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Status Report On County & CEDC Merger Discussed In Closed Session

November 13th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Although discussions between the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation and Allegany County began in July on a proposal to merge the CEDC into a single economic development department- to date no agreement has been finalized. The nonprofit CEDC currently answers to a seven-member board made up private business leaders and elected officials including Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss. While the proposal has had the support of the city council- enthusiasm for the change appeared to fade somewhat last month when several city officials expressed concern with tentative plans to move the CEDC operation to the County Office Complex. A status report on the negotiations were discussed in closed session Tuesday. CEDC executive director Paul Kelly was asked for an update during the public portion of the meeting- but he offered no new information confirming only that talks were ongoing…

3 Responses to “Status Report On County & CEDC Merger Discussed In Closed Session”

  1. November 13, 2019 at 7:57 am, mac said:

    Who really cares where the office is located or who they answer to? They can continue to accomplish nothing just as easily at the County Office Building as anywhere else.
    It’s the same old mantra; discussions are under way, we’re on the cusp of an important announcement, confidentiality doesn’t allow us to say anything at this time.
    And all of this is just concerning where they will put their desks and conference table.


    • November 13, 2019 at 9:28 am, LRH said:

      > agreed, if “where they will put their desks and conference table” requires top secrete meetings, just imagine what deals and pocket lining they are hiding behind the curtains we don’t even know about.


      • November 13, 2019 at 10:18 am, mac said:

        > I’m not trying to imply that anything out of the ordinary or illegal is going on at the CEDC. What I am saying is, based on the track record so far, nothing is going on. There is no history of past successes, there is no word on future successes.
        Verso shut down, Sears will be doing the same in the near future. Where is the economic development to help these people, these families get back to work?


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