Washington County Advantage
Washington County is the hub of regional commerce and transportation, with Interstates 68 and 70 connecting east and west and Interstate 81 connecting north and south.
Other major roads are US Routes 11, 40, Alternate 40, 340 and 522. There are 27 local and long distance general motor freight carriers, which include DM Bowman, FedEx, Roadway, and many others.
The mainlines of CSX and Norfolk Southern railways provide economical shipment to anywhere on the Atlantic seaboard. CSX, with a public siding, operates daily trains and connects with other major carriers for long-distance shipping from Washington County. The Norfolk Southern mainline is just outside the city limits of Hagerstown. A CSX interchange with Norfolk Southern is available for nationwide access. In 2011, Norfolk Southern Rail broke ground on a 200-acre intermodal terminal to be operational in 2012 in nearby Greencastle, PA. Daily Amtrak service and weekday MARC commuter service to Washington, DC are offered nearby in Martinsburg, West Virginia (23 miles south of Hagerstown).
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) has the second-longest runway in the State of Maryland, behind only Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) provides commercial passenger service, corporate and military aircraft services, fixed base operations and other services through the airfield’s businesses. Sun Air International provides daily passenger service to Dulles International Airport (IAD). In Spring 2012, Allegiant began providing non-stop flights to Orlando, Florida.
- Runway extended to 7,000 ft with an air traffic control tower
- Complex has state-of-the-art navigational aids and unencumbered air space allowing for flexible test flights
- 20 defense and aviation firms and over 500 employees are located on the complex including Agusta Westland North America, Inc. and Sierra Nevada Corporation
- 40 acres are available for commercial development
- 400 acres are dedicated for Foreign Trade Zone and 700 acres are eligible for Enterprise Zone benefits
- HGR is a FAR Part 139 Certified Airport
Washington County is less than 90 minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. Handling over 21 million passengers and 26 million pounds of freight and mail a year, BWI is one of the fastest growing major airports in the United States. Two other international airports are also within a 90-minute drive: Dulles International (IAD), west of Washington D.C., and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), in the heart of D.C.
Aero Defense Presence
Over the past five years, Washington County has enjoyed watching a very strong aero defense presence develop at the Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR). With companies committed to helping the Department of Defense protect the United States, many multi-million dollar defense contracts have been awarded to HGR businesses.
According to the Aerospace Industries Association, the aero defense employment sector is faring better than most other industries and the average wage pays more than $30 per hour.
In 2010, due to the increased workforce needs of HGR companies, economic development and local government officials recruited the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) to locate an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) education program at HGR. With the skills PIA graduates acquire from the program, they can work in many industries including: aviation, mechanical systems, hydro-mechanical systems, and the green technology field. As PIA graduates are extremely versatile employees, Washington County has the workforce to meet the aviation and defense industries’ needs.
For freight and cargo via water transport, the Port of Baltimore and Port of Virginia are options for businesses located in Washington County. The Port of Baltimore is ranked in the top 15 for overall annual tonnage and value of cargo. The Port of Virginia boasts the largest intermodal facility on the east coast. Both ports are accessible via highway and rail.
The Port of Baltimore is closer to the Midwest than any other Atlantic seaport and is less than a 90-minute drive from Washington County. It is a leading U.S. automobile port and one of the nation’s top RO-RO (roll-on,roll-off) ports. Its state-of-the-art Seagirt Marine Terminal and Intermodal Container Transfer Facility provide convenient, economical access to national and international markets. The Port of Baltimore offers outstanding intermodal connections with two Class 1 railroads and immediate access to several major interstate highways. Facilities are available to handle general cargo, automobiles, containers, steel, paper and much more.
The Virginia Inland Port (VIP) at Front Royal, VA (48 miles south of Hagerstown) serves the region as an interface between truck and rail for the transport of ocean-going containers to and from the Port of Norfolk, VA. The VIP is a U.S. Customs recognized port of entry.