By Andy Duncan
The secret weapon of the new Cumberland Economic Development Corporation is secrecy.
That was the message delivered by Shawn Hershberger, the cityâ€™s economic development coordinator, to the Sept. 10 public meeting of the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee.
The new non-profit corporation to which the city is transferring its economic development operation will do its work in secret, Hershberger told his audience in an upstairs meeting room at Queen City Creamery in downtown Cumberland.
â€śWe are exempt from public meeting and public records laws,â€ť Hershberger said.
He explained that meant the board of the new corporation would have no public meetings, no publicly available minutes, no publicly available correspondence, no ...