Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
‘Driven by lists’
I follow the philosophy imparted to me by my father and mother: Service before self and excellence without arrogance. These themes have served me well throughout my career. On a daily basis, my life is driven by lists. Detailed lists keep me focused and on task, and they provide benchmarks about progress on key initiatives.
— Mary J.C. Hendrix, the president of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and a leading cancer researcher
Below is the number of new, privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in 2017. The numbers include houses, apartments, groups of rooms or single rooms intended for occupancy as separate living quarters:
• Frederick County, Md.: 1,893
• Berkeley County, W.Va.: 949
• Franklin County, Pa.: 412
• Washington County, Md.: 308
• Jefferson County, W.Va.: 274
• Morgan County, W.Va.: 52
• Fulton County, Pa.: 26
• Allegany County, Md.: 21
Because not all permits become housing starts, and because starts lag the permit stage, the numbers do not represent total new construction.
— Source: United States Census Bureau
More honors for Volvo
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Volvo Group Trucks near Hagerstown was one of five recipients of the Maryland Green Registry’s leadership awards earlier this summer.
All Volvo Group facilities follow an environmental policy. But the Hagerstown-area facility has one of the largest solar-panel canopies in the eastern United States. Volvo Group Trucks had projects that reduced the operation’s environmental footprint, such as lighting system additions; heating, ventilation and air conditioning modernization; and equipment replacements.
Volvo Group Trucks is one of 520 member organizations in the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary program that helps organizations become more sustainable by offering tips and resources.
A primary challenge to the banking industry is related to regulation. Regulators seem to use a one-size-fits-all approach and, in many cases, the unintended negative consequences impact community bank customers.
— Mark Harrell, president and CEO of CNB Bank