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Morriss Points to Collaboration in Recent Economic Development

August 16th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

“Turf battles” are not uncommon in smaller communites with various factions often seeking more control or to maintain control-  and that was one problem identified by an economic development specialist when he presented a long term plan to Cumberland officials earlier this year. Just a few months later however, and those same city officials report they are seeing more teamwork than power struggles.  The consultant, in February, bluntly noted that groups including- the city, CEDC, Allegany County, Tri-County Council,  DDC, DCBA  and the Greater Cumberland Committee- have been in protection mode- and that has led to economic stagnation. During a recent public session, Mayor Ray Morriss said his recent experience shows many of those organizations are working collaboratively on any number of projects…