Business Development Department highlights local businesses, large and small
From left to right: County Commissioner Wayne Keefer, County Commissioner LeRoy Myers, Gary Bockrath, Economic Development Commission Vice-Chair, Kassie Lewis, Department of Business Development Director, Julie Rohm, Economic Development Commission Chair, County Commissioner President Terry Baker, County Commissioner Vice President Jeff Cline, County Commissioner John Barr
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (October 24, 2017) – The Washington County Department of Business Development in conjunction with the Maryland Economic Development Association is kicking off the Sixth Annual Economic Development Week, which runs from October 23 – Oct. 27.
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.
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners kicked off the celebrations on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with a proclamation honoring the week.
Washington County Business Visits 
On Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, DBD, in conjunction with the Economic Development Commission, along with volunteer business ambassadors will be dispersing throughout the County to visit 36 businesses.  The ambassadors will share resources with these businesses as well as take some time to address any concerns they may be facing.
Agritourism: Mini Training Series Kick-off
The Washington County Department of Business Development, Agriculture will be kicking off a mini-training series for individuals and businesses interested in expanding into agritourism.  Three training sessions will occur over the course of three weeks at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland.
Topics will include:
Models and Marketing Strategies
  • University of Maryland Extension
  • Washington County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
  • Washington County Public Relations & Community Affairs
Event date: October 25 | RSVP date: October 20
Legal and Liability Management
  • University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative
  • Nationwide Insurance / Wright-Gardner Insurance
Event date: November 1 | RSVP date: October 27
Customer Service, Safety and Logistics
  • Panel: Washington County Planning and Permitting Departments, Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshall’s Office
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) representative
Event date: November 8 | RSVP date: November 3
Those interested in attending the series can register here.  Registration is free.
For media interested in more information, contact Public Relations and Community Affairs
Marketing Specialist Lauren Pogue at 240-313-2382 or
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 for more information.

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