Meet the Community and Economic Development Team

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    Jill Thompson

    Director of Community & Economic Development
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 195

    As Director of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Jill is responsible for the City’s work in two function areas:  building strong neighborhoods through community development and supporting business growth through economic development.  She serves in conducting the City’s economic development programs, including the development and implementation of the Community’s City Center Plan, a 10-year roadmap for downtown development based on eight catalyst projects. She also oversees recruitment of new business, implementation of business retention and expansion plans, assistance with economic development-related marketing and promotion efforts, and creation of incentive programs. Jill has more than 25 years of experience in economic development and downtown management. She received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She joined the City of Hagerstown in May, 2011.

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    Margi Joe

    Community Development Manager
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 134

    Margi joined the City of Hagerstown in April 2022.  As Community Development Manager, she administers the Community Development Block Grant program, the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund, the Invest Hagerstown Homeownership Program, and other housing rehabilitation and neighborhood revitalization grant-funded programs.  She has over 20 years experience in financial reporting and B2B customer relations.  Margi is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and of Frostburg State University as a Master of Business Administration.

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    Doug Reaser

    Business Development Specialist
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 141

    Doug is responsible for Business Attraction, Marketing and Inventory of Available Properties since 2019. Doug has over 10 years experience including public-sector government work.  He previously served as the Director of Housing Management for the Franklin County Housing Authority.  He also has experience in sales and marketing with a management consulting firm.  He is a graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

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    Christopher Siemerling

    Economic Development Specialist
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 822

    Chris Siemerling has served as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Hagerstown since July 2021. His primary responsibilities include assisting small business owners by managing the City’s economic development programs and initiatives to support the attraction, retention, and expansion of local businesses. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Concord University, and Masters of Business Administration at American Military University.

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    Cassie Hershberger

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 838

    Cassie started with the City of Hagerstown in 2019 as a Recreation Assistant, moved to a Seasonal Event Planner and joined the DCED team in June 2022 as the Economic Development Coordinator. Cassie is responsible for coordination of grand opening and anniversaries, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, along with monthly business retention and attraction reporting. She assists with organizing and implementing marketing initiatives related to the department including scheduling trade show and annual event opportunities, updating social media, website and the monthly city newsletter. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Point Park University in Sports, Art and Entertainment Management with a Minor in Public Relations and Advertising. Cassie enjoys meeting and hearing what business owners need and want in order to be successful within the community. 

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    Annaston Cree

    Planning and Outreach Coordinator
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 820

    Annaston is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Cyber Security. She joined the DCED team in June of 2022 and is responsible for maintaining HUD compliance in regard to the Community Development Block Grant Program, the Hagerstown Youth Advisory Council, and the project management of strategic initiatives. She collaborates with internal and external partners in the development and implementation of strategies to make Hagerstown the location of choice for a diverse and dynamic community. 

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    Suzanne Kyler

    Programs and Projects Coordinator
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 133

    Sue has been with the City of Hagerstown since 2004 where she started as a Code Compliance Inspector. In June of 2022, Sue joined the DCED team as the Project and Program Coordinator where she applies her experience from the Planning and Code Administration Department to best serve the community. In her current role, Sue is responsible for the evaluation of properties for code deficiencies, evaluation of plans and specifications and the monitoring of rehabilitation projects. She coordinates meetings, prepares project summaries and visits homeowners to assist in processing DCED program applications. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University and is certified with ICC as a Property Maintenance Inspector.

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    Janet Lung

    Administrative Coordinator
    Phone: 301-739-8577 x 111

    Janet joined the City of Hagerstown in May 2022 as the Administrative Coordinator for DCED. Her role is to provide office management and administrative support for the Director and the DCED Team by providing a high standard of office efficiency, positive customer service as well as performing tasks which are highly confidential and require extreme discretion. Prior to joining the City, Janet worked for Washington County Government, Hagerstown Community College and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.