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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
Many local business and community leaders turned out Thursday night for a meet-and-greet with their newly elected City of Hagerstown and Washington County Board of Education officials. Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, estimated about 100 people attended the welcome reception at Potomac Walk in downtown Hagerstown, next to Bulls and Bears on South Potomac Street. After each election cycle, it's key for the local business community to reach out to its new officials to become acclimated on the issues that are most important moving forward, Poffenberger said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2012
A lack of skilled workers, uncertainties in new laws affecting business and ensuring that the federal government takes a lead in addressing infrastructure needs were among the issues that a group of local business people discussed with White House officials this week. Sixteen local business leaders met Wednesday with the White House Business Council in a daylong forum in Washington, D.C. The forum followed a series of nationwide meetings in which the administration asked business leaders how their companies were doing and how government could help, according to a news release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
September 14, 2000
Business leaders talk Techfast By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer As someone who has logged 1 million air miles while starting an Internet business, Eric Payne knows the importance of making Hagerstown more accessible to the world. The Hagerstown native travels often to meet with members of the board of Xoutdoors.com, a Web site for sporting enthusiasts. Hagerstown needs to improve its access to air transportation, Payne said Thursday at the second-annual Techfast at the Ramada Inn Convention Center.
EDUCATION
May 13, 2012
Clear Spring High School Future Business Leaders of America members attended the 56th annual State Leadership Conference at the Hunt Valley Marriott on April 19-21.  The three-day event was filled with approximately 60 competitive events, leadership workshops, keynote speaker, two banquets, two dances and other activities. Clear Spring FBLA was one of only four chapters in the state that received recognition for its efforts this past year as a Gold Seal Chapter.  The chapter had to recruit at least 10 professional members and complete nine other categories of requirements and documentation to be considered for the recognition.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
Business leaders given projects update By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers must compromise with Gov. Parris Glendening in order to bring home more state tax money, local business leaders said Wednesday. continued Some lawmakers argued that it's a misconception that they oppose the governor at every turn, while others defended their views. The exchange came at a breakfast meeting between the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and the Greater Hagerstown Committee.
NEWS
By DON AINES | January 16, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania lost thousands of manufacturing jobs in 2008, but that sector of the economy remained strong in Franklin County and businesses continue seeking skilled workers. On Thursday, business leaders, educators and elected officials dined on braised short ribs with leek and wild mushroom jus and smoky bacon-wrapped monkfish prepared by Franklin County Career and Technology Center students while center director James Duffey brought them up to date on its future.
NEWS
June 11, 1998
Hagerstown business leaders told the mayor and City Council Tuesday they will continue a cooperative effort to revitalize the downtown area. Business leaders have formed a steering committee with smaller groups focusing on the arts and entertainment district in the first block of South Potomac Street, funding for a design, and funding for construction. The group will look for land available for redevelopment, either as businesses or parking lots to support nearby businesses, business leaders said during Tuesday's council work session.
NEWS
January 19, 2001
W.Va. lawmakers meet with business leaders By CHUCK MASON / Tri-State Editor MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eastern Panhandle lawmakers told business leaders Friday morning they will attempt to craft legislation geared toward solving the unique problems growth brings to Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia. They, in turn, were told by the business leaders not to consider tax increases despite the last state budget being balanced with proceeds from a windfall tobacco settlement and liquor money.
NEWS
September 30, 2000
Schools need more money, business leaders told By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer Money was at the root of many of the education issues raised Friday at a meeting of business, government and school leaders. The roundtable at Hagerstown Community College was sponsored by the Greater Hagerstown Committee, a group of Tri-State business executives. The Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Commission participated. Business representatives asked some questions, but elected officials did most of the talking.
