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Commissioners Authorize Studies on New Hotels; Minor League Baseball

May 2nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Commissioners authorized two studies Thursday night with an eye toward economic development opportunities. One of those has been previously discussed, a $7,500 contract with Brailsford and Dunlavey to explore the level of interest in a minor league baseball operation coming to the area.  Commissioner Mike Mckay, emphasizing that this 1st step in what would be a lengthy process, said that this action in no way commits the county to any additional expenditures- including the potential cost of building a stadium. He says the professional study is long overdue and will provide some definitive answers. The second study will explore possible sites for new hotels. It will be a joint effort between the county and the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg. Three different sites are under consideration. Commissioner Bill Valentine said if the hotel or hotels come to fruition, the county’s $4,000 share of a $12,000 feasibility study will be recouped almost immediately. Mckay said these potential developments are what was envisioned when the Rocky Gap Resort and Casino opened for business.


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