact during the submission, review and permitting phase of commercial projects, according to a news release from Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins.

As project liaison, Irwin, a Hagerstown resident, will communicate status updates regarding new building and existing building expansion projects to ensure all parties are aware of design needs and requirements.

He also will guide required project and plan approvals from state, permitting and funding agencies.

Jenkins said the full-time position pays $50,638 annually and includes health care benefits.

Ron Bowers, vice chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said he spoke with Irwin on Tuesday.

Bowers said he believes Irwin, who formerly worked in Frederick County, Md., “understands the system” and knows how to produce results. Irwin’s hire is a good one for economic development efforts in the county, he added.

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“He’s part of the team that’s being put together for economic development,” Bowers said. “He brings a new dimension to the county and to economic development.”

Bowers called Irwin “one of those people that can actually bird-dog an issue,” meaning someone who can seek out results when it comes to new economic development. His work also will take some of the burden off EDC members and county staff, he said.

Bowers credited the county Board of Commissioners and county staff for creating the position, which he said will help in completing “everyday requests” from developers, builders and citizens.

“I think he’s going to be a tremendous attribute to Washington County,” Bowers said. “He will be that person that the business community has looked for ... something I really thought we needed in the county.”

Irwin previously served as senior project manager in the Department of Engineering and Planning under the Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management in Frederick County, where he oversaw several large-scale utility projects.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Fairmont State College and received his master’s in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University.

The project liaison position, which will continue to support efforts to provide residents and businesses with improve communication and customer service, was created in December 2012 through the county’s restructuring plan, Jenkins said.

Irwin’s office is in the Washington County Planning annex building at 80 W. Baltimore St., in Hagerstown.

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