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NEWS
February 18, 2013
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NEWS
February 17, 2013
Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A Leadercast May 10 at Bridge of Life in Hagerstown. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader-development event broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation. Speakers for this year's event include Jack Welch, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric; Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator; Mike Krzyzewski, head men's basketball coach for Duke University and Team USA; John Maxwell, author and leadership expert; Dr. Henry Cloud, author and leadership consultant; Lt. Cmdr.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
Many local business and community leaders turned out Thursday night for a meet-and-greet with their newly elected City of Hagerstown and Washington County Board of Education officials. Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, estimated about 100 people attended the welcome reception at Potomac Walk in downtown Hagerstown, next to Bulls and Bears on South Potomac Street. After each election cycle, it's key for the local business community to reach out to its new officials to become acclimated on the issues that are most important moving forward, Poffenberger said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 8, 2012
Slowly improving after one of the worst economic recessions in U.S. history, the country, Maryland and Washington County must move forward to compete in the global economy, according to economist Anirban Basu. “A lot of controversial issues out there, but I will tell you this: The status quo won't work,” Basu said. “The global economy is moving forward, with or without Washington County, so Washington County better move along with it. Maybe even faster.” Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group based in Baltimore, was the keynote speaker Thursday night during the 10th annual Economic Summit at Fountain Head Country Club, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 27, 2012
A Franklin County, Pa., business leader with humble beginnings recently won an industry award for his accomplishments. Dave George, of D.L. George & Sons, started his career five decades ago in a ramshackle building on his family's farm. He is the latest recipient of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.'s Zane A. Miller award. “I never expected to be more than a two-man operation, or when my sons came along be a three- or four-man operation,” George said. Today, D.L. George & Sons employs 250 people in three segments - construction, trucking and manufacturing.
OPINION
By GREGORY I. SNOOK | September 23, 2012
The Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc. (CHIEF) has been mentioned in a number of news stories and letters to the editor during the past few months. As president of CHIEF, I saw this as an opportunity to provide some information to the community about our organization. CHIEF was incorporated in February 1960 by a group of business leaders in Washington County as a private, nonprofit organization. (CHIEF became our unofficial name, shorthand for County Hagerstown Industry Expansion Fund.)
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
Waynesboro, like many small towns, lost downtown businesses when the economy soured, but it is starting to experience an influx of new restaurants and gift shops. At the helm of economic development is Patrick E. Fleagle, a former politician now working for downtown revitalization organization Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. When walking through downtown, the Waynesboro native often refers to buildings by their long-gone tenants, but he also sees what could be on the horizon. He pins all hopes for economic vitality on smart proprietors.
EDUCATION
May 13, 2012
Clear Spring High School Future Business Leaders of America members attended the 56th annual State Leadership Conference at the Hunt Valley Marriott on April 19-21.  The three-day event was filled with approximately 60 competitive events, leadership workshops, keynote speaker, two banquets, two dances and other activities. Clear Spring FBLA was one of only four chapters in the state that received recognition for its efforts this past year as a Gold Seal Chapter.  The chapter had to recruit at least 10 professional members and complete nine other categories of requirements and documentation to be considered for the recognition.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2012
Talking to a roomful of business leaders, J. Randall Thompson, the president and chief operating officer Boonsboro-based Thompson's Gas & Electric Service, recited his mantra. “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be where you've always been,” he said. Thompson was the keynote speaker Tuesday evening for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's annual “Celebration of Business.” More than 40 businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries - a multiple of five years - were recognized.
EDUCATION
April 8, 2012
On March 8, the Clear Spring High School Chapter 2199 of Future Business Leaders of America toured two facilities in their ongoing efforts to present opportunities to members to foster a career and college-ready culture. The first stop of the day was the national headquarters for FBLA in Reston, Va. Student members were surprised how small the building and staff were considering the services that are provided to all the members of  “the largest and oldest business student organization in the world.” Members were greeted by Lisa Smothers, membership director, and Marisa Preuss, communications director.  The students divided into two groups to tour the facility.  Barbara Small, the education director, spoke with members about possible changes to competitive events for the 2013-14 school year, and Jean M. Buckley, president and CEO, greeted the group before its departure.  The students also were welcomed by the fragrance of home-baked cookies, as the staff prepared warm cookies, compliments of the group's fundraising partner, Otis Spunkmeyer.  Tour guides pointed out all of the artifacts that were donated by local FBLA chapters as well as regional chapters to help decorate and fund the national headquarters.  Students also saw their adviser, Karen Teach, stand in front of the tree of recognition for advisers who have given 20 or more years of service.
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