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Washington County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.0%


Since February of 2012, over 1,000 people are back to work

Opening-day participation strong for Allegiant Air

May 25, 2012
Allegiant Air on Friday began a new chapter of commercial service between Hagerstown Regional Airport and Orlando, Fla.

Opening-day participation was strong, with the first flight from Orlando to Hagerstown about 85 percent full, which airport Director Phil Ridenour called unusually good.

Then, the first flight leaving Hagerstown was even more crowded. Shortly before it left, Ridenour said 145 of the 150 seats had been sold...

...In March 2012, Allegiant announced it would return to Hagerstown.


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May 22, 2012

‘Appropriation bills are jobs bills, important for Maryland and our country,’ says Mikulski

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that she secured $43 million to expand the manufacture of Multirole Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) used to protect our borders by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Air and Marine Program.  Further funding the manufacturing of this important aircraft will create or save hundreds of jobs in Northern Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Awards $50,000 to Washington County for Economic Development Plan

Baltimore, MD (May 15, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) today announced that it has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation to help develop an Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP). The plan, expected to be completed by November, will help expand Washington County’s economic base by guiding smart investments, attracting new businesses and creating jobs to ensure high-paying jobs for future generations.

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Money to market Hagerstown airport tops county priorities for grant money


May 8, 2012

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.

Washington County officials outline plan to improve economic development efforts


May 2, 2012
Working proactively with existing businesses, targeting restrictive state regulations and formulating a  “capture strategy” to attract new companies are areas where Washington County officials hope to improve economic development efforts, speakers said Wednesday morning.

Held as part of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s “Eggs and Issues” breakfast at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, the presentation set an attendance record, chamber President Brien J. Poffenberger said...

Boonsboro tech firm gets grant to continue research into defeat IEDs

A Boonsboro business that specializes in finding ways to defeat improvised-explosive devices on the battlefield has been awarded a share of a $450,000 grant to continue its research, according to a state corporation.

The Boonsboro-based ES&T Inc., and five other Maryland companies were awarded about $75,000 each, the Maryland Technology Development Corp. said Monday in a news release.

Hagerstown, county tentatively agree on funding formula for new sports/events complex

By C.J. LOVELACE - Herald-Mail

The prospect of building a new multiuse sports and events center in downtown Hagerstown took another step forward Tuesday night.

In a joint meeting before a large crowd at City Hall, Washington County and city elected officials agreed on a potential funding model to build the $30-million facility that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team.

New Stable announces Grand Opening and Open House


Tom Bets the Farm Stables Grand Opening and Open House

Saturday, May 5, 2012
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
FREE Event and Open to the Public
Tom Bets the Farm Stable
5404 Mondell Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21713


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