Mayor's Blog 10.02.17

  • By Mayor Salvagno
  • 06 Oct, 2017
Why Hancock Maryland won’t be applying to be Amazon’s HQ2 -  Let’s look at Amazon’s preferences. Hancock has made a lot of progress in the last few years. A medical marijuana cultivating site and a new start for the cheese plant will bring almost 200 jobs to Town. Building just commenced on our new library and the new pool will be underway shortly. Certainly, that qualifies as a “stable and business-friendly environment”. With the unique participation of the Town in the medical marijuana cultivating site and creative acquisition of park land we certainly qualify as one of the “communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options” OK…so we fall a bit short in the preference for a “metropolitan area with more than one million people”. With a population of about 1570 (maybe 1571… I think there was a new baby born last week) we are growing slowly but surely one million is a far way off. We are RURAL and certainly not an “urban or suburban location” but we do have a very dedicated and talented workforce. Our hope is that Amazon HQ2 does find a home in Maryland…somewhere. We will be here to offer extraordinary recreational opportunities to future Amazon employees. They will be able to access the Potomac River, the C&O Canal and the Western Maryland Rail Trail all within walking, biking or kayaking distance of Main Street. The Town wishes the best to the applicant counties in Maryland. Win or lose we hope that their citizens will find time to discover what we have to offer …an escape from the urban and suburban one million!
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