Hagerstown-Washington County EDC briefs

August 08, 2013

Yale Drive plans finalized, sent to state

Gregory I. Snook, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., known as CHIEF, said Thursday that plans for the county’s Yale Drive extension project have been finalized, and sent to state and federal agencies for approval.

“Our goal is to hopefully next month advertise” the project for construction, Snook told members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission during its regular meeting on Thursday.

The Yale Drive project, with a total price tag of about $9.6 million, will link the existing road that connects to Mt. Aetna Road to a new rear entrance into Hagerstown Community College.

The first stage of the intermodal construction project also includes a 700-foot section of Professional Court to be extended off a roundabout near the center of CHIEF’s proposed Mt. Aetna Technology Park, which encompasses about 125 acres of former farmland between HCC and the Meritus Medical Center.

About $2.8 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grant money has been secured for the project, according to previous reports.

County contingent to attend state conference

A contingent of Washington County officials, including County Administrator Gregory B. Murray, will attend the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference next week in Ocean City, Md.

The annual conference, dubbed “Bringing it All Back Home,” runs from Wednesday, Aug. 14, through Saturday, Aug. 17.

Murray told members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission on Thursday that this year marks the first time the county will have its own booth, which will feature local tourism and highlight its new marketing department.

In the past, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has attended the event and provided information about the county in its display booth.

The county previously offered partial funding for a hotel room to the CVB to go, but this year the county will attend and include bureau materials at their booth, Murray said.

Bureau officials were invited, but decided against sending staff and setting up a display, he said.

The conference is a good chance to meet with representatives of state agencies and other jurisdictions face-to-face, which often results in potential commitments on grant funding or connections on future projects, according to Murray.

Infrastructure, other EDC reports by September

An infrastructure needs assessment being prepared by the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission is expected to be completed within the coming weeks, according to officials.

EDC member Stuart L. Mullendore, who is serving as the strategic plan coordinator, said Thursday it will take about 20 to 30 days to finalize the infrastructure report, which will then go be taken to the EDC and then the county commissioners by the end of September.

Work is also ongoing on the EDC’s four other strategic priorities, including a report on workforce development needs that is tentatively slated to be completed by November, Mullendore said.


— C.J. Lovelace

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