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20
Jun

INNOVATION STATION LIGHTS UP THE WORLD AS TWO MAJOR COMPANIES CELEBRATE THEIR START IN DOING BUSINESS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Largo, MD - Last Week, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation(EDC) welcomed two new companies into its Innovation Station Accelerator with special ribbon cutting ceremonies. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his business development team were excited to add National Chromatography, Inc. (NCI) and Pure Solar Systems to the EDC’s premier resource that provides a soft-landing for international businesses and a launch-pad for new local businesses. Both companies show promise to create jobs and increase the economic footprint of the County. EDC’s President Jim Coleman was especially happy to bring new business into Innovation Station.
 
“Innovation Station is a family,” said Coleman. “We’re family because we come together and help each other create jobs for our residents and do business in the county. We know that when we’re able to make the businesses in Innovation Station successful, their achievements transfer to thousands of others in the County. Today’s ribbon cutting ceremonies also show how diverse our family is. One company is manufacturing tools to light up the world while the other helps keep us safe by creating tools used to test medicines during the final phase of the clinical research process. We’re blessed to partner with these two powerful companies!”
 
Pure Solar Systems officially registered in the State of Maryland in December 2017. Co-Founders Greg Floyd and Andre Smalley have extensive experience in the solar industry. Their new company and brand were created to be a residential and commercial solar finance provider, designer and installer. Their goal is to bring a solar manufacturing facility to Prince George’s County that will create solar installations that are both functional and artistic.
 
“We have strategic partnerships with two of the largest solar panel providers,” said Floyd. “We do the marketing and sales for them. We also take care of the systems and the financing for the homeowners at a low cost. Finally, because we are vertically integrated with our providers, our customers experience a smooth process to power their homes at a low-cost that will save them money on their energy bills. We’re excited to kick-start our company in Innovation Station so that we can provide our services to our customer base.”
 
Innovation Station was founded with the mission to be a launch-pad for new local businesses as well as a soft-landing for international businesses to penetrate the County and U.S. marketplace. The accelerator also boasts collaborative work space and a high-tech conference room open to members of the Innovation Station family. National Chromatography, Inc. was founded in Bengaluru, India and is run by Rajesh Rangaraju and Dr. Ramireddy VV. The company manufactures machines and tools that are used to test and verify the chemical make-up of various drugs in the final phase of clinical trials before the products are brought to market. Founded in 2010, the company has over forty employees in Bengaluru and boasts high-end clientele such as Thermo USA. Dr. Ramireddy expressed his happiness with the process of coming to the United States.
 
“Innovation Station is user-friendly,” said Dr. Ramireddy. “When we learned about Prince George’s County, we knew that this was the place that we would launch our U.S. operations. Because of our connection with Innovation Station, we were registered and set to operate in just one day after arriving. Today is an auspicious occasion because of what it means for our company and we are very grateful for the help that we have gotten from Raj Pant of Allied Deccan and Dr. Pradeep Ganguly of the EDC.”
 
The arrival of both companies means that more jobs are coming to Prince George’s County and its residents. The EDC is committed to helping each company locate and build facilities that will not only help their businesses grow but also impact the economic footprint of the County.
 
To learn more about how to be a part of Innovation Station, please contact Alicia Moran at (301) 583-4650 or amoran@co.pg.md.us

08
Jun

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CELEBRATES $1BILLION IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND THE IMPACT OF OVER 12,000 JOBS: Economic Development Incentive Fund Proves to be a Great Return on Investment!
Lanham, MD, June 8, 2018 - Yesterday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, joined officials from the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Financial Services Corporation (FSC First) at a press conference to highlight and celebrate the success of the Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDI Fund). Mr. Baker was joined by several of the EDI Fund recipients who commended the Fund as a primary catalyst for their business expansion and job creation in the County.
 
“The EDI Fund has been the ‘grease’ that has allowed Prince George’s County to become the economic engine of the State of Maryland and the National Capital Region,” said County Executive Baker. “Prior to my administration, Prince George’s County did not have this critical economic development tool, and was an after-thought in the business community. The $50 million EDI Fund was established to “Wow” the business community and demonstrated that Prince George’s County was willing to put our own skin in the game. Within six years, $36 million in Fund awards have or will generate $1 billion in private investment that has created or retained over 12,000 new jobs. I want to thank and congratulate the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, FSC First, and the Prince George’s County Council for their hard work to make the EDI Fund a critical part of our County’s successful efforts to attract $1 billion in investment over the past seven years, leading the State in job growth for five quarters in a row.”
 
The EDI Fund was proposed by the Baker Administration in 2011 on the heels of the recession in an effort to jump-start the County’s stagnant economy and to dispel its negative reputation among the business community. The $50 million was set aside to be infused into projects around the County that promised to create a high volume of jobs. At the time, many believed the establishment of such a fund to be risky business. This type of initiative was unprecedented and offered many “wow factors” including its record low projected interest rate for those successful at attaining support from the fund. The idea for economic empowerment that was once “laughed at” by Wall Street proved to have a high return on investment and high job creation and retention capabilities.
 
“County Executive Baker saw possibilities that others were unable to see,” said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George’s County EDC. “Some men see things as they are and ask, ‘why?' County Executive Rushern L. Baker dreams of things that never were and asks, ‘why not?’ That is why the EDI Fund has been able to generate $1 Billion in capital investments and create and retain a combined 12,000 jobs. Prince George’s County is the economic engine of the region because of the vision of County Executive Baker and the EDI Fund.”
 
To date, 44 projects have been submitted to and approved by the County Council. The EDI Fund recipients include companies such as 2U, F&G Development, Berman Enterprises and Thompson Creek. Together, the projects have impacted over 12,000 jobs by retaining 5,138 and creating 7,009. The EDC and FSC First continue to work collaboratively to review applications, disburse funds and monitor the progress of each potential EDI Fund recipient.
 
Learn more about the EDI Fund and how it can impact your business by contacting Ebony Stocks at (301) 583-4650 or epstocks@co.pg.md.us

25
May

BUSINESS LEADERS GET THE REAL DEAL ABOUT FEDERAL TAX CUTS: Wilmington Trust Experts Tell Local Companies How New Tax Codes Affect Business
Prince George's County, MD May 25, 2018- Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted an information seminar, ‘Learn About the Impact of the 2018 Federal Cuts’ at their headquarters in Largo, MD. The seminar, featuring guest facilitators W. Christopher Kreicker of Wilmington Trust, and Bruce F. Hoffmeister from the National Business Owners Advisory Services Group, drew a crowd of over 60 local business leaders to hear how the changes to the federal tax code could impact their businesses. EDC President and Jim Coleman expressed his desire to continue to provide important resources and information to the Prince George’s County business community.
 
“Knowing how the tax structure impacts the business culture is important,” said Coleman. “The tax cuts that the federal government enacted will prove to be monumental in the life of County business leaders. I am proud to connect them to the information that they need so that they can make informed business decisions to create more jobs for our residents. Our partners for today’s event have poured a world of wisdom into our business community and I look forward to seeing continued growth in the County!”
 
Yesterday’s event was prompted by the recent tax reform legislation that was passed by the federal government. Bruce Hoffmeister, Director of Wealth and Fiduciary Planning for the National Business Owners Advisory Services Group spoke about the tax reform environment and how it affects businesses depending on their classification and revenue levels. W. Christopher Kreicker, Senior Managing Director for Wealth advisory for the Wilmington Trust provided a capital market forecast detailing what he and other experts agree will be sound strategies for businesses in the coming years. Both Mr. Hoffmeister and Mr. Kreicker also facilitated a question and answer period in which audience members were able to gain a deeper understanding of the information in the presentation.
 
M&T Bank joined Wilmington Trust and the EDC as sponsors for the event. The sponors are also discussing ways in which they can continue to collaborate to demystify the federal tax codes for the local business community.
 
Learn more about how to do business in Prince George’s County by contacting the EDC at www.pgcedc.com or (301) 583-4650.
 
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18
May

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NIGERIA TRADE MISSION DELEGATION AMBASSADOR: Miss Africa USA, 1st Princess Poised To Connect Her County With Her Country
 
 
Prince George's County, MD May 18, 2018- The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation has just announced its official Delegation Ambassador for the upcoming Nigeria Trade Mission taking place August 13 – 19, 2018. Elaine Alale, Miss Africa USA, 1st Princess has agreed to spearhead the delegation to connect Prince George’s County to her country of origin. An entrepreneur, graduate of Prince George’s County public schools and a first-generation Nigerian-American, Ms. Alale has strong connections to both the County and Nigeria. EDC’s President and CEO, Jim Coleman, is ecstatic to have Ms. Alale join the delegation as the ambassador.
 
“We are blessed to have Elaine Alale agree to be our delegation ambassador,” said Coleman. “Because of her international upbringing, she offers special insight into the business communities of both Prince George’s County and Nigeria. Her love for her home and home country as well as her intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit is just what we need to make our trade mission even more effective. We are excited to have a success partner in Ms. Alale. I can’t wait to go to Nigeria!”
 
The EDC has perfected the art of international trade missions. Within the past few years, it has led successful trade missions to China, Korea and Cuba. This year's Trade Mission will be the first in the continent of Africa in several years and there are plans to soon explore South Africa. While there, delegates will attend the ‘Networking with the USA Conference’ in Lagos. At the conference the delegates be connected to over 400 Nigerian businesses. Future trade missions are also being developed to connect local business leaders to Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The EDC works hard to be able to offer business leaders as many resources as possible. The ambassadorship of Ms. Alale is the first of its type and she is poised to aid the delegation in navigating the Nigerian business culture.
 
“My goal is to serve the delegation, the County, and the people,” said Alale. “I grew up in both Prince George’s County and Nigeria and I am excited to connect the business community in my County with the business community in my country. Nigeria has the leading economy in Africa and Prince George's County-based businesses will surely be successful by creating and nurturing relationships with their soon to be partners across the pond.”
 
To join the delegation headed to Nigeria in August, please contact Sangrea Watkins at swatkins@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4619. 

04
May

LEADERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY DESCEND UPON PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FOR ANNUAL BRAINSTORMING SESSION: Prince George’s County Welcomes 34th Annual National Organization for Black County Officials Economic Development Conference
Prince George's County, MD May 4, 2018- On Thursday, the National Organization for Black County Officials (NOBCO) kicked off their 34th Annual Economic Development Conference at the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Maryland. Leaders from as far as California convened in Prince George’s County to launch a 4-day discussion about how policies and initiatives can be collectively implemented to serve and improve each leaders’ respective municipality. On hand to welcome NOBCO to Prince George’s County were County Council member Andrea Harrison and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and Chief ‘Excitement’ Officer, Jim Coleman.
 
“We are honored to have NOBCO in Prince George’s County,” said Coleman. “We’re proud of all of the economic development taking place in this great County and we can’t wait for everyone from around the country to experience what makes us so proud. Not only are we happy to be this year’s host, but we’re also poised to take part in important discussions that affect how all of us live, work, and play. At the EDC, we look forward to being a part of the collective effort to continue pushing the American economy forward.”
 
The National Organization of Black County Officials is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, its mission is to provide resources to empower and transform communities. Participants in the NOBCO Economic Development Conference are members of the National Association of Black County Officials which connects African American elected officials from around the United States. Prince George’s County Council member Andrea Harrison is a long-time active member of NOBCO and was pleased that its Economic Development Conference is taking place in Prince George’s County.
 
“I’m so excited to have my colleagues from around the country here in Prince George’s County,” said Harrison. “This is a great opportunity for us to share and learn from one another as well as individuals from other organizations. We are having many discussions and forums about how we can continue to build our communities and what will make us better elected and appointed leaders when we go back to our communities.”
 
Th 34th annual NOBCO Economic Development Conference is a chance for members from across America to get together and talk specifically about Economic Development policies and strategies that have worked in various local communities. Honorable Roy Charles Brooks, Chairman of the NOBCO Board, expressed his hope that, while in Prince George’s County, each member will hear something that they can take home and implement in their communities for the benefit of the people they serve.
 
“We’re looking forward to seeing the vibrant activities that are a part of the sustainable economic recovery in Prince George’s County,” said Brooks. “We are looking forward to our visit to the National Harbor area. There are many things that we’re going to be doing at this conference to learn about the Prince George’s County miracle.”
 
Learn more about Economic Development opportunities in Prince George’s County by contacting the EDC at (301) 583-4650 or by visiting www.pgcedc.com

02
May

HUNDREDS VIE FOR LIMITED SPOTS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY'S 2018 NIGERIA TRADE MISSION DELEGATION: Economic Development Corporation Hosts Information Session On the Next on the Horizon - Nigeria
Largo, MD, May 2, 2018 - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation(EDC) hosted the 'Nigeria Trade Mission Information Session' in anticipation of a Trade Mission taking place August 13th through August 19th. Over 100 Prince George's County based business leaders were in attendance to learn how to do business in Nigeria, collaborate with potential business delegates, learn about business to business opportunities and get vital information about the 'Networking with the USA Conference'. Attendees heard from Carey Arun, Commercial Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Export Assistance Center, Brian Castleberry, Regional Manager for Africa with the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Nicole Woods, Business Development Specialist with EXIM Bank about the resources their respective entities can provide to help small businesses thrive in international markets. Jim Coleman, the EDC's President and CEO is elated to kick off the journey to Nigeria.
 
"We're headed home as the V.P. of Sales and Marketing for our local companies," said Coleman. "We couldn't be more excited about traveling to Nigeria to cement business relationships with our 'cousins' in the gateway to the continent of Africa. At the EDC, we pride ourselves in providing County business leaders with every resource possible to increase their bottom line; and that's exactly what we're doing with this Trade Mission. With our partners from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Commerce along with other financial institutions who can help defray some of the Mission costs, my team has been able to put together a first-class package that we're confident will position County business leaders for success."
 
During the information session, potential trade delegation members heard about the hottest sectors in Nigeria and why they should consider investing in its booming economy. Attendees were also informed about specialized resources such as the ExportMD Program available through the Maryland Department of Commerce that can reimburse up to $5,000 for international marketing expenses to qualified applicants, and the Gold Key Service (customized scheduled appointments with fully vetted potential foreign partners) that U.S. Commercial Services Office provides to assist companies in establishing relationships with potential overseas agents, distributors, sales representatives and strategic business partners before they land. The attendees also learned about the pre-export financing and post-export financing that the EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to ensure that companies have the working capital they need to fulfill their exporting business transactions.
 
"Maryland is the #1 exporter to Nigeria and represents the best prospects for U.S. exporters," said Carey Arun, with U.S. Department of Commerce. "Our organization specializes in assessing the export potential and understanding the needs of businesses looking to export their goods and services, and helping them to achieve their exporting goals. We have a lot of people working with us in a variety of countries around the world who can help local exporters with commercial diplomacy, advocate on their behalf with public sector procurements, and help translate the language and business culture. In essence, we will hold their hand and skip down the road to success with them; and we get results!"
 
The Trade Mission to Nigeria will also include access to the 'Annual Networking with USA Conference', sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service. During the conference, participating companies will be able to meet with over 400 vetted companies who are looking for U.S. suppliers and partners.
 
Within the past few years, the EDC has led successful trade missions to China, Korea and Cuba.  This year's Trade Mission will be the first in the continent of Africa in several years and there are plans to soon explore South Africa. Future trade missions are also being developed to connect local business leaders to Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
 
The deadline to secure a seat for the Trade Mission to Nigeria is June, 1, 2018. To learn more about the Trade Mission to Nigeria, please contact Martin Ezemma, EDC's Director of International Business Development, at muezemma@co.pg.md.us or Sangrea Watkins at swatkins@co.pg.md.us. Seats are limited.

30
Apr

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION JOINS FORCES WITH GREATER WASHINGTON HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Largo, M.D., April 30, 2018– Last Thursday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a Press Conference and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) formalizing their commitment to enhancing the connection between existing Prince George’s County businesses and the Latino small business community. As a symbol of their ground breaking partnership, Prince George’s County invited the GWHCC to open its first satellite office in the EDC headquarters in Largo, MD.
 
“This is a historic moment in Prince George’s County and for the GWHCC,” said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the EDC. “Never before has there been a partnership of this type forged specifically to support our Latino business community. Nicole Quiroga and her team are doing life-changing work every day and we couldn’t say ‘no’ to this type of collaboration. I only wish we’d done it sooner, but our friendship is here now and it’s here to stay! El County de Prince George’s esta en fuego!”
 
The signing of this MOU is the result of a continued relationship that has been nurtured between the two parties over the course of the past several years. Working together, the organizations will meet and expand their goals by economically empowering and growing the Latino business community in Prince George’s County and the region. They will also help Latino business learn how to create quality jobs, connect to existing Prince George’s County businesses, form new partnerships and secure local and federal government procurements opportunities in the County.
 
“At GWHCC, our daily mission is to connect the Latino Business community to the wide array of resources available to them; and today is no exception,” said Nicole Quiroga, President and CEO of the GWHCC. “By joining forces with the EDC, we will be equipped to serve the Hispanic community on a much larger scale.”
 
The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) organization, founded in 1976, that supports the economic development of the Greater Washington metropolitan area. The GWHCC membership consists of businesses and individuals who represent a broad range of segments of commerce in the Greater Washington area.
 
The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation provides business services that help attract, retain, and expand businesses, create high-quality jobs, and expand Prince George’s County’s commercial tax base. EDC’s mission of business attraction and expansion is accomplished through our main business initiatives including Business Development, ‘Innovation Station’ Business Accelerator, International Business Development, Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Leslie Munoz at lmunoz@gwhcc.org or Lori Valentine at lcvalentine@pgcedc.com. 

02
Mar

It's Morning in Zimbabwe and Prince George's County: EDC and African Union Partnering to 'Change the Things They Cannot Accept'
Largo, MD - Today, top members of the Zimbabwe business community, led by Max Chard, Managing Director of Carp Global, visited the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for a business discussion to align Prince George's County's newly formed alliance with the African Union to replicate the Prince George's County economic development model in Zimbabwe and the continent of African. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed the international delegation whose fact finding mission to Prince George's County was to identify trading partners and potential investors on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for agricultural opportunities.
 
"Helping our brothers and sisters experience the 'Wakanda Effect' is our goal," said Coleman. "The African continent is so rich with natural and intellectual resources that there is no reason that they should not experience economic hypergrowth. Today was an historic day in the life of Prince George's County. When we combine our efforts with the Republic of Zimbabwe and the African Union, we will see billions of dollars in wealth generated and millions of jobs created across the African Continent. We've been blessed in Prince George's County and we see it as our duty to foster an environment of opportunity in the nations that make up the African Union. Today, we have solidified our commitment to replicating our success across the pond."
 
Carp Global, a commodities trading company in Zimbabwe who produces and exports high quality cottons to the global market, came to the attention of the Economic Development Corporation by African Union Ambassador Arikana Chihombori. The ultimate goal of the partnership between the African Union and Prince George's County is to assist Prince George's County in facilitating international business opportunities for Prince George's County companies with the continent of Africa.
 
Carp Global shared a message from Minister Webster Kotiwani Shamu, Minister of Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Zimbabwe, that it is a new day in Zimbabwe, with a plethora of raw materials such as platinum, chrome, and gold ready for exporting. Minister Shamu, via conference call, told the EDC that Zimbabwe is open for business and excited about the possibilities of building manufacturing facilities, more tourism destinations and partnering with its African American neighbors in Prince George's County to build an economic development infrastructure that create jobs, and share ideas and innovations.
 
"Today is a great day for the Republic of Zimbabwe and Prince George's County," said Chihombori. "We are coming together with our strategic partners in Prince George's County to strike while the iron is hot. Zimbabwe is primed to attract global business partners, and the African Union appreciates the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation for being the bridge to this on-gong partnership."
 
The meeting concluded with an invitation from Minister Shamu, African Union Ambassador Chihombori and Carp Global for the Economic Development Corporation to visit Zimbabwe to explore business opportunities.
 
To learn more about exporting opportunities that can lead to economic growth and prosperity on the continent of Africa and other countries around the global, contact Martin Ezemma, EDC Director of International Business at (mezemma@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650.
 

15
Feb

ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS! Prince George's County is a Hotbed of Networking Opportunities
Largo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation welcomed more than 250 small business owners for what felt like a living room conversation with networking guru, Dr. George C. Fraser. The CEO of FraserNet and Founder of the Power Networking Conference, Dr. Fraser led a candid conversation about the need for developing an effective network and not attempting to do business as a solo act.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman told business owners that his mission is to connect the County's business community to dynamic, powerhouse leaders like Dr. Fraser.
 
"Dr. Fraser is a true gem who knows how to get results," said Coleman. "Every day, I encounter business owners who are pregnant with ideas and thirsty for knowledge about how to take their businesses to the next level. Today, Dr. Fraser truly empowered everyone who heard him. I agree that we can't go it alone if we want to be successful. We have to have networking partners to get us to the next level. At the EDC, we are a proud success partner for all of our small businesses. We're honored to be able to connect our business leaders to powerhouse individuals who can show them the way to hypergrowth. I'm happier than words can describe about what today meant to the Prince George's County business community."
 
As the Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Dr. Fraser is a nationally renowned author, publisher and motivational speaker who, for the last 30 years, has led a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. He is considered by many to be a voice for African Americans and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.  At today's Seminar, Dr. Fraser shared nuggets of networking wisdom with the County's small business owners and entrepreneurs, in preparation for his annual Power Networking Conference, which will take place July 2018.
 
"Prince George's County is all that, and a bag of chips!  There is no place in America where you can seize the networking opportunities that are available right here," said Fraser.  "Networking is the identification and the building of relationships for the purpose of sharing information, opportunities and resources.  All of life is about relationships.  There is no success that you can attain, sustain or maintain on your own in a vacuum.  The most powerful asset you have in the 21st century will not be your computer; it will be your relationships. All entrepreneurships, all job searches, all upward mobility in the public and private sector work place, all community building,  and all nation building are inherently relationship building initiatives."
 
Dr. Fraser spoke candidly to the audience about their responsibilities as African American business leaders to 'Earn, Learn and Return."  A leader should be awake, alert, and dissatisfied at all times. As leaders, he explained that they should be motivated to change things, show up to receive the information that can make their lives better, and understand that they must transcend being good at just functional and analytical problem solving tasks.  They must build relationships that will enable them to build a fabric of context that can provide support, feedback, insight, resources and information. 
 
"Today's conference was very powerful, and something that the African American business community has needed for a long time," said Sherryleen Lynch with Morgan Stanley.  "Dr. Fraser made a lot of good points about businesses working together in the community, and building relationships - that is really key.  He validated what I have been doing with my business, which let me know that I am on the right track.  I can't wait to go to the big conference in July."
 
For more information about how to attend the Power Networking Conference July 5ththrough July 7th 2018, visit www.powernetworkingconference.com. To view the live stream of today's seminar, visit https://www.facebook.com/PGCEDC.
For more information about small business development at the Economic Development Corporation, contact EDC Small Business Manager Alicia Moran (amoran@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650.

17
Jan

Congressman Steny Hoyer Inspires Manufacturing Exec's With Outlook On "Make It In America" Initiative
Largo, MD -Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) kicked off 2018 with a bang at its "More Jobs for Marylanders: Innovative Manufacturing (IM) Forum". This program, which drew over 100 manufacturing professionals, provided top executives from the local manufacturing community with access to millions of dollars in capital for business expansion, access to human capital and access to operating cost reductions through a plethora of new programs. A group of eight panelists shared their expertise on accelerated depreciation, lucrative tax credits, incentives and rebates. The executives were also privileged to hear from U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer who talked about why his "Make It in America" initiative is vital to keeping America's workforce making something that has an economic value. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was ecstatic to begin the new year by providing economic opportunity for the business community.
 
"I couldn't think of a better way to start the new year than to thank our manufacturers for making such a big difference in Prince George's County," said Coleman. "Prince George's County manufacturers are the key drivers in this incredible economy that we are experiencing today.  Over the last 12 months, more than 11,000 new jobs were created thanks to private sector manufacturers putting everything on the line, taking risks, and empowering our residents to change their lives in a positive way. The EDC is delighted to be able to provide them with innovative ways to gain access to financing capital, a skilled innovative manufacturing workforce, and new programs that can reduce their energy costs. Starting our manufacturing community's year off with business opportunities is what we're all about here at the EDC."
 
The EDC launched its first Innovative Manufacturing Roundtable last July, as EDC Business Development Director John Mason leveraged his relationships to begin a powerful discussion with industry, government agencies and the education community about the opportunities and challenges in the manufacturing arena. One of the primary concerns local manufacturers expressed at the Roundtable, was the need for both creative financing options as well as access to the wide talent pool with the County. In response to those concerns, the EDC brought together State and regional manufacturing leaders, including power broker Congressman Steny Hoyer, to talk about where manufacturing is going in the future and what workforce partnerships and solutions are necessary to connect the companies to the innovative resources for innovative manufacturing.
 
 
"The extraordinary surge of traditional manufacturing over the last century created the success of the middle-class in America, however, as wages have stagnated over the last few decades, the opportunities that success brought is slipping away," said Hoyer. "Revitalizing manufacturing in this country is not just about creating jobs, it's about launching careers that last a life-time and bring opportunities that can sustain workers in the middle class. The core of "Make it in America" is about turning economic challenges into opportunities for our businesses and our workers.  Today is our opportunity to hear from you about what government and the private sector needs to do to make manufacturing more successful. Thank you for helping people 'Make It' in America."
 
 
Following Hoyer's keynote address, there were two panel discussions. The first panel, focusing on access to human capital, featured representatives from the Eaton Company, the EDC and Prince George's Community College. Leah Kunzelman and Craig Skelly spoke about the numerous high-wage job opportunities available at Eaton, as well as the type of workforce that they are consistently developing. Jeff Swilley, Deputy Director of Workforce Services at the EDC, spoke about how companies like Eaton can search for and hire quality talent, as well as participate in the 'Hire Prince George's' program, which partially reimburses qualified businesses for hiring and training eligible Prince George's County residents. Further, Dr. Yvette Snowden, Associate Vice President at the Prince George's Community College (PGCC), discussed the steps that the Community College has taken to ensure that a talented workforce is being prepared. She also discussed how the innovative manufacturing sector can partner with PGCC to develop training programs specific to industry needs.
 
 
The second panel featured representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Baltimore, Gas & Electric who discussed innovative ways by which companies operating in Prince George's County can gain access to capital as well as reduce their costs. The highlight of this panel the Department of Commerce's 'More Jobs for Marylanders' incentive program. Participating manufacturing businesses who create multiple jobs can receive several tax credits that last up to 10 years. The tax credits include real property tax exemptions, waiver of State fees, and tax refunds for certain purchases.
 
 
"I'm very thankful to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation for including the Department of Commerce in the Forum today," said Kristen Shock, Senior Director, Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship with the Maryland Department of Commerce.  "We often partner with the Regional Manufacturing Institute and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership to serve manufacturers throughout the State. Now that the 'More Jobs for Marylanders' Act has been operationalized to encourage our businesses to create jobs in the areas that need it most."
 
The Manufacturing Forum was graciously sponsored by the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation and JGL Law.  
 
Manufacturing companies that are interested in learning more about the 'More Jobs for Marylanders' Act, and other State and local incentives to prepare a skilled innovative manufacturing workforce, gain access to financing capital, reduce their company's energy and operating costs, and funding to reduce energy costs to  are encouraged to contact John Mason, EDC Business Development Director (jamason@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650.

05
Dec

COUNTY HAS 185 MORE REASONS TO WELCOME THE NEW OLIVE GARDEN TO RITCHIE STATION MARKETPLACE
Capitol Heights, MD, Dec. 5, 2017 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman joined dignitaries from the Capitol Heights area and other local business and community leaders for the Grand Opening of a brand-new Olive Garden Italian Kitchen Restaurant in the Ritchie Station Marketplace. State Delegate Angela Angel (Dist. 25), Tracy O'Connor, Olive Garden Director of Operations, representatives from the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and the Central High School Pep Band and Cheerleaders were all on hand to welcome Moses Ntale, Olive Garden's General Manager to the neighborhood. Mr. Coleman was delighted to greet the new neighbors and welcome them to Prince George's County.
 
"Prince George's County deserves quality, sit-down restaurants," said Coleman. "Today, our residents have 185 reasons to celebrate and enjoy the brand-new Olive Garden here, in Capitol Heights. Not only is this restaurant bringing delicious food to the thriving Ritchie Station Marketplace development, but they are also employing 185 Prince George's County residents! My Economic Development Team and I are excited to have a new restaurant to frequent. Congratulations to Mr. Ntale and the Olive Garden family.  We are delighted with their choice to expand in Prince George's County!"
 
The Ritchie Station Marketplace Olive Garden is the chain's fourth Olive Garden in Prince George's County. This 7,800-square foot facility showcases its new restaurant design and brings its own brand of 'Hospitaliano' (warmth, generosity and caring) to the community.
 
Prior to its Grand Opening, the Olive Garden management team conducted more than 1000 interviews and selected just 185 highly qualified individuals to complete its Capitol Heights Team. Its management training team is comprised of culinary professionals and servers from across the country who will work side-by-side with the new recruits to help them learn the business from top to bottom General Manager Moses Ntale recalled his first encounter with Olive Garden and told the attendees why he is so committed to the Olive Garden family.
 
"When I came to America from Uganda, I didn't have anything.  I was a dishwasher for Olive Garden," said Ntale. "The Olive Garden family took care of me with their 'Hospitaliano', and through hard work and diligence, I have been blessed to open four other Olive Gardens throughout the East Coast and am now the General Manager in Capitol Heights. I am excited to be a part of the Prince George's County community and I am looking forward to giving its residents the same opportunities that Olive Garden extended to me many years ago."

21
Nov

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY YOUTH CAREERCONNECT PARTNER LANDS MAJOR BID: SGT Is Selected Among GSA Information Technology Bid Winners
Beltsville, MD - Last week, long-term Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect employer partner and information tech company SGT Inc. was selected as one of the winners of what some are calling the largest government Information Technology contract in the past ten years.  As one of 61 companies that were awarded the contract, SGT is the only Prince George's County based firm to receive this award.  Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO, Jim Coleman, expressed his excitement that a Prince George's County firm is among the winners of this lucrative government IT contract.
 
"At the EDC, we're grateful for the wonderful partnership we've had with SGT," said Coleman. "Since becoming an employer partner for the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect program, they have employed several of our youth, exposing them to careers in Information Technology. We are more than excited that they have won this lucrative contract and will be able to continue the great work that we know them for. We look forward to their continued success and contributions to Prince George's County and our future leaders!"
 
The Washington Business Journal recently announced that SGT Inc. was among the many firms that were awarded contracts as a part of the "Alliant 2 Unrestricted Vehicle", which is expected to be worth a total $50 billion. The contract, which is being managed by the General Services Administration, will start out as a 5-year contract with an option to last for a total of 10 years. The purpose of the contract is to enhance "systems design, software engineering, information assurance and enterprise architecture products."
 
In addition to their outstanding work in the field of information technology, SGT Inc. has been a partner with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect program for the last few years. Throughout that time, they have mentored students and provided them with internships which has exposed them to careers in the Information Technology industry. Students who were impacted by SGT Inc. have remarked about how much they've learned as well as expressed that they've developed a love for a career path they once never knew was possible. The recent bid win ensures that opportunities to develop the future leaders will still be possible.
 
The EDC offers its sincerest congratulations to SGT, Inc. for this monumental win.

21
Nov

HOTTEST NETWORKING EVENT ON THE EAST COAST: EDC's Year End Signature Networking Event Draws Businesses From as Far as New York
Largo, MD, Nov. 21, 2017 - Last Thursday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) closed out its 2017 Thirsty (For Business) Thursday season at Keller Williams Preferred Properties in Largo, Maryland with its most engaging networking event of the year.  More than 100 business leaders, entrepreneurs and developers came from miles around, as far away as New York City, specifically to meet, greet and network with the vibrant business community in Prince George's County. In addition to congratulating the stellar staff at Keller Williams for their phenomenal work in the County, EDC's Chief Operations Officer Paul Rowe reminded the attendees that their networking with each other has been the catalyst for the monumental growth that Prince George's County has experienced over the last seven years.
 
"Today is another great day in Prince George's County!" said Rowe.  "Just this morning, we attended the groundbreaking for the Town Square at Suitland Federal Center, and a few weeks ago, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Headquarters in Camp Springs, Maryland.  At the end of the month, we will be participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Maryland Capital Region Health Center in Largo.  All of this reinforces the fact that the County is attracting new businesses.  This proves that people want to live work and play here, which is one of the many reasons that our hosts here at Keller Williams are doing so well."
 
Keller Williams Preferred Properties and Sledge Total Protection graciously sponsored the evenings festivities. Keller Williams Chief Executive Officer Jayson Stone rolled out the red carpet as hosts of Thirsty (For Business) Thursday.  As the largest real estate office in Prince George's County, with more than 400 real estate agents always looking for opportunities to expand, Mr. Stone and his team were delighted with the prospect of hosting the EDC's T4BT for the second time this year.
 
"Working with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation once again has been great," said Stone.  "This partnership is all about opportunity.  When I think of opportunity, I think about improvement, which means that the best are not settling on waiting for the rest to catch up, but always working to be better. Keller Williams personalizes this mantra by having grown its market share over 157% within the last 12 months. Our relationship with our partners and the opportunities they represent have made us number one in Prince George's County and there is nowhere else to go but up."  
 
One of the entrepreneurs, who deserves the award for traveling the farthest for a networking event, was Danny Edwards.  Ms. Edwards, the owner of The Business Blindspot Strategists, the Brooklyn, New York based company that helps businesses operate more efficiently, heard about the T4BT networking event from a friend and decided that she needed to come out.
 
"This has been an absolutely amazing event," said Edwards. "I have met potential clients, company referrals and potential partners here tonight.  Prince George's County has so much to offer.  I'm really glad that I came. I will definitely come back for another event."
 
The next opportunity to network with the EDC will be on Tuesday, December 19thwhen they will collaborate with TechBreakfast to host innovators, influencers and businesses from all parts of the 'Tech Ecosystem' to learn about the latest technology trends and identify potential investment opportunities.  This event will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Baltimore/Columbia Room, Student Center, Bowie, MD 20715.  Please visit www.pgcedc.com/events or contact Jamie Gunnell at (301) 583-4650 or jngunnell@co.pg.md.us.

17
Nov

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR VETS: EDC Hosts Federal Government Job Workshop to help Transitioning Service Members
Largo, MD, Nov. 17, 2017  - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's Workforce Services Division hosted a Federal Jobs Workshop at the Prince George's One-Stop Career Center. Facilitated by Garry Gaston, a certified Federal Career Coach and Outreach & Recruitment Program Coordinator, the workshop provided vital information for veterans and their families as to how to search for and land a job with the federal government. Vernice Gonzalez, the One Stop Career Center Manager, was pleased to be able to provide yet another great service to those who have served the country.  
 
"This workshop was held to target transitioning service members", said Gonzalez. "Many of these service members have special clearances that can be transferred to roles within the federal government. We catered this workshop to bring awareness to the options that are available to retired service members and how to go about applying for jobs in the federal government."
 
Mr. Gaston shared what types of jobs are available with the federal government and how transitioning service members can attain those jobs. Several of the programs highlighted incentivize and ensure that Veterans are among top candidates. Participation in one or more of the programs helps connect a Veteran to a job that matches his or her knowledge, skills and abilities.
 
Mr. Gaston went on to share how potential candidates can search for, learn about, and cater their resumes for individual jobs. Many of the career opportunities on usajobs.gov give preference to Veterans and transitioning service members. Workshop participants left with a breadth of knowledge to embark on the journey of starting a sustainable federal government career.
 
The EDC has hosted multiple events geared towards providing Veterans and their families with the necessary resources needed to take full advantage of job opportunities. Yesterday's workshop was a continuation of an ongoing effort to ensure that those who have sacrificed for this country are gainfully employed.
 
To learn more about job placement assistance in Prince George's County, contact the EDC at www.pgcedc.com or (301) 618-8445.

08
Nov

EDC FORUM PROVES GETTING RICH SLOW IS THE WAY TO GO
Largo, MD, Nov. 8, 2017 - On Monday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) concluded its 2017 collaboration series with MassMutual of Greater Washington by hosting the "Let's Increase Your Bottom Line with Tax Savings up to $500,000" forum. This forum gave County entrepreneurs and business owners an opportunity to hear from experts how they can purposefully and methodically increase their personal wealth and savings. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was happy to connect the business community with the wealth building experts from MassMutual.
 
"Facilitating opportunities for our residents to grow financially is what we're all about," said Coleman. "MassMutual of Greater Washington has been the perfect partner to provide real and applicable information to our business community. They've helped us all learn how to better position ourselves for wealth growth both personally and professionally. We, at the EDC, are proud that we are able to help bring vital financial literacy to the business community and look forward to a continued partnership with MassMutual."
 
The EDC has hosted multiple events with MassMutual of Greater Washington throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics. In January, they hosted 'Maximizing Profitability', 'Benefits 101' took place in May, and how to 'Grow YOUR Business' was featured in September. This partnership was established to connect Prince George's County residents who are business owners, entrepreneurs or just seeking to further their financial literacy to experts with the financial instruments to build wealth.
 
"We are here to share with the Prince George's County community some avenues that business owners may or may not have considered," said Brian Dorsey, Financial Planner at MassMutual of Greater Washington and EDC portfolio manager. "These avenues can make a huge impact for them financially, especially when it comes to their own retirement savings and savings on taxes. The final session of 2017 went very well and we look forward to meeting with people one on one to further discuss some of the options that we've introduced to them."
 
To learn more about how to grow your business in Prince George's County, contact the EDC at www.pgcedc.com or (301) 583-4650.  

07
Nov

'SUITE' NEW DEVELOPMENT BREAKS GROUND IN 'DOWNTOWN LARGO'
Largo, MD, Nov. 7, 2017 - Yesterday, business leaders, politicos, real estate professionals and hotel executives from around the region came out to congratulate Evens Charles, the President and CEO of Frontier Development, on his latest development project in Prince George's County. By late 2018, a new Homewood Suites by Hilton will become a part of the 'Downtown Largo' hospitality offerings.  Yesterday marked the official groundbreaking ceremony for this $20 million project, and Mr. Charles' second hotel in the County.  This was welcomed news to well-wishers who included County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, State Senator Joanne C. Benson and other top County leaders.
 
"Since the day we indicated that we wanted to build "Downtown Largo' and make it a hub for healthcare, the business community has responded by bringing new housing, restaurants, retail and hotels like this exciting new Homewood Suites to the area," said Baker.  "We are creating $7 million to $8 billion in development within the 500 square miles of Prince George's County.  It is exciting to watch Largo transform into the downtown area we envisioned, and I want to thank Evens Charles and the Frontier Development and Hospitality Group for bringing Homewood Suites to Prince George's County."
 
The new Homewood Suites by Hilton will be comprised of 116 suites and 2,700 square feet of flexible meeting space, with the County providing $1.5 million in Economic Development Incentive Funds.  This $20 million project is expected to create 41 new hospitality jobs. 
 
Mr. Charles thanked the more than 100 supporters, which included Delegate Darryl Barnes, County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Council Member Andrea Harrison, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, Prince George's Chamber of Commerce President David Harrington, and D.C. Council Member Kenyan McDuffie, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.  He also expressed his appreciation to Bill Fortier, the Senior Vice President of Development Americas at Hilton Worldwide for the Hilton organizations support.
 
"I have had a great joy in doing business in Prince George's County," said Charles. "Everyone has been so hospitable and supportive. We are fortunate to be in a sell market where there is significant economic growth happening here. There is a new regional hospital coming, metro accessibility, retail and residential development, and entertainment that is merging into this live, work and play 'Downtown Largo'.  Out of any other places that I have done business, this is my favorite, by far."
 
EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was proud to be one of the partners that provided financial assistance to the project.
 
