CUMBERLAND, Md. — 5 candidates for the Allegany County Board of Commissioners participated in a discussion board Wednesday at Allegany Community Higher education.
The party was sponsored by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce with Juli McCoy, chamber govt director, serving as moderator.
The race for the a few-member county commission is a partisan contest, with commissioners serving four-12 months terms. Candidates include things like six Republicans and a person Democrat.
3 Republicans — Creade Brodie Jr., David Caporale and Jake Shade — now sit on the fee. Brodie and Caporale are in search of reelection and Shade is functioning for point out Senate.
Other Republican candidates consist of Invoice Atkinson, Jonathan Dayton, Todd Logsdon and David Robison. The field of six Republicans will be minimized to three as a outcome of the July 19 most important.
Anthony M. Joseph, the lone Democratic prospect, will quickly move on to the Nov. 8 standard election.
Candidates participating in Wednesday’s forum involved Atkinson, Caporale, Dayton, Logsdon and Robison.
McCoy asked, “If elected what would be your important concentrate in regard to financial advancement?”
Atkinson explained, “A single of our places of focus, of many I will mention, you listen to all people up here speaking about tourism and how it brings in men and women from the outside to devote dollars. Tourism is a a few-prong stool. 1st, we are making these belongings … the trail, the prepare, the river park … that is for us. That is for our citizens to use. That is an amenity that we have to sell as an financial instrument.
“Secondly, it does provide in tourists and they do devote income even though they are here. They shell out funds and leave. But, the third aspect of that stool we will need to concentration on is there is a whole good deal of out of doors market and leisure business that will locate in this article because we have that out of doors recreation and people assets.”
Dayton mentioned tourism is a person of his important focuses.
“It is truly a mulit-pronged solution, but, I won’t be able to notify you the total of persons that I talk to who would dwell in this area if there is far better housing and matters to do and far better broadband,” he reported. “So wanting at how we can grow on new assignments, whether or not it is the downtown (Potomac) river, how we can develop the previous Verso website, I feel it really is important. The outside space in Allegany County is really exclusive to a large amount of people.
“I mention prior to community basic safety, I think that is a essential begin to financial enhancement. It certainly is that foundation. Also, bringing back that population in Allegany County that we missing. There actually is a large problem there.”
Caporale stated, “This is a little something that is a a single-time opportunity. I want to make positive we make a long lasting influence on the county — whether or not it be strategic land acquisition, acquiring infrastructure ready for companies to go in … incentives for businesses and housing to arrive into our spot. Finishing some of the broadband we are seeking at (and) doable incentives for tech and biotech and cybersecurity. Everything ties with each other. I hope what we have with the economic development fund, I hope it will make a long lasting affect on Allegany County for several years to occur.”
Logsdon explained, “For a extensive time there has been kind of an comprehending, or a perception, that if something’s not exactly the right match we variety of have an plan of what we want so the county will entrance the dollars to set up a making or we will be in communicate with one specific firm for one thing … but if it is not just what we want then we type of act disinterested. I believe we need to have to be informed and realize that any practical small business needs to be encouraged and labored with to be ready to come in.
“We will need to take some issues that are liabilities on the county books … some of these vacant buildings and land we personal and turn individuals into property or, even improved, into equity. There is no such issue as the completely wrong small business, any company, as prolonged as their solution is legal and they are going to pay back tax and use people, it’s the correct business for Allegany County.”
Robison explained, “We have a ton of funds invested in the Barton Industrial Park in that building that is sitting down idol. It truly is a significant stress to the county taxpayer right now. The financial growth of Allegany County needs to do anything with that creating. It is most likely a around $8 million investment sitting down there. The (Cumberland) Chase residence is a different how a lot of million dollar investment decision.”