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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Input Wanted for Redesignation of Arts & Entertainment District

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The City of Hagerstown Department of Community & Economic Development, in partnership with the Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Council*, is in the process of applying to the State of Maryland for the redesignation of Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District.  

 

Hagerstown’s is one of 29 A&E Districts across the state, designated by the Maryland State Arts Council and Department of Commerce, whose work is facilitated by three tax-related incentives:  property tax credit, artist income tax subtraction modification, and an admissions and amusement tax exemption.

 

The objective of the A&E District program is to develop, promote, and support diverse artistic and cultural centers in communities throughout Maryland that preserve a sense of place, provide unique local experiences, attract tourism, and spur economic revitalization and neighborhood pride.  By reinvesting in existing communities and creating places that help people, businesses, the economy, and the environment thrive, the State satisfies its own goal as articulated in the Department of Planning’s Reinvest Maryland strategy. 

 

With Hagerstown’s redesignation application coming due, determining the future shape, look, function, and evolution of the A&E District, and how that will be presented to the State is the task at hand.  Community engagement is invaluable to that important process.  

 

Participation is being sought through two Input and Listening Sessions scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 from 10-11:30am and Thursday, January 27 from 5-6:30pm at the BuroBox at 60 W. Washington Street, and via an online survey available now at www.hagerstownmd.org/survey.   

 

More information is available on the City of Hagerstown Department of Community & Economic Development Facebook page.

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