"At the EDC, we are stewards of County Executive Baker's vision for providing meaningful financing options to businesses," said Coleman. "When we saw the job growth and economic impact of this project, we had to get in on the action by investing $1.5 million. Evens Charles is the epitome of the American Dream. He started from humble beginnings and is now the principal of a hospitality development group that's making a difference in Prince George's County!"

03
Nov

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COMPANY LANDS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Largo, MD, Nov. 3, 2017  -Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) welcomed another successful company into its India Business Center as Cheap World Tours, Inc. (CWT) opened its first office in the United States. Joined by international business development executives from the EDC, and local hospitality industry leaders, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and EDC Executive Vice-President Dr. Pradeep Ganguly celebrated this new addition to the business accelerator with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and words of support.
 
"Our India Business Center is flourishing because of companies like Cheap World Tours," said Coleman. "We're more than excited to be an international gateway for companies based overseas. Today is just the first day of many that Vikram Singh and his powerful family business will make their mark on the American market. The EDC is honored to be 'success partners' with this great company and we look forward to collaborating with other international companies to create even more wins for the County."
 
Cheap World Tours, Inc. is an Inbound Tour Operating company based in New Delhi, India, that specializes in inbound group tourism in the United States, Corporate M.I.C.E (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, and Exhibitions) for International Companies and Luxurious Holiday packages. Clients from India spend an average of six nights and seven days in various destinations across the United States.
 
The significance of CWT signing a lease in the EDC's India Business Center was evident on the face of Mr. Singh who shed tears of joy throughout the afternoon's festivities. He is realizing the next phase of his entrepreneurial journey as the Largo, Maryland office is his first in the United States. While the office in New Delhi, India will continue to provide sales and marketing support, the U.S. office will provide direct support to visitors from the Indian Sub-Continent.
 
The EDC's India Business Center is a part of its international business accelerator program that assists foreign companies in creating an immediate footprint in the United States. 
 
To learn more about how to do business internationally with Prince George's County and about the EDC's business accelerator program, contact Dr. Pradeep Ganguly at pganguly@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4650. 

02
Nov

'AMBASSADORS OF HOPE' SHARE OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONS WITH VETERAN COMMUNITY
Capitol Heights, MD, Nov. 2, 2017 - For the second year in a row, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Workforce Services Division opened the windows of opportunity to local Veterans at its Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair at Dave and Buster's yesterday. More than 200 Veterans were introduced to 80 private sector employment and resource partners ready to provide them with game-changing career opportunities. Walter Simmons, Executive Director of the EDC's Workforce Services Division, and James Rzepkowski, Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) kicked off the day with encouraging words to the Veterans and the employers.
 
"Today has been a great launch to a month of Veterans events at the Economic Development Corporation Workforce Services Division," said Simmons.  "I am honored to stand with our partners from Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in Maryland to bring our employers the skilled talent that our veteran community provide to the workforce. Veterans are the life-blood of American democracy and being a partner in their success story is what the Economic Development Corporation is about." 
 
The EDC's Workforce Services Division, in collaboration with Military Corps Career Connect, the Veterans Administration, Habitat for Humanity, America Works, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and many other resource providers committed to participating in the Veteran Job and Resource Fair to address the unemployment crisis in the Veteran community.  DLLR Assistant Secretary James Rzepkowski commented on the partnership that Prince George's County has with the State and its regional resource providers.
 
"Prince George's County is a very engaged and aggressive workforce services partner when it comes to supporting the veteran community that has served this country," said Rzepkowski.  "The County is continually thinking about new and innovative ways to engage job seekers and businesses in their area.   These business partners are ambassadors of hope that are providing a life line to our Veteran community. With all the growth taking place in Prince George's County, a qualified and skilled workforce is imperative to fill all the jobs the new businesses bring."
 
Prince George's County is home to the largest concentration of Veterans in Maryland. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 11,000 Veterans were unemployed in 2016. The State of Maryland, along with the EDC have worked to cut the Veteran unemployment rate from 8% in 2014 to 4% in 2016 because of targeted outreach programs and event like the Veterans Job Fair and the committed business partners in Prince George's County.  Laurie Sales Artis, a Marine Veteran and President and CEO of Civility Management Solutions, is one of several business partners that regularly participate in EDC Workforce Job Fairs.
 
"I am always delighted to work with the Economic Development Corporation and I appreciate the work that they are doing in Prince George's County," said Artis. "As a fellow Marine Veteran, I know the work ethic that a Veteran brings to the workforce. Through today's job fair, and several like this one, I have been successful in recently hiring several Veterans in my company.  I welcome the opportunity to bring more of my fellow Veterans into the work place."
 
Major franchises, like Olive Garden, were also in attendance conducting on-site interviews.  By the time the job fair came to a close, Olive Garden had made several job offers and was considering many more candidates for their new restaurant in the Ritchie Station Mall which will open next month.
 
"We're here to change one life at a time for our community," said Tracy O'Connor, Director of Operations for Olive Garden.  "We've hired over 100 employees for our new restaurant and are looking for 70 more before it opens.  Today, we took over an entire interview room and it was our pleasure to hire 15 new employees.  It was a pleasure to be here."
 
Many of the Veterans shared their appreciation to the EDC for having a job fairs specifically for them.  Several received multiple invitations to interview and conditional job offers from the local employers.
 
"This has been a great day for me," said Joseph Carter, retired Army Veteran.  "When I came out of the service after the Vietnam War, nobody was there to offer this kind of support.  The television commercials said 'Hire a Vet', but that was all.  To have someone working to be sure that I have a job and that I'm doing okay is a wonderful thing.  I'm glad that I came out today."
 
For more information about job placement assistance or how to host a selected recruitment for your company, contact Jeffrey Swilley, Assistant Director of Business Services for EDC Workforce Services Division at 301-618-8400 or jswilley@co.pg.md.us.

20
Oct

DISABILITIES FORUM: NOT A HAND OUT, BUT AN OPPORTUNITY
Forestville, MD, Oct. 20, 2017 - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the featured speakers participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month at The Arc of Prince George's County's 2nd Annual 'Inclusion Works' Breakfast. Robert Malone, Executive Director of The Arc Prince George's County, Jim Estepp, Director of Operations of The Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, along with top executives from Comcast NBCUniversal and the Federal Communications Commission were also in attendance to celebrate the important role individuals with disabilities play in workforce diversity. Comcast NBCUniversal is an employer partner that contributed a computer learning lab to The Arc's Employment Center last year to assist its clients in becoming more familiar and confident with computer technology. This year they are donating a SensoryRoom.
 
"The EDC is a beneficiary of the great work of The Arc," said Coleman. "Just a few months ago, we were connected to a wonderful young man named Darius. Since his arrival, Darius has become an important part of our family using the skills he learned at The Arc. He's even gained new skills as a member of my team, and you can see his work in many of the pictures that we post on our social media platforms daily. My team has firsthand experience at the power of Inclusion and we know that it really works. I encourage all employers to get engaged with The Arc Prince George's County and hire someone from their program. Your company will only grow and become better!"
 
The Arc Prince George's County, a membership organization with 600 members that include people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, the professionals who work with them, and other concerned citizens. Through its partnerships with the business community, companies gain a greater understanding of how individuals with disabilities are trained, prepared and supported to go into the business world. 
 
"We're excited to have so many employers here at our Inclusion Works Breakfast," Malone. "We had a fantastic panel of employers and Arc clients who spoke to encourage employers to look beyond the myths and address the concept of hiring people with disabilities. The Arc Prince George's County is here to prepare our clients and employers to create an inclusive workplace."
 
Today's event was also a celebration of the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate the business community about the value of a diverse workforce, inclusive of their skills and talents. Each company, represented by both its company 'champion' and its employee with differing abilities, spoke on the importance workplace inclusiveness in giving individuals with differing abilities the opportunity to succeed without judgment or fears. The employees and employers alike expressed their gratification and sense of pride in being able to go to work in an inclusive environment.
 
"I've been a part of the Arc since 2003," said Timothy York, Board of Directors, The Arc Prince George's County. "I'm currently in my second-term as the client member of the Board of Directors. I've enjoyed the process so much, and I never dreamed that I would be able to make such contributions to an organization. What I try to get people to understand is that this is not just a social service organization. The Arc's work involves intervening in the lives of people and their families. Sometimes it's a matter of life and death. After my parents passed away, had it not been for The Arc, I sincerely believe that I would not be alive today."
 
Employers also highlighted that their companies addressed their fears and concerns head on by developing viable solutions that have proven successful.
 
"Being in the construction industry there is extreme risk which was a major concern for us," said Joe Sendldorfer, Branch Manager at Road Safe Traffic Systems. "We overcame this by being systematic and working with all of the teams in our company to come up with a plan together. We had to figure out what worked best for everyone involved. The Arc was also very supportive in this process. I had to take a personal interest in matching my employees drive.
 
For more information on workforce development and job placement services, contact Jeffrey Swilley (jswilley@co.pg.md.us), EDC's Deputy Director of Business Services at 301-618-8400. To learn how to engage with The Arc Prince George's County, please contact Danielle Milner at dmilner@thearcofpgc.org.

22
Sep

Tech Gurus Fill Voids in Health, Branding and Innovative Workspace
Oxon Hill, MD Sept. 22, 2017  - On Wednesday, four entrepreneurs shared their newest innovations with the local businesss and technology community at Prince George's County's September TechBreakfast event. Hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with TechBreakfast, founded by Ron Schmelzer, TechBreakfast's 'Chief Event Wrangler', tech industry professionals gathered at Spartan Business & Technology to learn about amazing new products.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was extremely pleased to provide a platform for entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to meet and greet.
  
"We are happy to keep providing a stage for up and coming tech geniuses to showcase their inventions and products," said Coleman. "Today, we witnessed some innovative products that are making a positive change to the way we work, live and care for each other. Hearing directly from the inventors and innovators gives our audience a chance to be an early adaptor for groundbreaking technology. Making connections and helping bring awareness to great innovations is what it's all about for us. We're thrilled to maintain our relationship with TechBreakfast and can't wait to see these gurus continue to grow and change the world!"
  
Created in 2011 in Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center, TechBreakfast is an innovative monthly forum that allows entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, and business people the opportunity to present cool new technology in a demo 'show and tell' format, and to interact with each other.  It is also a platform for investors to identify new investment opportunities that brings diversity to the region. TechBreakfast has now expanded across the greater Washington Metropolitan area, with more than 7,000 members and has become the hip place to showcase the latest in innovation to a live audience.
  
"We are delighted to be a part of the tech ecosystem and bring some great innovations to life here in Prince George's County," said Schmelzer. "Our job is to bring the tech community together to help grow great businesses here. Can't wait to come back for our next TechBreakfast."
 
Technology gurus were also excited at the opportunity to demo their products in front of a live audience. 
 
"Today I demoed a new product we have called WallPixi," said Patrick Rife, founder of Pixilated. "This is a smart wallmounted photo-booth kiosk. Businesses can take photos with their branding which are easily made available for their clients. Photos are accessed via text message and email to be used for marketing purposes."
 
Bob Blonchek of Digital Health Innovations, Sarah Hostyk who has developed the 'Place Tempo' phone application and Hector Del Castillo of V-Sense also presented their newest innovations to an excited audience.
  
Wednesday's event was graciously hosted by Spartan Business and Technology. The EDC was also appreciative of the support from Exelon, BB&T Bank, JGL Law, and Big Frog for their generous sponsorship of this fantastic event.
  
The next TechBreakfast In Prince George's County will take place on December 19th at Spartan Business and Technology. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us today or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

11
Aug

11th Annual 'KEYS' Graduation Celebrates Prince George's County Youth Kicking Off Their Careers

KEYS Graduates with Workforce Services Division Staff

Greenbelt, MD - For eleven consecutive years, the Workforce Services Division of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has held its annual KEYS (Knowledge Equals Youth Success) Graduation and Employment Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of County youth enrolled in the program. Yesterday, over two-hundred guests descended upon Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland to celebrate graduates of the program, and to recognize the employers who have positively impacted the lives and careers of County youth. Carnival-style entertainment was also provided to give a unique experience to yesterday's celebrants. EDC President and CEO, Jim Coleman, expressed his pride in seeing the growth of KEYS program participants.

 
"I stand before you in awe of your accomplishments," said Coleman. "Your very participation in the KEYS program is evidence of your desire to grow personally and professionally. As I look into your beautiful faces, I see future business leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers and anything that you want to be. You now have the tools to unlock the doors to success and I'm honored to be a part of the village that is able to nurture your gifts and talents."
 
Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the KEYS program offers year-round services geared towards keeping youth on track and attaining their career goals. Occupational skills training, interview preparation, job search assistance and career readiness seminars were among the many benefits afforded to participants. Many go on to complete their high school and college degrees and launch careers that make a profound impact on their lives.
 
"When I started the program, I was five months pregnant and living in a motel with my husband and two sons," said Ariana Burnette, a former KEYS participant during her welcome address. "We had just been evicted from our apartment and were blessed to receive stipends from the State and KEYS which stabilized us as I completed my six-week training. I was placed in an internship as a front desk manager which turned into a full-time job. I now have a salary and my husband and I are now house hunting. Because of KEYS, my family got a new start."
 
The training that KEYS participants receive transcends industry sectors and many of its employer partners are taking notice. Tim Delehanty, Facilities Supervisor at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park, was so impressed with his KEYS intern that he offered the young man a permanent position.
 
"We are ecstatic about the young man who came to work with us this summer," said Delehanty. "When he walked in the door, I could tell he was going to work out. He has a wonderful work ethic and we all enjoyed having him around. We were so impressed with him that we got special permission to keep him on beyond the life of the original internship."
 
In addition to employers, parents were also very happy with the resources that their children were afforded through the KEYS program. April Walton, mother of 2017 KEYS graduate Ashley, expressed her gratitude for the special training that her daughter received as a participant.
 
"Ashley got a lot of experience that will give her options in her career," said Ms. Walton. "She has acquired retail, communication, office and life skills, among many others that make her very strong. I'm grateful that she was able to participate in this program and has a future to look forward to."
 
To learn more about the KEYS program and other youth programs offered by the Workforce Services Division, please contact Marcita Bentley-Pinkston, Assistant Director for Youth Services at mbentley@co.pg.md.us or (301) 618-8401.

 

 

 

 

10
Aug

County Programs Provide Soft Landing For India-Based Company

 

l-r.: Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC (3RD from the right); Raj Pant, CEO, Allied Deccan; Chris Higginbotham, Deputy Outreach Director, SelectUSA; Sohil Sachdeva, Diretor, sRs McCoy, Inc.; Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, PGCEDC; Rushikesh Bhavsar, CEO, MIG Media Neurons, Ltd.; Mayank Kapur, Business Development Director, PGCEDC; Martin Ezemma, International Business Director, PGCEDC; Maria Dorsett, International Business Development Specialist, PGCEDCLargo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) welcomed the sixth company into its India Business Center as MIG Media Neurons, Ltd. opens its first office in the United States.  Joined by key officials from SelectUSA and other companies recently added to the India Business Center, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and EDC Executive Vice President Dr. Pradeep Ganguly celebrated this new addition to the business accelerator with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and words of encouragement to MIG Media Neurons.
 
"Connecting international companies to opportunities for success is our mode of operation," said Coleman. "The EDC has a very strong relationship with SelectUSA and we partner to be effective conduits for companies from overseas looking to create their footprint in the American market. We are proud to be the consummate 'process partners' and provide the helping hand that MIG Media Neurons, Ltd needed to break into the American marketplace."
 
SelectUSA is a government program in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce that is dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the United States. Each year, Mr. Coleman and his EDC Team participate in SelectUSA Summit with the expectation of attracting international companies to enter the U.S. market and begin their commercial activities in Prince George's County.  Partnering with SelectUSA, the EDC has been successful in identifying entrepreneurs from India and inviting them to the India Business Center where they are able to set up shop and launch their U.S. operations. 
 
"I congratulate MIG Media Neurons on its expansion to the United States and wish the company the best of luck on continued growth," said Fred Volcansek, Executive Director of SelectUSA. "I also congratulate Prince George's County on its continued success attracting global companies and creating jobs in Maryland. We are very proud to see how the SelectUSA Investment Summit is helping economic development teams meet high quality global partners."
 
MIG Media Neurons, Ltd. is a global business promotion services company led by its CEO, Rushikesh Bhavasar, from Ahmedabad, India, and is one of the companies that came to the attention of the EDC at the recent SelectUSA Summit in June.  This full service media company promotes brands and products of several companies globally allowing them to trade bilaterally with different nations, import raw materials and export their products.  MIG Media Neurons, along with sRs McCoy, Inc. from Rajasthan, India, were impressed with the soft landing services, business development services and support that the EDC provides to international companies, and decided to open their U.S. operations in Prince George's County. 
 
"We have been looking to accelerate and establish our operations it the United States for quite a while, but have not found a place that suited our needs," said Bhavsar.  "We met the EDC Team at the SelectUSA Summit.  We were very pleased with the business environment and support the EDC showed us. I made the decision to start my U.S. operations in Prince George's County right away and am encouraging the group of companies that I work with in India to come to Prince George's County, too, so that they can launch their U.S. operations here.  We can't wait to get started!"
 
The EDC's India Business Center is a part of its international business accelerator program that assists foreign companies in creating an immediate footprint in the United States.  Both MIG Media Neurons, Ltd, and sRs McCoy, Inc. are planning to be in full operation in Prince George's County before the end of 2017.

To learn more about how to do business internationally with Prince George's County and to learn more about the EDC's business accelerator program, contact Dr. Pradeep Ganguly at pganguly@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4650. 

 

 

 

31
Jul

Economic Development Corporation Brings Local Manufacturing From Darkness To The Light

 

(Jim Coleman, President & CEO of the EDC with the EDC team along with  Innovative Manufacturing Roundtable participants)Largo, MD - On Friday, innovative and advanced manufacturing took center stage in Prince George's County as the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) launched its first 'Innovative Manufacturing Roundtable', connecting advanced manufacturer challenges to public sector problem solvers.  This roundtable represents the first of many forums geared towards providing the manufacturing industry, government agencies and the education community with the opportunity to come together to form a 'think tank' that jumpstarts growth, expansion and prosperity in innovative and advanced manufacturing in Prince George's County. Top manufacturing companies connected with public sector 'problem solvers' as well as officials from the Prince George's Community College and the Prince George's County Public Schools to discuss opportunities for the manufacturers to increase their productivity and to build up the pipeline of employees for the manufacturing supply chain. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed the participants and encouraged them to take advantage of the resources that each stake holder in the room represented to expand and increase their bottom lines.
 
"Today is just the beginning of great things to come for manufacturing in Prince George's County," said Coleman. "Our goal is to explore the opportunities that exist in innovative manufacturing and to encourage investment and support of these forward thinking companies.  Ultimately, we want to be ready to invite more innovative manufacturers to the County, to help our existing manufacturers to expand and grow, and to bring more good, high-wage jobs to the residents of Prince George's County."
 
Top officials from Eaton Aerospace, Local Motors, U.S. Medical Innovations, LLC, and Alertus Technologies kicked off the Roundtable Discussion by giving a brief overview of their companies and then sharing what their top challenges are in keeping their companies on the cutting edge.  Some of the companies expressed concerns about inventory management, supply chain and shipping logistics or ways to reduce energy and manufacturing costs.  One thread that seemed universal throughout the conversation was the need for high quality skilled labor.  Craig Skelly, Operations Manager from Eaton Aerospace in Beltsville, Maryland was pleased to see so many people with a passion for manufacturing. 
 
"Today was a very exciting event, and the Roundtable was fantastic," said Skelly.  "Going around to job fairs, you often don't see people interested in manufacturing.  It was great to see so many partners here today with a passion for manufacturing and who can connect us with top talent."
 
As the innovative and advanced manufacturers focused on not falling behind in manufacturing, the solution providers highlighted the resources and programs that are available to the manufacturing industry to ensure that there is a solid pipeline of employees trained to work in advanced manufacturing. The solution providers at the Roundtable included the EDC, the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Made In America Initiative representatives. Through their dialogue, it became apparent that many of the resources that support innovative manufacturing are unknown in the manufacturing community.   
 
"I think Prince George's County is doing something that every region in the State of Maryland should do with this Roundtable," said Peter Gourlay, Vice President of the Regional Manufacturing Institute. "Manufacturing is the industry that gives a pathway to middle-class America. Prince George's County has done a phenomenal job of bringing some great advanced manufacturers in the room with all the resources that can help; from the public sector, the academic sector, the government sector - both in the County and the State  Department of Commerce."
 
Manufacturers also heard from Kristen Shock, Senior Director of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship at the Maryland Department of Commerce who walked the participants through Governor Hogan's new More Jobs for Marylanders Act.  This new provision encourages additional investment in new equipment through accelerated and bonus depreciation and strengthens Maryland's workforce through State investment in workforce scholarships and apprenticeship programs. 
 
Lateefah Durant, Director of Career Readiness and Innovative Programs for the Prince George's County Public Schools and John Deadwyler, Program Coordinator for the Prince George's Community College shared their ability to develop customized curriculum for internships as well as connect companies to future talent.
 
"We are looking forward to great things to come in the innovative manufacturing industry," said John Mason, EDC Business Development Director for Manufacturing. "We are just at the tip of the iceberg of collaboration that will not only sustain but exponentially grow this industry in Prince George's County. Our discussion revealed specifically how solution providers can help our thriving companies grow, create more jobs and provide stellar opportunities for residents."
 
For more information about innovative and advanced manufacturing collaboration with local academic institutions, contact EDC Business Development Director, John Mason (jamason@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

21
Jul

Job Fair Connects More Than 70 County Residents With Employment Opportunities

 

(Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO; Bilingual Latino Job Fair Attendee; Daisy Rickert, Latino Affairs Liaison, Office of the County Executive)Largo, MD - This morning, more than 100 bilingual job seekers came out to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to participate in its first 'Bilingual Latino Job Fair and none were disappointed.  Residents looking for access to well-paying job opportunities met with more than 30 employer partners, all of whom had immediate needs for positions to be filled.  Of the 100 job seekers in attendance, more than 70% left with multiple job offers.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and Workforce Development Director Walter Simmons were joined by County Council Member Deni Taveras (Dist. 2), and Daisy Rickert, County Executive Rushern L. Baker's Latino Affairs Liaison who came out to encourage and support the Job Fair attendees.
 
"Today is a wonderful day in Prince George's County and we are thrilled to see so many employers ready to meet our job seekers," said Coleman. "County Executive Baker wants us to make sure we are connecting all of our residents with great high-wage jobs. That's what today's event is all about. We're reaching out to every single community to make sure that everyone is included and has a great, prosperous life here in Prince George's County!"
 
Today's Job Fair was a culmination of the EDC's Workforce Services Division's three day outreach to bridge language and cultural barriers to employment in the Bilingual Latino community.  The outreach consisted of two days of Career Readiness Sessions, where participants were able to receive assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, career development, dressing for success and free occupational skills training.  Residents participating in those sessions obtained a clear understanding of the steps they need to move forward on their career paths.  Lazaro Rodriguez attended the Career Readiness Sessions and the Job Fair and was successful in securing three job offers today.
 
"I got a blessing today with three job offers. I'm really excited," said Rodriguez. "I'm so glad that I came out to the One Stop Career Center this week.  They taught me how to update my resume, how to explain myself at an interview and how to talk about my education.  This has been a wonderful opportunity for a great start!"
 
Participating companies from a variety of industry sectors held on-site, one-on-one interviews with candidates; many of whom were hired on the spot. Industries represented at today's Job Fair included: New York Life, Chaney Enterprises, WMATA, the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt and Goodwill of Greater Washington.  All of the employers were impressed with the quality and preparedness of the candidates.  Many were delighted to be a part of such a unique job fair.
 
"Today's Job Fair fits perfectly into what we are all about at WMATA," said Roberto Moreno, Senior Diversity Officer for Metro. "We are focused on diversity recruitment, military and veteran recruitment and disability recruitment to support the community.  Our Metro Jobs program is designed specifically for the Latino population, so this Bilingual Latino Job Fair creates great synergies between WMATA and the Economic Development Corporation. We have met some excellent candidates today and I know that we can find a place for them at Metro."
 
The EDC's Workforce Services Division will continue to reach out to all of the residents of Prince George's County to ensure that they have access to well-paying careers.  The One Stop Career Center Manager Vernice Gonzales was extremely pleased with the turn out and is eagerly looking forward to reaching more Bilingual Latinos at the next event.
 
"Today has been wonderful. We have been able to provide employment to the Bilingual Latino Community," said Gonzales.  "A lot of the time, the Latino community is not aware of the services that the County provides its residents for employment assistance. This particular event is not just important to match individuals with employment, it is also important for us to reach out to them to let them know about the employment services and job readiness services that the EDC provides through the One Stop Career Center.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Walter Simmons, Director of Workforce Development Services at 301-618-8400 or wsimmons@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

14
Jul

EDC Connects Job Seekers To Valuable Free Resources

 

(L-R): Angela Wright, Byte Back Admissions Specialist; Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO; Walter Simmons, EDC Director of Workforce Services Division Largo, MD - Yesterday, over 150 Prince George's County residents met with County resource providers to gain access to free occupational skills training and job search assistance at the 'Workforce & Training Round-Up'. Organized by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) Workforce Services Division in partnership the Prince George's County Workforce Development Board, the event served to connect County job seekers with the resources they need to be successful in their job searches. EDC President and CEO, Jim Coleman, was extremely pleased with the outcome of the event.

"Connecting job seekers to the resources they need to be successful is what we're all about," said Coleman. "I'm really proud of the work that Walter Simmons and our Workforce Services Division do every day to ensure that our residents are given every opportunity to become gainfully employed. It's not easy to find a job but we have the tools and staff that can make the process not only easier but successful!"
 
The Prince George's County Public Workforce System offers free occupational skills training and assistance for eligible residents. Yesterday's round-up was an opportunity for local service providers in the IT, Hospitality, Healthcare, Administrative, Construction, Security, Transportation, Cyber Security and Culinary industries to talk with the job seekers about the various free trainings that are available for their use. The trainings not only enhance the skillsets of job seekers but they also help them get noticed by potential employers. Jordan Zavislak, Enrollment Advisor at the UMBC Training Centers remarked about the effectiveness of yesterday's round-up. 
 
"Today's event has been fantastic for us," said Zavislak. "We met a lot of potential students with a diverse age and work experience range who would benefit from the type of training we have, who otherwise may not have heard from us."
 
The EDC's Workforce Services Division Director, Walter Simmons, was also very happy with the turnout of the event.
 
"We are here to make sure that anyone seeking a job can find one," said Simmons. "We would not be able to do so without our great resource partners who showed up in great numbers and are excited to be of service. The Workforce Services Division is proud to continue our partnership with the resource providers which has proven to be a benefit to job seekers in the County."
 
To learn more about the services offered by the EDC Workforce Services Division and industry service providers, please contact the Prince George's One-Stop Career Center at (301) 618-8425 or visit at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120 in Largo, MD 20774. 

 

 

 

05
Jul

Economic Development Corporation Unleashes County Academia Brainpower On Local Agencies

 

Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO addresses ‘Unrestricted Thinking’ Forum ParticipantsLargo, MD – Last week, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, hosted its first ‘Unrestricted Thinking’ Forum in partnership with the Computer Science Departments from the University of Maryland College Park, Capitol Technology University, Bowie State University and the Prince George’s Community College.  The purpose of this endeavor was to connect State and Federal agencies with academic solution providers, encouraging them to think outside the box to introduce ways to generate new results, with less money, at a faster pace using the innovative minds of students. 

“Every year, our federal agencies are being asked to produce more results, in a shorter period of time with reduced budgets,” said Coleman.  “This ‘Unrestricted Thinking’ Forum unleashes the brainpower in the County’s academic institutions help federal and State agencies lower their operating costs, be more productive and to achieve their goals by using IT solutions. We want our students to graduate from the University of Maryland, or Bowie State University or Capital Technology University and not move to Silicon Valley because they are able to use their creativity, innovation and unrestricted thought processes to attack problems and solve them with the speed of light. I see patent solutions and startup companies coming out of this forum; and the EDC will be ready, willing and able to help them get office space, staffing and any financing they may need to grow their company.  We’re in the business of finding the next Facebook or the next Google right here in Prince George’s County.”

The concept behind the ‘Unrestricted Thinking’ Forum came out of a collaboration with Dr. Ashok K. Agrawala, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland in an effort to spur entrepreneurship, commercialization of innovation and to challenge the local college students to think outside the box to solve technology problems.  Along with the University of Maryland College Park Computer Science Department, information technology administrators from Capitol Technology University, Bowie State University, Prince George’s Community College and the Capital Artificial Intelligence Center also participated in the forum. 

“This was a fantastic event and extremely well done,” said Agrawala.  “I am thankful to Jim Coleman and the entire Economic Development Corporation team for having done such a fantastic job. We have had an opportunity presented to us to be able to collaborate with federal and local agencies and showcase the talent in our respective institutions. Our next steps will include incorporating our students with the issues we have heard about today and the other issues that will come up in the future.  This is a great day, indeed.”

Technical officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NASA Goddard Flight Center, the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology discussed the importance of getting students involved with their respective challenges and how it can help the agencies get problems solved faster.  Each agency also expressed their concern for motivating the students to go above and beyond the norm, and take their research to the next level.  Prince George’s County Chief Information Office Spencer Thomas described the synergy with the academic world as not only providing quicker, innovative solutions to agency challenges, it is also an opportunity to grow jobs for tomorrow.

“Today was a great event.  I like the fact that the EDC and the University of Maryland had the vision and insight to know that everyone doesn’t have the information or solutions to their problems,” said Thomas. “There is value to upfront evaluation and planning. Today has allowed me to be more strategic in my thinking in my position as CIO.  In my position, I serve baby-boomers and millennials and must cater to both markets in order for our system to be successful into the future. This forum will allow me to be more critical and strategic in my thinking.”

For more information about information technology collaboration with local academic institutions, contact EDC Business Development Director, Mayank Kapur (mkapur@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

26
Jun

Ten Days To Success! EDC Ushers a Father-and-Son Duo to their Shot at the American Dream

 

L-R: Martin Ezemma, EDC International Business Director; Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, EDC EVP; Sanjeev Sachdeva, Managing Director of sRs McCoy, Inc.; Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO; Sohil Sachdeva, sRs McCoy, Inc. Director; Raj Pant, Allied Deccan CEO; Mayank Kapur, EDC Business Development DirectorOxon Hill, MD - Last weekend, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) International Business Development team participated in the SelectUSA Conference and brought home some major wins. After meeting with a number of internationally based business leaders, the EDC's team convinced four companies to open U.S. operations in Prince George's County this Wednesday and signed an agreement to house sRs McCoy Inc. in its accelerator. EDC President & CEO, Jim Coleman, was exhilarated at his team's success.
 
"We welcome the world to Prince George's County," said Coleman. "SelectUSA has been an outstanding conference that has enabled the EDC to facilitate the expansion of businesses that are seeking to come to the United States. We're mavericks in Prince George's County. When sRs McCoy came to our booth and said they were interested in coming to Prince George's County, we immediately put them in the car and took a tour of the County to show them how their investment dollars will create a lucrative return for them. Our value proposition is solid and sRs signed on the dotted lin. We are proud that Prince George's County is their gateway to success in this incredible market."
 
The SelectUSA Conference occurs every summer with the goal to connect international investors with viable opportunities in the United States. Representatives from jurisdictions from around the country descend upon Washington, D.C. to actively engage these business people looking to enter into the American market.
 
The team at the EDC took full advantage of its close proximity to give the investors a first-hand look at where and how seamlessly they are able to break into the American market. Sanjeev and Sohil Sachdeva, the father and son dynamic duo who run sRs McCoy, Inc., were very impressed by how the EDC was able to usher them into their own office space here in the United States.
 
"This is just a dream," said Sohil Sachdeva, Director of sRs McCoy Inc. "We never expected that by visiting this conference that we'd be able to open up an office in just a few days."
 
Sachdeva's father and business partner echoed his sentiments.
 
"It's all a ten days story," said Sanjeev Sachdeva, Managing Director of sRs McCoy, Inc. "It's only been ten days from the time that we decided to attend the SelectUSA Conference to the time that we are sitting in our American office."  
 
To learn more about how to do business in Prince George's County and to learn about the EDC's accelerator program, contact Dr. Pradeep Ganguly at pganguly@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

23
Jun

EDC's Signature Networking Event 'Es Muy Bueno' For Local Latino Business Community

 

(EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (C) with Jacqueline Bonhonne, Fleur De Lis, LLC and EDC Latino Business Development Specialist Rocio Tremino-Lopez at Latino T4BT)Hyattsville, MD - Last night was historic for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as it hosted its first Latino 'Thirsty (For Business) Thursday' networking event at El Carbonero Restaurant in Hyattsville, Maryland. Well known as EDC's signature networking event, last night's event was especially significant because it was focused on introducing the Latino business community to the toolbox of business development services that the EDC has to encourage and assist in business growth. Joined by EDC's Latino Business Development Specialist Rocio Treminio-Lopez, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman kicked off Latino "Thirsty (For Business) Thursday" (T4BT) by welcoming local Latino business owners and dignitaries to this one of a kind event.
 
"Prince George's County is open for business for all communities in Prince George's County," said Coleman. "Tonight, we make history by intentionally engaging our Latino Business community to ensure they have everything necessary to be successful. Latino Business is a driving force behind what makes Prince George's County the powerhouse that it is today. We wouldn't be as strong as we are without businesses like El Carbonero Restaurant that contribute to the economic footprint of the County. We are also excited to have Brentwood Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez on our EDC team so that we can best serve the Latino business community. We are the success partners for any and every Latino Business that seeks to thrive in Prince George's County."
  
State Senator Jim Rosapepe (District 21) and State Delegate Carlo Sanchez (District 47B) were among the local dignitaries that came out to support the EDC and Latino business community.  Also in attendance was Ryan Middleton, Field Representative for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Helder Hernandez, Community Engagement Officer for Congressman Anthony Brown and representatives from Council Member Deni Taveras's Office and Council Member Dannielle Glaros's Office. Each of them expressed their appreciation to the EDC for recognizing the spending power of the Latino community.
 
"Tonight was a great opportunity to bring together and show the types of resources that are available for residents in the Latino community who have been thinking about starting a business or expanding their businesses," said Sanchez. "In this area, the retail rental rates mirror those in downtown Silver Spring, with over 90% occupancy.  That means that people are coming here and spending their money.  My parents migrated to the country in search of the American dream.  EDC and its partners are able to give the keys to helping to make that American dream a reality." 
 
El Carbonero, the Latin American restaurant which hosted last night's Latino T4BT, has served the Langley Park section of Hyattsville for more than three years. This event was also sponsored by Council Member Deni Taveras and Fleur De Lis, LLC, a commercial real estate company in the County.  Owned by Raul Lopez and managed by Osiris Cabral, El Carbonero provided the perfect back drop for networking with Latino businesses.
 
"We are grateful that the Latino 'Thirsty (for business) Thursday' is happening in our restaurant," said Cabral.  "This is something that is very helpful to all of the businesses in this area.  We get to meet a lot of people from different companies and agencies that have resources that we can all benefit from. It was good to hear about the tools that are available to help our businesses grow.  A lot of us didn't even know they existed.  The more Latino businesses that we can reach to let them know about the resources that the EDC has, the more their companies will be able to grow."
 
The next 'Thirsty (for business) Thursday' will take place on Thursday, September 21st at the African American Museum and Cultural Center, 4519 Rhodes Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD 20722.  This event will take place from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  To register for this upcoming event, contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

22
Jun

Tech Event So Nice, EDC Did It Twice

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (left) converses with TechBreakfast attendees and entrepreneurs, Ava Pipiton (second from right) and Max Goodman (far right)Oxon Hill, MD - Yesterday, techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs gathered in National Harbor for Prince George's County's second TechBreakfast event of 2017. Hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in partnership with TechBreakfast, founded by Ron Schmelzer, TechBreakfast's 'Chief Event Wrangler', tech industry professionals and investors filled the conference room at Spartan Business & Technologies as three tech entrepreneurs pitched their products. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was extremely happy with the innovative display from the second TechBreakfast event.
 
"We are proud to be able to partner with Ron Schmelzer and provide the platform for up and coming tech geniuses to pitch their newest inventions and innovations." said Coleman. "Today, we witnessed some innovative products that are at various stages of coming to the marketplace and connected several with potential investors. And I have to tell you, I'm proud of our business community. When unforeseen circumstances caused two of our scheduled presenters to not participate, one of our audience members was primed and ready to present. He showed us all an app that is ready to use and saves lives by helping keep drivers awake. We're not just innovating for fun, we're innovating to improve the quality of life for the world!"
 
Created by Ron Schmelzer in 2011 in Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center, TechBreakfast is an innovative monthly forum that allows entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, and business people the opportunity to present cool new technology in a demo 'show and tell' format, and to interact with each other.  It is also a platform for investors to identify new investment opportunities that brings diversity to the region. TechBreakfast has now expanded across the greater Washington Metropolitan area as well as other major American markets, with more than 7,000 members and has become the hip place to showcase the latest in innovation to a live audience.
 
"I am always so amazed with the quantity and quality of people coming out to the TechBreakfast in Prince George's County," said Schmelzer.  "We ran long today because of the quality of the questions posed to our entrepreneurs.  We couldn't do what we do in Prince George's County without the amazing energy from the Economic Development Corporation and sponsorships from Spartan Technology, BB&T Bank and all of our other partners."
 
Presenters included Adil Yalcin who presented Keshif, a data exportation and analysis application. Dennis Akwensioge shared with the audience an application called Pyship that he is building with the intention of making international shipping easier. Finally, Sihyun Chae, Co-Founder and CEO of Uncle Hub volunteered to present when a slot opened up. His application, Drive Alert, monitors the heart rates and sleep patterns of drivers to ensure that they are in the best condition to drive. Each presenter displayed the power and diversity within Prince George's County's technology community and impressed all who attended.
 
"I heard about today's TechBreakfast through one of our partners, Spartan Technology and also when I attended the EDC's Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon a few weeks ago and I knew that these were people we need to connect with.  Mr. Coleman really woke the crowd up and was electrifying; very passionate about his community," said Brandi Bridgett, Marketing Specialist at Efocus Media Group.  "Today's TechBreakfast was amazing.  To be an 8 a.m. event, people came in passionate about their companies, passionate about connecting with new people and ready to receive information.  It was great hear about the wonderful attributes about Prince George's County.  We made a lot of connections and look forward to the next EDC networking event."
 
Today's event was graciously sponsored by Spartan Business and Technology. The EDC also recognizes Exelon and BB&T Bank for their generous sponsorship of this fantastic event.
 
The next TechBreakfast in Prince George's County will take place on September 20th.  To register for this upcoming event, contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us today or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

21
Jun

Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program Graduates Accumulate More Than $3 Million In Scholarship Awards

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (4th from r.); Aisha Mahoney, Principal Bladensburg High School (4th from l.); Yolanda Tully, EDC YCC Program Director (c); Dr. Tasha Graves Henderson, Principal of Parkdale High School; Torrie Walker, Principal of Fairmont Heights High School (2nd from r.) along with Youth CareerConnect students and staff

Capitol Heights, MD - This afternoon, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman joined officials from the Prince George's County Public Schools and the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program (YCC) in celebrating the second YCC graduating class and honoring the memory of the former principal of Parkdale High School, Ms. Tanya L. Washington. Collectively, the 85 seniors from Fairmont Heights and Bladensburg High Schools who participated in the YCC program were awarded more than $3.4 million in scholarships to attend college, an accomplishment that Mr. Coleman highlighted as an important step toward a successful future.
 
"This is a big milestone in your lives. You have gotten into some outstanding colleges and universities around this nation; an accomplishment that is not easy and I applaud you for your hard work and efforts," said Coleman.  "Moving forward, you are 100% accountable for the rest of your lives.  When we are born, we have about 79 years to live.  That's about 29,000 days. Most of you have used up about 6,000 days. The next three or four years are critical for you to make an impact,  build your skills and get your craft down so that you can go out and change the world.  There is plenty of competition out there, but you have a ton of support right here in Prince George's County and we are wishing you the best in your future success.  Now, go out there and make a difference!"
 
