Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

June 26, 2014

Topic A

Plan looks at region’s economic future

The economic study of Cumberland now underway is long overdue. Besides looking at how jobs can be created locally, we hope the study will grab the attention of state government leaders.

Although it is in its early stages, the study — being conducted by RKG Associates from its Arlington, Va., office — already identifies Maryland, from an economic development perspective, as not being as competitive as some of its neighbors. Non-competitive tax rates and government regulatory impediments to businesses need to be addressed in Annapolis as well as in Cumberland and Allegany County.

RKG has listed some of the goals it has identified, including:

• Creation of jobs above median income.

• Define a tangible multi-year plan that can garner support.

• To reverse negative attitudes in the community.

• Create a new image for Cumberland that can be marketed.

• To add growth that will grow the middle class.

• To create a business case for moving past “the way it is” mentality.

The study also pinpoints the need for a regional approach to economic development. Cumberland and Allegany County are not islands — their leaders need to communicate and cooperate with governmental entities in adjoining West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Although the study focused on Cumberland, it utilized data from Allegany County and five neighboring counties of Garrett, Washington and Mineral, W.Va., as well as Somerset and Bedford counties in Pennsylvania. “You will be more successful working collaboratively, not just with the county, but with the region, than you will be on your own,” Kyle Talente, vice president of RKG, told city officials.

As the study moves forward, so will the local discussion about how to revamp the local economy. It should be Topic A in the politicking that goes on from now until the November general election. It also should be a topic for state leaders to address.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where is it?

    Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 20, 1969 July 20, 1969

    When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo