The C&O Canal Headquarters in Hagerstown is planning to make home in Williamsport.
“Hagerstown has been a great place to have our headquarters, but we all really think it really belongs in Williamsport,” said Kevin Brandt, park superintendent of the C&O Canal National Park.
Park officials say just last week the agreement between the state of Maryland and the National Park Service was signed starting the process of locating and designing the headquarters. Hagerstown resident Arlie Staley is from Williamsport and says he is all for it.
“I think it’s great,” said Staley.
Brandt says visitors should expect a bit of a different experience of the canal that stretches 184 and a half miles long: “Williamsport is pretty close to the center of the park, but it’s also a canal town and probably has the largest single location along that entire length where there are so many historic structures.”
The approximate $10 million investment of the new headquarters is expecting to bring more than 75 jobs in Williamsport.
“It’s been a long time coming, it’ll be a boom for economic development not just in Williamsport but Washington County,” said Jeff Cline, Vice President of the Washington County Commissioners.
Residents like Staley echo the move.
“Really a booming thing,” he said.
“We hope that moving the headquarters there will really inspire all of us to continue to work to recreate the cultural or historic landscape that existed in Williamsport,” said Brandt.
Park officials say the exact date of the relocation is still in the works.