The EDC manages the $7 million grant the County received from the Obama Administration in 2014; a four-year STEM program for Prince George's County Public High School Career Academies.  This year the Homeland Security and Military Science/Emergency Management Academy at Parkdale High School joined Bladensburg, Potomac and Fairmont Heights, the original three high schools participating in the program. The career academies focus on health, bio-science and information technology and have over 764 students enrolled to date. Yolanda Tully, the EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director is pleased to be working with the YCC business partners and is looking forward to the graduates making a difference in their communities and the world in the near future.
 
"We are so excited about the monumental strides we have been making with the YCC program through our co-laborers at the Prince George's County Public School System, the Prince George's Community College, the Maryland Center at Bowie State University, Hillside Works Scholarship Connection and the Latin American Youth Center," said Tully.  "This year marks our second graduating class and the completion of the third year of the program, and we couldn't be more proud.  Our students excelling with STEM IT and healthcare certifications, and we are going to keep working with these kids for the rest of their careers.  They are the untapped intellectual capital in Prince George's County.  These are undiscovered hidden figures in our County who will be future leaders in STEM."
 
Along with the certificates of completion of the YCC program, 13 graduates received the Tanya L. Washington YCC Scholarship, a competitive scholarship for YCC seniors heading to college.  The $1,500 scholarship is named in honor of former Parkdale High School principal, Tanya L. Washington, who passed away last fall. Among the scholarship recipients in attendance, one student from Fairmont Heights High School was acknowledged for accumulating more than $500,000 in scholarships from various colleges.  Miss Anne Alfa, who will be attending St. Mary's College of Maryland in the Fall credits her fortune to the YCC coaches and teachers with providing her with the skill set she needs to be successful in her future career.
 
"The YCC program gave me skills that I didn't know I would need, and taught me problem solving skills which I know that I can use in my career," said Alfa. "I was accepted into 15 schools, each of which offered me money to attend.  My goal is to become a hematologist to help people, such as myself, who have sickle cell disease and other problems with their blood."
 
Also in attendance was Torrie Walker, Principal of Fairmont Heights High School and Aisha Mahoney, Principal of Bladensburg High School who talked about how the YCC program brought structure and support to their respective Career Academies.
 
"The YCC grant has been fantastic in enhancing the work that our Career Academies have been doing for a number of years," said Mahoney. "While our program coordinators have been working with employers to locate internships and work programs, having YCC in our schools has provided a framework for students to get significant work experience that is critical for their success.  It has also taken some of the pressure off of our Academy program coordinators, as the EDC has leveraged its relationships in the business community to locate prime training and employment opportunities for our students. This will be key for the future success of our students when the grant expires."
 
Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring should contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

 

20
Jun

Oasis In College Park Brings New Crowd Of Local Entrepreneurs To EDC's 'Thirsty For Business Thursday'

 

 

 

(EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman talking to entrepreneur about growing her business in Prince George's County)College Park, MD - Last Thursday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and their 'posse' descended upon Fishnet Restaurant in College Park for the June 2017 edition of 'Thirsty (For Business) Thursday' for a night filled with high-powered networking in a quaint restaurant that creates a soothing tropical ambiance in the heart of one of the nation's biggest college towns. EDC President & 'Chief Excitement Officer' Jim Coleman welcomed the local businesses to not only network and start the process of making deals but to also support the Fishnet Restaurant as it a locally owned business. Over 100 business owners were excited to speak with each other about business opportunities in the aquatic environment.
 
"We are always excited to highlight local businesses who are providing innovative experiences for our residents," said Coleman. "I encourage everyone to visit this teal oasis in the heart of Prince George's County. Meet here for business while supporting a local business. Create job opportunities and take over the world! If you need help in the process of doing business and creating jobs, we're here for you. The EDC is your success partner and our greatest joy is seeing your business grow and succeed."
 
Fishnet Restaurant, owned by husband and wife team Ferhat and Keyia Yalcin, was the gracious venue and food sponsor for the event. District 3 County Council Member Dannielle Glaros and Maryland State Senator Jim Rosapepe also generously sponsored last week's event.
 
Local business owners and agencies officials from all over the County continue to come out network with federal, State and local government officials, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed, collaborative and social environment. Each month, #T4BT draws more newcomers into the 'posse'.
 
The next opportunity to network with the EDC will be tomorrow, June 21st when they will collaborate with TechBreakfast to host innovators, influencers and businesses from all parts of the 'Tech Ecosystem' to learn about the latest technology trends and identify potential investment opportunities.  This event will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at National Harbor offices of Spartan Business & Technology, 161 National Plaza, Suite 200, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.  Please visit www.pgcedc.com/events.  Space is limited.

 

 

 

16
Jun

EDC Joins Local Dignitaries At Groundbreaking For Town Hall Of Upper Marlboro

 

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Prince George's County (c); Former Town Commission President Steve Sonnett; Town Commission President Jim Storey; Delegate Joseph Vallario; State Senator Douglas J.J. Peters; Commission Treasurer Nancy Clagett; Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller; Delegate Marvin Holmes; EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman; Commissioner Linda PennoyerUpper Marlboro, MD - On Wednesday, the Town of Upper Marlboro took major steps toward the future as it broke ground to make way for a new addition to expand the Town Hall and make renovations to the existing Town Hall structure.  County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman were among notable dignitaries who joined Board of Commissioners President Jim Storey and the Town Commissioners of Upper Marlboro for the groundbreaking ceremony.  Joined at the podium by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Senate Majority Leader Douglas J.J. Peters, Delegate Joseph Vallario, and Delegate Marvin Holmes, Mr. Coleman served as the guest speaker for this momentous occasion and spoke about the rich history of the Town.  He likened the future of Upper Marlboro to a Shining City Upon a Hill.
 
"Today we are witnessing a renaissance in Upper Marlboro.  The Town of Upper Marlboro is becoming the 'New Shining City Upon A Hill', just like the one President Ronald Reagan spoke about in his farewell speech. A tall, proud city built on rocks, stronger than oceans...teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace," said Coleman.  "This project will bring new energy to the residents and businesses of Upper Marlboro by providing them with suitable space to conduct their business.  I congratulate Board President Storey and the Commissioners for their years of hard work that have led to today's historical groundbreaking.  This new facility will create a new 'Shine' for this Shining City Upon a Hill."
 
This story about perseverance is reflective of the same perseverance and tenacity that has brought about a renaissance throughout Prince George's County with rising household median incomes, record high school graduation rates, a brand new hotel and casino employing over 3,600 residents and more than 35 companies relocating to the County over the last 18 months.  Town Commission Board President Jim Storey credits the leadership of former Board President Steve Sonnett as well as the vision and tenacity of the Town to control its own destiny with the birth of this project.
 
"Our Town leadership has pointed us in the right direction and we have been following through with that vision in order to serve the community better," said Storey.  "Our old facility is well-used and well-loved, but it is outdated. The new facility will provide us with something for the community as well as the employees and will ultimately enhance the services we provide to our residents. Special thanks to Jim Coleman for coming out to inspire our next steps.  He's great; the right person for the job."

The history of the Town of Upper Marlboro Town Hall dates back to the 1940's when it was built as an open-roofed community pool house. The ensuing years filled in the property which ultimately became the Town Hall that serves as the administrative offices for elected officials, the Town Police Department and local meeting room.  Expected renovations on this $1.2 million project will include a larger meeting room, ADA-compliant restrooms and break rooms, upgraded communication and security capabilities, efficient work-space for daily administrative operations, and much needed storage space for Town Archives and emergency preparedness supplies and equipment. All funding for the Town Hall project will come from existing Town reserves.

 

 

 

09
Jun

EDC Charged Up County 'Wonder Women' At Inaugural Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon

 

l. to r.: Julie Lenzer (Honoree); Dr. Debra Mahone (Honoree); Sharon Lockwood (Panelist); Muriel Garr (Co-Chair); Jim Coleman, President  & CEO, PGCEDC; Monique Anderson Walker (Co-Chair); Sara Bahethi (Honoree);Tammi Thomas (Panelist); Marva Jo Camp, Esq., Vice Chair, PGCEDC Board; Sylvia Syphax, PGCEDC Board; Shawn Wright (Panelist); Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks (Keynote Speaker); Lisa Liu (Honoree)Oxon Hill, MD - Yesterday, under the glitz and glamour of Prince George's County's iconic MGM National Harbor, more than 300 business women came out to attend the 1st Annual Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon, hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).  Under the theme of "Yes! You Can Have It All", this highly anticipated networking event brought out the best and the brightest in the Washington Metropolitan area to be inspired and charged up by powerhouse women from across the region who shared tips on how to have it all.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was excited to welcome event co-chairs Muriel Garr, Senior Vice President of SunTrust Bank and Monique Anderson Walker, Principal Broker with Fleur De Lis, LLC, as well as luncheon attendees as the Economic Development Corporation dedicated this event to inspiring everyday business women while honoring five phenomenal women for outstanding accomplishments, contributions and dedication to Prince George's County.
 
"We are extremely proud to be able to provide a platform where successful business women can share the secrets of success that have made them the dynamic, powerful warriors that they are today," said Coleman. "Prince George's County is fortunate to boast that five out of nine of its Councilmembers are powerhouse women.  Part of the inspiration that brought the EDC to celebrate women making things happen is my very own dear mother, a driven, hardworking woman who was the biggest inspiration in my life.  Our panelists and honorees are fantastic role models for all women. Today was an amazing day in Prince George's County."
 
The primary focus for Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon was to provide a platform for women to learn from others who are breaking the glass ceiling in male dominated careers.  Great Day Washington (WUSA9) host Markette Sheppard served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and moderated the "Yes! You Can Have it All" panel discussion on creating a culture of success in any business sector. 
 
"I am so honored to take part in such a phenomenal event," said Sheppard.  "Prince George's County is where I started my TV career, so I'm always excited to come back to the community and give back. It was very encouraging to see women inspiring other women in my community."
 
County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III was among the dignitaries in attendance and, along with daughter Quinci, accepted an award honoring the First Lady of Prince George's County, Christa Beverly Baker as a true 'Wonder Woman'.  Also in attendance was County's Bowie High School Quartet who kicked off the program with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.
 
The panel discussion participants provided vivid testimonials on how they overcame their deepest fears, how complacency is not a friend to those who are looking to for the next best thing, and how failure doesn't mean defeat; it just means that there is a different path for you.  Panelists included: Tammi Thomas, Vice President of Marketing, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO); Shawn M. Wright, Partner, Blank Rome LLP; Sharon Lockwood, Hotel General Manager, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center; Gaylia Campbell, Vice President of Quality and Mission Success, Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Carla Reid, General Manager and CEO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Attendees were also encouraged to always move forward, take the time to learn the skills needed to get ready for their next role and to take the time to say something nice to three women every week.
 
Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks, motivational success strategist, international speaker and sales trainer captivated the audience with her keynote address. Dr. Mayfield Banks told the ladies that everybody's journey is unique, but that their ability to make good decisions, to sacrifice for long term success and to use kindness as their strength can move them from being number three to number one.
 
"Today was truly one of the most inspirational, educational and motivational experiences that I have encountered," said Mayfield Banks.  "As I think about how excellence means so many different things to different people, I was delighted to walk into this room filled with women who get it; that excellence is required to succeed.  The EDC gave a gift to Prince George's County with this Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, just as Prince George's County has given a gift in the opportunity to give so many powerful women the opportunity to succeed. It is okay to compete because iron sharpens iron."
 
In addition to the panel discussion, the luncheon concluded by honoring five phenomenal "Wonder Women" who have made remarkable contributions in Prince George's County.  The Excellence in Partnership Award was given to Angela Franco, former President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her advocacy and relationship building between the Hispanic business community and Prince George's County.  The Excellence in Leadership Award was given to Julie Lenzer, Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Maryland for her collaboration and promotion of startup ventures in College Park and at other colleges and universities around the region. 
 
The award for Excellence in Community Service  was given to Lisa Liu, the Founder and Manager of Long River Realty for her service as the Asian Business Advisor to the Prince George's County EDC and her cooperation in creating mutually beneficial partnerships between the County and the local Asian business community.  The fifth award was given to Sara Bahethi, the Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.  Through her leadership, SSAI, founded in 1977 with a small contract from NASA is now a multimillion dollar science and technology company with more than 800 employees worldwide.  The Excellence in Education Award was given to Dr. Debra Mahone, Director of State and Federal Programs for the Prince George's County Public School System for her role in school reform and leadership development. 
 
"I am honored to have received the Excellence in Education Award today at the inaugural Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon," said Dr. Mahone. "It is a misnomer that it is impossible for women to have a career, family and full personal life.  It is important that all women understand that it is not all our responsibility to carry the load; we have a network of resources, like the ones in this room, which we can utilize to help us.  Today's event was an opportunity to bring that fact to the forefront again."
 
Today's Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, the first annual event highlighting, empowering and inspiring business women in Prince George's County was graciously sponsored by CareFirst and many others.  For more information about business development, contact Dr. Pradeep Ganguly at 301-583-4650 or pganguly@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

02
Jun

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation To Host Inaugural Women's Excellence And Leadership Luncheon

 

Largo, MD - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to announce the panelists of its inaugural Women's Excellence and Leadership Awards. Each panelist exemplifies this year's event theme, "Yes! You Can Have It All." The panel discussion will be the kickoff session for the EDC's 1st Annual Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the MGM National Harbor Hotel.
 
"Women in business are the essence of the success and growth that we are experiencing in Prince George's County," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County EDC. "The goal of our event is to encourage each of our attendees to reach their full potential. There is no better way to do that than by creating a platform for women to learn from others who are breaking the glass ceiling."
 
The primary motivation for the Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon is to empower everyday business women in Prince George's County and the surrounding region with the tools and skills needed to combat any obstacles they may face in the business world. This year's panelists are all examples of women who have climbed the ranks in their perspective business industries and are making a difference in the Washington Metropolitan area.   
 
The 2017 Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon panelists are:
 
Tammi Thomas - Vice President of Marketing, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
Tammi Thomas serves as the Vice President for Marketing at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). In this role, she is responsible for the development of TEDCO's marketing, public relations and communications strategy, and contributes to TEDCO's organizational strategic operations. With more than 25-years of experience in the marketing and public relations fields, Ms. Thomas has extensive executive and managerial experience in the higher education sector and possesses a record of success in jump-starting initiatives and helping them flourish.
 
Shawn M. Wright - Partner, Blank Rome Counselors at Law 
Shawn M. Wright concentrates her law practice in white collar criminal litigation, with a specific focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and international anti-corruption laws, criminal antitrust, public corruption, and government contracts matters. Ms. Wright represents corporations, boards of directors, and corporate executives in a wide range of internal and government investigations, audits and risk assessments, parallel proceedings, complex civil litigation, and before enforcement agencies and bodies such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other authorities.
 
Sharon Lockwood - General Manager, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Sharon Lockwood has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ms. Lockwood has climbed the ranks from humble beginnings as a restaurant hostess to becoming a General Manager. Her experience includes catering, human resources, rooms operations and hotel operations. She has worked in numerous hotels spanning from the District of Columbia area to Southern California to Philadelphia. Most recently, Ms. Lockwood served as the General Manager at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel from 2012-2016.
 
Gaylia Campbell - Vice President of Quality & Mission Success, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Gaylia Campbell began her career with Lockheed Martin and has climbed the ranks to become the Vice President of Quality & Mission Success for its Missiles and Fire Control business area. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring that all Missiles and Fire Control products meet or exceed the requirements of the warfighter. Ms. Campbell has also participated in key initiatives for the company including the Employer of Choice Council, the Diversity Ambassador program, and the Cultural Optimization Executive Steering Committee.
 
Carla Reid - General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Carla Reid currently serves as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). She is the 12th General Manager and the first woman to serve in this capacity in the Commission's 98-year history. Ms. Reid began her 20-year career at WSSC in 1986, ultimately serving as Deputy General Manager from 2005-2006.
 
Please join the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation for the unique opportunity to learn from this region's powerhouses, movers and shakers. 
 
For more information about the Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellence.com. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

19
May

EDC President & Ceo Jim Coleman Challenges Local Women Business Owners To Get Ready, Get Set And Go! At Women Of Prince George's Conference

 

l. to r. :Jennifer Jones, CEO Kylour International; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation; Cydnee Phoenix, Executive Director, Supplier Development and Diversity Division, Prince George's County Office of Central ServicesGreenbelt, MD - Yesterday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman joined an auspicious panel of speakers to provide advice and encouragement to the crowd of women business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals attending the "Women of Prince George's Conference" at the Greenbelt Marriott.  This day-long conference, under the theme "We Rise: Together, Relevant and Victorious", featured several successful local women business owners and inspirational speakers who encouraged the attendees to be the heroes of their own success stories.  Mr. Coleman, one of two male presenters at the conference, participated in an informational panel discussion that talked about the tools women and minority firms should utilize to grow their businesses.
 
"The EDC is your partner for success you're in the right place today," said Coleman.  "We connect our serious entrepreneurs with the 14 federal agencies that control over $12 billion in procurement contracts, and we'll get you prepared.  Don't go in there grovelin'.  Cut to the chase, look sharp, and present marketing materials that show these agencies that you know you're competitive and serious about doing business. Prince George's County is on fire with development and opportunities for growth and the Economic Development Corporation can provide a roadmap for women owned businesses to get ready, get set and go grow. And that is just the beginning!  Once you have shown that the County and the federal government can count on you to get the job done, take your message to the private sector and tell them 'Here's how I can help  you.'  That's gettin' it done!"
 
Mr. Coleman was joined on the panel by Shuraie Mackin, Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Cydnee Phoenix, Executive Director of the Supplier Development and Diversity Division of the Prince George's county Office of Central Services, and Jennifer Jones, CEO of Kylour International.  Each panelist encouraged the attendees to exercise their resource muscles by networking and reaching out to seasoned companies and organizations to help train and mentor them to get ready for their next level of success. 
 
The mission of the Women of Prince George's (WPG) is to create a network where women business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals can receive educational experiences, inspiration and resources to support business growth.  The goal of WPG is to highlight success stories, facilitate meaningful business connections, and give access to successful women around the Beltway.  Conference attendees also heard from Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Marissa Levin, Founder and CEO of Successful Culture, Karen Alston, Founder of Spectrum Circle, Candice Camille, WellologistTM, and Miriam Niles, Pastor of Real Life Today Church in Washington, D.C.  
 
Stephanie Bolton James, the Co-Founder of Women of Prince George's, was delighted that so many women from Prince George's County had come together to receive the empowering information that was presented by the highly successful women and men during the conference.
 
"I'm so proud of the talent we have in Prince George's County, like Jim Coleman, Jennifer Jones and Cydnee Phoenix. It is refreshing to have such a wealth of resources like this in our County, and not have to go somewhere else to find it," said Bolton James. "There are a lot of good things happening in Prince George's County, and like Mr. Coleman said, 'folks need to get on board with Prince George's county before there's no room for them grow'. We use the Women of Prince George's Conference to consolidate all of the resources that are available in Prince George's County to grow a business. We are the last frontier with land to develop and everyone needs to know how to work the system to be successful."
 
Please join the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation as it celebrates women at its 1st Annual Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon which will take place at the MGM National Harbor on Thursday, June 8, 2017. 
 
For more information about the Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellence.com. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

11
May

Triplestone Real Estate To Transform Brandywine Community With $50 Million Development

 

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County (c); Councilmember Mel Franklin, Dist. 9, County Council (fourth from left); Jim Coleman, President & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (third from right); Mani Patel, CEO, TripleStone Real Estate (fifth from right): and the TripleStone Team at Groundbreaking of Cadillac CrossingBrandywine, MD - Commuters traveling on U.S. 301 in Brandywine will soon have a new place to stop and shop.  Yesterday marked the beginning of a dream realized for 83 year old Mani Patel, the CEO of TripleStone Real Estate as he broke ground on a $50 million, 17-acre development in Brandywine, Maryland.  County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and District 9 County Councilmember Mel Franklin joined the TripleStone Team, investors and well-wishers at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cadillac Crossing, a mixed use development that will include a retail center, grocery store, a 4-star hotel and medical center when it is fully operational.
 
"Every part of Prince George's County is growing," said Baker.  "This type of development is an important addition to the County because it demonstrates the type of resurgence that is taking place throughout the 500 square miles of Prince George's County. We are grateful to the Patel family for bringing this project to Brandywine and we look forward to even more growth here in South County."
 
In recent years, more and more projects of this magnitude have come to Brandywine and the community is reaping the benefits.  The first phase of Cadillac Crossing, which is scheduled for completion in September 2017, will include a retail center anchored by Chipotle, Verizon, Sparenity Nail Salon and a Hibachi Grill.  The second phase, expected to begin immediately after the completion of the first phase, on the site of the old Cadillac Motel and will add more retail, a Lidl grocery and office building.  Phases three and four will include a 125 room 4 star hotel and a 10,000 square feet medical center.  Once the project is fully operational, it is expected to employ more than 400 workers and to support an additional 400 workers through its ancillary supply service needs. President and CEO Jim Coleman is excited about the development that is taking place in Prince George's County.
 
"I just love the smell of Prince George's County dust in the morning!" declared Coleman.  "This is, by far, the dustiest County in the United States. From College Park to Brandywine, development projects like Cadillac Crossing are rising up and kicking up quite a bit of dust in the process.  And we have our very own County Executive, Rushern Baker, to thank for all of this dust.  His Administration has worked hard to bring all of the key elements for economic growth together and Cadillac Crossing is bearing the fruit of his labor today.  The Economic Development Corporation looks forward to partnering with Cadillac Crossing to help them with their workforce development needs and to find jobs for County residents.  This is a great day in Prince George's County!"
 
In homage to the old Cadillac Motel on U.S. 301, which Mani Patel purchased in 1976, developer TripleStone Real Estate aptly chose 'Cadillac Crossing' as the name for its flagship property.  With an estimated 85,000 cars per day traveling along U.S. 301, executives at TripleStone gaze out over their 17 acres with a combination of happiness, pride and awe as their vision for the future comes to life.
 
"This is just the beginning," said Mani Patel.  "Prince George's County has always been special to us, and we are truly grateful to County Executive Baker and Councilmember Mel Franklin their tireless support of this project.  This has been a project five years in the making. Prince George's County is a special place where I wanted to spend time developing and becoming a part of the community. There is a lot of opportunity here and we would never have been able to do what we have today without the County's support."

 

 

 

10
May

PUBLIC NOTICE: $300K Request for Proposal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) One-Stop Operator RFP #WDB 021-05/17

The Prince George’s County Local Workforce Development Board (WDB) is soliciting single entity and consortium-based proposals for a high performing and qualified contractor with the expertise to provide One-Stop Operator (OSO) services in Prince George’s County under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Through this RFP, the WDB has allocated a maximum of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) for the OSO sub-recipient agreement.

This RFP is accessible at www.princegeorgesworkforce.org, beginning Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. through the submission deadline date of Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Sealed proposals must be received by the Prince George’s County Local Workforce Development Board located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 400, Largo, MD  20774 no later than Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Potential bidders are encouraged to attend a Pre-Proposal Bidders Conference on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. EST at 9601 Capital Lane, Largo-Kettering Meeting Room, Largo, MD 20774. Due to spacing limitations, no more than two representatives per organization shall be admitted.

Please submit all questions regarding this RFP by email to Lisa Barber, MSM at adminandcontracts@co.pg.md.us  (with the subject line “RFP #WDB 021-05/17 Questions”) prior to the Pre-Proposal Bidder’s Conference. Any and all questions will be discussed at the conference. Answers furnished during the conference will not be official until the WDB has published them in writing as an addendum to the RFP by Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

All WDB members, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) Board members, officers, and staff are precluded from entertaining questions concerning the completion of the proposal or the procurement process outside the confines of the Pre-Proposal Bidder’s Conference. Potential bidders are asked to respect these conditions by not making personal requests for assistance, except at the conference.

All communications pertaining to the RFP can be found on the PGCEDC-WSD website:  WWW.PRINCEGEORGESWORKFORCE.ORG.

The WDB reserves the right to reject any part of any, and all qualifications received in response to this RFP.

08
May

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation Announces Its Five Women's Excellence And Leadership Luncheon Honorees

 

 

 

Largo, MD - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to announce the award recipients of its Women's Excellence and Leadership Awards, honoring women who have made remarkable contributions in Prince George's County.  Each of the honorees reflect this year's event theme, 'Yes! You Can Have It All.' The Awardees will be honored at the EDC's 1st Annual Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon (WELL) which will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the MGM National Harbor Hotel.

 
"Prince George's County is fortunate to have so many dynamic and tenacious women as business leaders in our community," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the EDC. "These honorees all care deeply about people, and are a major force in helping businesses, communities, and the people they serve reach their full potential. These are fantastic role models for all women."
 
The primary motivation for the Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon is to inspire everyday business women in Prince George's County and the surrounding region, many of whom are testaments of success in their own realms. The WELL awardees were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments, contributions and dedication to Prince George's County.
 
The 2017 Women's Excellence & Leadership Award Winners Are:
 
Excellence in Partnership - Angela Franco
Angela Franco served as the President & CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2017. A true advocate of business-to-business networking and synergistic relationship building, Angela grew the Chamber's programs, trainings and matchmaking network resulting in the establishment and growth of hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in Prince George's County and throughout the region. She has served as the EDC liaison to Hispanic businesses for several years and connected the it to Hispanic businesses for its Latin America trade missions.
 
Excellence in Leadership - Julie Lenzer
Julie Lenzer serves as Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director of UM Ventures. Julie is charged with promoting and facilitating productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximizing synergies the University of Maryland and other colleges and universities in the Region. Prior to this position, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).
 
Excellence in Education - Dr. Debra Mahone
Dr. Debra Mahone currently serves as the director of State and Federal programs in Prince George's County, Maryland. She is a highly skilled educational leader, experienced in school reform, program and leadership development, and curriculum and technology integration. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Mahone was successful in implementing the largest one to one, iPad deployments in the nation in 2013. Dr. Mahone serves as a true example of a trailblazer in the field of Education.
 
Excellence in Community Service - Lisa Liu
Lisa Liu is the Founder and Manager of Long River Realty, an international real estate company with residential and commercial clients in the United States, China, Korea, India and Europe. In addition to this, Lisa Liu serves as the Asian Business Advisor to the Prince George's County EDC, and has aided Prince George's County by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with the County and the local, Asian business community.
 
Excellence in Entrepreneurship - Sara Bahethi
Ms. Saraswati (Sara) Bahethi currently serves as the Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Science Systems and Applications Inc., (SSAI). As the co-founder and majority owner of SSAI, which was founded in 1977, she is responsible for short-term and long-term cash management in addition to the overall fiscal control of the company.
 
Please join the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation in applauding the accomplishments of these extraordinary women.
 
For more information about the Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellence.com. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08
May

Baker Tells Crowd: 'County Will Be Working At Full Throttle During Last 18 Months Of This Administration'
(l. to r.:  Derrick L. Davis, Council Chair, Prince George's County Council; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; H. Jim Estepp, Pres. & CEO, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable) (Photo Credit: Mike Yourishin)Clinton, MD - Last Wednesday, County Executive Rushern Baker delivered his 2017 'State of the Economy' Address at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, Maryland. Co-hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, the event drew a crowd of over 500 local business leaders, developers and elected officials who were eager to hear Mr. Baker's vision for the economy. Having coined the phrase 'Prince George's County is the economic engine of the State of Maryland, and I dare say the region,' Mr. Baker stated that the final 18 months of his Administration will be working at 'Full Throttle.'
 
"Last year, I talked about the tremendous economic opportunities we have here in the County and the places where we were going to invest and capitalize on our assets. I talked about the investments we would be making in order to continue this trend of growth for Prince George's County," said Baker.  "This year, we are pressing down on the gas of our economic engine and we not are done yet.  This engine is still running at a great pace and we will continue to run at full throttle.  We are moving towards our destiny!"
 
Mr. Baker further emphasized his desire to work hard on all of the projects and initiatives that have defined his tenure as County Executive.  The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, development in Suitland, New Carrollton and downtown Largo, the build-out  of the Regional Medical Center and the pouring of resources into improving the school system remain high on his priority list. Mr. Baker also expressed his confidence that Prince George's County will, indeed, be the home of the FBI.  Mr. Baker's pick to lead economic development for the County shares the same sentiments.
 
"Today was a great day for Prince George's County. As the Chief 'Excitement' Officer for Prince George's County, I have the distinguished privilege to go out every day and tell the world about the great opportunities in Prince George's County," said Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO.  "This County is on Fire because of the transformative opportunities that would not have been possible without the vision and decisive thinking of our County Executive, Rushern Baker. Because of him, everything that should be up, is up; and everything that should be down, is down.  Because of him, the EDC is fully committed to making Prince George's County the Gateway to commerce in this region and the world."  
 
County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis joined Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable President and CEO M.H. Jim Estepp to bring greetings to the audience.  Mr. Estepp served as the master of ceremonies and highlighted all of the assets Prince George's County has at its disposal.
 
"This is an incredible community, lead by an incredible leader," said Estepp.  "To have such highly educated thinkers and intellectuals, such beautiful parks and recreation facilities, such successful businesses and business leaders, some of the most skilled elected and appointed government officials, a highly skilled workforce, an abundance of land, courageous first responders, military and educators, to be located at the gateway to our nation's capital and have such a rich and diverse history, we have a lot to be thankful for in Prince George's County!"
 
The 2017 State of the Economy Address was sponsored by Pepco,  along with generous donations from Gold Sponsors NAI Michael, Proflex, and Old Line Bank.
 
The next opportunity to network with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation will be at its Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon on June 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the MGM National Harbor Hotel, 101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.  For more information about the Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellene.com. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com  or visit www.pgcedc.com/events
 
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05
May

Economic Development Corporation Partners With Prince George's Arts And Humanities Council To Present 2017 Festival Of Arts

Largo, MD During the month of May, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation has partnered with the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council in collaboration with Pen America, World Voices Festival as part of its 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA).   The Festival, taking place in Prince George's County and New York City from May 3 - May 13, 2017, will celebrate the intersection of authors, poets, screenwriters, visual artists, and literary entrepreneurs of all ages. Through a panel of workshops and events, FOLA is meant to inspire dreams and reinvigorate dormant ideas, while celebrating cultural and creative diversity from around the world.


"The EDC is excited to be a part of such an enriching conversation that uses the arts and its creativity as learning opportunities in the 21st century," said Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO.  "Any community that is truly prosperous with economic development has a thriving arts community to sustain it. Prince George's County is truly blessed to have Rhonda Dallas and the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council to stimulate and balance our business environment."

The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council is a non-profit organization designated by the Prince George's County government to coordinate financial support and advocacy for the arts and humanities through grants, artistic programs and creative partnerships among business, education, government and residents.  Its vision is to create a world-class cultural environment where diverse, high quality arts and humanities programs are available for all Prince George's County residents and visitors.

This year, the 2017 FOLA Literary Artist in Residence will be Nancy Morejón, the internationally acclaimed and most widely translated Cuban woman poet of the post-revolutionary period.  Ms. Morejón was the first African Cuban student to earn a degree in faculty of arts at Havana University. The award-winning Cuban lead poet symbolizes the beauty of prose, breaking barriers, artistic sisterhood and brotherhood, and opened the festival this week in Prince George's County.  She will also appear in New York as a part of the inaugural collaboration with Pen America, World Voices Festival.

FOLA event highlights also include lively conversations and informative workshops with Poet-In- Residence Sistah Joy; Life Stylist, Best-Selling Author and Founder of Dreamleapers Harriette Cole; Publisher, Producer and Best-Selling Author Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood and Omar Tyree; Best -Selling Youth Author, Entrepreneur, TED Talk Presenter and Facilitator Gabrielle Jordan; and a book making workshop with Pyramid Atlantic.  All events are free and open to the public. 

For a complete Festival line-up visit: www.folafestival.org.  For more information about the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, contact Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of PGAHC at 301-772-8943 or rdallas@pgahc.org
 
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28
Apr

International Powerhouse Speaker Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks To Deliver Keynote At Prince George's County Economic Corporation's Women's Luncheon

 

Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks will be the Keynote Speaker at the EDC's 1st Annual Women's Excellence and Leadership LuncheonLargo, MD - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today that renowned international speaker Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks will deliver the keynote address at its 1st Annual Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, which will be held at the MGM National Harbor on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Under the theme of "Yes! You Can Have It All," this highly anticipated event will also feature a panel discussion and conclude with the recognition of five dynamic women for their exemplary work ethic, performance, and dedication to Prince George's County.
 
Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks, motivational success strategist, speaker, and sales trainer, has consistently beaten the odds to achieve extraordinary success in life and business. She has overcome dyslexia, domestic violence, and a difficult divorce.  Dr. Banks then went on to obtain her MBA from Harvard University, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and today is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Dr. Banks joined Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1988 as a single mother of two and began her record-breaking ascent to Elite Executive National Sales Director, a position held by only three women in the United States, faster than anyone in the company's 50-year history. In 2016, she made history once again by becoming the first African American to hold the number one position within Mary Kay's independent sales force.  
 
Dr. Banks has trained thousands of business executives and leaders on six continents to obtain new levels of achievement. She has shared her secrets of success with national media audiences, appearing on CNN with Soledad O'Brien, Good Morning America, and CNBC's "The Big Idea"; and has been featured in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour, and Ebony Magazines.  Dr. Banks spends much of her time delivering inspiring and motivational messages to women and entrepreneurs around the world. She has also shared the stage with global media mogul Oprah Winfrey speaking on the platform "Empowering Women and Girls for Leadership."
 
As the featured keynote speaker, Dr. Banks is sure to bring her high energy, dynamic, inspirational teaching style to the Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon and will share her proven methods for overcoming obstacles, achieving success and ultimately "having it all."
 
"I'm so excited to have this opportunity to be a part of this event," said Dr. Banks.  "I love being a role model for others because I know it can be difficult to get motivated and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will never forget fighting to lift myself up to find my way. My goal is to give other women guidance and motivation while encouraging them to use their gifts unapologetically."
 
For more information on the Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon, please visit www.pgcedcexcellence.com.  To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

21
Apr

Prince George's County Participates In 8th Annual Minority Business Expo

 

Left: Angela Franco, Former CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Podium: Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, offers words of welcome to Minority Business Expo Attendees Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) participated in the 8th Annual Minority Business Expo hosted by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC). EDC President and Chief 'Excitement' Officer Jim Coleman was among the economic development and business leaders that greeted the events guests and participants. Lead by Angela Franco, former CEO of the GWHCC, the event boasted over 200 business participants and over 1,500 attendees from around the Greater Washington region and beyond.
 
"I'd like to thank Angela Franco for all the hard work that she has put into making this event such a massive success," said Coleman. "When Angela calls, I come running because I know the type of amazing people that she brings together. As you know, Prince George's County is on fire and EDC is your growth partner when you're ready to expand or open a business development office. We look forward to working with you!"
 
Since its inception in 2009, the Minority Business Expo has grown from attracting 500 attendees to attracting over 1,500 in 2017. The Expo has also grown from solely highlighting Hispanic owned and operated businesses to include a diverse consortium of minority businesses from Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. As this was Ms. Franco's final Expo as the CEO of the GWHCC, this was a particularly special occasion.
 
"I am very happy to be able to connect businesses from all over the Greater Washington Area," said Franco. "It is very important that we all support each other in our business endeavors and stay connected by sharing our expertise and consistently networking with one another."

To learn more about doing business in Prince George's County, please contact the EDC at www.pgcedc.com or (301) 583-4650.

 

 

 

21
Apr

PUBLIC NOTICE: $1 Million RFP for WIOA Out-Of-School Youth Service for Providers (RFP #WDB 020-04/17)

The Prince George’s County Local Workforce Development Board (WDB) is currently accepting proposals for the delivery of comprehensive workforce services to out-of-school youth (OSY) ages 18-24 under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA-Title I).  Individual and consortium-based proposals should offer innovative approaches to assist OSY in obtaining jobs in high growth occupations within in-demand industries in the region. Through this Request for Proposal (RFP), a total of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00)is anticipated to be available for OSY program.

This RFP is accessible at www.princegeorgesworkforce.org, beginning Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. through the submission deadline date of Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Sealed proposals must be received by the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation-Workforce Services Division (PGCEDC-WSD) located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 400, Largo, MD  20774 no later than Monday, May 22, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Potential bidders are encouraged to attend a Pre-Proposal Bidders Conference on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. EST at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. Due to spacing limitations, no more than two representatives per organization shall be admitted.

Please submit all questions to regarding this RFP by email to Joanne Oport, MPA. at adminandcontracts@co.pg.md.us  (with the subject line “RFP #WDB 020-04/17 Questions”) prior to the Bidder’s Conference. Any and all questions will be discussed at the conference. Answers furnished during the conference will not be official until the PGCEDC-WSD has published them, in writing as an addendum to the RFP by Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

All WDB members, PGCEDC Board members, officers, and staff are precluded from entertaining questions and concerning a proposal or the procurement process outside the confines of the Bidders’ Conference. Potential bidders are asked to respect these conditions by not making personal requests for assistance, except at the Bidders’ Conference. PGCEDC-WSD will not answer questions regarding the completion of the RFP after the Bidder’s Conference.

All communications pertaining to the RFP can be found on the PGCEDC-WSD website:  www.princegeorgesworkforce.org/rfp/rfp-wdb-020-0417/ 

PGCEDC-WSD reserves the right to reject any part of any, and all qualifications received in response to this RFP.

21
Apr

Korean Delegation Travels West In Search Of Gold

 

Jim Coleman (Right-Center), EDC President & CEO with Business Delegation from Cheonan City. Largo, MD - On Tuesday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) welcomed a delegation of investors from Cheonan City, Korea. The delegation is exploring investment and business opportunities in the United States and the Greater Washington Metro Area in particular. EDC 'Chief Excitement Officer', Jim Coleman, was very happy to welcome the delegation and to share with them just how great Prince George's County is for business.
 
"Prince George's County is bursting at the seams with opportunity," said Coleman. "We are always looking for and open to ways to act on the Friendship Agreement that we made with Cheonan City. In Prince George's County, there are over $10 billion in major development projects in the pipeline that are of high interest to strong investors and our friends from Cheonan City are a great fit. We are very happy to share the value proposition for the entire County and look forward to our collaborative efforts to create more jobs!"
 
This visit was a furtherance of the relationship between Prince George's County and Cheonan City, which was forged by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in October, 2016. This MOU opened the intercontinental highways between the two jurisdictions for international trade and business opportunities.
 
Prince George's County, right outside of the Nations Capital, is experiencing enormous economic growth. By comparison, Cheonan City, often called the "core city of the nation", is the gateway to the area around Seoul. Both regions' economies are fueled in large part, by the tech industry and are home to some of the most successful companies in their respective countries. Like business owners in Prince George's County, business men and women in Cheonan City are excited to explore new possibilities.
 
"We are grateful to get an exclusive look at Prince George's County's business environment," said Im Hongsoon, Leader of Cheonan City Delegation. "Cheonan City and Prince George's County have so much in common as far as doing business is concerned. Our investors and business owners look forward to furthering relationships with this great County!"
 
To learn more about doing business internationally, please contact Martin Ezemma at muezemma@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4650 today!

 

 

 

21
Apr

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation To Host Inaugural Women's Excellence And Leadership Luncheon

 

Largo, MD - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is excited to announce its 1st Annual Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon, which will be held at the MGM National Harbor on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Under the theme of "Yes! You Can Have It All" this highly anticipated event will feature a panel discussion and a keynote address to inspire the business women of Prince George's County and the surrounding region. This inaugural networking event will conclude with the recognition of five dynamic women for their exemplary work ethic, performance, and dedication to Prince George's County.
 
"Being able to provide a platform for successful business women to share with other women their secrets of success and how they have overcome obstacles that were placed before them is a responsibility the EDC is proud to take on," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the EDC. "The biggest inspiration in my life was my mother. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for her.  This event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the powerful women we have in the County. There is no way that Prince George's County can continue to be a regional leader in the foreseeable future without investing in the women in our County."
 
