Business and tourism officials say 2018 was a good year for Franklin County

Business officials say there’s a lot going on in Franklin County. There’s work taking place to renovate the courthouse in downtown Chambersburg, which is a $67 million dollar project. There’s also been a lot of investment off of Exit 3 in Antrim Township.
“It’s just been a very solid year and one that’s going to be hard to replicate,” said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. 
Ross says at the moment there are 34 projects that they’re working on.
“Will all of them come to fruition? Probably not, but we think the vast majority will, so we’re excited about 2019 holds,” said Ross.
One of the major projects that occurred this year was the moving of the Franklin County Visitor Center.
The center moved just up the street to the intersection of Route 11 and Route 30. Janet pollard, the executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, says the move makes their office more visible.

“People can see it and respond to it, come in and get a taste of what Franklin County has to offer. We’ll have five rotating exhibits,” said Pollard.
Pollard added that every year the county averages about 450,000 visitors.

“2018 has been another good year for tourism. We had some challenges with the weather, but we were consistent basically, and overall with last year,” said Pollard. 
And business officials believe that Franklin County’s economy is stable.

“We have the companies that build the infrastructure, be it JLG industry, be it Volvo Construction and when they are thriving their whole supply chain is strong,” said Ross.

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