WESTERNPORT - As a regular attendee at the Westernport council meetings, Allegany County commissioner Bill Valentine spoke to the local government officials Monday evening on the subject of what is needed for economic development in the area.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - As a regular attendee at the Westernport council meetings, Allegany County commissioner Bill Valentine spoke to the local government officials Monday evening on the subject of what is needed for economic development in the area.
In his years as serving as commissioner in Allegany County, Valentine said he has learned of the three vital factors needed for job creation.
He said that when people come into the county searching to bring a business to add to the economy of the area, the first thing investigated is “available property,” and the second item they want to know about is, “proper infrastructure.”
The third item Valentine mentioned at length was dealing with “A capable workforce, who are able to handle the jobs.”
He said, “Right now in Allegany County, there are about 630 jobs available, and no one is applying.”
Valentine gave an example of the company of Hunter Douglas that has been seeking 20 people to add to their employment rolls, and this need has been ongoing for “close to a year.”
He said that in the near future Frostburg State University students may begin a study on the availability of a workforce, and how to attract a new workforce to move into the county.
Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson commented during the council meeting that through a successful investigation into a recent robbery spree, several arrests were made, and he attributed this achievement to the cooperation “between the county law enforcement agencies and their working together.”
A Westernport citizen in attendance at the council meeting had a question for Robertson: “What about the self-defense laws and what happens when a person comes into your home during the night?”
The reply from Robertson was brief as he said, “You have the right to protect yourself, your family, and your home.”