2 from Crossroads area named to Appalachian Leadership Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two people from the Crossroads Business Journal region are among 40 fellows named to the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the roster in a news release. The class draws on each one of Appalachia’s 13 states and includes public policy, community development, education, investment, and other professionals who live and/or work in the Region. Fellows from the Crossroads Business Journal region include Andrew Sargent, senior business development representative for the Western Region, Maryland Department of Commerce; and Jennifer Walsh, executive director of The Greater Columbia Committee in Frostburg, Md. The […]

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Leadership

‘It’s about turning on the light bulb for people’ By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Tara Sargent pitches what she calls “three levels of benefit” people get by participating in Leadership Washington County. Each person can benefit by learning about various segments of the community and building relationships with classmates, she said. The sponsoring organization benefits by having an employee who has a deeper understanding of the area. And the community benefits by having more leaders in more places throughout the region. “It’s about turning the light bulb on for people,” Sargent said. Sargent is executive director of Leadership Washington County. There are […]

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On the books for November 2019

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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Float for a Cure benefits cancer treatment at WMHS

Back for a second year, cancer survivors from Keyser raised more than $2,700 this year to aid patients undergoing cancer treatment at Western Maryland Health System. Corporate and individual sponsors in and around Mineral County, W.Va., supported cancer survivors Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill in 2019, who nearly doubled their contributions over last year. The six-mile river trip and fundraiser was created in 2018 to honor the late Artie Hartman, founder of the Stray Cat Café, which closed after 30 years when Hartman lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2016. Patrons and friends joined the paddlers for a picnic […]

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‘We hope to be a hub’

Jessica Green, executive director of The Maryland Theatre, talks about the role the newly renovated venue will play in Hagerstown. By Mike Lewismlewis@herald-mail.com The Maryland Theatre is a performing arts center, a nonprofit organization and a key economic driver in downtown Hagerstown, Md. Jessica Green, the theater’s executive director, understands the connection. She hopes the theater can be “a hub of all things arts, entertainment, education and business happenings for Western Maryland.” The main theater auditorium was built in 1915 and can seat 1,300. It draws people downtown for stage shows and concerts. Thanks to some major construction, the facility […]

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Maryland receives grant to advance forest industry

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The nonprofit Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to advance Maryland’s forest products sector. The council will use the grant to develop a plan to strengthen Maryland’s forest industry through the next two decades, which will lead to job creation and business growth in designated Opportunity Zones throughout the state. The federal money will be matched by $150,000 in funds and in-kind contributions by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Commerce, and Agriculture; the Maryland Agriculture and Resource Based Industries Development […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Our bottom-line views on recent news in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Hats off to Madison White and Johnnie Meredith. The two Shepherd University students came away with awards from the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy. • Many eyes are going to be on Lidl, the German-based discount grocer, after the company announced that it will provide medical benefits for all its employees in more than 70 stores in the United States, regardless of the number of hours they work per week. • Congratulations to Cochran & Mann​, a commercial painting and wallcovering subcontractor based in Frederick, Md., […]

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Shippensburg, Reading sign agreement

READING, Pa. — Shippensburg University and Reading Area Community College have reached a comprehensive articulation agreement to ensure the seamless transfer of coursework for RACC students seeking to complete bachelor’s degrees at Shippensburg. The agreement also frames new opportunities to serve the workforce needs of Pennsylvania. With an increase in manufacturing, logistics and professional and business services jobs, students transferring from RACC will have access to the Shippensburg School of Engineering and a premier supply chain management program. […]

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Hub Labels goes landfill-free

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hub Labels Inc., a custom label manufacturer, recently announced that it is 100% landfill free. Through a partnership with Entsorga of Martinsburg W.Va., Hub Labels converts all of its waste into clean-burning alternative fuel called “solid recovered fuel,” or SRF. “Being landfill free has been a long, difficult road,” Nink Myers, purchasing manager at Hub Labels, said in a news release. “It was a project that began in 2009 when we introduced linerless labels to the United States market. We love that this revolutionary label has zero liner waste compared to a traditional label. We started to […]

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Thankful for nonprofits: Accolades, ethics, professionalism

November is always a special time of year as the country pauses to celebrate thankfulness. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has chapters that annually host National Philanthropy Day (NPD) during the month to celebrate those who help our communities and give in a myriad of ways to support the nonprofit community. As a long-time member of AFP, it is a special day to look forward to. Recognitions focus on the nonprofit community and good citizens efforts of volunteers, professional fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, youth, corporations, foundations, media, and communities. Nonprofits began in the early 1900s as groups organized to help […]

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