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Unreleased Reports May Lead To Consolidated Economic Development Effort By Cumberland & Allegany Co.

July 24th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Two reports that have not yet been released to the public may ultimately lead to a revamped, consolidated economic development effort on the part of Allegany County and the City of Cumberland. The county contracted with an Indianapolis based consulting firm last year to develop a long range strategic economic development plan- and in February the city and county announced the formation of a task force to study consolidation possibilities. The announced release dates for both reports have now passed- and speculation has centered on a possible combination of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation- headed by Paul Kelly and Matt Miller- and the county’s economic development team.  The county department has been operating with a skeleton staff- with director Jeff Barclay absent with health issues. County Administrator Brandon Butler, at the most recent county commissioners meeting, talked about the improved and expanded relationship between the city and county on economic development matters…


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