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Photo Release: Governor Hogan Visits Hagerstown to Celebrate Achievements in Arts, Culture, and Business

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today visited Hagerstown, where he attended the Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park dedication ceremony, toured Hub Labels, and cut the ribbon on the newly expanded Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center.

“It’s great to be back in beautiful Hagerstown and to see the transformative results of our state investment of more than $8 million to assist in the revitalization of the city,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration pledged directly to the people of Washington County and Western Maryland that you would no longer be ignored, forgotten, or neglected. We said that we were going to pay more attention to your needs and concerns and today we are doing exactly what we said we would do.”


Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park. Governor Hogan delivered remarks at the ceremonial dedication of Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park in downtown Hagerstown. Known as the father of Jewish anti-discrimination in Maryland, Thomas Kennedy represented Hagerstown in the Maryland General Assembly during the early 19th century, where he championed legislation that enabled Jewish Marylanders to hold public office.

In July 2018, Governor Hogan helped break ground on the project, which received funding from the State of Maryland, the City of Hagerstown, Washington County, and additional fundraising efforts.


Hub Labels. Governor Hogan visited Hub Labels, a family-owned business that recently received a coveted certification from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Hub Labels was the fourth Maryland business to obtain SHARP certification, which recognizes small businesses that uphold exemplary safety and health standards. Founded in 1978, Hub Labels is also globally recognized for its top industry quality and commitment to sustainability.


The Maryland Theatre. Later, Governor Hogan took part in the grand opening of the restored and expanded historic Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center. Built in 1915, the Maryland Theatre has long served as the cornerstone of Hagerstown’s arts and entertainment district. The 30,000-square-foot expansion project, which will enable the theatre to support new events and community partnerships, received funding from the State of Maryland as part of an over $8 million investment in the revitalization of Hagerstown.


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