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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Downtown "Open For Business" Campaign Launches


The City of Hagerstown launched an “Open for Business” campaign today featuring a video geared toward reminding the world that its downtown art galleries, restaurants, and shops are, and will remain open, while efforts continue to complete the Urban Improvement Project.  The video encourages everyone not to let the UIP-associated construction deter them from supporting those businesses located in the shadow of the current work-in-progress.


Various downtown business owners, in addition to Mayor Bruchey and the members of City Council, appear in the video asking for everyone to exhibit a little patience, make a little extra effort, and most of all, visit, patronize, and enjoy the best that downtown Hagerstown has to offer.


A theme of the video is “together”—the mantra of Main Street Hagerstown—a program of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development in which over 50 volunteers work together with City staff as a driving force to advance our downtown.  As Amanda Whitmore, Downtown Coordinator and staff support to the City’s Main Street program puts it, “We want our citizens and visitors to know that our Main Street businesses are open during this exciting transformation to the downtown.  We have over 15 restaurants, three art galleries, a variety of destination retailers, performing art spaces, a Cultural Trail, and more!  Main Street Hagerstown encourages you to spend part of your day here in downtown and support these businesses, whether it’s to grab a bite to eat, to see a performance, or to pick up a special gift for someone.” 


And that is the first of the two-fold purpose of the video.  The other key component is the one pointed out by Jill Thompson, Director of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development.  “Our business owners have made significant investments to be a part of our downtown,” Thompson said.  And through the “Open for Business” campaign the City is pleased to be able to demonstrate its commitment to, and willingness to provide assistance for, those who have invested.


The video is available for viewing on the City’s website at, on the City’s YouTube channel at, on Hub City Now—cable channel 25, on Twitter @CityHagerstown, and on the City’s Facebook page.


Banners, posters, and other forms of advertising will supplement the video in order to continue to promote the campaign over the coming months.

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