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Where innovative businesses, stunning vistas and historic downtowns converge. Where the Appalachian Mountains rise over green valleys, but are still only two hours from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Maybe it's time to make the move outside to Allegany County, Maryland.

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Find an abundance of outdoor recreation, live entertainment and walkable urban cores.

Affordability and livability are the hallmarks of Allegany County, situated in the heart of the Western Maryland Panhandle. Conveniently equidistant between Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Allegany County attracts visitors and new residents with its lower cost of living and higher quality of life. Employers are also impressed by our dynamic market and robust workforce options. From craft breweries to live music festivals, from fine dining to a burgeoning food truck scene, Allegany County offers what you would expect from larger markets, all framed by stunning mountain views and the Potomac River. Learn how to make Allegany County home for your family, business expansion, or both.


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“We are here for the long haul and we are creating local jobs."

"We are very bullish on everything we see here.”

- Jim Abdo, president and CEO of Abdo Development, based in Washington D.C., on his company's recent multimillion dollar investment in redeveloping property in Cumberland, Maryland.

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Shopping Small Brings Big Returns in Allegany County

Studies have shown that for every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cents goes back to the local community. With the holidays quickly approaching, it is an opportune time to show support for small businesses in your area. Small Business Saturday, held on November 25, marks the unofficial start of the shopping season for many, and it provides considerable financial impacts on independent retailers and restaurants.

“This is the time of year that really sets small businesses up to get through the rest of the winter,” explains Deidre Roberts, executive director of FrostburgFirst. “January through April can be a difficult time, especially with weather challenges, so our businesses look to the holiday season and Small Business Saturday in particular. That’s the day that will help to pay to keep their lights on throughout the winter. That’s going to help pay the salaries of their staff. That’s going to help keep their business afloat during the slow times. So, it’s a really, really important day for them. It’s one of the biggest days for them for the entire year.” 

Local Business
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Compound Management Provider with Cumberland MD Facility, Specs Chemical, Joins Forces with eMolecules, Inc.

In a significant move signaling the evolution and demands of the Life Science industry, California-based eMolecules, Inc. has announced its acquisition of Netherlands-based Specs Compound Handling, B.V., which operates a location in Cumberland, MD. This acquisition is not just a merger of two entities but underscores the shifting dynamics in compound management.

Established in 1987, Specs Chemical has emerged as the world's foremost provider of compound management services, supporting industry giants like Merck and Johnson & Johnson. They now specialize in the storage and distribution of specialty chemicals that play a pivotal role in drug discovery. Their transition over the past decade from primarily selling compounds to emphasizing their storage showcases their ability to adapt and align with industry demands.

Business Expansion
Rocky Gap Front Entrance

Leading Industry Voices to Convene for the 2023 Tech at the Gap: Decoding Intelligence

Western Maryland’s technological evolution is making waves, driven by a thriving ecosystem of innovation, education, and networking. The forthcoming 2023 Tech at the Gap: Decoding Intelligence conference not only promises to showcase the burgeoning technology sector but also aims to generate heightened interest in Allegany County and the broader Western Maryland region. This year's conference is scheduled for October 19, 2023, at the scenic Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, MD. 

The conference's theme, "Decoding Intelligence," boasts an impressive roster of keynote speakers and breakout presenters from across the country. Keynote speakers include:


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