Regional powerhouse Muriel Garr, Senior Vice President and Regional Community Development Manager with SunTrust Bank along with Monique Anderson Walker, Prinicpal Broker with Fleur De Lis, LLC have been chosen to co-chair this dynamic event.  As dynamic women who are exemplary role models of excellence in business in their respective fields and passionate about empowering other women to aspire towards the same, Ms. Garr and Ms. Walker are excited about bringing together a regional group of ladies to inspire one another to greatness.
 
"It's an honor to serve as a co-chair for the Economic Development Corporation's first Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon," said Garr. "Much of the work I do professionally and personally focuses on ensuring that people have the information and resources they need to secure their financial well-being. This luncheon will inspire women to focus on what they can do to achieve their dreams."
 
"As a life-long resident of Prince George's County, I have seen how difficult it can be for women to operate in a male-dominated business environment," said Walker.  "Being able to partner with the Economic Development Corporation and the outstanding women lending their voices to uplift and empower women-owned businesses to ensure that they are as successful as any other business is an honor for me.  Through my life's work and examples, I want my daughters to know that they are important members of their community and that, yes, they can have it all."
 
The Women's Excellence & Leadership Luncheon will take place on Thursday, June 8th. To register for this upcoming event, contact Nichelle Holmes at 301-583-4650 or naholmes@pgcedc.com or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

14
Apr

New Development Brings New Direction And New Innovation To 'Downtown Largo'

 

L. to R.: Sheriff Melvin High, Prince George's County; Paul Rowe, EDC Chief Operating Officer; Mark Young, President, TMI Trust Co.;  David Harrington, President, Prince George's Chamber of Commerce; Orlan Johnson, Chair, EDC Board of Directors;  Marva Jo Camp, Esq., Chair, Leadership Prince George's; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; Steve Sandler, Owner, Sandler and Son;  Nell Johnson, County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis's Office; Chuck Renniger, Largo Community Civic Association; Sam Epps, Library Board of Trustees; David Iannucci, ADCAO for Economic Development, Prince George's CountyLargo, MD - On Wednesday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III joined a host of County  dignitaries and well-wishers at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Capital Court, an exciting new redevelopment project on the former site of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo.  Brokered by Monique Anderson Walker, Principal of Fleur De Lis, LLC and purchased by developer Steve Sandler of L.M. Sandler & Son, this groundbreaking represents new life and new energy in the Largo community.  County Executive Baker was pleased by what the new development will mean as a part of the overall vision for 'Downtown Largo'.
 
"Capital Court fits in nicely with our concept of a new 'Downtown Largo'," said Baker.  "As we build a new Regional Medical Center near the Metro station in Largo, the project will become a significant part of what will be a vibrant area for Prince George's County where people can live, dine, worship and work.  All of this development makes this County the place to be."
 
Mr. Sandler has envisioned the redevelopment of the 34 acre tract of land as a great opportunity to provide the Largo community with market rate and workforce housing to meet the needs associated with the new Regional Medical Center and the relocation of the County Seat. He has also committed to recycling the demolition materials into the new project, which will include a community center with a collaborative 'Think Tank' between the Prince George's Community College and Leadership Prince George's.
 
"My experience with Prince George's County is that they want to do business and want to grow," said Sandler.  "The people that we have worked with in the County have been very impressive.  I have found that as long as we do what we say we are going to do, the County will do what they say they are going to do.  And as a developer, You can't ask for anything more."
 
Marva Jo Camp, attorney for L.M. Sandler & Son and the Chair of Leadership Prince George's was pleased to be a part of bringing the property back onto the County's tax role and providing a community  resource with the Leadership Prince George's organization.
 
"Capital Court reflects the best of public-private sector collaborations," said Camp.  "Here we have a redevelopment of a dormant project that could not have gone forward without significant private sector development and a commitment from the public sector.  It also reflects the vision for a new 'Downtown Largo' anchored by the new Regional Medical Center and the County seat.  I am particularly excited about the development of a Think Tank on-site and the partnership with the Prince George's Community College.  Capital Court will be a model for quality development and innovation."
 
Also in attendance at the Groundbreaking Ceremony were EDC Chief Operating Officer Paul Rowe, Prince George's Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Harrington, County ADCAO for Economic Development David Iannucci, EDC Board Chair Olan Johnson, EDC Board Members Andrew Roud, Ray Lambert, and Sheriff Melvin High. Well-wishers also included M-NCPPC Planning Director Andree Green, Bondholder Trustee Mark Young, County, County Revenue Authority Director Peter Shapiro, and representing County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, Nell Johnson.
 
"Every day, 'Downtown Largo' is becoming more and more of a reality and the EDC is committed to utilizing all of its resources to ensure the Capital Court project is a success," said EDC COO Paul Rowe.  "The excitement surrounding this project is profound as it marks the end of a blight on this community.  We look forward to working closely with the Sandler Group and other stakeholders as they move forward in completing this project."

 

 

 

 

13
Apr

EDC Partners With City Of Greenbelt To Take Its Biz Community To The Moon

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (L) and EDC Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly addressing City of Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan and members of City CouncilGreenbelt, MD - Last night, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with his business development team sat down with City of Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan and members of the City Council for an open discussion about the re-visioning of Greenbelt. This brainstorming strategy session also included more than 25 Greenbelt residents and business owners who are keenly interested in how they can work with the County to empower their beautiful community into a thriving business center. 

"We are always happy to exchange powerful ideas on how to make every community in Prince George's County a thriving powerhouse of economic development," said Coleman.  "The EDC has the resources to attract more businesses to Greenbelt and to provide a great workforce, and the City of Greenbelt has a storied history that has helped change this country. We're your partners in taking Greenbelt to the next level, maintaining its integrity while, at the same time, thrusting its economy into the 21st century."

Greenbelt was founded as one of three 'green' towns in the New Deal Era, and is known widely as a public cooperative community. It has a history of creating a high quality of life for its residents, many of whom have remained in Greenbelt for their entire lives.  Currently, the City is looking to use its current resources to partner with County resources to help shape its future.  Greenbelt Mayor Jordan is at the forefront of bringing this historic city into the future.

"I want to thank the EDC for coming out to have this frank conversation with us," said Jordan.  "I look forward to continuing the conversation and working together to enhance the economic footprint of Greenbelt and move it forward toward the greatness we already see."

Also in attendance at the meeting were EDC Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly, EDC Business Development Director John Mason, EDC Business Development Director Mayank Kapur and Marc 'Kap' Kapastin, General Counsel for Quantum Companies, the owners of Beltway Plaza Mall.

For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the EDC Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4602. 

 

 

 

07
Apr

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Looks To The East To Build Business Relationships

 

David Iannucci, Prince George's County CAO for Economic Development (left-center) and  Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO (right-center) meet with Korea/China Mission DelegationUpper Marlboro, MD - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met with business delegates that will be joining County Executive Baker on an historic nine day exploratory business mission to Korea and China later this month. The purpose of the mission trip is to establish and nurture relationships that will pave the way for future business in Korea and China. Official relationships will also be established with Seoul, Cheonan and Goyang City in Korea and various Chinese officials. This trip also serves as a follow-up to previous business missions to the East with the goal to bring to fruition business partnerships that have been in the works.
 
"In economic development we plant seeds," said Iannucci. "With trips such as this, what we are seeing now is the green above the soil. Prince George's County, County Executive Baker and I are extremely grateful for the EDC and our federal and state partners who are making this mission trip possible. This is the most professional and organized pre-trip experience that we have seen. I think we will be able to show more results from this trip than any other trip that we've had."
 
County Executive previously lead a delegation to China in 2015. This year, more than 20 delegates will travel to Korea and China. The delegates represent various industry sectors such as healthcare, education, construction, information technology, arts and humanities, non-profits and engineering. The State of Maryland has been integral in providing assistance in facilitating business connections for this trip. Delegates had the opportunity to use the Gold Key and ExportMD programs which both offered grants to offset the cost of business to business meetings in Korea and China.
 
"County Executive Baker is building upon his great work in China," said Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO. "By adding Korea to his agenda, he is keeping Prince George's County at the forefront of business innovation.  Our goal is for our businesses to have a first-class introduction to the movers and shakers in Korea and China. We are looking forward to nurturing our Chinese relationships and building relationships with potential partners in Korea. This mission will be a big win for Prince George's County!"
 
Mission delegates will depart on April 19th to begin their exploratory mission.  The Delegation's itinerary will include meetings with the Mayor of Seoul, Cheonan City and Goyang City. While in Korea, delegates will also participate in the Korea Public Procurement Expo (KOPPEX). In China, delegates will have Gold Key business to business meetings, visit the U.S. Embassy as well as meet with dignitaries and distinguished leaders.  Through these interactions, the Delegation will be able to better understand Korea and China's assets and challenges and how the Prince George's County government, businesses and cultural community can meet those needs or gather best practices for success.
 
"I want to thank the EDC and Prince George's County for such a great opportunity," said Tony Vaz from Insight Engineering. "I've traveled to both Korea and China before but never with a business delegation. I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and building relationships domestically and abroad."
 
For information on doing business internationally, contact Martin Ezemma (muezemma@co.pg.md.us), EDC International Business Director at 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com/international-business

 

 

 

31
Mar

EDC Delivers Hope And Opportunity To Lift Returning Citizens

 

EDC Workforce Services Director Walter Simmons (L) celebrating with 2nd Chance Job Fair AttendeeLargo, MD - Today could very possibly be the first day of the rest of the lives of more than 300 returning citizens who packed into the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) headquarters this morning to take part in its '2nd Chance Job Fair'.  Over 25 employers with current job openings and willing to hire returning citizens participated in the Job Fair and held one-on-one interviews on site.  As the EDC continues its efforts to ensure that every resident of Prince George's County is gainfully employed, it dedicated the entire month of March as 'ReEntry Month' to assist the residents that are returning to Prince George's County after a period of incarceration.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, joined by Workforce Development Director Walter Simmons, was among the local and state stakeholders in attendance to encourage the Job Fair attendees to keep pressing forward.
 
"This entire month has been dedicated to putting our returning citizens back to work," said Coleman. "Today, our talented returning citizens had the opportunity to put all of the training from this month's activities into practice. They aren't groveling and begging, they are representing themselves and showing how they can be an asset to the employers we have with us today. None of us deserves the blessings we have been given.  It is our duty to bless those who have fallen on hard times. Today, we are working on giving to others what is required of us. Those who were lost, are now found. Prince George's County's employers are blessed to have such a fantastic work pool to choose from."
 
The EDC's Workforce Services Division, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) operates the One Stop Career Center that allows local residents to get access to more than 18,000 jobs, training resource funding and career readiness training.  Barbara Ebel, the Regional Labor Exchange Administrator for DLLR thanked the employer partners being committed to providing job opportunities to returning citizens.
 
"I want to thank the EDC for their partnership with the 2nd Chance Job Fair. This is a great opportunity to channel our collective resources," said Ebel. "To our returning citizens, we are here for you.  We are here to support you and to make sure that you are successful in your abilities to attain a good job."
 
Calvin Hawkins, Senior Adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and Sydney Harrison, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Prince George's County stopped by the Job Fair and applauded EDC's efforts to secure a brighter future for the County's returning citizens.  The employers that took part in today's event were also happy to come and meet new talent. Many found that multiple job seekers were a good match because of certifications and licenses that they hold.
 
"We came to today's Job Fair looking for CDL drivers and we believe in second chances at Chaney Enterprises," said Victoria Hunter of Chaney Enterprises. "We have people from all walks of life that work for us. We don't discriminate against people because of their past imperfections as long as they're moving forward. I spoke to a lot of candidates today and a few people already had their CDL licenses. Some are looking to get their licenses through the training that the EDC provides. We are looking forward to hiring the talent that we met today."
 
The returning citizens also found today's Job Fair to be extremely helpful. In the midst of an environment in which many find it difficult to secure employment, today's Job Fair leveled the playing field.
 
"I am very proud of what Prince George's County and the State of Maryland is doing for returning citizens. It's been very hard for us to get jobs," said Lorenzo Cole. "It's a blessing for Mr. Goodson to reach out to us with all of these wonderful jobs. I have an interview with Keany Produce next week and that wouldn't have happened without this event."
 
Mr. Cole was one of many of today's Job Fair attendees who walked away with second interviews and conditional job offers. Walter Simmons explained that this is the realization of the mission of 'ReEntry Month'.
 
"Today, our returning citizens put their best foot forward," said Simmons. "Many walked out of the room with interviews and great employment prospects. In the Workforce Services world, we know the value of our returning citizens and what they can contribute to any work environment. Over 300 of our returning citizens came to today's event ready to jumpstart their career and cross the bridge to high-wage and long-term employment. This may be the end of 'ReEntry Month', but it's only the beginning. We're going to stick with our returning citizens until they reach their goals!"
 
For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Walter Simmons, Director of Workforce Development Services at 301-618-8400 or wsimmons@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

24
Mar

Youth CareerConnect Youth Compete For Summer Internships And Prepare For Their Future

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (c) gives a pep talk to Youth CareerConnect Program students at Job FairBowie, MD, March 24, 2017 - Today was the first day of summer for several Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program (YCC) students.  More than 200 students filed into the Student Center at Bowie State University for an exclusive Job Fair.  Over 25 employer partners and exhibitors came out to meet and interview YCC students who are excited about getting a jumpstart on their careers.  After a rousing pep talk from Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and YCC Program Director Yolanda Tully, students were given the chance to put their interview skills to the test.
 
"Three years ago, former President Barack Obama delivered $7 million to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to create the YCC program for County youth to get a leg up in the fields of information technology and healthcare," said Coleman. "Today, Yolanda Tully and her team are changing the lives of over 700 of our youth. I'm so proud of not only her, but especially our students who are absorbing what they are being taught and putting it into practice. I'm confident that I just shook hands with future CEO's and leaders who will take our world to new heights."
 
Mr. Coleman served as one of the workshop facilitators' at the job fair who spoke to the students on how to 'Interview Like a Pro'. Other workshops included 'On the Job Success', 'How to go to College for Free', and a simulated Zone Triage Center pharmacy sponsored by CVS Health. 
 
"I am very appreciative of the YCC Program and the Economic Development Corporation Program for planning this career fair for our students," said Lateefah Durant, Officer for College and Career Readiness and Innovative Programs, Prince George's County Public Schools.  "Through the program, the students have been able to get the training that they need, interview skills, head shots, college financing and most importantly, what they need to get that summer job. I am also appreciative of Prince George's Community College and The Maryland Center at Bowie State University for hosting today's job fair and giving our student real-life experience of participating in a job fair."
 
Today's YCC Job Fair is the first of this magnitude for the program.  Students from Fairmont Heights, Bladensburg, Potomac and Parkdale high schools had the opportunity to meet with employer partners such as: Pepco Holdings, CVS Health, Dimensions Healthcare Systems, NASA Goddard Space Center, SSAI, and the National Institutes of Health.  This program has had many successes in just three years.  Many of the YCC graduates attend local colleges and universities such as YCC partner Bowie State University.  Misael Bonilla Escobar, a YCC Program Graduate from Fairmont Heights talked to the attendees about how the program changed his academic life and gave him real life work experience.
 
"The YCC program has changed me from a student with a 1.5 grade point average who didn't want to go to school or continue on a college path to becoming a freshman at Bowie State with a 3.5 grade point average," said Bonilla-Escobar.  "I learned how to apply for college, prepare for job interviews, and keep pushing for what I believe I can do.  Now I have a FEMA public trust security clearance, and look at life differently.  I'm pushing myself to be successful."
 
It is the mission of the YCC to cultivate home-grown talent in the STEM fields that will be ready to enter the workforce upon their high school graduation. Through the support of the YCC partners, students are provided with skills training, tutoring, mentoring, college preparation and college credits, job readiness training and work-based learning opportunities, internships and job placements.  Program Director Yolanda Tully was ecstatic over the students' progress in the program.
 
"We exist to serve students like Misael," said Tully. "We know that the youth in Prince George's County are the untapped intellectual talent employers are looking for. Through our partnerships, we help students gain competencies to compete in the real world."
 
Many of the employers were impressed at the level of preparation the students displayed during their interviews.  Several of the students were offered summer employment on the spot.  The students were well-dressed, professional, and showed they were well prepared by demonstrating their research about the companies they interviewed with.  One of the higher education partners, The Maryland Center at Bowie State University, who hosted today's job fair, expressed their pleasure in being a part of such a rewarding program.
 
"We are happy to partner with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the Youth CareerConnect Program," said Terry Lawlah, Executive Director of the Maryland Center at Bowie State University. "I am excited for what the opportunities will mean for the students."
 
Students will be notified of their work assignments by April and will begin their internships in July. Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at (yttully@co.pg.md.us) or call 301-618-8439.

 

 

 

23
Mar

Prince George’s County Financing Community To Inject Millions Into The Economy

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman shares the good news about economic development with the financing communityLargo, MD, March 23, 2017 - Yesterday, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO, Jim Coleman, participated in a panel discussion hosted by FSC First. The ‘Economic Development and Bank Financing Forum’ provided a platform for leaders in economic development and bank financing to provide updates on exciting projects that are under way as a result of strategic lending partnerships between banks and financial institutions. These institutions provide both traditional and non-traditional loan options to local businesses. Mr. Coleman highlighted the fact that companies in Prince George’s County are looking to increase their financing to complete various projects during 2017.

“Together, we are creating high paying jobs!” said Coleman. “By coming up with creative ways to inject financing into Prince George’s County’s businesses, we not only grow our businesses, but we give our hard working citizens a chance to work in a high paying job. This year, we expect over 30% of companies to finance between $5,000 and $50,000 while almost half of our companies are looking to finance well over $50,000. This is a great opportunity for tools like the County’s Economic Development Incentive Fund to partner with FSC First and other dedicated banks to ensure the success of Prince George’s County’s business community!”

FSC First President and CEO, Shelly Gross-Wade, hosts the ‘Economic Development and Bank Financing Forum’ to provide a platform for the local financing community to share successes and opportunities with each other. In addition to Mr. Coleman, the panel included Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Tom Himler; Revenue Authority of Prince George’s County Chief Real Estate Officer, Donny Jones; Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Howard Ways; and U.S. Small Business Administration District Director, Antonio Doss. Ms. Gross-Wade, was excited to share the successes that FSC First and its partners have seen this year.

“We are extremely excited about all of the loan products that we are able to offer at FSC First,” said Gross-Wade. “I’m happy to announce that as of March 10th, FSC has cleared $10 million in loan approvals and we are looking forward to empowering more businesses throughout the course of this fiscal year. The success of the various projects in the County wouldn’t be possible without our partnership with participating banks.”

To learn more about the loan products available at FSC First, please visit www.fscfirst.com. For more information about the EDI Fund, please visit www.pgcedc.com.

 

 

 

21
Mar

EDC Motivates Returning Citizens To Prepare For Local Workforce At Criminal Background Seminar

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (r) with EDC Workforce Director Walter Simmons (l); Constance Parker, Managing Director of the Maryland ReEntry Initiative; Horace Ellis, Co-Chair ReEntry Roundtable for Prince George's County; Pete Goodson, ReEntry Coordinator, PGCEDC; and Skylar Wyche, Career Consultant, PGCEDC encouraging Returning Citizens at Criminal Background SeminarLARGO, MD March 21, 2017 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation continued its 'ReEntry Month' activities by hosting the 'Moving Forward: Overcoming a Criminal Background Seminar' at its headquarters in Largo, Maryland.  More than 100 returning citizens joined state and local reentry stakeholders to hear about the programs and resources available that can literally change their lives.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and the panelists offered not only encouraging words, but practical tools that can be used to secure gainful employment.
 
"It ain't over!" said Coleman. "Even though you made a mistake in your past, your future is anything you dream it to be. Remember, former President Bush and his Vice-President have DUI convictions that can't be expunged. They continued on to run the country for eight-years. Don't you give up! Your destiny still awaits you."
 
Panelists for today's event included Tom Brown, the CEO of the Training Grounds Initiative and a minister, Constance Parker, Manager of the Maryland ReEntry Initiative and Horace Ellis who is the Co-Chair for ReEntry Roundtable for Prince George's County as well as the Co-Founder of the ReEntry Rights Voting Block. Mr. Ellis shared his moving story about how he used positivity and faith to help him achieve greatness.
 
"I was told that I would die in jail," said Ellis. "But I knew that my mother didn't want this for me.  My paradigm shift came when I put the words she told me into action.  I started doing everything right, even when I was tempted to do the worst things possible.  As a result of grace and mercy, I stand before you a free man.  My mission in life is to help other incarcerated brothers and sisters change their mindsets to change their circumstances.  But it had to start with me."
 
Walter Simmons, EDC's Director of Workforce Services emphasized the importance of motivating individuals to do what they are already capable of doing.  Through the events scheduled for "ReEntry Month', the EDC is hoping to give a second chance to returning citizens who have the desire and will for their lives to change, but have not been given the opportunity. 
 
"The purpose of todays 'Moving Forward: Overcoming a Criminal Background Seminar was to help people start to shift their life patterns to match their life aspirations," said Simmons.  "It was about empowerment, helping them to understand and receive the motivation to move forward, regardless of what they have been through. We also wanted to connect them to the resources that will encourage and help them move forward, and the tools, training and soft skills needed to increase their chances of securing gainful employment.  As one of our panelists said today, 'you are not what happened to you. Don't let your past dictate your future."
 
Constance Parker told attendees about the federal bonding program that she manages and how matching a positive outlook with practical tools has helped many returning citizen get gainful employment, and even a bond for promotion within the company. The purpose of the program is to assist individuals who have criminal backgrounds so that they can achieve their goals. Ms. Parker also explained that registered apprenticeships are also an option for returning citizen to seal the deal for long term employment.
 
"What Pete Goodson and the One Stop Career Center Staff have been doing to assist people with criminal backgrounds has been tremendous," said Parker. "To see so many justice involved individuals, who are motivated to make the necessary changes and get the necessary resources so that they can advance and move to the next level is absolutely marvelous.  Prince George's County is really doing it, and showing the region what is necessary to help people make significant changes in their own lives. This was one of the most wonderful events I have ever attended."
 
The next event on the 'ReEntry Month' calendar is the "Expunging Criminal Record Services and Training" where the EDC will partner with the Reid Temple Prison Ministry on Saturday, March 25th .  This free event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Glenn Dale Campus of Reid Temple, 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd, Glenn Dale, MD 20789.  It is open to the public and will provide an Expunging Criminal Records Clinic, Resources and Intake Services, Employers on Site, and Child Support and Housing authorities.  Local attorneys will be available for free to assist individuals in completing the expungement paperwork.
 
For more information on the Expunging Criminal Record Services Clinic, contact Rev. Joyce Pugh at 301-352-0320, extension 455. 
 
For more information on the ReEntry Month Calendar of Events, including the 2ndChance Job Fair on Friday, March 31st at EDC Headquarters, visit www.mwejobs.maryland.gov or call Skylar Wyche at 301-618-8445.

 

 

 

21
Mar

Economic Development Corporation Partners With TechBreakfast And Serves Up Networking Opportunities For A Byte Of Innovation

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman connecting local tech entrepreneurs to outstanding opportunities in Prince George's CountyOxon Hill, MD - Yesterday, techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs gathered in National Harbor for Prince George's County's first TechBreakfast event. Hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with TechBreakfast, founded by Ron Schmelzer, TechBreakfast's 'Chief Event Wrangler', well over 100 tech industry professionals and investors filled the conference room at Spartan Business & Technologies as four tech entrepreneurs pitched their products.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was extremely pleased with the outcome of the event.
  
"Today was monumental in the life of Prince George's County's tech community. We are happy to provide the platform for up and coming tech gurus to showcase their inventions and services." said Coleman. "This is just the beginning of a technology boom that starts right here in Prince George's County. We witnessed some innovative products that we can't wait to come to market. Getting the inside scoop in front of potential investors is what it's all about. One presenter garnered interest for her social clothing platform on the spot and she's going to be a billionaire in the next 5 years. Forget about Disneyworld, I'm going to downtown Prince George's County!"
  
Created in 2011 in Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center, TechBreakfast is an innovative monthly forum that allows entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, and business people the opportunity to present cool new technology in a demo 'show and tell' format, and to interact with each other.  It is also a platform for investors to identify new investment opportunities that brings diversity to the region. TechBreakfast has now expanded across the greater Washington Metropolitan area, with more than 7,000 members and has become the hip place to showcase the latest in innovation to a live audience.
  
"We are delighted to be a part of the tech ecosystem and bring some great innovations to life here in Prince George's County," said Schmelzer. "Our job is to bring the tech community together to help grow great businesses here. Can't wait to come back for our next TechBreakfast."
  
Today's event was graciously sponsored by Spartan Business and Technology. The EDC also recognizes Exelon, BB&T Bank, JGL Law, and Big Frog for their generous sponsorship of this fantastic event.
  
The next TechBreakfast In Prince George's County will take place on June 27th.  To register for this upcoming event, contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us today or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

 

14
Mar

Connecting Returning Citizens To Real Freedom And Prosperity
EDC Workforce Services Division Director Walter Simmons, (4th from l) and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, (2nd from r) with panelists at the Community ReEntry and Employment DiscussionLargo, MD - On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with the County's Workforce Development Board kicked off 'ReEntry Month' by hosting a Community ReEntry and Employment Discussion.  More than 100 stakeholders gathered for an open dialogue about the barriers returning citizens encounter when coming back to the community. This panel discussion included representatives from the Office of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, the local law enforcement community, the County Department of Corrections, the County Department of Social Services, Maryland Legal Aid, the business community and the non-profit community who provide resource assistance to returning citizens. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and Workforce Development Board Vice President Rosalind White welcomed the stakeholders and congratulated them for being a part of such an important forum.  
 
"We have angels among us removing employment barriers for over 1,800 County residents each year who are seeking to reenter our workforce and secure good, high wage jobs," said Coleman.  "The wonderful work that the Workforce Services Division and its Board are doing to help our residents secure the necessary training to get  good job is not just a slogan, we are serious about this mission.  Bringing this group of community leaders and resource providers together is critical because reentry I an important issue in our County, In Prince George's County, we are committed to ensuing that no resident is left behind and that al of our residents have the opportunity to get a good paying job so that they can take care of themselves and their families."
 
One such angel is Pete Goodson, the EDC's Workforce Services ReEntry Coordinator who has, conservatively, helped over 10,000 returning citizens find the pathway to success over the last 15 years. Panelist Felicia Douglas is one of Mr. Goodson's success stories; a returning citizen who, through Mr. Goodson's mentorship and guidance is president of her own company that helps others create their own success stories.
 
"When I returned from my incarceration, my main barrier to success was fear and not knowing where to find the services I needed to reclaim my life," said Douglas.  "I needed mentors like Pete Goodson at the One Stop Center to remind me that although my housing had been taken away, my job position had been taken away and I had been disassociated from people, that was in my past.  Connecting to mentors helps build your confidence.  You still have your skills and there are services in the community that can help you return to your life, but you must fight your fear and have faith. Faith will truly free you."
 
The panel, made up of reentry professionals and returning citizens alike, engaged in a powerful discussion about how Prince George's County can work as a team to ensure that our returning citizens have the opportunity and preparation to succeed. Hot topics included access to resources that have a proven track record of providing desired results and outcomes. Panelist Linda Turner, Manager of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III's Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) shared her enthusiasm for working with a diverse group of reentry professionals and stakeholders.
 
"Returning Citizens are a high priority in County Executive Baker's TNI initiative. We have found that career training and sustainable employment is critical in the success of decreasing crime in the County. I'm looking forward to working with my fellow panelists to continue to transform lives."
 
Caryn York, an advocate with the Job Opportunities Task Force and supporter of the 'ban the box' movement, brought up the importance of eliminating the very hindering stigma attached to being a returning citizen. Finally, the panel talked about ways to increase access to expungement. Often, returning citizens have offenses that are eligible to be erased from their record. Some do not know that this service is available. For those who do know about the expungement process, there is often a financial barrier that keeps them from getting rid of a critical obstacle to sustainable employment.
 
The EDC has dedicated the month of March to not only helping our returning citizens combat unique barriers but also to guide them through the process of attaining a sustainable job. EDC Workforce Services Division Director Walter Simmons summed up the importance of focusing on the success of returning citizens in the context of improving the workforce system.
 
"The partnership between the Prince George's County Workforce Development Board and the Economic Development Corporation is critical in identifying innovative opportunities to help our returning citizens," said Simmons. "Bringing these stakeholders together allows us to identify our strengths, our weaknesses, and most importantly what our gaps are and how we can overcome them.  With the brainpower of the 60 stakeholders and 12 panelists who participated in today's discussion, we can now set the footprint on how we move forward improving our workforce system to help our returning citizens move into gainful employment."
  
The next 'ReEntry Month' event, 'Moving Forward: Overcoming a Criminal Background Seminar' will take place on Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.  This forum will bring in industry recognized professionals to talk with Prince George's County returning citizens about effective communication with employers, the resources available to them, how to overcome broken relationships with family members to create a support system, and discussing legal issues that disproportionately affect returning citizens and problem solving skills that will help them become productive in today's society.
 
On March 25, 2017, the EDC will partner with the Prison Ministry at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland as they host their annual 'Expunging Criminal Records and Training' event.  Returning citizens will have access to pro bono legal assistance that will be on hand to help them remove eligible offenses from their criminal records.  Other resources will also be on site to assist returning citizens along their journey to true freedom.
 
Register today at www.mwejobs.maryland.org for the 'Moving Forward' event. Contact Vernice Gonzales (vgonzalez@co.pg.md.us) or 301-618-8400 for further information.

08
Mar

Over 100 County Residents Compete For Coveted High-Wage Jobs At EDC Hiring Event For Dave And Buster's
EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman and Pierre McCown, Talent Coordinator, Dave & Buster's welcome candidates at the EDC Hiring EventLargo, MD - Today, more than 100 candidates crowded the One Stop Career Center in at the Economic Development Corporation headquarters in Largo, Maryland with high expectations of securing gainful employment at the Capitol Heights Dave & Buster's. This popular restaurant and entertainment venue that consistently hosts capacity crowds Thursday through Sunday partnered with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to fill more than 50 high-wage positions, many paying upwards of $250 per night.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman along with EDC Chief Operating Officer Paul Rowe welcomed the candidates and wished them the best of luck in becoming a part of a great international company like Dave & Buster's.
 
"Prince George's County has an outstanding talent pool, ready and willing to grow in a company like Dave & Buster's," said Coleman.  "This is what the EDC is all about. Helping County residents move from a job to a career and become wealthy in a company with great benefits and the opportunity to grow into management builds strong communities in Prince George's County. I'm excited about today's partnering event with Dave & Buster's."
 
Pierre McCown, Talent Coordinator for the Capitol Heights Dave & Buster's was delighted by the large turnout of candidates at the hiring event today.  He explained that successful candidate will progress quickly at Dave & Buster's if they are team players, open to new opportunities, and take their training seriously. Dave & Buster's prides itself on providing $2,000 per employee on training before that employee goes on the floor alone. Successful candidates, both part-time and full-time, are also eligible for an impressive benefits package that includes basic medical, dental and vision insurance.  Roughly half of the candidates were invited back for second interviews.
 
For more information on job opportunities with Dave & Buster's or other employers in the County, contact Ron Hopkins, EDC Business Consultant at (rhopkins@co.pg.md.us) or 301-618-8400.

07
Mar

Prince George's County Rushern L. Baker, III's Data Dazzles Technology Conference

 

l. to r.: Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC: Carla Truitt, CEO, Be Clean Cleaning Services; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; Charles Brown, Community LiaisonOxon Hill, MD - Yesterday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III was one of the key panelists that participated in the Socrata Connect 2017 Conference at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor.   Economic Development Corporation President Jim Coleman was also on hand at the Conference and served as the moderator for a lively discussion on how the use of data can make government initiatives work more effectively and create life-changing results for residents during the "Lead with Performance Data" panel at the conference.  County Executive Baker highlighted how the County's Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) used data to focus government resources to help improve conditions in some of the County's most challenged neighborhoods.
 
"Our Transforming Neighborhood Initiative has relied heavily on data from the very beginning," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  "In addition, using our senior level management team to interact and respond in real-time to community concerns on a variety of issues helped to ensure that the program was treated as a top priority for all departments in the government.  This structure showed that this Administration was fully committed to making Prince George's County better for every community."
 
Mr. Coleman kicked off the panel by sharing an overview of Prince George's County with the Socrata audience.  Attendees seemed impressed that the County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, the wealthiest majority-minority county in the United States, is home to NASA Goddard, Joint Base Andrews and MGM National Harbor, and recently increased its household income to nearly $77,000 with a highly educated population. 
 
"As a result of County Executive Baker's use of data, crime has been reduced by 50%, home values have increased by 14%, high school graduation rates have increased to 81% and our household median income has increased to nearly $77,000" said Coleman. "In the economic development world, we have seen consistent and significant growth through business attraction and expand and more than 7,000 jobs being created within the last year. Not only are our neighborhoods being transformed, but so are the lives of our hardworking residents. It's morning again in Prince George's County!"
 
Coleman then led the panelists through a series of questions that emphasized how the data driven policies of the Baker Administration have transformed the County over the last seven year.  Panelists included local community liaison Charles Brown, and the CEO of Be Clean Cleaning Services, Carla Truitt.
 
Socrata is a cloud-based data software company based in Seattle, Washington that provides a software-as-a service data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state and federal government organizations. This allows government data to be more discoverable, usable and actionable for government knowledge workers and the citizens they serve.

 

 

 

23
Feb

County Taps Into County's Cultural Capital To Enhance Biz Community

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (C) with Latin Small Business Owners and EDC Staff at conclusion of 1st Latin Small Business RoundtableLARGO, MD - On Tuesday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) brought together 20 key business leaders from the County's Latin small business community for a frank conversation about getting connected to resources at the first Latin Small Business Roundtable. During this exclusive meeting, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with the EDC's Latin Small Business Liaison Rocio Treminio-Lopez talked to Latin business owners from a variety of industry sectors about how partnering with the EDC can help their businesses grow.
 
"Prince George's County is truly an international portal to the United States.  Its Latin small business community produces millions of dollars in revenue for the County every year," said Coleman. "We are delighted to utilize this Roundtable as the vehicle to partner with the Latin community and connect its businesses to customers, contracts and capital. It is our responsibility as the economic engine of the County to actively engage and support everyone who creates jobs and contributes to our economic success."
 
The Latin Small Business Roundtable is the brainchild of Ms. Treminio-Lopez, who is also the first Latina mayor of Brentwood. Attendees at this historic meeting also included Council Member Deni Taveras, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Angela Franco, and Salvadorian American Chamber of Commerce President Carlos Romero. Each of them were impressed with the Roundtable and appreciated seeing the EDC collaborating with the Latin business community to help them navigate the local business agencies, network to bring in new business and connect to the talent pool of County residents that makes their companies thrive.  For many of the business owners in attendance, it was their first time coming to this type of a County forum.
 
"Connecting the community with the County's resources is one of my primary goals," said Treminio-Lopez.  "Through my work in the community, I am well aware of the services that businesses are in need of, regardless of ethnicity.  I see my role as being the connector; I enjoy connecting local companies to the resources they need to be successful. Because when they are successful, Prince George's County is successful." 
 
According to the U.S. Census, 17.2% the population in Prince George's County are of Latin descent. The EDC realizes the significance of the contributions of the Latino business community and has instituted a policy of making its value proposition available in both English and Spanish to reach a larger audience. Attendees of the Roundtable were appreciative to learn that the EDC not only an economic engine but is also culturally aware.  
 
"I appreciate the leadership and partnership the Latino community has with Jim Coleman and the EDC Team.  They really understand the importance of the Latino business community in the greater Prince George's County economic development spectrum," said Taveras.  "Producing a presentation in Spanish signifies their cultural appropriateness and breeds trust that will benefit local businesses for years to come. This was a great event."
 
For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the Rocio Treminio-Lopez (RTreminio-Lopez@co.pg.md.us) or Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650 or visit the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation website at www.pgcedc.com

 

 

 

17
Feb

EDC President And Ceo Jim Coleman Inspires Catholic Business Community At Networking Breakfast

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman speaking at Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County BreakfastMitchellville, MD - This morning, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman spoke at the Catholic Business Network of Prince George's County's monthly networking breakfast at the Country Club at Woodmore. Twenty five business professionals and Catholic educators were in attendance to gain insight into the programs, projects and activities that are driving the County's economic development success. Attendees were extremely interested in the incentives and workforce development programs that could assist the mission of Catholic education and how those opportunities can serve the church and community.
 
"The explosive growth that Prince George's County is currently experiencing has everything to do with the leadership of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and his vision to instill confidence and integrity in County government," said Coleman. "As a result, Prince George's County is trending better than the U.S. and the State of Maryland with a lower unemployment rate, higher household median income and more than $10 billion in the pipeline for new development.  The business community is 'bull-ish' on the County and this competitive advantage only helps the Google's and Microsoft's of the world consider coming to Prince George's County.  Our future is very bright!"
 
Coleman also talked about plans to add 60,000 units of multi-family housing around five targeted metro stations over the next few years in hopes of attracting more businesses and more millennials in search of opportunities in cybersecurity and serious about growth. 
 
Among the guests in attendance were Catholic Business Network Board of Directors member Renee Green, John McGuirk and John Kincaid who were overjoyed to hear about how well the County is doing and how it is positioning itself to do even greater things.
 
"We are so glad to have had Jim Coleman talk to us this morning.  Everyone was totally 'wowed' by his presentation," said Green.  "If you are not doing business in Prince George's County, you need to rethink that, because this is a County that is on the move!"
 
Dr. Marco Clark, President and CEO of Bishop McNamara High School, whose school once considered leaving Prince George's County, was also impressed by the Economic Development Corporation presentation.
 
"Mr. Coleman has such great energy and enthusiasm and belief in Prince George's County, and it's not just talk," said Clark. "This is a great time and a great place to be and we are proud to be in Prince George's County and want to attract more to be with us."   
 
For information on how the EDC can assist businesses with access to capital, site selection and other business support services, contact John Mason, Director of Economic Development (jamason@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650. 

 

 

 

16
Feb

Economic Development Corporation Mid-Year Budget Overview Highlights Workforce Services

 

Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC (left center) presenting to PZED Committee Vice Chair Obie Patterson and Committee MembersUpper Marlboro, MD - Yesterday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team presented a mid-year budget review to the Prince George's County Council Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee (PZED).  The PZED Committee was specifically interested in how current funding was being utilized for the numerous programs and resources the EDC has at its disposal, and how those resources have made an impact to the residents and businesses in Prince George's County.  Mr. Coleman thanked the Council for its investment in the County's economic development which has contributed to a powerful value proposition in the world market.
 
"The return on the Council's investment has been enormous," said Coleman.  "The County's private sector has produced almost 10,000 new full-time jobs, the median household income has increased by $5,000, the County has attracted more than 30 new businesses and more than 70,000 County residents have received job training services through the One-Stop Career Centers.  But with all of this going on, now is not the time to cool off. With the tireless efforts of our Workforce Services Division, we are also committed to ensuring that the County's Veteran and returning-citizen populations are empowered with the tools they need to secure high wage jobs in this economy.  The best is yet to come!"
 
PZED Committee members were particularly interested in the programs and projects taking place in the EDC's Workforce Services Division. Through its focus on access to employment opportunities, Workforce Services Director Walter Simmons told the Committee about the EDC's skills training programs and a grant to support transitioning veterans to remain in Prince George's County through entrepreneurship and job placement.  Furthermore, Coleman announced that March will be 'ReEntry Month' at the EDC with a host of workshops and activities to provide returning citizens with the connections and resources needed to secure gainful employment.
 
PZED Vice Chair Obie Patterson chaired the briefing and expressed his pleasure with the presentation by the EDC.
 
"The presentation by the Economic Development Corporation was extremely informative and shows that the County is on the right track," said Patterson. "I think that Prince George's County will be the county to recognize in terms of economic development.  I am happy that we have a good team in place to take us to that next level."
 
