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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.

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

Hart Nominated for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

Comptroller Peter Franchot extended his sincere congratulations to Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Leslie Hart for her nomination for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.  Ms. Hart was nominated by Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her dedicated service to the Hagerstown community.

Washington County Participates in Building Safety Month

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Educational Campaign on Safe and Sensible Structures

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Wind Tunnel Tests Completed On Dream Chaser Orbital Crew Vehicle

Wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle has been completed in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics of the Dream Chaser lifting body vehicle during the approach and landing phase of flight. This information will assist Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers in preparing for the Dream Chaser vehicle’s first free flight test scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

Washington County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.2%, Lowest Since 2008

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Hagerstown, MD (April 27, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) just released unemployment figures for the month of March indicating the Washington County unemployment rate decreased from 9.3% in February to 8.2%.  This is excellent news for Washington County because this is one of the lowest unemployment figures reported since 2008.  In November of 2011, the unemployment rate was also 8.2%.   

Potomac Edison and Aircon Engineering Present: HVAC Rebates and Incentives Seminar

Are you a Maryland business customer of Potomac Edison who is interested in installing high efficiency HVAC? Join us at an event in Hagerstown on May 10 as we update you on Potomac Edison’s new HVAC Incentive Program in Maryland.

Free Open Forum on Small Business – April 23

Governor’s Commission on Small Business Town Hall Meeting

April 23, 2012 | 10 a.m – 1p.m.
The Weinberg Center for the Arts | 20 West Patrick Street Frederick, MD

“Celebration of Business” an Annual Appreciation Event

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) will honor the local business and industrial community Tuesday, April 17 at the Celebration of Business 2012.This event, by invitation only, will be held at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Maryland, beginning with a VIP Reception hosted by Volvo Powertrain at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the program.


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