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Business Development Department and Businesses Statewide Celebrate Economic Development Week

Business Development Department highlights other recent successes and milestones  

Hagerstown, Md. (September XX, 2015) – The Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD) in conjunction with the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is kicking off the Fifth Annual Economic Development Week which runs from September 28 – October 2.

Economic Development Week will emphasize to the general public the importance of economic development for the State of Maryland. The week is designed to increase an understanding of economic development’s contribution to the State’s business climate, job retention and growth, the tax base and the overall quality of life in Maryland.

Washington County Prize Patrol

Back by popular demand, commemorative window clings were sent to businesses in Washington County.  On Wednesday, September 30, the DBD Prize Patrol will be on the hunt for those businesses with window clings posted in their store front. Several lucky organizations will receive a surprise visit along with a sweet treat, and promotion through the DBD social media channels.

The prize patrol will visit each municipality so keep an eye out for them in your area!

Economic Development Momentum

Throughout the past year, DBD has successfully supported expansion and retention projects for businesses in our community including: Baltimore Potomac Truck Center, Apple Valley Waste, NMS Healthcare and Volvo Group Trucks.  Together these projects are reinvesting over $64.5 million into the local economy while retaining/adding 1695 jobs.

Other promising economic indicators include commercial additions and new construction investments are valued at more than $95 million and 485 companies in the County have $1 million or more in annual sales. You can learn more about economic development in Washington County by browsing our 2015 Economic Data Summary and the 2015 Business & Industry Directory

Washington County’s unemployment rate stands at 5.8 percent for July 2015, just 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent ahead of the State and national averages, respectively, according to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For media interested in more information, contact Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins at 240-313-2384 or jajenkins@washco-md.net  

 

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About the Washington County Department of Business Development
Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD) is a county agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Washington County, Maryland. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit hagerstownedc.org for more information.

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About the Washington County Department of Business Development,

Agricultural Business Development  

Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing and managing economic development strategies and implementing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing for more information.

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