Governor Hogan on Hand for C&O Canal Aqueduct Opening and Headquarters Ground Breaking
The State of Maryland, the National Park Service, Washington County, and the Town of Williamsport celebrated a ground breaking for the new C&O Canal National Historical Park headquarters and visitors’ center and a ribbon cutting for the rebuilt aqueduct. “This is the kind of transformative project that only comes along once in a generation,” said Governor Hogan. “It has taken years of collaboration, cooperation, and hard work by so many people at the federal, state, and local levels of government to help make this important project become a reality.”
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Governor Hogan was joined by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen; National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith; C&O Canal National Historical Park Superintendent Kevin D. Brandt; State Senator George C. Edwards; Delegate William J. Wivell; Williamsport Mayor William B. Green; Washington County Commissioners President Jeff Cline, and Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce Tom Riford.
This groundbreaking is the result of a $15 million project with federal, state, and local cooperation that will provide a significant boost to the local economy, bringing more than 70 new jobs to Williamsport and increased tourism. The C&O Canal NHP makes Williamsport the only place in North America with all of the historic canal structures in one place.