For more information about registering for 'ReEntry Month' or other Workforce Service Division programs, contact Jeffrey Swilley, Assistant Director of Business Services, at 301-618-8400 or jswilley@co.pg.md.us

 

 

 

14
Feb

Economic Development Corporation Announces Parkdale High School As Latest Addition To Federal Youth Program Grant

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (2nd from l), with PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Parkdale Principal Dr. Tasha Graves-Henderson, EDC YCC Program Director Yolanda Tully, along with students and faculty from Parkdale High SchoolRiverdale, MD - This morning, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell joined school system officials and Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect program staff (YCC) to celebrate the addition of Parkdale High School to the YCC program.  Also in attendance were YCC employer partners Pepco, SGT, Inc., Prince George's Community College and Latin American Youth Center officials.  The Youth CareerConnect Program is a four year STEM Demonstration Grant that was initiated under former President Obama and is geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce in healthcare and information technology immediately following high school.
 
"I am proud of what Prince George's County is doing with our schools today, and I want to thank the stakeholders and partners of the YCC program for providing so many of our youth with this extraordinary opportunity to become the workforce of tomorrow," said Coleman.  "As the EDC works every day to convince companies to move to Prince George's County, having a school system that is producing great leaders for tomorrow makes our jobs just a little easier. Each one of these YCC students has the potential to be a Katherine Johnson (from 'Hidden Figures') and it is because of the fabulous commitment of our principals, teachers, guidance counselors and the business community at large that each of our students has the power to go out and change the world." 
 
As managers of the $7 million YCC grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, the EDC has worked tirelessly with business and community stakeholders to provide program participants with mentoring, skills training and significant summer internship opportunities with companies such as Lockheed Martin, CVS, Dimensions Healthcare, National Institutes of Health and many more high-profile companies. 
 
Mr. Coleman and Dr. Maxwell congratulated the school system on its highest graduation rate in many years.  Thanks to the success of programs like YCC, Prince George's County boasts an 81% high school graduation rate.
 
"Today is a great day for Parkdale High School and a great day for Prince George's County Public Schools," said Maxwell.  "This is a system on the rise thanks to hard work by students, faculty, community partners, and business leaders coming together for a great cause - your education.  Through this YCC program, students have the option to participate in job readiness training, paid summer Capstone and internship experiences, college entrance exam preparation and college tours.  What a benefit for the Parkdale students and for the County public school system."
 
Today's event was hosted by Parkdale Principal Dr. Tasha Graves-Henderson who was very excited about her school being selected to participate in the YCC program.  Along with the Parkdale announcement, Mr. Coleman also announced the dedication of a new competitive scholarship that will become available for all YCC seniors heading to college.  The scholarship will be named in honor of former Parkdale High School principal Tanya L. Washington who passed away last fall. 
 
Currently, the YCC program has 644 participants.  Forty students graduated from the program in 2016, and with the addition of Parkdale High School, another 200 students will become eligible to participate in the program. As an incentive to maximize the number of students participating in the YCC program, Mr. Coleman also challenged the YCC students and faculty to increase the number of enrollments in their academic academies and in the YCC program.  The top performing school for YCC enrollment and Academy enrollment will win $5,000 in school supplies.
 
Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

10
Feb

State Leaders Touting Greatness Taking Place In Prince George's County

 

l. to r.: David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, County Executive's Office; Britta Vander Linden, Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor's Office; Councilmember Deni Taveras, County Council; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Steve Jones, CPJ & Associates; Councimember Todd Turner, County Council; Paul Herrmann, Director of Marketing, JGL Law; J. Kenneth Battle, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, County Executive's Office; Laurie Artis, President and CEO, Civility Management Solutions; Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC; Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce Annapolis, MD - Last night, 150 business owners from Prince George's County traveled to Annapolis for an exclusive opportunity to network, share their ideas and concerns with some of the most influential leaders in State and County government as the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted its second annual '2017 Prince George's County Capitol Access VIP Reception.' Business leaders that have benefitted from the open lines of communication between the business community and government regulators enthusiastically crowded into Harry Browne's restaurant on State Circle as the Baker Administration unveiled its legislative priorities for the 2017 legislative session.
 
In a statement about the event, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III said:
 
"I want to thank the business owners and stakeholders of Prince George's County for taking time out of their valuable schedule to have their voices and concerns heard by our legislators in Annapolis," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "Over the last six years, the growth of the Prince George's County business community has been recognized around the Region, State, and nation.  My administration and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to continuing this success." 
 
EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed the standing room crowd, calling them all VIP's because of their commitment to making Prince George's County one of the most dynamic jurisdictions in the State of Maryland.  Mr. Coleman also provided the crowd with information about County Executive Baker's upcoming business mission to Korea and China in April and stressed the importance of preparing and connecting local companies with international investment partners and exporting opportunities. 
 
"The EDC is proud to host important networking events like this, that connect our residents and business community to the valuable resources they need, want and deserve," said Coleman. "As business has grown, our unemployment rate is shrinking, our assessable tax rate is increasing, our homes are more prosperous and our business community created more than 5000 jobs last year. Whether you are a business owner, a member of the House of Delegates, or the Senate of Maryland, or the County Council or a part of the Baker Administration or the Hogan Administration, all of you are critical parts of making Prince George's County the best place in the world to live, work and play."
 
County CAO Nick Majett, and Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Office David Iannucci were among the dignitaries in attendance from the Baker Administration. Baker's chief legislative office, J. Kenneth Battle briefly outlined his legislative priorities, which include: securing operating and capital funding State funding for the Regional Medical Center, securing State commitment for infrastructure improvements and capital budget allocation at one of the two County sites under consideration for the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarter relocation.  Mr. Battle also stated that the County is focused on operating and construction funding for K-12 public school education, which includes significant expenditures to repair, renovate or replace schools as needed.  State funding for critical road projects, mass transportation, pedestrian safety and public safety throughout the County are also top priorities that they County is working to protect. 
 
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Governor Hogan's Deputy Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden, and House Delegation Chair Jay Walker were also among the State officials in attendance and that commended the business community for their part in bringing economic change to Prince George's County. 
 
Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill talked about the greatness that is taking place in Prince George's County.
 
"Momentum is everything and Prince George's County has the momentum. And you have the momentum on leadership, the momentum on location, and the momentum on culture and are passionate about what you are doing," said Gill. 
 
Tonight's event was generously sponsored by CPJ & Associates, Washington Gas, JGL Law, Civility Management Solutions and FSC First.
 
The next EDC networking opportunity will be on March 15th when the EDC, in partnership with the TechBreakfast hosts its first in a series 'TechBreakfast Prince George's'; a fun, supportive "pitch-free" environment for innovators and influencers in the tech ecosystem to share their innovations and get interaction and constructive feedback from the audience.  This event will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in National Harbor at Spartan Business & Technology, 161 National Plaza, Suite 200, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
 
Attendees must RSVP to Nicole Edwards (naedwards@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Nichelle Holmes, EDC Development Manager (naholmes@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4621.

 

 

 

27
Jan

Nearly 400 Local Companies Energized By $24 Billion In Federal And County Procurement Opportunities

Largo, MD – Close to 400 local companies congregated in the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) conference room in anticipation of hearing top executives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Prince George’s County Office of Central Services explain how to tap into the more than $24 billion in procurement opportunities available through these agencies at the EDC’s ‘U.S. Department of Energy Procurement Opportunities Day’.  As part of its mission to help grow the County’s commercial tax base, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman has been instrumental in directly connecting local businesses to resource partners like the Department of Energy and the other 14 federal agencies that call Prince George’s County home. 

“Prince George’s County is on fire with development projects, but that’s not all we have to be excited about,” said Coleman.  “Having great federal partners like the Department of Energy, who have $24 billion and are looking to buy services and products that are produced right here in Prince George’s County, makes being a local business even more profitable.  Ultimately, our mission is to eliminate unemployment in Prince George’s County because it is the right thing to do. The EDC’s federal procurement days help local businesses grow so that they can hire more County residents.”

The EDC has hosted several events like the ‘Department of Energy Procurement Opportunities Day’ to bring local business owners face-to-face with procurement decision makers, many of whom would be very difficult to get a meeting with during the normal course of business.  Giving this capacity crowd a glimpse of what the DOE buys and its forecast of contract opportunities over the coming months provided them with a leg up on how to position their companies for growth.

John Hale, III, the former Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business (OSDBU), the agency within the DOE tasked with positioning small businesses to become subprime contractors on major federal procurements, talked about the DOE’s mission regarding energy security, nuclear security, environmental responsibility and enhancing the efforts in scientific discovery and innovation.  Through OSDBU, the DOE builds sustainable small businesses that enhance its corporate pipeline and efficiency supply-chain. Mr. Hale also told attendees the DOE bought items such as Engineering Services, Remediation Services, Facilities Support Services, Computer systems Design Services, Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, Research and Development in Biotechnology and Security Guards an Patrol Services.

“Today was a terrific day at the Economic Development Corporation.  We got to explain what the DOE does, but more important, we were able to show businesses how to create wealth and create jobs,” said Hale. “The partnership between the Department of Energy and the EDC has been fantastic.  From the ‘Thirsty for Business Thursday’s” to this procurement forum, we are finding talented entrepreneurs in our own backyards.  That’s what it is all about.  We look forward to partnering again with the EDC throughout 2017.”

The forum also featured the County Office of Central Services, its Supplier Development and Diversity Division (SDDD), as well as former subcontractor and prime contractor for the DOE, Ken Boras who spoke to the quality, expertise and technical support that is needed to be successful in winning government contracts. Roland Jones, Director of the Office of Central Services and Cyndee Phoenix, Executive Director of SDDD talked with attendees about how the agency connects local, small, disadvantaged, minority and veteran owned businesses to resources, contract opportunities, training and development and strategic partnerships.  They also talked about the County’s vendor registration and certification policies, the types of commodities the County purchases and what it is expected to purchase in the near future.

“Today was an outstanding event. The continued combination of County, State and federal resources that are being presented to local companies gives an indication to the amount of diligence the County is providing to suppliers,” said Jones.  “No one can make excuses about not being knowledgeable, not being exposed or not having the opportunity to network with people in government.  Networking forums of this magnitude offer local businesses the opportunity to exchange ideas with decision makers and with fellow suppliers.  Efforts made by the Baker Administration to provide people with access to wealth are unmatched by any other jurisdiction in the area.”

Bringing important forums such as the DOE Procurement Opportunity Day to small, local businesses in Prince George’s County would not be possible without the gracious support of companies like  PEPCO Exelon, BECO Management and WashingtonFirst Bank.  Along with local sponsors Joseph Greenwald and Laake Law, Ve Water and Independent Strategic management Solutions, the local business community in Prince George’s County left the forum well informed and engaged in what they needed to do to become subprime and prime contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy.

“PEPCO is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. Their work helping local, small and diverse business enterprises realize their full potential is critical to strengthening and growing the Prince George’s County economy,” said Donna Cooper, President of the PEPCO Region, PEPCO Holdings. “The more opportunities local businesses have to expand, the more opportunities they have to hire more Prince George’s County residents.  We applaud these type of networking events, as they are important reminders of the partnerships that are important to fostering and sustaining our local and regional economies.”

Attendees from Prince George’s County and the surrounding region were delighted to be able to speak freely with the executives from DOE and the Office of Central Services.  Several companies had recently relocated or expanded into Prince George’s County, and others were convinced by the end of the forum that Prince George’s County is the best place for them to truly grow their businesses.

“I am so happy that I took the time to come to the EDC’s event today. I am so grateful to the EDC for putting on this type of forum.  It is so needed,” said Claretta Rideout, owner and CEO of DeQuan’s Construction, LLC.  “Having the opportunity to meet one-on-one with integral people who are really interested in helping us win contracts, provides us with an opportunity to grow. As an out of the area company, we learned how we can be successful moving into the area. As a construction management team growing for 17 years in Baltimore, we are excited about expanding to Prince George’s County and creating new jobs.”

The next EDC event, ‘Maximizing Profitability in 2017!’ will take place on Monday, January 30th and presented by Mass Mutual Financial Group.  This forum will show local business owners how to better analyze where their company money is being spent and how to increase profits. The event will be from from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Space is limited. Register today by contacting Nicole Edwards (naedwards@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Nichelle Holmes (naholmes@pgcedc.com).

 

24
Jan

Looking East: County Executive Baker To Lead Business Mission Trip to Korea and China
EDC Account Assistant LeSha Jean Francois checking in business owner at Korea-China Information SessionLargo, MD - Last week, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted an information session for County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III's Business Mission Trip to Korea and China that will take place in April of this year.  Over 70 local business owners were in attendance and were briefed on the Korean and Chinese business culture and hottest sectors by experts from the EEC, the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, KOTRA, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the Greater Washington China Investment Center.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman is primed to help facilitate international trade. 
 
"We are tearing down walls and building bridges," said Coleman. "County Executive Baker knows the power of international trade and is at the forefront of establishing the relationships necessary to bring business back to Prince George's County. Today, we met with the top business leaders in the County who are all excited to export and import their goods and services to Korea and China. Over 90% of the world's buying power is outside of the United States and we are working hard to give our local companies an international platform."
 
County Executive Baker is well equipped to lead the business mission trip to the East, which will take place from April 17th to April 25th. In 2015, Mr. Baker led a successful trip to China in which business-to-business meetings were facilitated and resulted in partnerships formed between several companies in Prince George's County and China. In November, Mr. Baker led a group of 43 business leaders to Cuba to learn about the burgeoning business culture and establish relationships that will be in place when the trade embargo is lifted. The business owners in attendance saw the value in joining County Executive Baker for his business mission trip this Spring.
 
"Today's information session was absolutely outstanding. This mission will be a great opportunity for local business owners to grow their businesses in fast growing markets like Korea and China," said Bruce Lucas, owner of BML Properties Realty in Largo, MD.  "Having an opportunity to travel with a delegation led by County Executive Baker, and actually be connected to international businesses to do deals is a very important.  I am glad that the EDC is continuing to notify the business community about these types of important events."
 
The Maryland Department of Commerce strongly supports the Korea-China Business Mission Trip with resources that can decrease costs for business owners. Bradley Gillenwater, the Regional Manager and Investment Team Leader for East Asia shared just how bullish the State is in clearing the highway to profitability.
 
"The Maryland Department of Commerce provides two platforms available for Prince George's County companies to tap into," said Gillenwater. "These platforms help to offset the cost of participating in the trip to Korea and China. The U.S. Department of Commerce offers the 'Gold Key' service, which is a $700 offset. There is also a potential $6,000 offset which pertains to trade-show expenses. Every year we work with 125 Maryland companies who generate $80-$90 million in export sales and the Department of Commerce plays a huge role in helping close deals."
 
County Executive Baker will lead the Business Mission to Korea and China from April 17th to April 25th, 2017. The EDC has been allocated only 20 seats to offer business delegates to participate in this exciting Trade Mission. 
 
The total cost for each delegate to participate in County Executive Baker's Business Mission is $5,950 per person. Included in the package are: round-trip airfare, lodging, local transportation, meals, high-level receptions, bilingual guide and translator, processing of travel documents, processing of application to trade show, assistance with grant applications for MD Exports, assistance with Gold Key services, assistance with U.S. Department of Commerce Grant programs and guided cultural tours in Korea and China.
 
To secure a seat on the Business Mission to Korea and China or to find out more information, contact Nichelle Holmes, EDC Development Manager, at (301) 583-4650 or naholmes@co.pg.md.us.

10
Jan

EDC Job Fair Brings Veterans In From The Cold

 

EDC President  & CEO Jim Coleman (R) and Development Manager Nichelle Holmes meet with Veterans at "Operation 500" Veteran Jobs and Resource Fair at Dave & Buster'sCapitol Heights, MD, January 10, 2017 - More than 300 Veterans, Veteran employers and resource providers braved the cold yesterday morning to come out to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) third installment of 'Operation 500' - its Veteran jobs and resource event geared towards securing good, high wage jobs for Prince George's County Veterans. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed over 60 private sector employers and resource partners to Dave & Buster's to connect local Veterans to hot job opportunities, healthcare, housing and education resources. Many of the employers attended previous 'Operation 500' events, and were anxious to sign up for this event because of the caliber of Veterans they met in Prince George's County.

"Prince George's County is on fire today! It is completely unacceptable for any Veteran who wants a job and a great career here in Prince George's County to not have one," said Coleman. "With 2,700 Veterans who do not have jobs in Prince George's County, a median household income up by $5,000, more than $10 million in new construction in the pipeline for the County and a brand new hotel and casino that is bringing 3,600 new jobs to the County, there is no reason that EDC should not be fighting like crazy to make sure that we care for those who have put their very lives on the line for us. Our freedoms rest on the very ground they walk on and we are committed to not leaving one Veteran behind."

Employers at yesterday's Veteran Jobs and Resource Fair had more than 250 jobs that need to be filled immediately. According to Walter Simmons, EDC Director of Workforce Services Division, at least 50 Veterans were provided solid job opportunities, and he expects that number to grow.

"We are delighted to once again host the EDC's 'Operation 500 Jobs and Resource Fair'. Our goal is to provide local Veterans with the resources they need to be successful in society and also to connect with employers," said Simmons. "We have partnered with a number of great resource providers that are committed to providing the wraparound services for our Veterans to be successful in the workplace. At the same time, we are connecting them to a number of phenomenal employers in the County who are engaged and want to hire Veterans."

Helping Veterans is a priority for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, particularly because the County has the largest Veteran unemployment population in the State of Maryland. Through the programs and the partnerships the EDC forges with businesses in the County, it is strategically connecting Veterans to thriving companies that in turn will receive the highest rate of return on their hiring decision. PEPCO Holdings and Civility Management Solutions were two of the companies in attendance with more 100 jobs for local Veterans. They also were prominent sponsors of the jobs and resource fair.

"PEPCO Holdings is here today because of the partnership it has with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, and because we are committed to the community," said Mike Maxwell, Vice President of Human Resources for PEPCO Holdings. "Part of that commitment is to hire as many residents of Prince George's County and our service area as possible. We believe that Veterans would do well at PEPCO because of their unique skill set and work ethic that fits the positions we have. PEPCO is the kind of company that people can grow in their careers and retire from with great benefits."

Laurie Sales Artis, President and CEO of Civility Management Solutions and a retired Marine Veteran has also benefitted from the EDC's Hire Prince George's program and was excited to participate in today's event.

"I am always delighted to work with the Economic Development Corporation and I appreciate the work that they are doing in Prince George's County," said Artis. "As a fellow Marine Veteran, I know the work ethic that a Veteran brings to the workforce. My company specializes in contract administration, leadership development and IT management and support, mostly in the federal work space. I welcome the opportunity to bring more of my fellow Veterans into the work place."

Other sponsors who generously supported the efforts of 'Operation 500 - Veteran Jobs and Resource Fair' to provide job opportunities for local Veterans included Industrial Bank, Whiting-Turner Construction, Crowned Grace International, Giant Foods, the Walton Group, Blueline Security Services, Clark Construction, Pepsi and Dave and Buster's.

Many of the Veterans expressed their delight with number of employers and resources that were available at the event. Several received multiple invitations to interview and conditional job offers from the local employers.

"I heard about the EDC job fair on the radio and decided that I should come out to see if I could get a job," said Joseph Lewis, Jr. retired Navy Veteran from Forestville, MD. "I haven't been here that long and I have already received two interview invitations, and I haven't been to all of the vendor tables yet! I have I feeling that I will get more. As a chef, I am trying to get back into the workforce to develop my skills, better myself, stay professional in everything that I do and help others."

Per Scholas, an organization that provides free information technology training opportunities to individuals from often overlooked communities, including free Cyber security training, books, materials, certifications, soft skills training and job placement assistance to qualified applicants, was one of the resource vendors that participated in the Jobs and Resource Fair.

"We are excited to be a part of today's jobs and resource fair," said Chrystal Banks, Admissions Associate at Per Scholas. "This is a great opportunity for let Veterans know about the free IT Support courses and certifications that Per Scholas has to offer, and to get them back into the workforce. Veterans are unique and easy to place because of their security clearances from their military experiences. We are delighted to be able to partner with the EDC on this important initiative."

Follow the EDC's LinkedIn company page at 'Prince George's County EDC' to stay up-to-date on the 'Operation 500' initiative and upcoming recruitment events.

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16
Dec

EDC Holiday Extravaganza Thanks Local Business Community For A Great 2016

(l to r: William Steen, Public Relations, Carrollton Enterprises; Laurie S. Artis, President & CEO, Civility Management Solutions, Sylvia Syphax, EDC Board Member(Renaissance Medical Group); Eric Henderson, EDC Board Member (Beacon Global); Thomas Graham, EDC Board Member, (PEPCO); Marva Jo Camp, EDC Board Member, (Marva Jo Camp & Associates); Gabrielle Williams, Founder, Glorious Pastries by Gabrielle;  Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC;   Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, PGCEDC; Nicole Williams, Owner & Founder, Pink Confetti; Stephanie Ridore, Labor Relations Manager, Safeway; Hedy Thomas, President, Leuterio Thomas, LLC; Graham Thomas, Principal Architect, Leuterio Thomas, LLC; David Iannucci, ADCAO. Prince George’s County)Mitchellville, MD December 16, 2016 – Last night, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Team (EDC) rang in the holidays by hosting its Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Country Club at Woodmore to express its appreciation to the business community for their continued support, commitment and dedication to making Prince George’s County the best place in the world to do business.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed over 300 business leaders, State and County officials, and EDC Board members to the festive gathering.  Among those joining in the festivities were Maryland Senate Majority Leader Douglas J.J. Peters, County Councilmember Todd Turner, and the County’s Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer David Iannucci.  Also in attendance were EDC Board members Marva Jo Camp, Thomas Graham, Eric Henderson, and Sylvia Syphax.

“I am so grateful to our partners in the business community and government for their unwavering dedication to making Prince George’s County the economic engine of the State of Maryland,” said Coleman. “Because of the business community, more than 9,000 jobs were created this year and the median household income in the County increased by $5,000.  Everything that should be up, is up.  Everything that should be down, is down. It’s been a great 2016, and we are looking forward to continuing this momentum with our business partners’ and making 2017 even better!”

David Iannucci, who spoke to the holiday gathering on behalf of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III who is currently out of town, also expressed his excitement about the progress the EDC, along with its partners at FSC First have accomplished this year. The Baker Administration attributes the great progress taking place in the County to thoughtful planning.

“The success the County is currently experiencing is no accident,’ said Iannucci. “The County had a plan that dealt with public safety and education.  The missing link was economic development. None of this success is possible without the private sector believing in Prince George’s County. Now, true economic development is happening in Prince George’s County with MGM’s grand opening, the Regional Medical Center breaking ground in the Spring, and, we believe, the FBI coming to Prince George’s County.”

Many of the business leaders in attendance expressed their appreciation for the support the EDC provides to small businesses through the Small Business Development office and Workforce Services Division.

“I am delighted to be here to say ‘thank you’ to the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation for all the help I received from them,” said Laverne Johnson, owner of Security Education Environmental Design Services, LLC, a minority, woman-owned security safety consultant business in Temple Hills, MD.  “From business plan assistance through getting Small Business Administration 8A   certification, the EDC has been with me every step of the way.”

Holiday Extravaganza sponsors included Safeway, Marva Jo Camp, Esq., Forestville Plaza and Carrollton Enterprises.

“This evening was a great opportunity for Safeway, along with other corporations to network with small business owners, who give life into the community,” said Stephanie Ridore, Safeway Labor Relations Manager. “The partnership Safeway has established with the EDC has been a tremendous success in bringing more jobs into the community, and we believe will continue to grow.”

Join the EDC on January 19th for its Clean Tech Demo Day where commercial real estate brokers and investors can learn energy solutions from clean tech entrepreneurs to reduce energy costs and increase competitiveness.  This event will take place at EDC Headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. 

To reserve your seat, contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com/events to register.  Space is limited!

 

 

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14
Dec

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman Brokers Deal To Bring Over $500 Million In Investment For County Projects
(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (c); Lisa Liu, Asian Business Committee Chair (4th from l); Chairman and President Zhimin Ding,  China SanDing Holding Group (r of Coleman) with members of the China SanDing Delegation)Largo, MD December 14, 2016 - Yesterday, Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Coleman and his International Business Development Team hosted an impromptu delegation of eleven business leaders from the China SanDing Holding Group in Yiwu Zhejiang China. Led by Lisa Liu, the EDC Asian Business Committee Chair, the delegation heard from Mr. Coleman as he talked about the incredible development projects that are taking place in the County and those that are on the horizon.  The delegation was extremely impressed with the projects and plans that make Prince George's County the best place to live, work, play and invest, and committed to working with the EDC to find lucrative opportunities to invest at least $500 million in Prince George's County real estate projects and companies.
 
"Today's delegation visit is a great prelude to County Executive Baker's Korea/China Trade Mission next year.  We are taking this opportunity to plant the seeds of success and looking for a great harvest to come with our new friends from China," said Coleman.  "Prince George's County has a strong track record of matchmaking the right projects with the right investors.  We are committed to helping the SanDing Group find the best projects to invest their $500 million. Prince George's County is Open for Business and Open for Investment and that translates into jobs, jobs, and more jobs for County residents.  It's a great day in Prince George's County."
 
Coleman also told the delegation about County Executive Baker's International Business Plan, which includes a business mission trip to Korea and China from April 17 through April 25, 2017. As a County-wide Foreign Trade Zone and being strategically located next to the Nation's Capital, Prince George's County's efforts to attract more Foreign Direct Investment are greatly enhanced through these type of foreign trade missions.
 
"We are very happy to come out to beautiful Prince George's County," said Zhimin Ding, Chairman and President of China SanDing Holding Group.  "The goal of our mission is to obtain a heightened knowledge of business in this area, to establish business relationships, and to find commercial projects to invest in.  With everything that is going on in Prince George's County, we welcome the opportunity to work with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and look forward to hosting them when they come to China next year."
 
On a five-day tour of the United State, the China SanDing Group is an international holding group that specializes in real estate property and hospitality in Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou China. In addition, SanDing is strengthening capital investment and operations for equity investment in financing, banking, insurance energy, bio-tech and medical industries. With assets of over $2.86 billion and 20,000 employees, SanDing has set the goal of becoming a globalized industrial and financial group.  Their interest and commitment to an annual investment of $500 million in Prince George's County commercial projects over the next ten years will be an impressive step in the right direction.
 
The EDC will host an Information Session for businesses that are interested in joining County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III on the Korea-China Business Mission Trip.  Companies in need of multimillion dollar investments should not miss attending the Information Session which will take place on January 10, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 9200 Basil Court, Room 410, Largo, MD 20774.
 
To RSVP for seat at the Korea/China Business Mission Information Session or to sign up to participate in the Korea-China Business Mission, contact Martin Ezemma, EDC Director of International Business Development (muezemma@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650.
 
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09
Dec

South County Economic Development Association Honors EDC President & CEO

(L-R) Zeno W.  St. Cyr, II, SCEDA President; Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO;  Earl O'Neal, SCEDA Vice PresidentOxon Hill, MD, December 9, 2016 – On Sunday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was the guest speaker for the South County Economic Development Association’s 20th Anniversary and Awards Gala.  More than 350 South County residents, business leaders and elected officials turned out to support the community based organization that has been an advocate in Prince George’s County for promoting economic development, particularly for small and minority businesses since 1996.  Notable residents in attendance included NBC 4 News Anchor Pat Lawson Muse, who served as the emcee for the gala, State Senator C. Anthony Muse, who provided the invocation, SCEDA President Zeno St. Cyr, II, and Board Members Floyd Wilson, Jr., Guy Black and Lenward Hood.  Mr. Coleman spoke to the capacity crowd about the power of one: making a difference in your future. 

“All of us have known someone who has made a profound difference in our lives. Whether it was a single mother, a pastor or an organization like SCEDA. People like my own mother, whose caring, encouragement and commitment made a significant difference in my life,” said Coleman. “Thanks to the power of one County Executive, Prince George’s County is experiencing incredible growth today.  By streamlining the permitting process, bringing ethics reform to County government and causing the County’s crime rate to be the lowest it has been in 30-years, County Executive Baker’s power of one has given developers confidence in Prince George’s County. But now is not the time for cooling off. As President of the EDC, I want to leave no resident behind when it comes to the incredible spirit of growth that this County is experiencing.  I congratulate community partners like SCEDA for working to provide County residents with more retail, better grocery options and companies that provide high wage jobs.”

Mr. Coleman was also presented with SCEDA’s Business Development Award as one of the award recipients at the holiday gala.  Other honorees included Radio One CEO Cathy Hughes, County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, County Councilmember Mel Franklin, The Wooten Group Managing Director Lorenzo Wooten, Jr., District VII Police Commander Major Tammy Sparkman, SCSI Senior Consultant Gwendolyn Allen, Ph.D., former SCEDA President Nathaniel Tutt, Jr., and First SCEDA Vice President and Second President Julia Clark.  Each of the awardees were recognized for their commitment to improving schools, public safety, economic development and transportation in South County. 

“SCEDA has grown tremendously in the last 20 years, and we are proud of the work we have done; particularly in South County,” said Zeno St. Cyr. “We are honored to have had a dynamo like EDC President Jim Coleman as our keynote speaker this evening. We are looking forward to doing bigger and better things in partnership with the Economic Development Corporation to help promote small and minority businesses and economic development in general, in Prince George’s County.” 

For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the John Mason, EDC Business Development Director (jamason@co.pg.md.us)  at 301-583-4650.

05
Dec

EDC’s ‘Angels’ Change Lives For Returning Citizens

Pete Goodson (far left) and Skylar Wyche (Center) facilitate discussion about Re-Entry AssistanceBladensburg, MD, December 5, 2016 – On Friday, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Workforce Services Division team kicked off their workshop tour of Prince George’s County spreading the news about the resources and help that are available for returning citizens. The workshop facilitated by Development Coordinator Pete Goodson and Career Consultant Skylar Wyche took place at the Bladensburg Town Hall and introduced County residents who have served their time and are ready to move on to tools that help them embark on a successful job search.

“The re-entry program has impacted a lot of individuals and families,” said Goodson. “A lot of people come to the program with a desire to change and have the right attitude and want a better life. I have been able to be an instrument, along with other folks at the One-Stop, to help facilitate that process. There are so many people returning home who need help and we are agents of hope. I have the opportunity to sit down with someone and provide some hope along with great resources. This work is more than just a job. It’s a calling and I’m grateful that I am able to help men and women who are coming back from being incarcerated.”

Throughout his tenure with the Workforce Services Division of the EDC, Goodson has helped thousands of returning citizens find gainful employment. What he sees as his calling is truly impacting the lives of Prince George’s County residents. Robert, who met Goodson over five years ago as a returning citizen, credits Goodson’s passion and care as a driving force for his success.

“Mr. Goodson is the closest thing that I have to a father,” said Robert. “My first meeting with him was my first encounter with an angel. A lot of people believe that to be an angel, you have to have wings and a harp but you can define an angel by the work that they do and the effect they have on your life. Mr. Goodson made a big change in my life. What is special about what he did for me was that he cares. I wasn’t just the ‘next’ person on his list but rather someone who was important enough for him to make time.”

The care and attention that Robert describes is a common theme in the One-Stop Center, especially when customers talk about Mr. Goodson. His passion for helping people matched with the many resources available has helped him and others in the One-Stop Center successfully place thousands of returning residents in sustainable jobs.

Resources available to returning citizens include Job Club, Resumé Workshops, Federal Bonding letters, Job Search Assistance and Customized WIOA training. These services are offered at no cost at the Prince George’s One-Stop Career System which serves over 700 people on a weekly basis.

To learn more about resources at the EDC Workforce Services Division that are available for returning residents, please contact Pete Goodson at the Prince George’s One Stop Center at (301) 618-8425.

30
Nov

Economic Development Corporation Partners With Top Local Developers To Boost County Retail Success

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman talking with Local Developers about New Attraction Strategies for Premium RetailersLargo, MD – Yesterday, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman announced that the EDC will be joining forces with top local developers in the region to bring more well-known retailers to Prince George’s County.  Through a public private partnership, the EDC and local developers are planning to roll out the red carpet to key retail executives by bringing them to Prince George’s County and exposing them first-hand to the feel, smell, touch and opportunities available in the County. Michael Amann with Forestville Plaza, Howard Biel, Sr., Vice President of Echo Realty, Trey Proctor with G.S. Proctor and Associates, Kent Digby, Vice President Peterson Companies/National Harbor and Jeffrey Berman, Vice President of Berman Enterprises were among the 17 local developers invited to brainstorm on how to best showcase Prince George’s County to the world. 

“Today, we heard from the ‘movers and shakers’ of the Prince George’s County retail and real estate establishment. Like our residents, these developers deserve to have major retailers like Apple Computers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Capital Grille and Morton’s Steak House in the County, and we want to help them get  it,” said Coleman. “We want to invite the CEO’s and CFO’s from the major retail outlets to not just meet with us when we go to the ICSC shopping center convention in Las Vegas, but to bring them to see the Prince George’s County up-close and personal.  I see no reason why Louisville, Kentucky, with a smaller population and lower median household income than Prince George’s County has a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Prince George’s County doesn’t.  With the strong community interest and the development community working with us, I’m betting on the house that Prince George’s County can bring in more premium retailers with our hands on approach to enhancing the County’s retail community.”

In recent years, through its participation at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Convention (ICSC) in Las Vegas, the County has successfully attracted retail outlets such as Harris Teeter, Nordstrom Rack, Krispy Kreme and Tanger Outlet.  These ‘wins were part of the County’s collective efforts to highlight the land, local support and incentive tools that developers community and the County are willing to contribute to ensure retailers success. 

“I’m really happy that the County is reaching out to the business community, and developers in particular to gage us on how they should they should facilitate retail in the County.  Many retailers are not aware of the purchasing power in Prince George’s County,” said Berman.  “As people begin to understand what County Executive Baker and his team have done to change and enhance the regulatory environment, and to become more business friendly, I believe we will have more national and regional presence in the County.  My family has been developing in this County for generations, and this is the best it has ever been. Now is a great time to bring national brokers to Prince George’s County to experience firsthand what the County is all about.”

Attendees complimented the County on its ability to showcase Prince George’s County at the ICSC conventions and were also shared concerns about the changing face of retail.  Many were pleased to recognize that the County is, in fact looking to change the retail attraction program and are developing initiatives that, in conjunction with the Convention, would have a stronger impact in showcasing the County. 

“Our goal is to showcase the genuine opportunities that exist throughout Prince George’s County,” said EDC Business Development Director, Larry Hentz.  “Building on our past successes, our partnership with the development community will take us to the next level.  We believe that by actually seeing these great opportunities, people will come to the realization that Prince George’s County is a great place to do business.”

Several of the developers shared their own challenges in doing business with the County in the past, and credited the tenacity and cooperation of County Executive Baker’s office and the Economic Development Corporation with making their businesses successful.  As a development community, it seemed it was important for them to ensure that other retailers had the opportunity to become a part of the dynamic business environment that is synonymous with Prince George’s County. 

“As a development community, we are doing well attracting new retailers and we are trying to achieve further momentum,” said Digby.  “There is a lot of energy in the County.  It is very refreshing to see Jim Coleman and the EDC bringing developers together in these type of forums.  Having worked in the County for more than 11 years, this is the best I’ve seen the County and the business community working together.  We want to continue to make things happen in Prince George’s County.”

The EDC and the County will attend the ICSC Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 21st through 24th, 2017.  For more information on retail business development or to become a part of the Prince George’s County delegation to ICSC, contact Larry Hentz (lhentz@co.pg.md.us) or call 301-583-4650.  

21
Nov

Prince George's County Building A Dynasty With China

 

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (c) with members Greater Washington China Investment Center and visiting Chinese Delegation)Washington, D.C., November 21, 2016 - Today, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman gave the keynote address to more than 30 high level Chinese business leaders during a seminar hosted by the Greater Washington China Investment Center in Washington, D.C.  This invitation only event, requested by the China General Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the U.S. China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, centered on the risks and opportunities of investing in the United States.  As Prince George's County is known throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area for its booming investment climate, Mr. Coleman highlighted the plethora of development projects that are sprouting up all over the County and how each member of the delegation can become a part of this exciting time in Maryland's history.
 
"Prince George's County is serious about doing business," said Coleman. "Our County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, is completely committed to building strong relationships with China as well as several other targeted, high growth countries. With our rapidly growing economy and more than $10 billion in the pipeline for new construction over the next 18 months, it is important for us to build bridges with our international neighbors that can help transform investment and trade in Prince George's County; making it the true Gateway to the U.S. Market."
 
Mr. Coleman shared County Executive Baker's International Business plan, which the EDC is executing through targeted business mission trips, advertising its County-wide foreign trade zone designation, and cultivating relationships with targeted countries through mutual briefings with foreign embassies.  Coleman also announced that County Executive Baker will be leading a business mission to Korea and China in April 2017.  Several of the delegation members expressed interest in meeting with the mission delegates upon their arrival in China.
 
The Greater Washington China Investment Center (GWCIC) President Bill Black, an expert on Chinese foreign direct investment has partnered with the EDC on several occasions to match make Chinese investors with projects in Prince George's County.  GWCIC is a public-private partnership designed to help small to mid-sized Chinese companies seeking to go global with a guided entrance to the U.S. market. 
 
"Today was an extraordinary event, having Chinese business leaders here and seeing the best of Washington," said Black.  "This was a very unique experience.  Having Jim Coleman's presentation really demonstrated the special characteristics of Prince George's County that make it such an attractive place to do business."
 
For more information on international business development or the China Business Center, contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650 or go to our website www.pgcedc.com.
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10
Nov

SBA Certifies 31 'Emerging Leaders' As Next Top Companies In The Region
EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (3rd from left) with John Huggins, Prince George's County Emerging Leaders Instructor and the 2016 Washington D.C. Metro Area Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders graduates from Prince George's CountyWashington, D.C., November 10, 2016 - Yesterday, 31 local entrepreneurs were given the unique opportunity to graduate from the Washington DC Metro Area Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders program.  This enterprising seven month program consisted of two Emerging Leaders classes for 2016; one in Prince George's County, Maryland and one in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority served as co-sponsors and host sites for this year's classes.  The Prince George's County class was comprised of sixteen companies; 12 were from Prince George's County, and the remaining four came from D.C. or Montgomery County.  The remaining 15 companies were from the Fairfax area.
 
"I challenged these graduates to think past their bottom lines and to think about their legacies," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.  "The information and the expertise they received from this program mean nothing if they do not pay it forward to help their communities thrive.  There is no better social program to uplift a community than a good, high-wage job; and that is just what these CEO's have to offer. The EDC is delighted to be a part of the SBA's Emerging Leaders program and we look forward to a great partnership to mutually benefit everyone." 
 
The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities.  The initiative provides local executives with the organizational framework, resource network and motivation to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development in urban communities. By being situated so close to the hub of government contracting activity, with this new certification, these local companies are uniquely situated to take advantage of the $460 billion the government spends each year.
 
Now in its third year, the Washington DC Metro Area SBA Emerging Leaders program has been touted by current and former graduates as the best thing they have ever done for their businesses.  The business executives were challenged to learn more about the 'business of business' by examining and setting goals for their business, updating their growth plans, and learning how to market and sell the business, identify real customers, and how to properly hire people.  One of the most important components of the class was understanding financing.  Executives learned the finer points of financing and revenues, understanding the right questions to ask and who to ask for help when it is needed.  Their final project was to present a growth plan based on what they learned in the program to a panel of industry experts.  Executives who did not finish the growth plan could not graduate from the program.
 
"It is important for every business to participate in a program like 'Emerging Leaders' to gain 'business knowledge' if they are interested in building sustainable operations," said John Huggins, President of Last Mile Broadband and Prince George's County Emerging Leaders instructor. "I believe in the value of programs that give businesses that 'business knowledge' which most of them are missing.  Building a sustainable business or establishing legacy wealth is simply a dream without increasing your business knowledge. Companies must make the time to understand business so that they can continue to grow and create legacy wealth."
 
