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Local Task Force to Seek $100M for Economic Growth

January 21st, 2022 by WCBC Radio

With the state flush with an unprecedented budget surplus, local lawmakers plan to seek $100 million in funding during the current  legislative session to incentivize economic growth in Western Maryland. The idea of creating a fund of $100 million to attract businesses and spur new home construction was developed by the 11-member Task Force on the Economic Future of Western Maryland. The task force, which is co-chaired by State George Edwards and Delegate Jason Buckel, met for nearly two years to work on ideas to jumpstart the economy in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. Edwards says trying to find a plan to accommodate three different counties proved a challenge- but in the end he believes the proposal in place could represent a significant economic development boost for the entire region…