Tuesday, June 19, 2012

4 economic development agencies partner on D.C. marketing effort

Economic development authorities for Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties are partnering together to launch a marketing initiative targeting the Washington, D.C. metro area.

The Western Potomac Economic Partnership, or WestPEP, announced June 14 that the marketing effort will consist of several elements all with the same goal of wooing business and industry to the state.

In June, WestPEP posters highlighting advantages to doing business in the Eastern Panhandle will be featured in hundreds of DCMetro rail cars. A series of events coordinated with the Washington Business Journal will be sponsored by WestPEP, including the Journal's annual "Best Places to Work" awards breakfast, and the "Top CEO" awards luncheon. Special events also are planned for educating the commercial and industrial real estate brokers, consultants and developers about the Panhandle's close proximity and easy access to the Greater Washington Metro area.

"Our message is clear. We are an important part of the Washington, D.C., market, and your business will thrive here, without the costs and constraints of more densely developed regions around the beltway," Stephen Christian, executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority, said in a news release. "We are coordinating a campaign through events, advertising, and web-based outreach that should begin to put the Eastern Panhandle on the radar for any organization looking to move or expand in the Greater Washington Capital Region." More here.

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