For more information on starting or growing small business, contact Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Development Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

01
Nov

From Desert To Oasis, EDC Updates County Council On Plans To Bring New Life To Food Deserts
Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC (left) with Council Member Andrea Harrison, (center) and Cailey Locklair Tolle, President of the Maryland Retailers Association at PZED Committee HearingUpper Marlboro, MD, November 1, 2016 - Last week, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman appeared before the Prince George's County Council Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee (PZED) to discuss trends in retail, particularly grocery stores, as well as the County's plans for continued investment in existing stores in the region.  Mr. Coleman and Business Development Director, Larry Hentz highlighted the causes that are contributing to food deserts in the County and outlined the strategies the EDC is engaging to address this regional trend and ensure that quality grocers are thriving throughout the County.
 
"We will not tolerate third world access to healthy food choices for any of our residents in Prince George's County," said Coleman.  "At the EDC, we are committed to first world access to quality grocery stores which improves our health and ultimately brings down the cost of medical care in the County. We pledge to make healthy food options available for all and to leave no resident behind!"
 
Sections of Prince George's County have been labeled 'food deserts' by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the lack of fresh food choices available in local grocery stores.  In some areas, primarily inside the Beltway, individuals must travel a significant distance away from their homes before they find a full service grocery store.  The EDC has been diligently working with regional officials from the top grocers in the Metropolitan area, as well as newer grocery store chains to eliminate those deserts.  Many of these grocery chains are moving toward a new model for the delivery of their services, including home delivery and online shopping as a means of providing residents with fresh produce from local farmers, keeping store costs down, and respecting the needs of their customers. 
 
In developing an in-depth strategy to stem the tide of food deserts in Prince George's County, the EDC is: 1) meeting with regional headquarters for grocery stores on a regular basis; 2) participating in regional and national conferences to identify and attract new grocers; 3) encouraging current grocery store chains to expand; 4) developing a list of possible backfill grocery stores from outside the area; and 5) utilizing economic development tools such as the Grocery Store Tax Credit and Enterprise Zone Tax Credits,workforce training and employment services, site tours, and attendance at the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference.  As a result of these current strategies, five new grocery stores have opened in Prince George's County in the past 18 months, and a College Park Whole Foods will open this quarter.
 
"For quite a while now, the Council has been concerned about why grocers are leaving our communities; especially the larger ones because they have such a presence," said County Council Member Andrea Harrison (Dist. 5). "Today, we learned more about how to embrace the new strategies that will allow all of our grocers to provide products for all of our residents.  We truly appreciate the EDC's phenomenal presentation, which provided the insight and research support to help us understand what is going on much clearer."
 
Council members were pleased to hear about other incentives and partnerships that the EDC is working, including converting older shopping centers into food depots for convenient shopping in food deserts.  They were also pleased to hear that Weis and LIDL are coming to the market, Harris Teeter is searching for more County locations, Whole Foods and Walmart are assessing this market, and several independent grocery concepts that will be expanding into the County.  Council members also heard from Cailey Locklair Tolle, President of the Maryland Retailers Association and Dyana Forester, Community and Political Lead Representative with UFCW Local 400.
 
For more information about grocery store strategies to eliminate food deserts in Prince George's County, contact Larry Hentz, EDC Business Development Director, at 301-583-4650 or lhentz@co.pg.md.us
 
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21
Oct

EDC's 'Thirsty For Business Thursday' Connects Local Businesses With New Clients And New Opportunities

 

Local businesses made networking fun and easy at Dave & Buster's in Capitol HeightsCapitol Heights, MD, October 21, 2016 - Last night, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and their 'posse' descended upon Dave & Buster's in Capitol Heights for the October edition of 'Thirsty (For Business) Thursday' to combine fun and games with networking. EDC Chief Operating Officer, Paul Rowe welcomed the local businesses to not only network and start the process of making deals but to also take advantage of the arcade as a relationship building tool. Over 100 business owners were excited to speak with each other about business opportunities in the entertaining environment.

"Today is a special day for the EDC. We get to network in a fun atmosphere and make some real connections with each other," said Rowe. "It is truly important that we have fun engaging our potential clients, partners and new friends. Our business owners did just that when they brought their one-pagers and business cards to share. We are proud to be the matchmakers of Prince George's County!"

Dave & Buster's, along with Corvias Solutions, Tandem Financial & Consulting Group and Paparazzi for Hire graciously sponsored last night's event. Dave & Buster's also provided a buffet with some of their hottest menus items for the event's guests to enjoy.

Local business owners and agencies officials from all over the County continue to come out network with federal, State and local government officials, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed, collaborative and social environment. Each month, T4BT draws more newcomers into the 'posse'.

"This is my first time coming to 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday and I'm so glad that my friend asked me to come," said Jacqueline Chase Hudson, owner and designer of Pearlina Designs in Clinton, MD. "I have been in business for four years and am ready to take my next big step and work on my business full-time. The best thing I took away from T4BT is the flyer about Webinar Wednesdays. I plan to attend next week and I'm definitely going back to YouTube to view the ones I have missed. This information will really help me go to the next level."

The next opportunity to network with the EDC and their 'posse' will be on Friday, November 4th when it will host 'Clean Tech Demo Day' for building owners and investors looking for cutting edge ways to reduce their energy costs. This event will take place from 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. at the new EDC office in National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. Please visit www.pgcedc.com/events or contact Nicole Edwards at (301) 583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us. Space is limited.

 

 

 

20
Oct

Sneak Peak Of Development And Construction Opportunities In Prince George's County At Trade Association Breakfast

 

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman speaking to Maryland Associated General Contractors of America at the Economic Outlook Breakfast)Linthicum, MD, October 20, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman spoke at the Maryland Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) annual Construction and Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore. Regional leaders from commercial construction companies, subcontractors, material suppliers and service providers, who depend on the economic vitality of Prince George's County and the region for their livelihoods were very interested to learn about the prospective developments and construction opportunities that may be coming online in 2017.

"With more than $10 billion in the pipeline for new construction over the next 18 months, Prince George's County is on fire," said Coleman. "Our economic climate is healthy; job creation is up, private investment is up and construction projects are up. After many years of waiting for the Regional Medical Center, just this week, County Executive Baker was able to get the Certificate of Need approved and we will be breaking ground on a brand new hospital in the first quarter of next year. Along with the opening of MGM National Harbor on December 8th, and the exciting mixed use developments projects sprouting up around the County's five targeted Metro Stations, it's time to cut the crap and close the gap on construction in Maryland."

Attendees also heard from the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson who told them to expect more airport construction in the region and that there are great opportunities for expansion throughout the State. Simonson cautioned the contractors that there are not enough carpenters, plumbers, and glazers in the pipeline, which could make projects more difficult to complete. Maryland AGC of America President and CEO Champe McCulloch believes that it is important for the trade association to keep its member to gain insight into the outlook for construction and development activities in the central part of Maryland, especially as it relates to trends in the region.

"We are grateful to Jim Coleman and his Economic Development team for sharing their strategies in capitalizing on the success of National Harbor with us today," said McCulloch. "Prince George's County's attractiveness to millennials gives them an environment to be diverse in multiple skill sets."

Economic development experts from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Montgomery Counties and the Baltimore Development Corporation also spoke from their respective perspectives about prospective development and construction opportunities in their jurisdictions.

The Maryland Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America is a part of the nation's largest and oldest trade association for the construction industry. AGC of America represents more than 26,000 firms, including 6,500 of America's leading general contractors, 9,000 specialty contracting firms, and over 10,000 service providers and suppliers.

For information on how the EDC can assist businesses with access to capital, site selection and other business support services, contact John Mason, Director of Economic Development (jamason@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

18
Oct

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration Opens Doors For Individuals With Differing Abilities

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman addressing Local Business Leaders at The Arc of Prince George's County Inclusion Works BreakfastForestville, MD, October 18, 2016 - Today, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the featured speakers participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month at The Arc of Prince George's County's 'Inclusion Works' Breakfast. Robert Malone, Executive Director of The Arc of Prince George's County, Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc of the United States, along with other top executives from companies such as Comcast, Thompson Creek, University of Maryland, the Federal Communications Commission and State Senator Joanne C. Benson were also in attendance to celebrate the important role individuals with differing abilities plays in workforce diversity. Partnering with the EDC and The Arc of Prince George's County was Comcast NBCUniversal; an employer partner that contributed a computer learning lab to The Arc's Employment Center to assist its clients in becoming more familiar and confident with computer technology.

"The EDC is proud to be a part of the good work that is going on here at The Arc of Prince George's County," said Coleman. "National Disability Employment Awareness Month is all about inclusion; leveling the playing field and not leaving anyone behind. Today is a great opportunity for us to reflect and to celebrate the 'angel network' of employer partners that have already committed to doing all they can to assist individuals with differing abilities get back to work and become productive members of our County. EDC will be joining that network very soon and I encourage other business to do the same. I am committed to putting my money where my mouth is plan to employ from the disabled community as soon as possible. Everyone counts in Prince George's County."

The Arc of Prince George's County, a membership organization with 600 members that include people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, the professionals who work with them, and other concerned citizens. Through its partnerships with the business community, companies gain a greater understanding of how individuals with disabilities are trained, prepared and supported to go into the business world.

"Today we are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month to celebrate the skills and talents and commitment that people with disabilities bring to the workplace," said Malone. "The purpose of today's event is to get rid of some myths and fears that people may have about the concept of hiring people with disabilities. We also want to make sure that the business community knows that The Arc and the EDC are here to partner with them to make sure they have a strong, consistent and reliable workforce. It's a fantastic day for us at The Arc of Prince George's County."

Today's event was also a celebration of the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate the business community about the value of a diverse workforce, inclusive of their skills and talents. Thompson Creek, the University of Maryland and the Federal Communications Commission are just a few of the local employers who have hired individuals with differing abilities. Each company, represented by both its company 'champion' and its employee with differing abilities, spoke on the importance workplace inclusiveness in giving individuals with differing abilities the opportunity to succeed without judgment or fears. The employees stressed their gratification and sense of pride in being able to go to work. But today's event was not just a celebration, it was a call to action to the business community to raise the bar and provide more employment opportunities to the disabled community.

"Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation continued to demonstrate its support for the hardest to serve in Prince George's County!" said Walter Simmons, Director of Workforce Service at the EDC. "Through partnerships with The Arc of Prince George's County and local employers, highlighting the abilities of our disabled community and the successes they are experiencing in workplaces, there isn't a question of 'If a person with disabilities can be successful on a job site?' The question is 'How much success is available for that person?' Everyday our staff are working, asking the 'right' questions to ensure that EVERYONE in the County has the opportunity to have success and wealth in Prince George's County."

For more information on workforce development and job placement services, contact Jeffrey Swilley (jswilley@co.pg.md.us), EDC's Assistant Director of Business Services at 301-618-8400.

 

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17
Oct

Tech Bosses Join Forces To Upstart County Ecosystem

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (3rd from the Right) with Technology Roundtable participantsNational Harbor, MD -Last week, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a Technology Executives Roundtable sponsored by the Peterson Companies at their impressive National Harbor headquarters along the Potomac River waterfront. The Roundtable discussion allowed for top technology leaders to discuss how the EDC, Prince George's County Tech Council, and regional firms can work together to share trends and create more tech opportunities in Prince George's County. EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman likened this Roundtable to the building of a community to rival Silicon Valley.

"The Roundtable is just the start of a powerful relationship with the Prince George's County Tech Council and the technology community," said Coleman. "Prince George's County is blessed to have the talent and the ability to start up our own ecosystem to support these great companies in the technology sector. Listening and learning from the top bosses in the industry gives me confidence that within the next three years, we will have created thousands of high-wage, competitive jobs in a nurturing technology community and become a global leader."

Participants in last week's Roundtable seized the opportunity to share their expertise on trends in technology, as well as voice their strong support for engaging in open, candid and results-driven dialogue with their colleagues.

"The time is now," said Alfred G. Edwards, President & CEO of Exceed Corporation. "The County couldn't be better positioned to have top thought leaders join forces to expand and strengthen the technology sector."

The Roundtable also has the support of the Prince George's County Tech Council.

"The EDC's 'Technology Executives Roundtable' is the first step in organizing our tech community in Prince George's County," said Tony Marshall, President of the Prince George's County Tech Council. "The Prince George's County Tech Council welcomes the partnership and collaboration with PGCEDC on their Technology Executives Roundtable initiative."

The Roundtable will meet monthly to share the latest trends in the technology sector, discuss opportunities to bolster the technology ecosystem, and develop strategies to create a culture of innovation in Prince George's County in collaboration with the Prince George's County Tech Council. The Roundtable also plans to participate in job fairs and meet-ups while fostering a relationship with the Tech Council to make the County a place that tech companies come and thrive.

To learn more about the Technology Executives Roundtable, please contact Veronica Jeon at vjeon@vagencyinc.com or Lori Valentine, EDC Communications Director at 240-478-7336.

 
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12
Oct

EDC Building Relationships To Build Ports In Liberia

 

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (3rd from left) with members of the Liberian Delegation, local business leaders and Team EDC)Largo, MD, October 12, 2016 - This morning, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a delegation of ten government and business leaders from Liberia who are looking to share investment opportunities with Prince George's County, specifically their vast port system. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team, along with EDC Board Member Eric Henderson, and local business moguls shared their insight regarding U.S. investment and trade in Africa. Through passionate dialogue, it became apparent that a partnership between Prince George's County and the Port Authority of Liberia will have very fruitful returns for both sides.

"I have a personal interest in helping to make Liberia's economy thrive," said Coleman. "When I learned of my family's direct connection to the very foundation of Liberia, I knew that there would be no better time for us to leverage our relationships and resources to find investment opportunities that will create jobs and rebuild a flourishing business environment in this port community. Today's discussion has helped us cross a bridge to bring my 'cousins' together with the resources we have in Prince George's County and in the United States."

Members of the delegation included Gabriel Williams from the Embassy of Liberia, Gerald F.B. Cooper, Planning Chair with Marylanders for Progress (Liberia) Inc., the Honorable John G. Bestman, Chair of the Board of the Liberia National Port Authority and David Williams, Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia. Mr. Williams provided a detailed overview of the port system in Liberia and its value proposition for redevelopment.

"We are delighted to have been a part of today's briefing as we discussed how we can create a linkage between the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and the Port Authority of Liberia," said Williams. "This is an exciting time for Liberia as a result of the renaissance that has taken place in the country as a whole, but in particular the ports. We had a very interactive discussion about the port systems and how we can go about getting capital for some of the projects. We hope to establish a committee to have further discussions about collaborations that we intend to pursue. We are very glad to be here and express our gratitude to Mr. Jim Coleman and the entire EDC Team."

Members of the delegation were extremely interested in how the County and the U.S. can utilize its vast resources to bring foreign investors and better opportunities with key business owners to redevelop and diversify the ports of Liberia. During their lively discussion, EDC Board member Eric Henderson suggested that the group formally adopt a memorandum of understanding that specifically identifies the most profitable investment opportunities in Liberia. With this document in hand, the EDC will be able to share Liberia's value proposition in tandem with local investment opportunities.

"I'm excited to be here to promote the interest of the Sister/State agreement with Liberia," said Morris Koffa, Co-Chair of the Maryland Liberia Sister State Committee. "I think the discussion we had today was quite interesting and something that we can build on for the future. We hope to move forward with this program and shape other relationships with the help of the EDC. Together we can form a greater community for Prince George's County and Liberia."

The Sister State agreement was established in 2007 between Liberia and the State of Maryland to further enhance cultural and historic understanding and cooperation, and to promote international trade between the USA and Liberia. The MOU that will be created as a result of today's discussions will complement the Sister State agreement by stimulating the port economy and enhancing the quality of Liberia's imports.

The EDC will host a Mutual Briefing with the Embassy of Mexico which will take place on October 14th at the EDC headquarters located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140 in Largo, MD. Local companies will be able to hear first-hand about international business opportunities in Mexico and receive an exclusive preview of Prince George's County's planned trade mission to Mexico.

To RSVP for seat at the Embassy of Mexico Mutual Briefing, visit www.pgcedc.com/events or contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

05
Oct

Local Leaders Set To Bring Back The Boom In Bladensburg Economy

Bladensburg Mayor Walter James (3rd from left); MD Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill (Center); Bladensburg Town Administrator Debi Sandlin (4th from right); EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (3rd from right); Councilmember Walter Ficklin (2nd from right) and EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden (far right) with business leaders from Bladensburg Bladensburg, MD, October 5, 2016 – Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) participated in the Bladensburg Town Hall meeting to discuss ways in which the County and State could work together to bring an economic boom to the municipality. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, engaged in an interactive discussion with Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill, Bladensburg Mayor Walter James and Bladensburg City Council Members and State Delegates about the role the Economic Development Corporation can play in connecting Bladensburg to economic opportunities.

“Bladensburg has all of the potential that is needed to be a successful municipality,” said Coleman.  “With its first railroad founded in 1845 as well as having started out as a seaport town, the potential here is endless. We have the tools at the EDC to restore Bladensburg back to its glory days and we are going to make that happen. Let’s bring back the boom in Bladensburg’s economy.”

Coleman spoke of millions of dollars in valuable resources to grow their local businesses, attract new development to the town and prepare its residents for high wage jobs.

The EDC has made the success of Bladensburg a priority throughout the year hosting its Thirsty (For Business) Thursday event as well as participating in business outreach events. Today, this effort was strengthened by Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill’s support of Bladensburg.

“Economic development is a team sport,” said Gill. “I really do believe that success starts with strong economic development policy and culture. Everyone sitting here today is a part of that culture and are a part of the team that is going to make Maryland, Prince George’s County and Bladensburg a great success!”

Bladensburg Mayor Walter James hosted the Town Hall meeting and voiced his excitement to continue to build a thriving business community.

“We are happy to have Mr. Coleman and Secretary Gill in Bladensburg today,” said James. “Today we talk about economic development and sustainability and our city looks forward to the support of the EDC and the Department of Commerce in continuing to grow our economy.”

For more information on how the Economic Development Corporation can help your business grow, contact us at 301-583-4650.

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30
Sep

Prince George's County Selected As Host Nation For The 2016 Miss World Festival

 

 

 

Jim Coleman (Far Left) Served as a Judge for the 2016 Miss World America CompetitionLargo, MD, September 30, 2016 - Last week, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Coleman announced that the 2016 Miss World Festival will be held in Prince George's County. As the largest and the longest running international competition in existence, Miss World will bring more than 3000 visitors from around the world to the region and its Grande Finale will be televised in over 180 countries. According to Miss World officials, the Festival will be seen by more than two billion viewers.

"This is a big win for Prince George's County. I am honored and elated to have had a small part in bringing this wonderful pageant to Prince George's County," said Coleman. "Being able to facilitate this partnership between festival officials, the Petersons at National Harbor and government without any taxpayer money in the mix is a 'Win/Win' for everyone. Not only is this the very first time that this festival has been held in the United States, it is also one of the biggest events that have ever been held in Prince George's County. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the County's outstanding assets to the world and we are proud to be a part of it."

Over the years, the presence of a Miss World competition has shown to have brought in upwards of $8 million to $10 million - conservatively - to countries who have hosted the competition in the past. As Mrs. Julia Morley, Chairman and CEO of Miss World Limited and competition officials took on the task of locating a venue for the Miss World Festival this year, Prince George's County, Maryland was one of serveral cities they visited in the United States. However, after meeting with Prince George's County officials, specifically EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, and seeing the ambience of the Gaylord at National Harbor, the decision was made to hold the 2016 Miss World Grand Finale at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor.

As the host nation and county, Prince George's County can expect to see a substantial increase in economic activity and tourism as a result of the contestants from 140 countries descending on the Washington metropolitan area in late November to begin their journey to become Miss World. During the week of December 11th, contestants will arrive at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland for the final week of the Miss World Festival, culminating in the crowning of Miss World. Conservatively, the County could realize at least $5 million to $8 million increase in tourism dollars with the contestants, crew and international visitors attending the activities leading up to the Grand Finale which will be broadcast live on December 18th.

"The Miss World Organization is excited about bringing the 66th edition of the Miss World Festival to the Washington, DC region. For the first time in history, approximately 140 countries will start their journey to becoming Miss World by arrive in Washington, D.C. to and then traveling down the Potomac River to National Harbor for the final week of the festival," said Veronica Jeon, spokesperson for the 2016 Miss World Festival. "Mrs. Morley introduced 'Beauty with a Purpose' in 1972, and it is the true beauty of Miss World. Each country will bring their own 'Beauty With A Purpose' project to share with the world. We appreciate the efforts of the Prince George's County Economic Development Team in bring the festival to fruition in Prince George's County and we look forward to sharing the work being done by these phenomenal women with Prince George's County and the world."

The Miss World competition premiered in 1951 and has evolved over the years to become synonymous with charitable humanitarian efforts around the world. Its 'Beauty with a Purpose' philosophy was incorporated in 1972 to empower women across the globe who serve as role models for respective communities and have raised over a billion dollars for charities worldwide.

For more information on Festival events and programming, contact Veronica Jeon at vjeon@vagencyinc.com.

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28
Sep

EDC Partners With Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber To Bring Procurement Opportunities To Local Companies

 

 

 

(l. to r.: EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden; EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman; Former BWCC Board Chair Ray Plummer; BWCC Membership Director Nancy LaJoice; FSC First Business Development Manager Steward Smith; BWCC Board Chair Eric Harris)Laurel, MD, September 28, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among several guest speakers at the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) Procurement Opportunity Outreach Session at the Patuxent Greens Country Club. BWCC Chairman of the Board Eric Harris, in collaboration with MGM National Harbor, coordinated the procurement forum to provide information to the more than 100 subcontractors and vendors from the area about the services MGM National Harbor would be in need of as they countdown for their grand opening in December. Mr. Coleman provided the attendees with an overview of the numerous development projects on the horizon in Prince George's County and talked about the services the EDC has to help businesses increase their capacity and grow.

"The EDC is delighted to have a role in creating one of the most fascinating cities in the world - downtown Prince George's County; also known as National Harbor," said Coleman. "We are fortunate to have great leadership in County Executive Baker, great partners like MGM National Harbor and the BWCC and we are laser focused on being able to grow the number of jobs and increase the median household income in this region. Each day, my team of professionals is working to help local businesses expand. We know that when businesses are doing well, they grow and create more jobs, which helps families, schools, police departments and the community in general live sustainable lives. With all of the development taking place here, now is the best time in the world to expand into Prince George's County."

MGM National Harbor has partnered with numerous economic development organizations over the last 18 months, including the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, to keep local small businesses abreast of the procurement opportunities at their new site. The purpose of the Procurement Opportunity Outreach Session was to provide information about the status of projects taking place at MGM National Harbor Resort, as well as give local vendors specific information about the types of services MGM National Harbor is looking for now. Vendors were also told about the bidding process MGM utilizes and their timetable for awarding decisions.

"We are very pleased to have been able to work with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, especially on the construction side of the project," said Barbara Holder, Senior Diversity Manager for MGM National Harbor. "Thus far, this has been a very successful partnership, ensuring that Prince George's County residents are employed on the MGM resorts. We are looking forward to bigger and better things as we move forward into the operation phase of the project and are wishingpganguly@co.pg.md.us for success all the way around."

The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Board Chair moderated the Outreach Session, which also heard from Steward Smith from the Prince George's County Financial Services Corporation (FSC First). The BWCC, the only regional chamber in Maryland partnered with MGM National Harbor to networking, information and growth resources for local companies interested in doing business with MGM National Harbor. After the presentations, several of the companies in attendance were able to have one-on-one meetings with MGM National Harbor representatives to talk about their credentials and how they could benefit the company.

"This event, between the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and MGM National Harbor at the Patuxent Greens Golf Club in Prince George's County, is helpful to bringing businesses, particularly small businesses to the opportunities presented by MGM's $70 million in annual local procurement," said BWCC Board Chair Eric Harris. "Jim Coleman from the EDC did a great job of showing these businesses how they can connect with that opportunity. We are delighted the EDC was a part of this event today."

Individuals interested in career opportunities at MGM National Harbor should email their resume for consideration to pgonestop.events@co.pg.md.us or contact the Prince George's County One Stop Career Center by October 5th at 301-618-8425.

For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the EDC Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4602.

 

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26
Sep

EDC’s ‘Thirsty For Business Thursday’ Draws Record Crowds For Economic Development Week

 

(L-R: Britta Vander Linden, EDC Chief of Staff; Tony Marshall, Ve Water Owner; Dr. Cynthia Morrison, Founder of Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC; Shelly Gross-Wade, FSC First President & CEO; Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO; Darla Garrett, Maryland Department of Financing Program Manager ; Nichelle Holmes, EDC Development Manager; Al Tillman, Ve Water Owner; Henry C. Turner, Marlton Golf Club Owner; Vann B. Jones, Marlton Golf Club Owner)Upper Marlboro, MD, September 22, 2016 – On Thursday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) took its signature networking event ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” (T4BT) to another level as more than 300 people came out to the Marlton Golf Club in Upper Marlboro to network and to celebrate ‘Economic Development Week’ in Maryland.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, partnering with FSC First President and CEO Shelly Gross-Wade highlighted the economic development achievements that are taking place in Prince George’s County and announced the recent recipients of the County’s $2 million Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Small Business FLEX Fund.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Prince George’s County is on fire.  The word is getting out that Prince George’s County is the best place to do business,” said Coleman. “Thanks to the leadership of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and great partners like FSC First, our small and minority businesses are thriving, our median household incomes are rising faster than the State’s median household incomes, and we have $10 billion in development projects in the pipeline. It’s truly morning in Prince George’s County!”

This month’s T4BT was also a celebration of Economic Development Week in Maryland, where each jurisdiction in the State recognizes the efforts of its economic development professionals.  This year, the County celebrated with a resolution from the County Council recognizing Prince George’s County’s Economic Development Corporation, FSC First, and the Conference and Visitors Bureau are important components of Maryland’s economic success.

Guest speaker, Shelly Gross-Wade capped off the evening by announcing to the over-capacity crowd that Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC in Bowie, Maryland was the first local business to receive funding from the VLT Small Business FLEX Fund.  The FLEX Fund is part of the State’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account that provides 1.5% of the proceeds from video lottery terminals in targeted areas surrounding Maryland casinos.  FSC First is one of Maryland’s two minority VLT fund managers and assists businesses that cannot qualify for any other FSC First loan programs, but have a sound business plan, proven operation principals and realistic growth potential.  Companies at the event were anxious to learn more about the FLEX Fund and the other loan tools that FSC First has at their disposal. 

Ensuring each FLEX Fund Awardee’s continued success is a team effort. FSC First teamed with Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate Broker Lorenzo Wooten to secure a home for Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC. 

“The EDC does a great job at putting businesses together,” said Wooten. “I come to these events every month and meet clients for whom I am able to provide real estate solutions. I was able to find space for Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC but they needed funding. I introduced them to FSC First and she became a VLT FLEX Fund awardee.”

The Marlton Golf Club, which has a unique and storied history, was the perfect location for this month’s event.

“My business partners and I purchased the Marlton Golf Club in April of 2015,” said Vann B. Jones, Owner and CFO of the Marlton Golf Club. “Our vision is to make the Marlton the destination of choice for the community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are more than just a golf course as we have live entertainment, Sunday Brunch and are preparing to build a world-class performing arts center. We are privileged to own one of just four black-owned golf clubs in the country and are happy to host events like Thirsty (For Business) Thursday.”

Thursday night’s event was graciously sponsored by FSC First, the Marlton Golf Club, Ve Water and E. Roger Financial Group and featured a Putt and Drive Challenge.

The next opportunity to network with the EDC will be on October 14th when it hosts the Embassy of Mexico Mutual Briefing at its headquarters in Largo. Top officials from the Embassy of Mexico come to EDC to talk about trade and investment opportunities with their country. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774.  

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

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Upper Marlboro, MD – On Thursday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) took its signature networking event ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” (T4BT) to another level as more than 300 people came out to the Marlton Golf Club in Upper Marlboro to network and to celebrate ‘Economic Development Week’ in Maryland.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, partnering with FSC First President and CEO Shelly Gross-Wade highlighted the economic development achievements that are taking place in Prince George’s County and announced the recent recipients of the County’s $2 million Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Small Business FLEX Fund.

 

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Prince George’s County is on fire.  The word is getting out that Prince George’s County is the best place to do business,” said Coleman. “Thanks to the leadership of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and great partners like FSC First, our small and minority businesses are thriving, our median household incomes are rising faster than the State’s median household incomes, and we have $10 billion in development projects in the pipeline. It’s truly morning in Prince George’s County!”

 

This month’s T4BT was also a celebration of Economic Development Week in Maryland, where each jurisdiction in the State recognizes the efforts of its economic development professionals.  This year, the County celebrated with a resolution from the County Council recognizing Prince George’s County’s Economic Development Corporation, FSC First, and the Conference and Visitors Bureau are important components of Maryland’s economic success.

 

Guest speaker, Shelly Gross-Wade capped off the evening by announcing to the over-capacity crowd that Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC in Bowie, Maryland was the first local business to receive funding from the VLT Small Business FLEX Fund.  The FLEX Fund is part of the State’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account that provides 1.5% of the proceeds from video lottery terminals in targeted areas surrounding Maryland casinos.  FSC First is one of Maryland’s two minority VLT fund managers and assists businesses that cannot qualify for any other FSC First loan programs, but have a sound business plan, proven operation principals and realistic growth potential.  Companies at the event were anxious to learn more about the FLEX Fund and the other loan tools that FSC First has at their disposal.

 

Ensuring each FLEX Fund Awardee’s continued success is a team effort. FSC First teamed with Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate Broker Lorenzo Wooten to secure a home for Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC.

 

“The EDC does a great job at putting businesses together,” said Wooten. “I come to these events every month and meet clients for whom I am able to provide real estate solutions. I was able to find space for Children First Community Urgent Care, LLC but they needed funding. I introduced them to FSC First and she became a VLT FLEX Fund awardee.”

 

The Marlton Golf Club, which has a unique and storied history, was the perfect location for this month’s event.

 

“My business partners and I purchased the Marlton Golf Club in April of 2015,” said Vann B. Jones, Owner and CFO of the Marlton Golf Club. “Our vision is to make the Marlton the destination of choice for the community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are more than just a golf course as we have live entertainment, Sunday Brunch and are preparing to build a world-class performing arts center. We are privileged to own one of just four black-owned golf clubs in the country and are happy to host events like Thirsty (For Business) Thursday.”

 

Thursday night’s event was graciously sponsored by FSC First, the Marlton Golf Club, Ve Water and E. Roger Financial Group and featured a Putt and Drive Challenge.

 

The next opportunity to network with the EDC will be on October 14th when it hosts the Embassy of Mexico Mutual Briefing at its headquarters in Largo. Top officials from the Embassy of Mexico come to EDC to talk about trade and investment opportunities with their country. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. 

 

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

 

 

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20
Sep

EDC President & Ceo Jim Coleman Announces Prince George’s County $5,000 Median Household Income Increase At Maryland Chamber Of Commerce Conference

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman 'Wows' MD Chamber of Commerce Conference in Cambridge, MDCambridge, MD, September 15, 2016 – EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman provided remarks on behalf of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy and Competitiveness Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Over 200 people attended the luncheon to kick off the conference that brought together influential business, policy and academic leaders from around Maryland to talk about business growth and public policy. Mr. Coleman participated in a panel discussion and presented excited new development and economic activities in Prince George’s County.

“Everything that should be up is up, and everything that should be down is down in Prince George’s County,” said Coleman. “Because of the leadership of County Executive Baker, the median household income in Prince George’s County rose by $5,000 in the past year. More companies are growing and the County’s tax-base has increased because of hot new development projects like MGM National Harbor. Our schools are doing much better. Crime is down and the unemployment rates are down as a result of the creation of thousands of jobs. This is how we do it in Prince George’s County!”

According to reports by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, the median household income in Prince George’s County increased from $72,290 to $76,741, one of the largest increases in the country.  Overall, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state with an increase to $75,847.

The economic development leaders in the audience were wowed by the good news about Prince George’s County. Many inquired about the bountiful opportunities available in Prince George’s County and how they could take part in the future success that Mr. Coleman is confident will take place.

To learn more about economic development opportunities in Prince George’s County, join the EDC on September 22nd as it partners with FSC First to host Thirsty (For Business) Thursday at the Marlton Golf Club, 9413 Midland Turn, Upper Marlboro, MD. Business leaders interested in making impactful connections to grow their business should not miss this event.

To RSVP for Thirsty (For Business) Thursday, please visit: www.pgcedc.com/events. Also, be sure to follow the Prince George's County EDC company page on LinkedIn (click here) to stay informed about key business news.

20
Sep

Wheels Of Progress Turning In Prince George’s County – On Purpose

 

County Council Chair Derrick Davis (c); Darla Garrett, Finance Program Manager, MD Department of Commerce; Shelley Gross-Wade, President & CEO, FSC First; Thomas Himler, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, County Executive Baker’s Office; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, County Executive Baker’s Office along with local small business owners at Economic Development Week Kick OffLargo, MD, September 20, 2016 - Members of the press and the business community gathered at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on Monday, September 19 to join top officials from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III's office kicked off Economic Development Week with two new initiatives geared towards bolstering the success of local small and minority-owned businesses.  Celebrating the great economic development successes the County has experienced during the Baker Administration, County officials stated that this success was not by accident. Joining the celebration was Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, Prince George's County Financial Services Corporation President and CEO Shelly Gross-Wade, and Maryland Department of Commerce Financing Program Manager Darla Garrett. 

"The announcements that were made during the kick-off of Maryland Economic Development Week by FSC First show our continued commitment  to expanding our commercial tax base and helping local, small and minority businesses grow," said County Executive Baker. "With our housing values up over 65% since 2011, over $7 billion of investment into our economy and thousands of new jobs created, it is safe to say that our economic strategies are paying off.  What better time to celebrate our success than Economic Development Week."

FSC First President and CEO Shelly Gross-Wade announced exciting financing initiatives specifically available to local, small, minority and veteran owned entrepreneurs. The first initiative establishes a Contractor Advantage Program (CAP), capitalized with EDI Funds to support local contractors who are seeking access to a line of credit funded by a financial institution.  CAP will operate as a loan guarantee program and will back up to 25% of the line of credit from the financial institution up to $250,000.  The goal of this program is to reduce the barrier that exists between local contractors and their lending institutions to encourage the banks to establish lines of credit to finance contract mobilization.

The second initiative is the official launching of the $2 million Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Small Business FLEX Fund.  What makes this Maryland program so unique is that it is funded with 1.5% of revenues generated at its gaming facilities.  FSC First was selected to serve as one of Maryland's two minority VLT fund managers with an innovative approach to reducing the underwriting and loan approval turnaround time from six weeks to two weeks, with flexible repayment options.

"We have listened to our local entrepreneurs and are happy to announce new initiatives which are a direct response to their on-going feedback about the need for nimble financing options, quicker turnaround times, and more affordable and flexible repayment terms," said Gross-Wade.  "We are honored that the State of Maryland and County Executive Baker have chosen us to be the stewards of funds that infuse capital into local county-based businesses to create a level playing field for their success."

Today was also a celebration of Economic Development Week in Maryland, in which all 23 counties and Baltimore City, in partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), plan activities that highlight the efforts of the economic development professionals who work to enhance private sector investment by bringing jobs and commercial development to the County and the State of Maryland.  Through the funds that FSC manages, this partnership is in line with the 'Activate Prosperity' initiative led by EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.

"This type of partnership is the reason that the median household income in Prince George's County has risen $5,000 in the past year," said Coleman.  "Financial instruments like the VLT Small Business FLEX Fund and the EDI Fund are the reason that more companies are growing, more jobs have been created and the County's tax base has increased.  The iron is hot and we are excited to partner with Prince George's County and FSC First to not only celebrate our successes, but to also 'Activate Prosperity' for generations to come."

County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis expressed his excitement about the County's economic development statistic moving in the right direction.

"It is obvious to the world that Prince George's County is ready to do business and to show businesses that there are real local opportunities right here in the County," said Davis.  "Everything is moving in the right direction now.  With crime statistics moving down and education statistics moving up, economic development takes care of itself. We appreciate our partners at the EDC and their president Jim Coleman helping us to spread the word about the small businesses and the programs that make Prince George's County great."

Darla Garrett with the Maryland Department of Commerce talked about how fantastic the small business programs are in Prince George's County and congratulated FSC First on their excellent Fund Manager proposal.  The Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Account - Video Lottery Terminal Fund (VLT) is funded with 1.5% of slots revenue and has successfully used local fund managers, who know their communities, to deploy the funds.

"The VLT program is a game changer for the small business community.  Since the inception of the program, $52.2 million have been awarded to local fund managers and has leveraged $39.5 million in private sector dollars and created or retained 2,076 jobs," said Garrett.  "With FSC on board, and the strong commitment of Prince George's County, I expect VLT will continue to be a success."

Economic Development Week will continue when the EDC will host its signature networking event, 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday' at the Marlton Golf Club, 9413 Midland Turn, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Local business owners, along with local elected officials, non-profits, and government and community leaders regularly attend this exciting networking event to connect with potential clients, hear key strategies for moving their businesses to the next level, and to collaborate with business leaders and key government officials.

To reserve your space for the hottest networking event in Maryland, visit www.pgcedc.com/events or contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

13
Sep

Research Center Roundtable Sparks Farming Revolution

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman Speaks with Scientists from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center during Maryland Agricultural RoundtableBeltsville, MD, September 9, 2016 - More than 40 nationally renowned scientists and researchers from the agricultural business community, along with state and local officials came out to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) last week to participate in the inaugural Maryland Agricultural Business Roundtable. The goal of the Roundtable, created by Dr. Ellen Harris, Director of BARC, is to ignite a farming revolution, to educate the agricultural science community about the entrepreneurial side of their research, and connect scientists with the business community in an effort to bring their research to the masses. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the distinguished panelists who talked about avenues for connecting BARC research to the agricultural business community in Prince George's County and beyond.

"The EDC is proud of the matchmaking it does in the business community, regardless of the industry sector," said Coleman. "This County is on fire with possibilities and has access to a host of incentives and grants at the federal, State and local levels that can be utilized in the farming industry to help get Prince George's County residents back to work. As the great-grandson of a farmer, I know that qualified labor is very important. I am personally committed to being BARC's partner for the farming revolution, and that commitment starts today!"

The Roundtable represents the first time that the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the business community have come together to showcase how they can mutually help each other be successful. The scientists learned about technology transfer grants that they can access to move their research to commercialization. They also heard from the Chair of the Friends of Agricultural Research - Beltsville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the research accomplishments coming out of BARC. Scientists briefly shared their research projects and discussed the benefits to agriculture and everyday living.

Kim Lewers, a USDA, Agricultural Research Service scientist, working on genetic improvement for fruits and vegetables, has been working on developing a strawberry plant that will bear fruit for nine months or more, instead of the typical three weeks common in this part of the country.

"I am grateful to Dr. Harris for bringing this group of people together who are interested in economic development through agriculture in this region," said Lewers. "I believe that a lot of potential has been discovered through the presentation Mr. Coleman gave, which can help local growers reach out to retailers to move their produce. This was very exciting."

Dr. Harris created the Roundtable to generate a discussion that will bear fruit for both the scientific and business community.

"Today's inaugural Maryland Agricultural Business Roundtable was absolutely wonderful thanks to the support of the EDC," said Harris. "We had amazing presentations from my scientists, who I am so proud of, and local business leaders who will make great partners. Because we had, not only businesses, but also State and county officials to talk with our scientists, our goal for this roundtable has been met."

Key officials in attendance included State Senator Jim Rosapepe, Greenbelt Mayor Emmitt Jordan, Prince George's Department of Environment Director Adam Ortiz (representing County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III), and Maryland Department of Commerce Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship Director Peter O'Neill, and several national program leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"I found today's Roundtable to be very refreshing. Governor Hogan has made it clear to the Commerce Department that agricultural development is very important. Having the opportunity to come to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center to learn about their research, which is critical to food production in the State and the country, represents a unique opportunity to partner with many entities to work on this issue," said O'Neill. "A partnership with the EDC must happen if we are to deploy programs relevant to entrepreneurs, and larger companies. This is a jewel of a program."

