Time off for some means business opportunity for others

Leisure time for some generates millions of dollars for area businesses, according to tourism reports for the Crossroads region. Tourism leaders say that’s because of the area’s mix of historic sites, parks and activities. “History is our hook, but recreation is what people do,” said Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau. That sentiment also was expressed, in one way or another, by several other tourism leaders throughout the Crossroads area. They said they market their communities’ ties to history — such as Civil War sites — as well as state and national parks and activities […]

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Expert: Businesses need to adapt to workforce changes

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Like customers, workers change over time, and businesses that don’t adapt to those changes risk missing out. That was one of the messages Kathy George of Spherion Staffing Services delivered at a recent Leadership Washington County (Md.) event. The staffing company is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Emerging Workforce Study. Every year since 1997, George said, the study has dug into the changing workforce. Much of her talk in Hagerstown, Md., focused on “Connecting the Generations.” And she went over some of the popular generational differences, parsing out concerns and priorities for baby boomers, Generation X, […]

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Harpers Ferry park leader: Pleasure to interact with visitors

Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, is a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service. Born in Orangeburg, S.C., Brandyburg graduated from Branchville High School in Branchville, S.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in American history and education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. As an undergraduate, Brandyburg started his National Park Service career through a co-op program at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, S.C. “After graduation, I worked as a park ranger for three years while gaining experience in collections/museum management and supervision,” he wrote in an email. “I transferred to Tuskegee […]

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‘We can tell our client’s story’

Scott Bowen of MSB Architects   From the fish tank in the wall to the guitars by the desk to the trademark bow tie he wears, Scott Bowen’s office atmosphere reflects a bit of his personal story. The architect, based in Hagerstown, Md., said that’s what his firm tries to do for its clients — to blend practical needs with an artistic vision that tells a client’s story. Three-dimensional models and large photographs show off some of those projects, such as the picture of the Lucy School in Frederick, Md., and the model of the planned expansion of the Schmankerl Stube […]

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Grocery pickup, delivery could fuel Walmart’s online growth

Walmart’s plans for online growth start with everyday items like groceries in everyday places like Hagerstown, Md., and Charles Town, W.Va. The world’s largest retailer plans to reach a 40 percent U.S. online growth target by next year. In a note to clients, Seth Sigman, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said Walmart’s latest moves — which include pickup service and a delivery option in many cities — might help it hit that target. Market Insider reported that Sigman considers online grocery sales “largely an untapped market.” “For (Walmart), given how early it is, we think it can lead to growth, […]

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Health through unity

Affiliation between Summit, WellSpan is the latest in a trend seen across the country.   The document proposing a formal affiliation between Summit Health and WellSpan Health is the latest chapter in a story that’s being written across the country. The move toward acquisitions, mergers and affiliations is being driven by changes in health care economics, policy, regulation and technology, said Julie Kissinger, vice president of communications and public affairs for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. “We have seen a growth in this trend in Pennsylvania,” Kissinger said. From 2000 to 2017, the number of Pennsylvania hospitals in health systems […]

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Top wealth advisor: ‘Most people need a coach’

Four area names, all from Maryland, made the roster when Forbes released its list of “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.” Named to the list from this area were: • No. 14: Larry Boggs, Wells Fargo Advisors, Cumberland • No. 22: Betsy Pakenas, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick • No. 29: Jim Holzapfel, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagerstown • No. 55: Nate Harris, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Frederick Holzapfel is managing director and investment officer with Holzapfel Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Hagerstown, Md. He’s not exactly a stranger to lists like these. He has earned numerous firm, industry and civic awards, including Outstanding […]

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‘We have an opportunity to come together as a community’

Sudhir Singh, new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business, talks about what he sees as the successes, challenges at the school. Sudhir Singh, recently named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop, seeks insights from leaders as diverse as Churchill, Lincoln, Gandhi and Nehru. Singh joined FSU in 1992, with a teaching focus on finance. He was associate dean from 2010 to 2015 and has served as interim dean since 2015. He has also served as director of the College of Business Center for Leadership Development since 2011. “Dr. Singh has wide expertise in finance and global […]

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Middletown Valley goes public through OTC Pink Market

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Middletown Valley Bank’s common stock is now trading on the OTC Pink Market exchange under the ticker symbol MNVB. B.J. Goetz, the bank’s president and CEO, said the move will make it easier for people to buy and sell the stock. “The goal is to be able to grow the return to shareholders over time,” he said. Shareholders can hold the stock personally, with a local broker or with an online brokerage. Goetz said the move continues the 110-year-old bank’s plans to grow into a premier community bank serving businesses and consumers, primarily in the Frederick and […]

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Franklin County forecasts more growth in 2018

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Near the end of his slide presentation, L. Michael Ross paused and looked at the crowd who had gathered to hear it. “We’re a busy operation,” he said. “There’s a lot going on.” Ross is president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. He gave an annual report to more than 170 people recently at the Chambersburg (Pa.) Country Club. The corporation and the county enjoyed a banner year in 2017, he told them. Judging from the corporation’s outlook and a survey of businesses, 2018 could be even better. And things also look positive for a wider region […]

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