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General Overview

The Washington County Department of Business Development is a county agency that provides assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland.  The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county.

Vision Statement

Expanding economic opportunities for our citizens.

Mission Statement

Be the most effective provider of information and strategic solutions to existing and prospective businesses, as well as the leading marketer of the greater Hagerstown area as a desirable business destination.

Strategic Priorities

  • Assist with the retention and growth of existing businesses
  • Attract new businesses to Washington County emphasizing targeted industries
  • Facilitate workforce development for existing and target businesses
  • Identify and prioritize economic development infrastructure needs and opportunities
  • Support continued cooperation within the public and private sectors toward achieving economic development objectives

Staff Listing

Timothy R. Troxell, CEcD, Executive Director

  • Executive Director since 2002 and prior Assistant Director since 1998
  • Current President of the Maryland Economic Development Association Foundation
  • Serves on the board of several local agencies including:
    • Chamber of Commerce
    • PenMar Development Corporation
    • Tri-County Council for Western MD
    • University System of Maryland - Hagerstown
  • Serves on the Tri-County Council for Western MD Revolving Loan Fund Committee
  • Earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council in 1999
  • Graduate of Leadership Washington County Class XI; Hood College with MBA degree; and, Frostburg State University with B.S. degrees

Robin L. Ferree, CEcD, Deputy Director

  • Deputy Director since 2007 and prior Business
  • Development Specialist since 2004
  • Member of several associations including:
    • Industrial Asset Management Council
    • Fort Detrick Alliance
    • Maryland Economic Development Association
    • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
    • World Economic Development Alliance
  • Serves on the board of local agencies including:
    • Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center Advisory Committee and Biotechnology Advisory Committee
    • Horizon-Goodwill Industries
  • Earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
  • from the International Economic Development Council in 2009
  • Graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute; Leadership Washington County Class XXI; and, James Madison University with B.S. degree

Robert P. Mandley, Project Coordinator

  • Project Coordinator since 2004
  • Retired Senior Project Director for America Online
  • Manages available properties database and helps new and existing companies manage the construction of their new local facilities
  • Member of several associations including the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Minority/Women-Owned Business Technical Assistance Board, and Canal Towns Committee
  • Serves on the EDC infrastructure committee
  • Graduate of Montgomery College with a business management degree

Susan M. Buchanan, Fiscal/Research Specialist

  • Fiscal/Research Specialist since November 2009
  • Compiles detailed research for clients and economic/workforce data
  • Administers County Enterprise Zone and New Jobs Tax Credits programs
  • Washington County Government contact for MD’s Community Block Grant Program
  • Pursuing University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute program
  • Graduate of Hood College with a B.A. degree in Business Administration

Linda A. Spence, Administrative Assistant

  • Administrative Assistant since 1998
  • Manages annual Washington County Business & Industry Directory
  • Helps manage EDC business community events
  • Serves as Clerk to the EDC Board of Directors
  • Serves on the Board of the Center for Business and Training

Leslie Hart, Agriculture Marketing Specialist

  • Washington County Agriculture Marketing Specialist since 2008
  • Responsible for developing, marketing, and managing economic development strategies for Agriculture
  • Implements marketing programs to attract, retain, preserve, and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries in Washington County
  • LEAD Maryland Fellow and Alumni
  • Serves on several committees including the University of Maryland Extension Advisory Council, Advisor for the Culinary Arts Program at Washington County Technical High School, and 4-H Leadership Council, among others
  • Graduate of Hagerstown Community College and Mountain State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership
  • Visit the Agriculture Marketing website at

Greg Larsen, Airport Business Development Manager

  • Hagerstown Regional Airport Business Development Manager since 2001
  • Worked in various Washington County Government departments since 1994
  • Responsible for implementing marketing initiatives to help develop existing airport businesses as well as attract new business and commercial carriers to Hagerstown Regional Airport
  • Graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
  • Visit the Hagerstown Regional Airport website at

100 W Washington St., Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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