Notes and quotes

By Mike Lewis
Crews are working on what will be a new Enterprise Rent-A-Car location at 700 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, Md. There was an El Paso Mexican Restaurant at the location. That building was torn down to make way for the new construction. According to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, the property is owned by Rosson Development Co. of Abingdon, Md.

housing units

Here are the rates of owner-occupied housing units by county in the Crossroads region from 2011 to 2015:

• Fulton Co., Pa.: 79.1 percent

• Jefferson Co., W.Va.: 74.0 percent

• Frederick Co., Md.: 73.9 percent

• Berkeley Co., W.Va.: 73.2 percent

• Franklin Co., Pa.: 71.7 percent

• Morgan Co., W.Va.: 70.7 percent

• Allegany Co., Md.: 68.8 percent

• Washington Co., Md.: 64.2 percent

• U.S. average: 63.9 percent

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

‘With a vengeance’

“Home ownership is about to come back in this country with a vengeance.”

Economist Anirban Basu,
looking ahead to 2018


‘Best two-year run
since 2005’

“For the first time since the middle of 2014, the US economy has sustained 3 percent growth for two consecutive quarters, providing strong momentum into next year. The current Conference Board forecast calls for 2.8 percent growth during the final quarter of 2017 and 2.5 percent growth in 2018. This would represent the economy’s best two-year run since 2005.”

 The Conference Board Economic
Forecast for the U.S. Economy

Tourism numbers rise

Tourism was up in Washington County, Md., during October, according to hotel/motel taxes paid by lodging establishments. Those businesses paid $198,924 for October. That’s up from $176,764 in September and $193,672 for October 2016.


‘Courageous decision’

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

Peter F. Drucker,
management consultant,
educator and author

Formula for success

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

Thomas J. Watson, who served as chairman and CEO of IBM