For more information about how the EDC can assist in matchmaking between the agricultural community and businesses, please contact David Lewis, EDC Business Development Director at (301) 583-4650 or dklewis@co.pg.md.us. Also, be sure to follow the Prince George's County EDC company page on LinkedIn (click here) to stay informed about key business news.

 

 

 

12
Sep

Top Obama Official Endorses EDC Veterans Initiative

 

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman, EDC Acting Workforce Services Director Walter Simmons and U.S. DOL Assistant Secretary Michael Michaud congratulating Army Veteran Clinton Campbell on his conditional job offer for security services at ‘Operation 500’ Veteran Jobs and Resource FairLargo, MD, September 12, 2016 – Today, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) welcomed top Obama official Michael Michaud, Assistant Secretary for Veterans with the U.S. Department of Labor, as it deployed its second installment of ‘Operation 500’, the Veteran jobs and resource initiative geared toward securing high wage jobs for 500 Prince George’s County Veterans by January 2017. More than 30 private sector employers and resource partners participated in the Jobs and Resource Fair in which 40 Veterans walked away with solid job opportunities. Employers were excited about the amount of talent that the Prince George’s County Veteran community displayed.

“‘Operation 500’ is committed to our Veterans,” said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. “I have a strong belief in serving those who have served us. It is unacceptable for any Veteran who wants to work to be unemployed, particularly when there are more than $10 billion in projects in the pipeline in this County. The momentum is growing for job opportunities, and thanks to our employer partners, our Veterans are well on their way to get back to work. We are leaving no Veteran behind in Prince George’s County.”

Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Michaud kicked off today’s event by praising the EDC for collaborating with the Veteran community to decrease the unemployment rate. Michaud was impressed by the EDC’s being able to pair up businesses with those who are looking for jobs.

“I’m glad to be here this morning, and I commend Jim Coleman and Walter Simmons for their hard work in pulling together this great event specifically for Veterans,” said Michaud. “Having had the chance to speak with a number of the employers here today, they are very excited about hiring Veterans and are committed to doing so. As the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Vets, part of my job is to ensure that Veterans get into jobs. We will be partnering with the EDC’s workforce division to give them the assistance they need from the federal government. That’s what it is all about. Look forward to our partnership.”

Walter Simmons, Acting Director of the EDC Workforce Services Division told employer partners and Veterans why ‘Operation 500’ is the best solution to the Veteran unemployment issue.

“Maryland consistently ranks top in Veteran unemployment. Thanks to the vision of Jim Coleman and the support of County Executive Baker, we are going to put a stop to Veteran unemployment,” said Simmons. “If you are a veteran looking for a job, the Prince George’s One Stop Center is here to help you. If you are an employer looking for veterans and have had trouble finding them, look no further.”

Melissa Peterson, President and CEO of Blue Sky Innovative Solutions has benefitted from the EDC’s Hire Prince George’s program and was excited to participate in today’s event.

“As of a few days ago, we are officially a Prince George’s County company,” said Peterson. “We have had great time today interviewing candidates for positions we have available at Blue Sky, both at the senior and entry levels. One of the reasons we are so interested in Veterans is because they bring a wealth of experience, not only in IT and consulting, but also in leadership, which is critical. We are happy that the EDC has helped us identify people to work with internally, as well as with our clients.”

Army Veteran Carol Dew was one of the Veterans who attended the Jobs and Resource Fair and was very pleased with number of employer partners on site and the information they shared.

“Not only was I offered a position, all of the employers gave us great insight on what type of credentials we need to be successful with our job search,” said Dew. “I also learned today that the EDC will give us the skills we need if you’re eligible, and I am really looking forward to that. Today’s event was awesome.”

Clark Construction, another employer partner who has consistently recruited through the Prince George’s County Workforce Services Division, was also pleased with the quality and talent-pool of Veterans who came out today.

“It is always wonderful to partner with the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation to find professional and qualified individuals who may not always have traditional means of finding a job themselves,” said Nico Ramos, Business Manager for Clark Construction Group. “Coming to an event like this, where we can have a face-to-face conversation is beneficial for both parties. Today, we have met quite a few individuals that we will be following up with for employment. The EDC’s ‘Operation 500’ is the first Veteran targeted hiring outreach that was sponsored by a single county that we have ever seen, and I am delighted. This should be the norm for all local jurisdictions.”

Air Force Veteran Nicole Shaw was extremely excited to receive two conditional offers for employment today.

“Last week, I came to the EDC’s One Stop Career Center and they helped me with my resume and to get ready for today’s job fair,” said Shaw. “This is the first time I have ever attended one of these events. I just came in and started talking to everyone and now I have two conditional job offers. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

The EDC will host its next ‘Operation 500’ recruitment event on October 13th where select employers will be on site to conduct interviews and recruit veterans for open positions. This customized recruitment event will take place at EDC headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774 from 10am to 12pm.


Follow the EDC’s LinkedIn company page at ‘Prince George’s County EDC’ to stay up-to-date on the ‘Operation 500’ initiative.

 

 

 

02
Sep

EDC Helps County Job Seeker Attain The American Dream

Tami Johnson, Business Analyst, Blue Sky Innovative SolutionsLargo, MD, September 2, 2016 - In December of 2015, Tami Johnson was at a crossroads. She had completed every task that was supposed to guarantee her success and attainment of the American Dream. She graduated from high school and went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration. Still, at the end of last year, she had no job prospects and her unemployment benefits were running out. Just when her situation seemed hopeless, she received a phone call that would change her life. Kevin McNutt, a Business Consultant at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), called Tami to ask if she had recently updated her resume. After further discussion, Mr. McNutt extended an invitation for her to participate in the 'Hire Prince George's' program.

"It was just the blessing that I was looking for," said Johnson. "My consulting business wasn't going anywhere. I was interested in project management, but didn't have any experience in that area. Mr. McNutt and the EDC not only gave me the opportunity to get project management training, they also connected me with Blue Sky Innovation Solutions where I have been working as a Business Analyst since February. I am now studying to take the Project Management Professional exam to get my certification. I am proud to live in a County that allows me to live, work and play right here."

Companies are getting a bonus from the EDC through its 'Hire Prince George's' Program, which allows businesses to cut their training costs in half when they hire local dislocated workers. More than 30 companies, including Blue Sky Innovative Solutions, a small minority, women owned business solutions firm, have already taken advantage of the Program.

"We are completely motivated to 'Activate Prosperity' in our community by connecting local job seekers with the resources they need to be successful," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "Our residents deserve high-wage employment and our job creators expect and deserve talented employees. Together, we are connecting our strategic partners to ensure that both residents and employers obtain the American Dream right here in Prince George's County. We have it all and we're not shy about sharing."

The 'Hire Prince George's' Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Driven National Emergency Grant, Prince George's County utilizes these resources to provide employment related services to dislocated workers. The program provides a 'Win/Win' scenario for both job creators and job seekers by assisting employers in developing training programs for the skills the employers are looking for, training new or existing employees and working with the dislocated workers to connect their talents with the best possible jobs in the area. Companies participating in the 'Hire Prince George's' program are eligible to get 50% of their training costs and up to 90% of the costs associated with an on-the-job training salary reimbursed for up to six months.

Life for Tami Johnson is getting better and better since her encounter with the Economic Development Corporation. Not only does she have a job that she loves, she is able to give back to her community as a recruiter for Blue Sky Innovative Solutions and helping other County residents find their piece of the American Dream.

For more information about employment, training and recruiting opportunities through the "Hire Prince George's' program, contact Jeffrey Swilley at jswilley@co.pg.md.us or call 301-618-8400.

 

 

 

25
Aug

EDC Entices Top Talent From George Washington University

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (center) and EDC Team with International Affairs Graduate Students from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Largo, MD, August 25, 2016 – This morning, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a delegation of ten graduate students and alumni from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs who are looking to learn about the international activities and employment opportunities that Prince George’s County has to offer. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with his international business development and human resources teams engaged in an interactive discussion with the student delegation about the County’s focus on expanding internationally as well as the role the Economic Development Corporation plays in connecting top talent with well-paying careers in high growth companies in Prince George’s County and abroad.

“The EDC is doing a lot of outreach to the major universities in the region looking for fresh talent for our job creators. These international graduate students from George Washington University are another step the County is taking to build bridges to the future,” said Coleman. “And the best way to build bridges is to have architects that can help you to build that bridge. Today, we identified ten future architects of international business development that can help County Executive Baker build that bridge to the future and all over the world. Their eagerness and desire can help us to create more employment opportunities for our residents and job creators in Prince George’s County. We look forward to welcoming them to Prince George’s County and the EDC to help us activate prosperity all over the world.”

As part of the EDC’s efforts to bridge the gap between college students and the jobs of the future in Prince George’s County, it reached out to The Elliott School of International Affairs to participate in their 2016 Employer Site Visits program. Members of the delegation were extremely interested to learn that the County has deliberately targeted Mexico, China, Canada, Korea, South Africa and Nigeria as part of its international strategy primarily because they are the fastest growing economies in the world. The students were also interested to hear that County Executive Baker is planning a Business Exploration Mission Trip to Cuba this Fall, to open relationships with Cuban businesses and officials to discuss business and investment interests in the future.

“I am very excited to be here today to hear all about the international business development going on with the Economic Development Corporation,” said Ryan Li, Delegation leader and second year student at the Elliott School of International Affairs, studying International Trade and Policy. “Working with the EDC would be an ideal career for me. As an international student (from Beijing, China), it was good to learn that using my background from my own country can make me a more valuable employee in the United States and could help my home country in the process.”

EDC Human Resources Director Roxanne Rush and Senior Human Resources Generalist Tiffany Johnson spearheaded today’s visit as part of the EDC’s effort to bring the best talent to the agency and to the County. For 18 years, the Elliott School’s Graduate Student Career Development Office has coordinated annual employer site visits to introduce incoming graduate students to some of the most influential and reputable organizations and professionals in the field of International Affairs. The students were also impressed with the EDC’s focus on connecting local businesses to clients and partners around the world.

“Today’s event gave me a new perspective on employment opportunities right at my back door,” said Joan Lindo, GW Elliott School Alumni. “I liked how the EDC outlined its focus on creating jobs, but I was especially impressed at how they look beyond jobs to the market and trade. That really resonated with me. They talked to us about the linkage between local employers connecting abroad and doing foreign direct investment here. That is a benefit to everyone.”

For more information on employment opportunities with the Economic Development Corporation, contact Roxanne Rush (rrush@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650. For more information on the EDC’s International Business program, contact Martin Ezemma (muezemma@co.pg.md.us) or 301-883-4642.

 

 

 

24
Aug

Trailblazer Businesses Rush To Join County Executive Baker On Cuba Mission Trip

 

Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO of PGCEDC joins Margaret Pulles Machado, President of VamosGlobal and Tehani Collazo, Senior Education Advisor and Daisy Rickert, Latin Affairs Liaison from County Executive Baker’s Office take questions from the more than 20 business owners who are interested in doing business in  CubaLargo, MD, August 24, 2016 – Today, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with County officials hosted an Information Session to outline County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s upcoming Cuba Business Exploratory Mission Trip that he will lead this fall. More than twenty businesses attended the information session, eager to learn more about growth and development opportunities in Cuba. With only 20 seats available to business delegates, many reserved their spots today for this once in a lifetime event.

“County Executive Baker is a thought leader and a trendsetter and he is looking at Cuba as a place where Prince George’s County can establish itself over the next few years. He believes in building bridges, not walls, to the international community by leading Prince George’s County businesses on this historic mission,” said Coleman. “One of the best ways we can help our companies to grow is by encouraging them to be ‘pack leaders’ and not ‘herd followers.’ By attending today’s event, local companies are already setting themselves up for success. The doors are open to Prince George’s County; the Gateway to the U.S.”

County Executive Baker’s historic Cuba Business Exploratory Mission trip will take place from November 15 through November 20, 2016 and will be the first led by a Maryland official and one of the few official missions following the re-opening of embassies in both countries.

Daisy Rickert, Latin Affairs Liaison, and Tehani Collazo, Education Policy Advisory for the County Executive’s Office highlighted County Executive Baker’s four-point, long term plan for international business development, which he unveiled earlier this year. The plan includes hosting local International Business Development Summits; co-hosting trade missions with the Governor’s Department of Commerce; executing County-hosted, targeted international trade missions; and rapidly preparing and enabling our local businesses to export their goods and services to the world.

“This is an exciting time for Prince George’s County to begin to establish relations with Cuba,” said Daisy Rickert, Latin Affairs Liaison, Prince George’s County Executive’s Office. “County Executive Baker is very excited about this mission trip and really wants to be sure that Prince George’s County moves forward and its businesses are at the forefront of economic development, education and healthcare.”

Attendees received an overview of the mission itinerary from VamosGlobal President and CEO Margaret Pulles Machado, including pricing, accommodations and the business meeting schedule. Ms. Machado outlined the strategic meetings to be held with Cuban officials to discuss business and investment interests of the mission delegates. Meetings will include key representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Investment, ProCuba, the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

“There is an urgency to get things moving in Cuba and I appreciate the foresight of County Executive Baker to go there and help them catch up on lost time,” said Pulles Machado. “The past is merging with the future that many of the businesses here can become a part of. It is important to understand that Cuba is a nation that needs to be built- not rebuilt. We are going to create the opportunity for this mission to be mutually beneficial for Cuba and for Prince George’s County, Maryland.”

Mission delegates will have the opportunity to establish relationships with businesses in Cuba and to develop relationships with officials from the Capital City of Havana. The mission will also focus on creating an “Artists Exchange” program between Prince George’s County and Cuban artists and developing education-related programs between the State of Maryland and Cuban-based educational institutions.

“I am interested to learn how my company can benefit from County Executive Baker’s mission trip to Cuba,” said Javier Torres, President and CEO of the Corporate Group, LLC, a facility maintenance company in Clinton, MD. “The opportunities to develop relationships in Cuba right now are just beginning. If we can capitalize on that, within the next three to five years, companies such as mine will be able to go into Cuba to assist the building and maintaining its infrastructure. Its proximity to the United States makes it well worth the effort.”

Annette Johnson, President and CEO of CMT Services, Inc., a consulting, management and technology firm in Hyattsville, MD also expressed a sincere interest in participating in County Executive Baker’s Cuba exploratory mission trip.

“My company is a business services solution provider that does training in five industry areas and is very interested in environmental sciences and environmental health,” said Johnson. “Being a part of this mission trip could definitely expand our business and hopefully be a benefit to Cuba as waste management is very important to us.”

The total cost for each delegate to participate in County Executive Baker’s Trade Business Exploratory Mission Trip to Cuba is $5,850 per person. This price includes: round-trip airfare from BWI to Havana Cuba, five nights at the Nacional Hotel, security, local transportation, meals, entertainment and other essentials. Final payments for the Trade Mission must be paid by Friday, September 9th.

For more information on this once in a lifetime mission trip, contact Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager (naholmes@co.pg.md.us) or call 301-583-4621.

 

 

 

18
Aug

Youth Careerconnect Program Transforms 143 Youth In Summer 2016

 

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (center) with Jasmine Livingston (left-center), Kayla Thompson (right center), their families, Youth CareerConnect team members and CTV)Largo, MD, August 18, 2016- Summer 2016 has proven to be transformational for participants in the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) Youth CareerConnect Program (YCC). High School students from around the County had the opportunity to land exclusive internships with some of the nation's top businesses and academic institutes. Three students in particular, Jasmine Livingston and Jamerson Garcia from Bladensburg High School and Kayla Thompson from Fairmont Heights High School, experienced summers that changed their life's paths forever.
 
"The EDC is honored to be a part of transforming the lives of our youth," said Jim Coleman, EDC President & CEO. "Programs like Youth CareerConnect are the gateways to success and we are excited that geniuses here in Prince George's County are getting exposed to career paths that will save lives and change the world. I am truly proud of all of the summer interns employed in the County!"
 
The YCC partnered with several businesses and academic institutes to provide world-class internships for Prince George's County youth. Included in the partners are the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), and CVS Health. The students who participated in the internship programs were exposed to new career opportunities that they are now interested in pursuing.
 
"I was exposed to a new career field while interning at the NIH," said Jasmine Livingstone, a rising senior at Bladensburg High School. "I never knew that genetic counseling existed and now I can consider a career path in which I get to help people suffering from genetic disorders."
 
Not only were the students exposed to new fields, but they also gained valuable experience in a professional environment.
 
"Everyone at SSAI was really nice and helpful to me," said Kayla Thompson from Fairmont Heights High School. "I learned how the business world works and even gained skills in operating Microsoft Sharepoint and Nintex to improve workflow in the workplace. I can use these new skills throughout my career!"
 
Some students even got the opportunity to have lunch with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to celebrate their accomplishments. Jamerson Garcia from Bladensburg High School interned with CVS Health as a Crew Member and was able to attend the prestigious Youth@Work Luncheon where he got to discuss his future plans with the County Executive.
 
In total, the Youth CareerConnect program placed 143 Prince George's County Youth in internships during the summer of 2016 in the Information Technology, Government and Health Sciences sectors. The students, representing Potomac High School, Bladensburg High School and Fairmont Heights High School spent their summers with employers like Congress Woman Donna F. Edwards and at companies such as CVS, PEPCO, SGT, NIH, SSAI, Doctor's Community Hospital, and Dimensions Health Care System. Some of the student's research solutions are even being implemented by their summer employers. Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director and her team worked to ensure that each student had an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.
 
"We are extremely proud of our YCC interns," said Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director. "We are excited to be an active participant in their growth as a result giving them an opportunity to learn from our many wonderful career partners."
 
The EDC is the manager of the $7 million grant the County received for the Youth CareerConnect program in 2014. The program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school.
 
Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

12
Aug

Youth CareerConnect Students Pioneer New Frontiers With Summer Internship

(Kayla Thompson, Fairmont High School Senior and YCC Intern at Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) describes her Business Automation process to SSAI President Anoop Metha and representatives from NASA Goddard Space Center during YCC Summer Youth Employment Finale at SSAI)Lanham, MD, August 12, 2016 - Today, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly attended the Youth CareerConnect (YCC) Summer Employment Internship Finale from Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI). The President of SSAI, Anoop Metha, along with key officials from the NASA Goddard Space Center, and the Technical Assistant "TA" Coach from the U.S. Department of Labor came out hear to from the three students from Fairmont Heights High School that interned with SSAI and NASA Goddard this summer. The students are Tarrod Lee, a Fairmont Heights graduate who will be attending Bowie State University this fall, Kayla Thompson and Joseph Ward will be entering the 12th grade this fall.

"On behalf of County Executive Rushern Baker and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, we are very grateful to NASA Goddard and SSAI for the economic impact they have on Prince George's County; not only with the Youth CareerConnect Program, but also with the partnerships they have formed with neighboring high schools," said Ganguly. "The skills and innovations that the students have learned from being here, can literally change a life. These students may someday become the scientists that will help determine new sciences and the global events that determine how we live and how we grow."

SSAI is a Prince George's County based company that has grown from a one-person operation to an organization employing more than 700 full time employees across the county. Recognized as one of the leading providers of scientific research and development, engineering, and information analytic services across the range of Earth and space science disciplines, SSAI also have a deep commitment to community involvement and has several scholarship programs for students in Prince George's County.

"SSAI's partnership with Prince George's EDC continues to advance and strengthen," said Metha. "It's wonderful to see that EDC is not only focused on building sustainable business environment but also focused on building a pipeline for future workforce. It was gratifying to see how well our interns performed and how passionate they were in learning new skills. We believe all of us benefited from this experience and exceeded the goals and objectives of the YCC program."

"We are extremely proud of our YCC interns," said Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director. "We have witnessed their achievements and how they will benefit the efficiency of SSAI in the very near future. We are excited about their success and their future."

The Youth CareerConnect Initiative is a program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education and administered locally through the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation to strengthen America's talent pipeline. Over the course of this 4-year program, 2500 students from Bladensburg High School, Fairmont Heights High School and Potomac High School will be exposed to mentorships in the fields of information technology and healthcare.

"Having these interns this summer has been a tremendous value to us," said Stephen Cohen, Contracting Officers Representative at NASA Goddard Space Center. "Their work has been truly impressive and I'm sure is going to grow even more impressive in the future. I would love for them to work with us again next summer."

Students who were part of the YCC summer program, which placed a total of 142 students in internships around the County at companies such as CVS, PEPCO, SGT, Doctor's Community Hospital, and Dimensions Health Care System, were involved in projects at SSAI and NASA Goddard that solved problems such as new website development, malware detection and prevention, and business card process automation. With hands on experience and minimal guidance, students presented their solutions using SharePoint technology and Nintex platforms that representatives from NASA Goddard and SSAI are planning to implement soon.

"I appreciate the opportunity to work in the YCC program and at SSAI," said Kayla Thompson, Senior at Fairmont Heights High School. "It has allowed me to learn how to interact with other people in the business world and helped me see what it is like to be a leader on a big project."

Students were also able to use their inquisitive minds and learn how to manage the challenges that can develop between a work and life balance.

"I'm extremely proud of Kayla's attention to quality when producing for SSAI," said Mrs. Thompson (Kayla's Mom). "She has truly proved herself to be a leader. I appreciate the opportunity for this program to allow her to enter the workforce, but it has also taught her balance. Every kid doesn't have the opportunity to make this their first work experience."

Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

11
Aug

Civility Management Solutions Dumps D.C. For Hyattsville Address

 

Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO, PGCEDC Congratulates Laurie Artis, President and CEO of Civility Management Solutions at Open HouseHyattsville, MD, August 11, 2016 - Yesterday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 'Chief Excitement Officer' Jim Coleman attended the Grand Opening of the new offices of Civility Management Solutions in Hyattsville to celebrate the success of a vision being realized. Being 'bullish' on connecting people to resources and opportunities, the EDC partnered with Pastor Mike Freeman and the Spirit of Faith Christian Center earlier this year for a Small Business and Job Seeker Summit where Civility President and CEO Laurie Artis gained a new spirit of faith and became inspired to grow and expand her business in Prince George's County. Well-wishers from the federal level, the faith-based community and the veteran community were on hand as Ms. Artis officially opened their new Hyattsville headquarters.

"This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate yet another business 'Success Story'. We are glad to have been able to help Civility Management Solutions 'Activate Prosperity' and move mountains to help them receive their success," said Coleman. "Laurie has built a business that is sustainable and growing. We want to replicate her success throughout the County through the resources we have at the EDC. This is exactly what County Executive Rushern Baker and I want to happen for every business in Prince George's County."

Through her partnership with the EDC, Ms. Artis was been able to hire Prince George's County residents, network with local businesses to develop a larger client base, and move to a new headquarters within a HUB Zone - a Historically Underutilized Business Zone - which is a Small Business Administration program geared toward promoting economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities.

"A little less than a year ago, I was contemplating moving our offices to Washington, D.C. to be closer to my federal clients. But truly, when the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation 'Chief Excitement Officer' himself, and his Team showed up at Spirit of Faith, that confirmed for me that I needed to stay in Prince George's County," said Artis. "I have only known the EDC for less than a year, but they are awesome. They have great resources, and I've used them all! I truly believe that I am in business at the right time, here in Prince George's County. I would be foolish to leave here."

Founded at her kitchen table in 2012, Civility Management Solutions (CMS) grew out of Ms. Artis keen desire to be an entrepreneur and her natural aptitude for federal contracting. CMS is a professional services company that provides professional consulting services, acquisition services, program management, human capital training and financial management, primarily in the federal arena. Some of their clients include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army, the Department of Transportation, and Department of Homeland Security with whom CMS was recently named the prime on a very lucrative contract.

Yesterday's Open House highlights the power of the Economic Development Corporation to assist companies in growing their businesses in Prince George's County. The goal of Civility Management Solutions is to help people. As an African American woman, and a Veteran with numerous federal small business certifications, Ms. Artis is utilizing the resources at the EDC to expand her business with MBE and County certifications, and by partnering and connecting with smaller companies to mentor their businesses.

For more information how the EDC can assist businesses with access to capital, site selection, and other business support services, contact John Mason, Director of Economic Development at 301-583-4650 or jamason@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

05
Aug

Youth CareerConnect Program And National Institutes Of Health Introduce Future Prince George’s County Scientists To Careers In Genetics

Youth CareerConnect Program Director Yolanda Tully (far left), EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (second from left), Walter Simmons, Interim Director of Workforce Services Division (second from right) with the ‘Trailblazing 13’Bethesda, MD, August 5, 2016 – Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO Jim Coleman congratulated 13 Youth CareerConnect(YCC) students for their completion of the inaugural summer internship program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in partnership with Prince George’s Community College(PGCC). This is the first time that such a partnership between Prince George’s County and the NIH has taken place. As the NIH has extremely competitive internship programs, the 13 high school students from Prince George’s County had a unique opportunity to be mentored and guided by some of the world’s most accomplished researchers.

“It is an extreme honor to be able to listen to the capstone presentations of these ‘Trailblazing 13’,” said Coleman. “You all are ‘trailblazers’ because there has never been a group of Youth CareerConnect summer interns who have earned the opportunity to study at the NIH prior to this summer. I am so impressed by your hard work and dedication to learn about solving medical problems. Some of these problems I’ve personally witnessed in members of my family. It is truly a blessing for you to know what you want to do to change the world at such an early point in your lives. ”

Four groups of interns presented on topics including an Overview of Turner Syndrome and Treatments, Prenatal Detection for Albinism, Treatments for Maple Syrup Urine Disease, and Research of Moebius Syndrome. A question and answer segment followed each presentation in which the students had the opportunity to further explain what they learned. Most of the students commented that this experience was eye-opening and influenced their decision to pursue careers in the research and medical fields.

 “My experience with the YCC program at the NIH was amazing,” said Damyia Smith, a student at Potomac High School. “It made me want to change my career path and become a Genetic Counselor. I love that this experience gave young people a chance to learn new things!”

Jonnie Pitman, also a Potomac High School student, expressed how this summer has impacted him.

“This was a lovely experience that I looked forward to everyday,” said Pitman. “I met new friends while learning about genetics and genomics and we put our brain power together to be able to present what everyone saw today.”

The partnership between the YCC and NIH was formed by Yolanda Tully, Youth CareerConnect Program Director and Dr. Carla L. Easter, Branch Chief, National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH to create a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County teens.

 “We wanted to expose Prince George’s County teens to opportunities within the genetics and genomics fields,” said Dr. Easter.  “I was incredibly pleased by the outcome. The quality of the students and the quality of the work was just fantastic! To hear them say that ‘DNA is cool and is my friend’ was just amazing and we could not have planned anything better than this.”

Ms. Tully also shared her pleasure in being a part of this historic partnership to benefit the students in Prince George’s County.

“Our partnership between YCC and NIH has been a phenomenal opportunity for our pioneering students to have an amazing summer experience,” said Tully. “We developed this NIH, YCC Capstone program so that our students could be fully immersed in healthcare and biogenetics. We are very proud of the work that we’ve seen these thirteen students do over the course of the past four weeks.”

The YCC and NIH plan to continue this partnership.

The Youth CareerConnect initiative is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education, to strengthen America’s talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, postsecondary, workforce investment systems, and employer partnerships.  The program promotes robust employer engagement and work-based learning, focuses on high-demand industries, including STEM, and integrates post-secondary education and training of students for job preparedness. This summer, over 140 students from Bladensburg, Potomac and Fairmont Heights were placed in internships that are preparing them for the high-demand fields of information technology and health care.

To learn more about the Youth CareerConnect Program, please contact Yolanda Tully at yttully@co.pg.md.us or (301) 618-8400.

 

04
Aug

EDC's 'KidPreneur Day' Empowers Rising Stars of Tomorrow

 

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (c) with Miss Maryland World Tarese Taylor; Entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan, President & CEO of D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes, April Richardson;  SunTrust Bank Team; Operation HOPE, Inc. Team; EDC Team and 100 'KidPreneurs' at EDC's 'KidPreneur Day')Largo, MD, August 4, 2016 - Yesterday, more than 100 young entrepreneurs were given the unique opportunity to start or build their businesses at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) first annual 'KidPreneur Day'. This event was hosted in partnership with Operation HOPE, Inc.; a global leader in financial literacy. Participants, ranging in age from nine years old to twelve years old were treated to a full day of pivotal information that they can use to make their young businesses flourish and to generate wealth for them and their families.

"I was twelve years old when my father made me the CEO of Coleman Crest, our family farm," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "The skills and experience that I gained at that age have made me the CEO that I am today. It is never too early to start your future, as these young people are demonstrating today. We are creating the next Mark Zuckerbergs and Milt Petersons of the world right here in Prince George's County. It is our responsibility to give our kids a leg up on their future!"

Mr. Coleman launched this one-of-a-kind initiative after meeting with young County entrepreneurs such as ten year old Ava Valentine and twelve year old Gabrielle Williams, whom he deputized as Co-Chairs of 'KidPreneur Day.' Ava is an aspiring entrepreneur who is planning to be the CEO of her own fashion design company. Gabrielle is the President of Glorious Pastries by Gabrielle, and attended one of the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity Small Business and Job Seekers Summits earlier this year. As the only young person in a crowd of adults, Gabrielle stood out because of her determination to grow her business and to become a celebrity.

"I'm glad to be a part of KidPreneur Day. Today has been great because now I am thinking about whether I want to keep my baking my pastries at home or opening a bakery," said Miss Williams. "We have also learned a lot about financing today, which is an important part of my decision-making process. I have a lot more confidence that my business will succeed and I have made a lot of new friends."

Today, participants were given the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business, develop their own business plans, develop a strong financial plan to launch their business, create their own business cards, and learn how to pitch their business through the teachers from Operation HOPE, Inc. The Operation Hope 'Business in a Box Entrepreneur Training Program' is a program designed to help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas and dreams of starting a new business into reality.

"I am glad that Operation HOPE had the opportunity to impact our youth to gear them towards success, create jobs, and show aspirations to be their best. The kids I have met are smart, excited and several of the entrepreneurs are already doing great things," said Dionne Waldron, Vice President of North Region, Operation HOPE. "We are happy about this great partnership with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and excited to be able to interject our work into their 'KidPreneur' program."

The day was filled with information and fun from a variety of business experts. Sixteen year old entrepreneur, best-selling author and motivational speaker Gabrielle Jordan also spoke to the youth about how she began her jewelry business, Jewelz of Jordan when she was nine years old. She encouraged the KidPreneurs to have a vision and to dream big.

"Dare to dream big and don't let fear stop you from achieving your dreams," said Jordan. "Dreaming about your ideas, places you want to go, and people you want to meet is a process that can be frightening sometimes. But if you plan to succeed, you can push through any feat you have to achieve your dreams."

The children were extremely excited about the information and activities they participated in during the day. During the breakout sessions, several of the youth commented on how happy they were that someone was taking an interest in their futures.

"My parents knew that I was interested in starting my own business and so they brought me to 'KidPreneur Day' to learn more about how to do business," said 10 year old entrepreneur Audre Dabney, owner of Car Realtor, a business researches and selects the perfect car for a buyer, without the stress associated with car shopping. "I'm glad I came here today. It makes me feel like I am important and that my thoughts can be shared without criticism. Someone is listening to our ideas and willing to help us."

Eleven year old Morgan Lytle, President of Morgan Camille Skincare shared with her fellow 'KidPreneurs' why she started her company.

"I started my company because a lot of people in my family have skin conditions and I wanted to help them. So I did some research and my products worked," said Lytle. "I am currently in the process of developing new butters and oils and even enlist my friends to help. I want to take my business international!"

Today's 'KidPreneur Day' was the first of an annual event to highlight and empower the rising stars of tomorrow and was graciously sponsored by SunTrust Bank, Infinity Technology, Operation HOPE, Inc., Lyon Bakery, D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes, Costco, ExCel Youth Mentoring Institute, Safeway, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Mrs. K's Motel and Restaurant , PEPCO, and Ledo's Pizza. All of these local businesses demonstrated their commitment to creating great community leaders at an early age.

"SunTrust's whole commitment is in providing financial stability in families; and it goes without saying that our families start with our children, and our children are a part of our neighborhoods, our counties, our cities and our towns," said Muriel Garr, Vice President, SunTrust Bank Greater Washington. "As we look at opportunities to partner and create a win/win for all, we are glad to be a partner with the Economic Development Corporation and Operation HOPE, as it aligns with the collective to bring together for-profit, non-profit and government. Today's KidPreneur program is showing these children the power of working together and letting them know that they are in control of their own destiny."

Infinity Technology in McLean, Virginia was also very impressed with 'KidPreneur Day'.

"We are very honored to be able to participate in 'KidPreneur Day', and I am overwhelmed at the participation, organization and energy of the children who are participating in this," said Richard J. Gordon, Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Infinity Technology. "What I see are future leaders, movers and shakers in front of me and I am delighted to be a part of it."

April Richardson, President and CEO of D.C. Sweet Potato Cakes also spoke with the participants about how her business took off because she believed in herself and surrounded herself with people who could make a difference in her business.

The day was concluded with words of congratulations and encouragement from Prince George's County native Tarese Taylor, 2016 Miss Maryland World, a demonstration from NASA's Heliophysics Science Division and a graduation ceremony for the participants.

For more information about how to start or grow your business, contact Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

01
Aug

More Than 200 Veterans Attend EDC Veterans Day

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman along wth EDC Workforce Services Division Acting Director Walter Simmons greeting Veterans and Business partnersLargo, MD, August 1, 2016 - Today, more than 200 Veterans came out to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as they celebrated 'Veterans Day' and hosted a Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations (DLLR). The concept behind today's event was to address the issue of unemployment within the Veteran community. In Prince George's County alone, there are more than 2,700 identified unemployed Veterans. Today's Jobs and Resource Fair began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Miss World Maryland, Tarese Taylor and kicks off the EDC's 'Operation 500' - an aggressive initiative geared toward securing high wage jobs for 500 Veterans over the next six months.

"It's Veterans Day at the EDC and we couldn't be more proud of being able to connect our brave men and women, who have served this country, with a good paying job and the resources they need to give them the dignity that they deserve," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "My team of 'Angels' have worked hard to coordinate partnerships with more than 20 local employers and resource partners to provide good jobs, training, and other resources our Veterans need. Not one of our employer business partners said 'no' when asked to participate in this important initiative. There is no excuse for a Veteran in Prince George's County to not be employed. This is how we do things in Prince George's County."

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, DLLR Assistant Secretary James Rzepkowski and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Director Dana Hendrickson were also in attendance at the Jobs and Resource Fair and provided encouraging words for the Veterans assembled. They also praised the business community and the resource agencies for making Veterans a priority in Prince George's County.

"I want to thank our Veteran community for serving our country in a way that puts them at risk defending our freedom overseas," said Van Hollen. "Beyond thank you, we are here with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, the business community and our various partners on the State and federal level, working together for you just as you fought together for us."

Statistics have found that Veterans are often unaware of the support services available for them. In addition, many employers are also unaware of the available support services they can take advantage of for hiring Veterans. The Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair has provided a significant platform to generate awareness and provide training or employment opportunities for Veterans; many of whom walked away with jobs today.

"I have been to and worked at many job fairs, and this is the most informative, productive and customer-focused job fair that I have been to," said Valerie Stevenson, retired from United States Navy Aviation Electronic Technician, Desert Storm Recipient. "Companies were hiring and interviewing on the spot. Within 10 minutes of my arrival, the staff at the EDC introduced me to an employer who offered me a position and asked what needed to be done to bring me on board. I have a secondary interview on Wednesday to close the deal."

Walter Simmons, Acting Director of the EDC Workforce Services Division talked to the group about the importance of the partnerships with agencies such as DLLR, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Vets and Easter Seals in providing jobs, housing, healthcare and education the Veteran community. He also talked about the purpose of the 'Operation 500' initiative.

"'Operation 500' not only changes the lives of our current unemployed Veterans, it can also assist transitioning military personnel as they get ready to separate from the Armed Services," said Simmons. "We are grateful to be in a position to serve those who have preserved our freedom."

Stakeholder partners that participated in today's Jobs and Resource Fair were impressed with the breadth of skills and qualifications of the Veterans.

"Everyone that we met today has excellent job qualifications," said David Ramirez, Recruiter for BF Joy, LLC, a Veteran-owned small business in Hyattsville specializing in the installation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure for the public and private sectors. "We have at least six people that we are bringing in tomorrow to talk with our hiring manager and move forward with the on-boarding process."

Other employers that came out with more than 600 current job openings to offer the Veteran community included MGM National Harbor, Reston Limousine, Lendana Construction, Dunbar Armored, CLP Resources, CVS/Caremark, Dimensions Healthcare System, Eaton Corporation, BF Joy, WMATA, Prince George's Department of Corrections, Marriott, Alban CAT, G,W. Peoples Contracting, Co., Randstad, Pepsi Beverages Co., and Ferguson Enterprises.

"As a Veteran and a recruiter, I try to pay if forward. I am grateful to be in a position to help my fellow veterans get the jobs they deserve," said Jimmy Inabinet, Army Master Sargent and H.R. Fellow for MGM National Harbor. "Today's event has been extremely rewarding. Most of my interactions are with Veterans who are in need of feedback on resume writing or job skills training. MGM has workforce diversity and business development programs that can be of great assistance to Veterans."

The EDC will host a Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair every month (except November) for the next 5 months until all Operation 500 Veterans are employed. The next Jobs and Resource Fair will be on September 12th at the EDC headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD.

Also place the following dates on the calendar for future Veteran Jobs and Resource Fairs: October 13th, December 5th, and January 9, 2017. To reserve your seat for the September Fair or any of the others, visit www.pgcedc.com/events or call Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650.

29
Jul

Economic Development Corporation Hosts Embassy of Canada

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, Team EDC and 70 Local Business Owners Welcome Jason LaTorre, Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of CanadaLargo, MD, July 29, 2016 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO Jim Coleman and his International Business Development Team hosted an open discussion with the Embassy of Canada Senior Trade Commissioner about trade and business opportunities. More than 70 business owners came out to hear from key officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Maryland Department of Commerce and the EDC's International Business Development Division to learn how to do business with the United States' most lucrative trade partner. Attendees also learned about valuable resources available to Prince George's County based companies that are serious about pursuing business opportunities in Canada.

"We are on a mission to create lucrative opportunities for Prince George's County business owners," said Coleman. "We are following County Executive Baker's lead and executing a matchmaking initiative to explore opportunities for business in high growth countries that are primed for investment and economic partnership. Canada is our closest foreign neighbor and accounted for over $1.5 billion in export revenue for Maryland in 2015. It's only July and we are on track to surpass that by the end of 2016. There is no excuse for Prince George's County business owners to not have access to such a powerful trade partner!"

Mr. Coleman and his team highlighted the value of international companies exporting their goods and services to Prince George's County as well as setting up operations here. Isabelle Wang, EDC's International Business Development Specialist also gave attendees an overview on the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Export Express Program and how SBA funds can be utilized to increase the number of small business exporters and increase the volume of U.S. exports.

Canada is the United States' largest trade partner, accounting for $671 billion in bilateral trade in goods and services in 2015, $1.5 billion of which came from Maryland-based companies. This is due to the close proximity of Canada to the U.S. and a shared business culture. It is also a result of Canadian-headquartered companies like the Walton Group investing billions of dollars into Prince George's County.

Maryland Department of Commerce Regional Manager for the Americas and Middle East, Brian Castleberry shared with attendees grant opportunities that can pay for their initial business trips to explore targeted international countries. Jason LaTorre, Embassy of Canada Senior Trade Commissioner, provided the key address which highlighted the current business opportunities that are available to U.S. companies in Canada.

"Prince George's County is a great trade partner with Canada, and I am delighted to be a part of today's briefing," said LaTorre. "Our Embassy stands ready to help any business expand into Canada, particularly in the market sectors of Health/Life Sciences, Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Clean Energy Technology. Canada has as a $12O billion in infrastructure development plan it will be implementing over the next 10 years. Now is a great time to invest in Canada."

