County Comment Troxell Named EDC Director, Another Maxwell Movie On Tap

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Tim Troxell of Hagerstown was confirmed as permanent Executive Director of the Hagerstown/Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) by the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County on Tuesday, November 19th. The appointment was approved by the EDC at its meeting on Monday, November 18th.

Troxell, a Certified Economic Developer, was hired as the Assistant EDC Director in October 1998 and was named Acting Executive Director in May 2002. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Troxell holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Business Administration and Economics. He was awarded the Master’s of Business Administration degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute, based in Norman, Oklahoma.

In 1999, Troxell earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council. His employment background has been closely tied to the economic development sector. He began his career with the electric utility company Allegheny Energy and spent the majority of his time working in its Economic Development and Major Accounts departments. He then moved on to become Director of Business Development for a general contractor and developer that specialized in commercial and industrial construction.

Troxell holds professional memberships in the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and the Maryland Economic Development Association. He serves on the boards of agencies such as the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Technical Innovation Center, The Center for Business & Training, Tri-County Councils Revolving Loan Fund, and numerous others.

“We’re excited for Tim,” said County Commissioners’ President Greg Snook. “He’s shown he has true leadership abilities during this interim period, and out of all the applicants, he came out on top.”

Also at the meeting on November 19, Planning and Community Development Director Bob Arch and County Attorney Richard Douglas requested approval of a $300,000 loan agreement between the County and Ron Maxwell Productions, Inc., which will produce “The Last Full Measure” motion picture about the Civil War.

A similar loan agreement was made for the “Gods and Generals” movie, and the loan would be contingent on at least 50% of the filming taking place in Washington County. The loan would be guaranteed by Maxwell, and would be used for pre-production costs for the third in the Civil War trilogy of films.

The agreement had already been approved by the Board, and had been executed by the President but had to be ratified in open session, as hotel-motel tax funds would be used for the expenditure.

The Board approved $150,000 in the hotel rental tax funds to be used in each of fiscal years 2003 and 2004. Douglas told the Board that the loan would be conditional on a number of items, including the percentage of the film in which Washington County is the location, and a time limit on repayment.

Commissioners’ President Snook reminded the Board that “Gods and Generals,” the Maxwell-directed movie recently completed in the County, brought estimates of $10 million into the community, and that this loan has more guarantees than did the previous agreement.

Maxwell maintains a presence in the County in terms of leased office space at the Water and Sewer building. Ted Turner owns options to rights on the film, Arch said.

Funding would ultimately come from hotel-motel taxes, Snook said, but the best avenue for funding should be found in the short term. The measure was approved by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Wivell voting “no.”