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The Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD) is a county government agency that strives to expand economic opportunities for local citizens. In so doing, the agency has become the most effective provider of information and strategic solutions to existing and prospective businesses.

The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations, including the Maryland Department of Commerce, to match the business community's needs with available quality programs and information.

To learn more about the perfect balance of commerce and lifestyle found in Washington County, Maryland, contact the Washington County Department of Business Development at the address below, or fill out our contact form.


Phone: 240-313-2280 Fax: 240-313-2281
100 West Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Staff Listing

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, Business Development Specialist

  • Business Development Specialist 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
Carmen Harbaugh, Administrative Assistant

Carmen Harbaugh, Administrative Assistant

  • Administrative Assistant since 2013.
  • Responsible for research and administrative support by developing and maintaining databases and reports.
  • Serves as information facilitator and first point of contact for business inquiries.

Aaron Stoner, Project Liaison

  • Provides plan review, permitting and inspection assistance to new or expanding commercial and industrial businesses
  • Guides required project plan and permitting approvals through State, Federal and funding agency authorities

Kassie Lewis, Director of Business Development

  • Primary sales and development driver for the County
  • Staff liaison to the EDC Board
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of strategic programs to encourage business relocation, retention and expansion in Washington County

Linda A. Spence, Business Support Specialist

  • Business Support Specialist 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, Agricultural Business Development Specialist

  • Washington County Agricultural Business Development 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

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