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Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Hampshire, left, and City of Romney Mayor Dan Hileman presents Rodney Matheny, center, operations manager of the Potomac Eagle, with a ceremonial certificate. Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Hampshire, left, and City of Romney Mayor Dan Hileman presents Rodney Matheny, center, operations manager of the Potomac Eagle, with a ceremonial certificate.
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West Virginia state legislators directed funding to make a video featuring the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad and its impact on the economy of Hampshire County.

The $3,750 grant will go to the Hampshire County Commission and will be facilitated by the Hampshire County Convention and Visitors Bureau to produce a DVD promoting education and tourism — particularly the Potomac Eagle excursion train. The DVD will feature the history of the train and its impact on the local economy.

Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Hampshire, said he received confirmation about the funding last week.

Rodney Matheny, Potomac Eagle operations manager, said the DVD will be a great way to promote the region.

“That is what we need to do,” Matheny said. “We need to get people in here to boost the economy.”

Matheny said he plans to give DVDs to the schools and libraries in the county. Other West Virginia schools can request a DVD by calling 304-424-0736.

“The Eagle is our mainstay in Hampshire County for tourism,” Cookman said.

Statistics released by the governor’s conference on tourism in 2012 showed Hampshire County’s travel-related 2010 earnings totaled $6.3 million, the local tax revenue was $136,000 and 380 jobs were created.