Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 29, 2013

Working together will help community move forward

At the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s regular meeting in December, representatives from nearly 20 agencies, committees, commissions and organizations met to discuss their role in economic development.

The chamber’s board room was filled to capacity as the attendees also discussed ways to develop a collaborative support structure for all involved. This preliminary conversation, though just a start, was very encouraging.

All in attendance looked favorably on the idea of sharing information regularly, developing a shared vision and coordinating efforts as we work together to make that vision for our community a reality. There is much to look forward to in the coming months.

Allegany College of Maryland has formed a stakeholder group and taken the lead in the Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program, the Cities of Cumberland and Frostburg and the Cumberland Allegany County Industrial Foundation (CACIF) have executed a municipal economic development cooperative memorandum of understanding and the city of Cumberland has released a request for proposal for the development of a strategic economic development plan for the city.

As discussions continue, I look forward to more collaboration. By working together we will move our community forward.

The chamber looks forward to continuing to serve its members in 2014 by providing expanded networking, marketing and educational opportunities in addition to being a force to bring about positive change.

At the core of the chamber’s mission is to function as an organization that attends to challenging matters which impact the advancement of businesses and the community. We will continue to promote matters of change openly, objectively and reasonably while nurturing a spirit of deliberate review.

I strongly urge anyone who wants to get involved to call me directly at the chamber office at 301-722-6705. Together we will make great things happen.

Stuart C. Czapski, executive director

Allegany County Chamber of Commerce

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