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ALLEGANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT, CITY OF HANCOCK RECEIVE FUNDING FROM RURAL MARYLAND COUNCIL FOR WESTERN MARYLAND WORKS MAKERSPACE PROJECT
January 10, 2019 (Cumberland, MD) - Today, Allegany County Government, in cooperation with the Town of Hancock, Maryland, announced that they are the recipients of the FY 2019 Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund award in the amount of $250,000. The funding will be used for Phase One of the development of Western Maryland WORKS, a makerspace partnership that will be located both in LaVale and Hancock, Maryland.
“We are grateful for the Rural Maryland Council's investment into regional workforce development solutions, and further look forward to building opportunities for the citizens of Western Maryland,” stated Jake Shade, President of the Allegany County Board of County Commissioners.
First announced in November 2018, Western Maryland WORKS will serve as an incubator for new ideas and businesses. It will encourage regional innovation, workforce development and economic growth by providing basic infrastructure needs, connection and training opportunities and acceleration programming to launch successful businesses in Western Maryland's communities.
“A great idea transcends county boundary lines. The Town of Hancock looks forward to participating in this initiative with our friends up the mountains,” commented Hancock Mayor Dr. Ralph Salvagno.
The funds will provide support for the development project to include assisting with direct costs to re-purpose existing facilities and providing start-up funds to plan and execute a robust training and mentorship program. The funds will also be sued for various technological upgrades for the sites.
Allegany College of Maryland is already partnering with Allegany County Government to provide advanced manufacturing training for the LaVale site.