Monday, January 31, 2011

Hagerstown, Maryland

Here is a profile I've been working on for Hagerstown, Maryland to possible prospective candidates for our next Staff position. (A Work in process)




Our Community


For the past few decades, families and businesses have been choosing Hagertown, Maryland as their home.

Hagertown, Maryland is near what is called the Tri-state area. Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In fact we have people from three different states (MD, PA, WVA) attend our services each week. We are located off the Interstates of I-70 and I-81. We are a bedroom community and only an hour away from major cities like: Baltimore and Washington D.C.. The area’s climate is seasonal. You can get to the Lakes of Deep Creek or go to the beach in Ocean City. We are also near the mid-point of the Appalachian Trial. Today, Hagerstown is a vital residential and commercial center, brimming with national recognition and unique community activities.
Helpful Websites:

Maryland Visitors Bureau www.visitmaryland.org

Hagerstown Visitor Center: http://www.marylandmemories.org/

Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce http://www.hagerstown.org/

City of Hagerstown http://www.hagerstown.in.gov/

Washington County Public Schools http://www.wcps.k12.md.us/

Population

According to the latest public census, Hagerstown is unofficially the Sixth largest city in Maryland with a population of 75,000. The area has an average age of 35 years and approximately 50% of Hagertown’s population is married with children. 73% of the population have a high school degree or above.

Transportation

Aviation –With nearby Hagerstown airport and Reagan, Dulles, and BWI – you can fly anywhere.

Rail – Nicknamed the Hub City.

Newspapers

The Hagerstown area is serviced by the daily newspaper, the Herald News.
Hospitals

Hagerstown and the surrounding area have some of the finest medial-practice and research facilities
in the world. Hagerstown just opened up a brand new hospital: Meritus Medical Center.
Everyday, people stream into the region from areas around the nation and the world in search of top-notch medical care.

There are six (6) major full service hospitals in the area: Meritus Medical Center, Waynesboro, City Hospital, Chambersburg, Frederick Healthcare, and Western Maryland Medical Center. There are
psychiatric help through Brook Lane. Other nearby Medical Facilities include: John Hopkins, Sinai, and the University of Maryland, and Shady Grove.

School Systems

The Washington County school system is recognized as a national leader not only in academic achievement, but in technology, accountability, school choice, character education, leadership, school security, finance and over-all operations. There are 47 public schools. The Superintendent was named 2010 Superintendent of the year. The dropout rate is 1.56% one of the lowest in the nation.

There are numerous Christian private schools located in the city of Hagerstown and surrounding areas

Including: Broadfording Christian Academy, Grace Academy, Highland ViewAcademy, and Heritage Academy.

Shopping Centers

The county has shopping opportunities that rival some of the Country’s largest urban centers. The area
offers an indoor malls at the Valley Mall. Longmeadow plaza is the north end of town. And then there is the Prime Outlets off of I-70 with many more shopping areas planned in the future.


Major highways

Hagerstown , long labeled nicknamed “The Hub City”, offers travelers and local citizens safe and convenient

Highways. The major interstates and highways located near Hagerstown are I-70, I-81, I-68, I-270.


Type of Local Government

The City of Hagerstown has many boards, commissions and committees, which report to the City Council.

The City staff plays an important role in the operation of these boards and commissions.

The City’s elected officials are:

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II
Council Members:

William M. Breichner, Martin E. Brubaker, Forrest W. Easton, Ashley C. Haywood,
Lewis C. Metzner


Average Economic Level


Hagerstown and surrounding Washington County, Maryland are at the strategic crossroads of the Mid-Atlantic region. There is no more affordable, better-connected place for business—with a skilled and educated workforce and a quality of life that combines the best of small-town America with close proximity to the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas.

Major Industries

Hagerstown’s pro-business atmosphere has landed an impressive list of companies, including:Volvo, First Data, Brethen Mutual Insurance, Maryland Paper, Netconn Solutions, Review and Herald Publishing Association

However, just a matter of a couple of miles away, either in Martinsburg, Greencastle,, or Baltimore and D.C. or better known as the Tri State Area., the area has become known as the Hub City. Where one can go east and west to major cities or even North and South.

Nearest Colleges

Nicknamed the Hub City, Hagerstown offers much in vastly different careers. Despite its semi-rural western Maryland setting, Hagerstown is a center of transit and commerce. With several interstates running through the town, Hagerstown is the chief commercial and industrial hub for a great Tri-State Area that includes much of western Maryland as well as south central Pennsylvania and eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Students can also find a number of colleges or universities in Hagerstown and surrounding areas. These include: Hagerstown Community College, Shepherd, Frost, WVA, UMD.

What other things do you think I should include?  We have the Suns, an Ice Complex and many other resources including Little League being a Big impact here. There is lots happening here in Washington County, MD.

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