Jill ThompsonDirector of Community & Economic DevelopmentPhone: 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.
Doug ReaserEconomic Development ManagerPhone: 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.
Margi JoeCommunity Development ManagerPhone: 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.
Christopher SiemerlingEconomic Development SpecialistPhone: 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.
Kameron ShivesBusiness & Community Development Finance SpecialistPhone: 301-739-8577 x131
Kameron graduated from Frostburg State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics. He has 5 years of experience in banking though multiple positions including Credit Analyst and Business Analyst. He joined the DCED team in December of 2022 and is responsible for loan servicing/underwriting, creating and maintaining plans and reports required by HUD/Assigned Programs and Grants, Monitoring multiples budgets, and preparing presentations and spreadsheets.
Suzanne KylerPrograms and Projects CoordinatorPhone: 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.