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CVB President meets with Governor O'Malley and DBED Secretary Johansson

(L-R) Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Tom Riford, and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson posing at the Maryland Association of Counties Annual Summer Conference.



CVB President meets with Governor O'Malley and DBED Secretary Johansson

(Ocean City, MD): At the recent Annual Summer Conference of the Maryland Association of Counties, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Tom Riford met with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson.
The Governor's Crab Feast allowed for an informal discussion about the ongoing renovation and restoration project of the Big Slackwater section of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
The Governor and the Department of Business and Economic Development helped support the project, with funding from the Maryland Transportation Enhancement Program. The project is the largest federal stimulus-funded project of any park in Western Maryland. The towpath was washed out in 1996, causing cyclists and hikers to use a dangerous six-mile detour on shoulderless county roads.
The National Park Service's "highest priority project for the C&O Canal NHP" has been the Big Slackwater Repair Project.
Riford thanked the governor for his support for the project, and both O'Malley and Johansson pledged to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony when the project is completed and the towpath is reopened in that multi-mile section.
When completed, the restored towpath is expected to attract an estimated additional 60,000 visitors to Washington County, creating $2-million in added economic impact.

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