November 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO CONSTRUCT ACCESS ROAD TO GARRETT COUNTY BUSINESS PARK

Project expected to attract new businesses, jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $536,858 to the Garrett County Board of Commissioners to construct an access road for the McHenry Business Park. This road will help attract approximately 10-15 new businesses and 435 new jobs in the business park.

"This is a federal investment in jobs today and jobs tomorrow in Western Maryland. I'm so proud that Garrett County will be able to use these funds to continue to develop and grow by attracting new businesses and economic development," said Senator Mikulski. "I will continue to fight to keep Western Maryland communities a priority in the federal checkbook."

"This ARC grant will help make the McHenry Business Park a reality," said Senator Cardin.  "Garrett County's economic outlook will substantially improve with the new businesses and jobs that will be attracted to the business park."

The funding will be used to construct more than a quarter mile of the access road from Bumble Bee Road through the newly developed McHenry Business Park in Garrett County. The road will provide access to approximately 300 acres of marketable land to serve new businesses.

In addition to ARC funds, the Department of Business and Economic Development of the State of Maryland will provide $100,000, and Garrett County will provide about $72,964, bringing the total project funding to $709,822.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.