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Allegany County in time of transition, says economic development chief

Jennifer Raley
Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND – Allegany County is in a time of transition, Economic Development Director Matt Diaz told Cumberland Rotarians at their weekly meeting held at the Holiday Inn.

Since he has been working with the county, Diaz has seen a shift from a mainly industrial economy to a more diversified economy.

“Industrial development is still a big part of what we do,” Diaz said.

While industries are a large part of the economy, other types of operations, such as technology-based businesses, are becoming more visible in the area.

Diaz is especially pleased with the progress occurring at Allegany Business Center at Frostburg State University.

During his presentation, Diaz told the Rotarians about his department’s responsibilities and highlighted some businesses.

Hunter Douglas, Western Maryland Health System and ACS were among major employers mentioned by Diaz.

“ACS is growing in leaps and bounds,” said Diaz.

Hamilton Telecommunications, which will operate a hearing-impaired call assistance center, and Sierra Hygiene, a paper product company, are businesses that will be locating in Frostburg, Diaz said. Continue

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