Christine Gomes, Canada Desk Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce briefed the business owners on the resources that the Commerce Department provides; funding to cover travel costs, low-interest financing to assist with capacity building, and assistance in the development of international business plans which will help connect companies to specialists overseas who can get their goods and services in the right markets in targeted areas.

After the presentations, EDC International Business Director Martin Ezemma gave the business owners an overview of the County's upcoming trade mission to Canada and encouraged the attendees to fill out interest forms to participate.

"Canada and the U.S. are brothers and sisters both in trade and in culture," said Ezemma. "We are connected by proximity and progeny and must continue to do business together."

Ron Williams, Jr. Co-Owner of Dorchester's Seafood and Brewing Company was very impressed by what the EDC and its partners have to offer.

"I thought this event was very empowering because as a young entrepreneur I came to a 'one stop' that will help me not only set up more business domestically but also internationally," said Williams.

The EDC will host other mutual briefings with the embassies of Nigeria, China and Mexico over the next several months. Companies interested in international trade opportunities should join the EDC on October 14th for the Embassy of Mexico Mutual Briefing at the EDC headquarters located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774.

To reserve your seat for this high impact event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

For more information on international business development, contact Pradeep Ganguly at pganguly@co.pg.md.us , (301) 583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com.

26
Jul

EDC Proposes 2017 Prince George's County Retail Showcase

 

(l. to r.: Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; Lisa Anders, Vice President of Business Development, McKissack & McKissack; Marva Jo Camp, Esq., PGCEDC Board of Directors Vice-Chair; Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC; Evens Charles, President and CEO, Frontier Development and Hospitality Group)Largo, MD, July 26, 1016 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation held a sponsor appreciation breakfast hosted by the DoubleTree Hotel Largo and McKissack & McKissack, for nearly 60 of the County's top business and real estate development leaders to thank them for their support of the County's participation in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) conference in May 2016.

During this exciting breakfast meeting, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman presented a proposed plan to accelerate the acquisition of targeted premium retailers and developers by bringing them directly to the County for a two-day Showcase and deal-making strategy session.

"We are here to thank you and to celebrate the incredible accomplishments that we delivered at this year's ICSC Conference in Las Vegas," said Coleman. "We will continue to have a presence at the 2017 ICSC Conference, and we will sharpen our focus on premium retailers like The Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Apple and Lord & Taylor."

At ICSC 2016, the County had 23 pre-scheduled meetings and 60 walk-up booth meetings with high-level executives from top retailers, major developers and international food outlets and grocery stores. Nearly 500 convention attendees representing retailers and developers stopped at the County's booth to gather more information about expanding their business into Prince George's County.

However, to take Prince George's County's retail opportunities to the next level, Coleman proposed a two-day "Top-to-Top" Showcase Tour for 25 CEOs of targeted retail concepts from around the globe to take place in 2017.  The travel and accommodations for these CEOs and CFOs was proposed to be sponsored by the business community.  Strategy meetings would be pre-booked between targeted retailers and our local real estate developers and shopping center owners to discuss financing and incentives.  Financing and incentive options would include guaranteed first year profitability, financing of the first thirty days and aggressive leasing pricing. 

This showcase effort would be completed with a tour of the County's most in-demand and emerging areas such as National Harbor, College Park, Greenbelt, Woodmore Towne Centre, Bowie Town Center, Hyattsville, Prince George's Plaza, Suitland and more.

"I think it behooves the County to bring the companies that they want and show them what we've got," said Jeff Berman, Vice President, Berman Enterprise LP.  "Showing them a brochure or pointing to Prince George's County on a map is not tangible.  It's tangible when you're on the ground and you can see our proximity to Washington, D.C., our access to transportation and the businesses that are already here. I would be very supportive of the EDC's proposal."

Coleman also presented the EDC's Fully Integrated Branding and Marketing Campaign, which aims to raise $1 million from the private sector in order to raise massive awareness about Prince George's County's record economic growth, commercial and residential real estate development, as well as its strong and vibrant assets.  The campaign includes a highly-targeted interactive marketing strategy, leveraging social media, earned media and direct mail.

The breakfast was sponsored by the DoubleTree Hotel Largo and McKissack and McKissack.

"We're delighted to be here in the County," said Evens Charles, President and CEO, Frontier Development and Hospitality Group.  "The EDC and the County have opened up their arms and offered support in every aspect that we've needed with the DoubleTree Hotel and with the Hilton that we are developing next door.  From the assistance we received with the EDI Fund to the assistance we received with the permitting process, we have been made to feel very special and we are very appreciative of that."

To become an EDC partner, contact Nichelle Holmes at naholmes@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4621.

 

 

 

22
Jul

Edc’s ‘Thirsty For Business Thursday’ Attracts Elected Officials And Community Leaders To Network With Bladensburg Business Community

(l. to r. William Lawrence; CEO, Computer Services & Innovation Enterprises, LLC; Chris Lawson, President, Insuraty, Inc.; Carlyncia Peck, Co-Chair, B5 Initiative, Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC, Mayor Walter Lee James, Jr., Town of Bladensburg; Delegate Diana Fennell, Legislative District 47Bladensburg, MD, July 22, 2016 – Last night, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) kicked off its ‘Bladensburg Blitz’ by hosting its July edition of ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday” (T4BT) at the La Chiquita Restaurant, one of the hottest new spots in Bladensburg.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, partnering with the Better Bladensburg Block by Block and Business by Business Initiative (B5), welcomed State Senator Victor Ramirez, State Delegates Jimmy Tarleau and Diana Fennell, Former State Delegate Jolene Ivey, County Council Member Andrea Harrison, and Bladensburg Council Member Walter Ficklin.  Bladensburg Mayor Walter Lee James served as the guest speaker and talked about the opportunities for growth, development and partnership in Bladensburg.

“Bladensburg is on the rise and I’m delighted to bring our ‘Thirsty (for Business) Thursday’ here to share with our greater business community what this wonderful town is doing,” said Coleman. “The EDC is excited to be partnering with the leadership of Bladensburg, its B5 community initiative and its business community to build awareness about economic renaissance that is taking place in Bladensburg.  When the movers and shakers in this District come out in support, you know that you must be doing something right.”

The ‘Bladensburg Blitz’ will position the EDC to work with the Bladensburg business community to introduce them the millions of dollars is valuable resources to grow their local businesses, attract new development to the Town and prepare its residents for high wage jobs.

Guests were treated to two guest speakers, Mayor Walter Lee James, Jr. and Carlyncia Peck, Co-Chair of the B5 Initiative. The B5 Initiative is a grassroots community collaboration of stakeholders promoting a sustainable and exceptional aesthetic in the Town of Bladensburg. Both speakers shared their vision of all that is good and possible for Bladensburg. 

“We are excited about Mr. Coleman and the EDC family coming out to La Chiquita to highlight Bladensburg,” said James.  “Bladensburg is a town of opportunities. La Chiquita Restaurant speaks to our vision of having more quality, family style restaurants.  It shows that we are on the right path, and we can really build from this to not only grow our existing businesses, but to bring new, diverse businesses to the town we want to be a destination for the region.”

“We are ecstatic about the EDC coming here to kick off our Bladensburg Blitz,” said Peck. “Our partnership with the EDC is sure to stimulate positive economic development in Bladensburg.  We are encouraging any and all to join in for the betterment of Bladensburg by going to our website www.betterbladensburg.org .”

Last night’s event, sponsored by Computer Services and Innovation Enterprises, LLC, and Insuraty, Inc., also celebrated the 1st anniversary of La Chiquita Restaurant in its new Bladensburg location.  La Chiquita, one of the hottest new spots in Bladensburg, serves Salvadoran classic cuisine with a contemporary flair.

Local business owners from all over the County continue to make it their business every month to come out to network with government, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere. 

“I really enjoy coming out to the EDC’s Thirsty (for Business) Thursday’ events.  The information and the people that I meet each month are always interesting,” said Lillie West, Owner of L&R Business Solutions. “I am connected with them on Facebook and I keep all of their events on my calendar.  These are wonderful networking opportunities.”

The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his ‘posse’ will be on July 29th when the EDC hosts the Embassy of Canada Mutual Briefing at its headquarters in Largo. Top officials from the Embassy of Canada will be coming to EDC to talk about trade and investment opportunities with our neighbors to the North. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. 

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

21
Jul

Economic Development Corporation Hosts Embassy Of South Africa

 

 

 

EDC President  CEO Jim Coleman, Team EDC and 70 Local Business Owners Welcome Minister Sandile Tyini from the Embassy of South AfricaLargo, MD, July 21, 2016 - Today, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and his International Business Development Team had the opportunity to meet with the Embassy of South Africa Minister of Economics for an open discussion about trade and business opportunities.  More than 70 business owners came out to hear from key officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the EDC’s International Business Development Division as they talked about the valuable resources available to local companies who are serious about taking advantage of business opportunities in South Africa.

“This is how we do things in Prince George’s County,” said Coleman. “County Executive Baker has commissioned the EDC to target high growth countries and explore opportunities for business, investment and economic partnership.  Together, with our growth partners at the federal and State level, we are bringing local companies millions of dollars in trade and business that can literally change their lives and the lives of the County residents they will be able to hire.  South Africa is just the beginning.”

Attendees at this exclusive event heard from Mr. Coleman and his international team who highlighted the benefits of international companies doing business with Prince George’s County and discussed how important international trade missions are for the local economy. 

The highlight of the event came with the remarks from the Honorable Sandile Tyini, Minister of Economics from the Embassy of South Africa who talked about the business opportunities that are available to U.S. companies in South Africa. 

“There is ample opportunity for trade and investment in South Africa, particularly in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, research and development, green energy and business processing.  Doing business with South Africa serves as an entry point to the 700 million residents throughout the entire continent of Africa,” said Minister Tyini. “Today was an excellent event. I was overwhelmed by the reception, the attendance and the attention to my presentation.  I was also impressed by the services and resources the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation has available to its local businesses. We look forward to doing business with Prince George’s County.”

The panel of speakers received many questions about steps to partnering with local businesses in South Africa and the government of South Africa on investments and development projects.  Attendees were very excited about the prospects of opening their businesses in South Africa and partnering with South African businesses. 

“Today was powerful and very informative,” said Renee Miller Clayton, founder and owner of The Elements by Renee, a County jewelry company.  “For people interested in getting into export/import industry, this forum was very encouraging and doable.  We learned about resources and assistance for our visions. The EDC was very supportive and the information wasn’t overwhelming about a country that we usually don’t have a connection with.”

“I didn’t realize there were so many opportunities available in South Africa for people like us. A lot of times, we don’t look beyond our own shores, so this opened up my eyes to opportunities that I need to be a part of,” said Vincent Price, CEO of Global Lynz Solutions, LLC in Mitchellville, MD.  “I’m glad that local businesses are being included at the table of opportunity.  As a long time County resident who is familiar with County agencies, I have to say that this Economic Development Corporation is really making a difference for local companies.”

Robert Telchin, Senior International Trade Specialist from the U.S. Department of Commerce provided information about the resources companies can take advantage of to expand their presence in South Africa.

“It is exciting to see such a terrific turnout today,” said Telchin. “It show the seriousness that companies in Prince George’s are placing in doing business in South Africa and the rest of the continent. The Commerce Department has invested extensive resources into helping American companies expand and enter different countries, and we look forward to partnering more extensively in the future.”

At the conclusion of the briefing, EDC International Business Director Martin Ezemma gave the local businesses an overview of the County’s upcoming trade mission to South Africa and encouraged the attendees to sign up and participate.

“It is important for Prince George’s County to be at the forefront of international trade in this region and to host mutual briefings to venture into new global markets,” said Ezemma.  “Not only are we uniquely located just outside the nation’s capital, but the international briefings are an excellent prelude to potential trade missions with target counties and strengthens our business and cultural relationships.”

Over the next four months, the EDC will be hosting other mutual international briefings with the embassies of Canada, Nigeria, China and Mexico. Companies interested in growing revenue through international trade and gaining market leads on lucrative business opportunities. Companies interested in finding out more about international trade should join the EDC on July 29th for the Embassy of Canada Briefing at EDC headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772. 

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, visit www.pgcedc.com/events.

For more information on international business development, contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650 or go to our website www.pgcedc.com.

 

 

 

15
Jul

Economic Development Corporation Welcomes Chinese Delegation

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (center) with EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden, EDC International Business Development Specialist Isabelle Wang, County DCAO David Iannucci, and International Business Development Director Martin Ezemma with the Qinghai Province Delegation from ChinaLargo, MD, July 15, 2016 - Today, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) impressed a 24-member delegation of top government officials from the Qinghai Province of China who were interested in hearing about the best practices the EDC utilizes to optimize international business development in Prince George’s County.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with County Executive Baker’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer David Iannucci spoke with the Delegation about what Prince George’s County does to promote the development of small and medium sized companies, the success of the County’s prior trade missions to China and how important international trade missions are for the local economy, and about County Executive Baker’s 4-point international plan, which includes preparing and enabling local companies to export their goods and services to the world. 

“Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Mr. Coleman and I all value the intentional interactions with delegations such as this one from Qinghai,” said Iannucci.  “These types of connections with delegations from around the world, and particularly from China, are critical to our human connection and our mutual economic growth. We want to spur economic growth by using international trade and foreign investment as a way of growing our tax base and creating jobs in our County.”

Mr. Coleman shared with the Delegation how the EDC is utilizing County Executive Baker’s international business development initiative to bring investment, business and jobs to Prince George’s County.

“We are honored to have the Qinghai Province Delegation with us today to share best practices on how to generate more economic involvement between our respective companies,” said Coleman.  “Helping our neighbors in targeted, high-growth countries do business in Prince George’s County is exactly what County Executive Baker’s ‘Prince George’s International!’ initiative directs us to do here at the EDC.  Our goal is to generate $100 million in new revenue for our local businesses, both domestically and internationally.  Hosting international delegations is a big part of achieving this goal. This Win/Win’ combination can grow our economy and make all of our businesses and residents sustainable far into the future.”

The Delegation was also treated to an exclusive overview of Prince George’s County and the EDC’s China Business Center in Mandarin by EDC’s International Business Development Specialist Isabelle Wang, a native of Fujian, China.

“More and more, Chinese delegations are looking to Prince George’s County to expand their international footprint, which fits in with the mission of Prince George’s County becoming the ‘Gateway to the U.S.’,” said Wang.  “Qinghai is exploring international markets and looking for future cooperation between Chinese and U.S. governments.  Learning about Prince George’s County will provide the Delegation with great opportunities to introduce Chinese businesses to the American market and promote economic activity.”

At the conclusion of the presentation, the Delegation took a guided tour of the EDC’s China Business Center/Accelerator.

“We are very appreciative of the Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation for hosting this meeting. It has been really successful,” said Vice Mayor Wang Jianfeng, the People’s Government of Xining City, Qinghai Province. “The main purpose of the Delegation’s visit was to learn from a public administration perspective.  What we will share from today’s experience, through our Chamber of Commerce is your focused support for small and medium sized businesses and the services and environment you are creating for the local economy. This is a great beginning.  We will have further cooperation with each other by bringing new clients to your international business center, and also have your businesses come to Qinghai.”

Last year, County Executive Baker led a 22-member trade mission to China, which included 13 business owners, many of whom brought back successful business partnerships.  In addition to the mission, Mr. Baker launched a global marketing initiative entitled “Prince George’s International!” to showcase Prince George’s County as an international investment destination and the center of international commerce. Today’s delegation visit is a component of “Prince George’s International!”; a four-point, long term plan geared toward positioning Prince George’s County to be the Gateway to the U.S. Market, which highlights the importance of partnering the local and international business community to prepare and enable them to export goods and services to the world.

Over the next four months, the EDC will be hosting mutual international briefings with the embassies of South Africa, Canada, Nigeria, China and Mexico. Companies interested in growing revenue through international trade, gaining market leads on lucrative business opportunities, connecting with international trade resources through the Maryland Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce should join us on July 21st for the Embassy of South Africa Briefing at EDC headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 350, Largo, MD 20772. 

To reserve your seat for this exciting and informative event, go to our website www.pgcedc.com/events.

For more information on international business development or the China Business Center, contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650 or go to our website www.pgcedc.com.

 

 

 

 

 

06
Jul

Youth CareerConnect and CVS Launch Medical Careers for 18 Youth

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman, center, welcomes Youth CareerConnect interns and staff to the EDC offices for training and orientationLargo, MD, July 6, 2016- Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and Youth Career Connect (YCC) Program Director Yolanda Tully welcomed 18 Bladensburg High School Health and Sciences Academy students to EDC headquarters, kicking off a partnership with CVS to place the students in its retail locations around the County for the YCC’s six week summer internship program. During their time at CVS, the students will serve as crew members and pharmacy technicians and gain valuable work experience that will kick-start their careers in the health sector.

"This is going to be a fabulous summer," said Coleman. "You all are going to gain valuable work experience that will make you more competitive in the Health and Science fields. Do a good job this summer, so that you will be invited back next summer. And when you do a great job next summer, you may even be offered a job. We are thankful to CVS for giving Prince George's County youth the opportunity to learn and grow their skills and abilities. I am proud of our youth and excited to see how far they will go!"

In total, the Youth CareerConnect program has placed 148 Prince George's County Youth in internships during the summer of 2016 in the Information Technology and Health Sciences sectors from various high schools around the County. Yolanda Tully and her team worked to ensure that each student had an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.

"My team works to fulfill the purpose of giving our youth opportunities that they may not have in other circumstances," said Tully. "We are very impressed with the drive, talent and passion of our kids and know that our hard work will pay off."

The EDC is the manager of the $7 million grant the County received for the Youth CareerConnect program in 2014. The program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school.

To learn more about the Youth CareerConnect program in Prince George's County, please contact Yolanda Tully at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

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05
Jul

EDC Kicks Off Summer Employment for 73 Youths

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman Encouraging KEYS Program Youth at Orientation)Largo, MD, July 5, 2016 - Today, the Workforce Services Division of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) kicked off its KEYS (Knowledge Equals Youth Success) summer program, which provides youth ages 14-24 with professional growth and work experience. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with Workforce Services Division staff met with 40 of the 73 program participants and encouraged them to make the most out of the opportunities the KEYS program can provide for them.

"Push the envelope every day when it comes to learning what it's like to work in the workforce every single day. This is priceless for you," said Coleman. "Summer jobs are important on your resume. Employers want to hire somebody who already has work experience. A good team player. Somebody who shows up to work on time. Somebody the boss can rely on. You're going to be working for first class companies getting first class exposure in the work place. Take advantage of that."

The services offered under the Workforce Services Division youth program KEYS program are offered year-round and designed to keep youth on track in meeting their goal of achieving a high-school diploma and moving on to college, occupational skills training, and /or employment. Funded through the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act and the Maryland Summer Connection grant, youth enrolled in the KEYS summer work program will have the opportunity to build on their individual strengths as well as build awareness of employer expectations, proper work attire, and interpersonal expectations.

"KEYS is an excellent opportunity for youth to begin their career ladder," said Marcita Bentley-Pinkston, Assistant Director for Youth Services, Workforce Services Division of the EDC. "For many Prince George's County residents, this is their first opportunity to work and we want to make sure that they are well prepared for this great opportunity."

The participants will be paid $9.55 per hour and will work 40 hours a week during the 6-week work experience program. Some of the youth in attendance today were returning students looking forward to another opportunity to gain valuable work experience and access to top line employers.

"I have been a part of the KEYS program for four years and it has helped me grow as an individual, as a young adult, and as a young lady; especially when it comes to professionalism and knowing how to carry yourself in a work environment," said Alexis Barber, Suitland High School graduate and rising sophomore at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. "The program shifted my mindset to a more professional business mindset. It provides core training that teaches you how to make a great impression and make sure you are polished, regardless of your age."

For more information about the EDC's Workforce Services Division Youth Programs, contact Marcita Bentley-Pinkston at 301-618-8400 or mbentley@pgcedc.com. You can also visit www.pgcedc.com.

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27
Jun

EDC Matches 200 Small Businesses with $5 Billion In Transportation Industry Procurement Opportunities

(l. to r.; MTA Manager Michael D. Madden, Governor's Office of Minority Affairs Director of Communications Alison Tavik, PGCEDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, PGCEDC Business Development Director John Mason, MWAA Department of Contracts and Procurement Deputy Manager Kathy Ruhl, MDOT Special Investigations Manager Michael D. Smith, MWAA Office of Supply Chain Management Vice President Julia Hodge and MWAA Department of Supplier Diversity Manager Richard Gordon)Largo, MD, June 27, 2016 - Today, over 200 local companies packed the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's headquarters (EDC) as top executives from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) gave specific details on how to prepare for and tap into the $5 billion in procurement opportunities available through these agencies. The EDC's Transportation Industry Procurement Opportunity Day provided local businesses with specific contracting opportunities available, including bid solicitations and procurement forecasts, as well as direction on how to submit bids on those lucrative contracts.

"I want these businesses to close deals and win contracts. The EDC is on the forefront of bringing our agencies and businesses together. When we do that, it creates jobs. These businesses will put our residents to work to satisfy the needs of these agencies," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "Thanks to County Executive Rushern Baker's leadership and the commitment of our existing businesses, we have created over 9,000 jobs in Prince George's County over the last year. We're on fire! But this is no time for cooling off.  No EDC in the region is this aggressive at matchmaking.  That's one of the best things we can do and it doesn't cost us another dime. It just requires a great team and effective collaboration with our partners in these agencies."
 
Stacey Cobbs, Principal of Crowned Grace International, was excited about the IT opportunities presented by MWAA and was pleased at being able to connect with agency representatives in person. "I appreciate how the EDC brings in the agency representatives that present specific opportunities. The EDC brings people with actual opportunities to talk to us and tell us what we specifically have to do," said Cobbs. "We can reach out and touch these people and make the connections on the spot. That's exciting, because as small businesses our resources are small."
 
Today's Transportation Industry Procurement Opportunity Day is an integral part of the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative; an aggressive three-year plan designed to rapidly grow Prince George's County businesses by connecting them with valuable resources and programs; thereby creating more jobs for County residents. 
 
A team of executives from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) presented information on various upcoming contracting opportunities including the $1 billion expansion of Reagan National Airport. The project includes a security checkpoint relocation, a new commuter concourse, roadway improvements and various technology enhancements.

At this morning's event, officials announced that the contractor for the project will be announced on July 5th and encouraged businesses to look out for that announcement. 

"There is significant money to be had, said Bradley Mims, Co-Chair of the Dulles Corridor Committee, MWAA Board of Directors. "Keep your eyes on what's going on. You have to go to that second tier company. You have got to drill down and see what you can offer those companies.  Don't hesitate to contact those companies.  Be aggressive."
  
Kathy Ruhl, Deputy Manager of the Department of Contracts and Procurement for MWAA shared the types of contracts available for these projects, including goods and services, design and construction and simplified acquisitions. Ruhl also presented the types of solicitations offered by MWAA, MWAA's step-by step procurement process and she offered suggestions on how to create an effective bid proposal. 

Ruhl also cautioned businesses to understand the requirements, demonstrate their firm's capability to perform, provide current and relevant references, know their competition, estimate costs realistically and follow the submission requirements.  Ruhl encouraged business owners to refer to mwaa.com/contracting for the most up-to-date contracting opportunties.
 
Michael Madden, Manager from the Maryland Transit Administration, shared details on the much anticipated Purple Line project and how businesses can take advantage of the $2 billion allotted to design and build the rail line over the next six years and another $3.6 billion budgeted to maintain the line over the following 30 years. 
 
Wendell Point, DBE/MBE Program Manager and Purple Line Concessionaire shared a list of bid opportunities for companies that perform work such as hauling, demolition, saw-cutting, asbestos-abatement, landscaping and fencing.
 
To take advantage of these opportunities, Point stressed the importance of being DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise) certified in Maryland and offered advice on the bid process. "Be specific on what your company does," said Point. "We like to peel back the onion to find out what the company can actually perform." 
 
Alison Tavik, Director of Communications from the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs offered guidance on levering certification to secure procurement opportunities and recommended that businesses attend pre-bid meeting to get ahead.

"Nothing beats a handshake and pre-bid meetings are the place to do it," said Tavik. "Also meet the state agency personnel who are managing the contract.  Begin to build a relationship. You want the small stuff as well as the big stuff. Know the difference between big procurement and low-hanging fruit.  Go after the $10,000 bid. You must get out from behind the desk and come to events like this and learn that there is opportunities for you."
 
Kim Drew-Kelly, owner of Emmannuel Logistics said that she found a fit for her services particularly in the Purple Line and Reagan National projects. "We're just starting out. We saw ourselves in every presentation. Where we can fit in.  How we can position ourselves as a third tier subcontractor," said Kelly. "You hear about the opportunities in the county, but this is the proof. We're seeing that the opportunities are there, even for the small companies like me."

"The Purple Line is about to break ground, the Silver Line Extension is just around the corner, and now Reagan National is expanding its terminal," said John Mason, EDC Business Development Director. "Billions of dollars in projects are on the table and the EDC is making sure our county businesses are first in line to get a crack at these jobs."
 
Chef JR Robinson, owner of Kitchen Cray and former competitor on Hell's Kitchen provided breakfast for the guests. The event was also sponsored by NAI Michael Companies and Berman Enterprises.

Coleman used the occasion to announce a new game-changing partnership between the EDC and the Prince George's County Public Schools called P-TECH, Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The program offers free high school, college and professional mentoring to students grades 9 through 14 focused on the knowledge and skills students need for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

Coleman appealed to business owners in attendance to become mentors, which includes providing the students with real-life work experience through internships. He challenged 25 to volunteer. More than 30 completed forms of interest on the spot.

Any business interested in becoming a P-TECH mentor should contact Tara Anderson, Prince George's County Public Schools Business Liaison at tara.anderson@pgcps.org or 301-669-6012, ext. 45595.
 
The next EDC event will be the 'Embassy of South Africa Mutual Briefing' on July 21, 2016 and will connect businesses with key officials and experts from the Embassy of South Africa, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Maryland Department of Commerce who will present lucrative business opportunities in South Africa. Attendees will also receive an exclusive preview of Prince George's County's planned trade mission to South Africa. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Free admission and parking will be provided. All attendees for these exclusive events must RSVP www.pgcedc.com/events or to Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Nichelle Holmes at naholmes@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4621.

 

 

 

 

21
Jun

EDC Participates In Local Business Expo

(l. to r.: June Evans, Director, Center of Entrepreneurial Development, PGCC; Necole Parker, Founder & CEO, Elocen Group; Delegate Angela Angel, District 25; Valarie Dock, President, Bolana Enterprises, Inc.; Ardania Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Lendana Construction  Company; Eben Smith, President, Three E Consulting Group; Mirinda Jackson, MBE Compliance Manager, Prince George's County Council; Angie Duncanson, Small Business Consultant, Maryland Women's Business Center; Shelley Gross-Wade, President & CEO, FSC First; Kisha Logan, Manager, EDC Small Business Services; Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie Business Innovation Center; Sharon Jackson, Interim Director, Supplier Development and Diversity Division, Prince George's County)Largo, MD, June 21, 2016 - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) participated in the Small Business Expo for Small Community Businesses hosted by County Council Chair Derrick Davis and the Business Resource Coalition at the Prince George's Community College. Local leaders from Prince George's County, including State Delegate Angela Angel came out to this unique networking event that featured four local companies, who have benefited from the collaboration of the Business Resource Center, sharing their success stories and the lessons they have learned as up and coming entrepreneurs. The Expo was also an opportunity to make the local business community aware of the many resources available to help their businesses succeed in Prince George's County. EDC Small Business Manager Kisha Logan met with many of the attendees and shared her insight on how to successfully take a small business from start up to major corporation.

"EDC is pleased to partner with the Business Resource Coalition to provide Prince George's County small business owners with the resources they need to take their companies to the next level," said Logan. "I met quite a few companies today looking to grow their business, but not knowing where to turn. As these businesses begin to grow, we look forward to helping them meet their goals and create jobs for County residents. These types of partnerships are the secrets to success."

The Business Resource Coalition is an organization within FSC First that includes the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at the Prince George's Community College, the Minority Business Compliance Manager with the Prince George's County Council and the Prince George's County Supplier Development and Diversity Division. Resource members include the Maryland Women's Business Center and the Bowie Business Innovation Center. Collectively, this coalition collaborates to empower County businesses through its access to the tools, learning solutions, consultant services and access to capital so that businesses are ready to compete successfully in a global marketplace.

For more information on gaining access to capital and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan, Manager, EDC Small Business Services at 201-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

16
Jun

EDC 'Activates Prosperity' At Calvert Brewing Company With Signature Networking Event

(l. to r.: Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC; Mike Scarborough, Managing Partner, Calvert Brewing Company; Claudia Sweeney, Owner, 14Karat Cake and Bakery; Dr. Raphael Denbow, Owner, Portera Rehabilitation; Priscilla Gaillard, Owner, Gaillard Insurance Agency; Council Member Todd Turner, Prince George's County Council; Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Bowie BIC; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Stewart Stevens, Principal, Dawn of the Cameo Promise; Eric Henderson, Board Member, PGCEDC; Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, PGCEDC)Upper Marlboro, MD, June 16, 2016 - Tonight, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and his T4BT 'posse' traveled to the Calvert Brewing Company in Upper Marlboro for the June edition of 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT) to sample hops from the largest microbrewery in the country and to network with other local businesses. County Council Member Todd Turner served as the guest speaker and piqued the 'posse's' interest by highlighting the types of economic development opportunities available throughout the County that are in need of the services local companies provide.

"The EDC is getting it done," said Coleman. "Each month, I bring my posse out to highlight new and 'up and coming' businesses in the County to let folks know where the best hot spots are. We are bringing the County's movers and shakers to the folks who need to be moved and shaken. Everyone can be a multimillionaire in Prince George's County if they learn how to Activate their Prosperity through the EDC. This is no time for cooling off!"

Calvert Brewing Company, along with Council Member Todd Turner, Bowie BIC, Gaillard Insurance Agency, Dawn of Cameo, LLC, Portera Rehabilitation, and the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation graciously sponsored this evening's event. The Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation and 14Karat Cake and Catering also participated as raffle sponsors.

"Jim Coleman is a great spokesman for development in this County, for the business community in this County, and for helping businesses to expand," said Mike Scarborough, Managing Partner of the Calvert Brewing Company. "As the only microbrewery in Prince George's County, we want to be in every bar and restaurant in the County. Nothing replaces events like this where you can be exposed to a part of the market that you would never see. So if Jim Coleman suggests having 'Thirsty Thursday' at your business, you should definitely say 'yes'."

As the guest speaker for tonight's County Council Member Todd Turner, (Dist. 4) praised the partnership of the EDC with government officials and local businesses to draw attention to the vast expansion and development opportunities within Prince George's County.

"I appreciate the opportunity to co-host, along with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation this 'Thirsty Thursday' in the 4th Council District," said Turner. "It is a great opportunity to highlight a new business here in Prince George's County and a great opportunity to network to do more business in the County."

Local business owners from all over the County continue to make it their business every month to come out to network with government, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere.

"These events are very important for small businesses in the County to allow them to further their reach in the community," said George Howell, Senior Product Advisor at Heartland Payment Systems. "This is my second 'Thirsty Thursday' event with the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation. At my first event, I connected with someone that has helped me a lot. Not only have I been able to network, I have also been able to collaborate. This has been very good."

The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his 'posse' will be on July 21st when "Thirsty for Business Thursday" heads to La Chiquita Restaurant, 4821 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, MD. This event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. RSVP to Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

15
Jun

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation Partners With Bethel House To Host Small Business And Job Seeker Summit

(EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (l) with Gabrielle Williams, Founder, Glorious Pastries by Gabrielle at Union Bethel AME Church in Brandywine, MD)Brandywine, MD, June 15, 2016 - On Saturday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a Small Business and Job Seekers Summit in partnership with Bethel House, Inc., the community outreach center of the Union Bethel AME Church, as part of its "Activate Prosperity" Tour to build awareness about the opportunities and resources within Prince George's County. Job seekers, local business owners and entrepreneurs flocked to Union Bethel AME Church to learn about the 122,000 job opportunities, $9 billion in business resources and no cost training opportunities available for residents to take advantage of through the EDC and its life changing programs. Entrepreneurs of all ages came to find out how the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative can transform them into multimillionaires, including 11 year old Gabrielle Williams, founder of Glorious Pastries by Gabrielle in Accokeek, MD.

"'Activate Prosperity' is all about positioning small business owners from nine to 99 to achieve tremendous success by tapping into the resources that the Economic Development Corporation has at its disposal," said Coleman. "My family farm sent me and 300 of my relatives to college all because of my great grandfather's sense of entrepreneurship and vision for providing generational wealth for his family. By partnering with the EDC, I want the same for young Gabrielle Williams and her pastry business, and for each one of you here today. Each of you can be multimillionaires and provide wealth to your families for generations to come. Who's ready?"

Mr. Coleman and the EDC team gave attendees specific information on the financing programs, training programs and the small business development services available to help them obtain maximum increase in their lives and businesses. Team members also discussed how to write a business plan, how to get certified to do business with Prince George's County and how to earn media attention to grow wealth for a business.

"Business owners can create their own celebrity to drive sales by drawing attention to their brand through earned (free) media," said Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, EDC who led a breakout session on media and marketing. "The head of your organization or company is the 'brand' that drives customers to seek out your services. At the EDC, Jim Coleman represents our brand: possibility, excitement, fun, high energy and game-changing results."

During the small business breakout session, Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager shared her insight on how entrepreneurs and small businesses can be successful by utilizing the services provided by the Small Business Services Division. Ms. Logan emphasized the importance of partnering with the EDC to gain access to capital, fine tune a company business plan, and connect to a skilled workforce. Team members also discussed how to write a resume, what job seekers should and should not do when going after a job, and how to successfully re-enter the workforce as an ex-offender.

"Key words in a resume signal to an employer that you are the best person to fill their job opening," said Walter Simmons, Interim Director, EDC Workforce Services Division. "The EDC partners with the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Maryland to provide the training job seekers need to put them on the path to career success. Our training sessions can be the difference between getting an interview and getting a job."

Pastry chef Gabrielle Williams was ready to take her business to the next level, after being featured on 'The Chew'. During Saturday's event, she learned about the importance of building her capacity along with her brand.

"Today I learned that I can use social media right now to tell people about my business," said Williams. "I want to be a celebrity. I now know that I need to work hard, find a good place to set my business up, and eventually take on employees to help me get my pastries to my customers. I learned a lot today."

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan, Small Business Services Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Walter Simmons, Interim Director of Workforce Development Services at 301-618-8400 or wsimmons@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

14
Jun

The Bulldog Group Opens New Headquarters in Beltsville

 

Holding Ribbon: LaCheryl Jones, Co-Founder, The GROW Center; Harley Flack, Executive Vice President, Stella May Contracting; John Mason, Director Business Development, PGCEDC: Stella Miller, President, Stella May Contracting; Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, PGCEDC; Miguel Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, The Bulldog Group; Jeanne Lambert, The Bulldog Group; Renee Cooper, Co-Founder, The GROW CenterBeltsville, MD, June 14, 2016 - Last week, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Executive Vice President Pradeep Ganguly, along with Business Development Directors John Mason and David Lewis attended the grand opening of The Bulldog Group in Beltsville, Maryland.  Officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association, and the Maryland Democratic Party joined other well-wishers as Miguel Lambert, CEO of The Bulldog Group, officially opened their Prince George's County headquarters along with County newcomers Stella May Contracting and The Grow Center.

"The EDC is excited to congratulate Mr. Lambert and The Bulldog Group on their expansion and acquisitions in Prince George's County. We are delighted to have been able to play an integral part in the growth of this dynamic company," said Ganguly.  "The EDC prides itself on being able to partner with our business community to retain the business we have, attract great companies like The Bulldog Group, Stella May Contracting and The G.R.O.W. Center, but also connecting these companies with opportunities to grow their business and get results."

The Bulldog Group is a leading specialty contractor serving the construction and transportation market in the Washington Metropolitan area and in New York.  Through the permitting assistance, site selection assistance and partnership with the EDC, The Bulldog Group was able to effectively consolidate its operations in the County by purchasing a 20,000 SF office complex right off the Beltway. 

"As a new investor, I had the great opportunity to work with John Mason at the EDC and others who have guided us through the permitting process," said Lambert.  "The environment that County Executive Baker, Mr. Coleman and the EDC have produced, through the minority participation programs and certification requirements, affording opportunities for smaller companies to grow in Prince George's County is an environment that is critical to our success. Without the EDC's support, we wouldn't be able to grow our business. With all of the projects that are on the horizon in the County, we also want to provide other companies with an opportunity to grow."

Partnering with The Bulldog Group is The G.R.O.W. Center, founded by LaCheryl Jones and Renee Cooper.  The G.R.O.W. Center (Gain Resources and Opportunities Within) is a 'think-u-bator' to assist small businesses and startup companies' not just reach their potential, but exceed it.  Also coming into The Bulldog Group Stella May Contracting, a construction firm owned by Stella Miller and well known in the Mid-Atlantic. This woman-owned company, founded in 1995, is opening its first office in Prince George's County. 

"It is awesome to have the opportunity to be here in Prince George's County," said Miller.  "I want to thank the Economic Development Corporation and Miguel Lambert for the opportunity to be here with The Bulldog Group."

Last week's event highlights the power of the Economic Development Corporation to attract companies to grow their businesses in Prince George's County.  The vision of the Bulldog Group is to not only provide quality service to the projects taking place in the County, but to also partner and connect with smaller companies to mentor their success.

"This is one of the most significant ribbon-cuttings in Prince George's County," said Wayne Frazier, President, Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association. "This project takes several local Maryland African American and minority companies and brings them together to position and attract other African American businesses to locate and grow here.  Bulldog's record of working on major waters projects is extremely significant for the Metropolitan area. I'm glad that they are here in Prince George's County."

For more information how the EDC can assist businesses with access to capital, site selection, and other business support services, contact John Mason, Director of Economic Development at 301-583-4650 or jamason@co.pg.md.us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08
Jun

Economic Development Corporation Launches Partnership With Major Real Estate Management Company To Attract And Retain Metro Area Businesses

(EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman with BECO Management Clients at Speakers Forum)Lanham, MD, June 8, 2016 - Over 50 top executives from small and mid-sized companies that lease space from BECO Management, came out to BECO Park in Lanham this morning to get expert advice about the types of resources that are available to expand their businesses in Prince George's County. Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with Team EDC and partners Roland Jones, Director, Prince George's County Office of Central Services and Stewart Smith, Business Development Manager, FSC First shared information about the millions of dollars in procurement opportunities and resources available to help Prince George's County businesses thrive and create jobs for County residents. They also encouraged companies to take advantage of the EDC's networking and matchmaking opportunities that can result in high growth for their business and generational wealth for their families.

"You are one connection away from being a millionaire!" said Coleman. "I want each one of you to be successful and wealthy in this County. And I also want you to be responsible for putting other County residents to work in high wage jobs. Small businesses like you are hiring the most. This County is built on you and your investment in your business. There's no reason that every one of you shouldn't be a millionaire."

BECO Management, a commercial property management company with offices in Lanham, Rockville, Northern Virginia, Owings Mills, North Carolina and Illinois, invited the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation to talk with their clients as a part of its Speakers Series; one of the amenities provided to its tenants throughout its entire portfolio of properties. Through regular client meetings regarding workplace experience, BECO learned that companies were interested in how to enhance their businesses. To that end, the BECO Lanham office reached out to the EDC to coordinate an overview of the opportunities, services and programs available to local businesses in Prince George's County.

"We are extremely excited to have the Economic Development Corporation here today to speak to our tenants. It speaks volumes about how we work with our tenants on-site and try to attract new companies to our buildings," said Levi Cohen, Regional Director of Leasing, BECO Management. "Everything that we do at BECO is about delivering the best experience to our tenants and helping them to grow. Partnering with the EDC speaks volumes to what we are trying to do to help our tenants, our community and Prince George's County to meet their greatest potential."

The EDC Team spoke to the group, primarily made up of entrepreneurs and small to mid-sized businesses that are looking to expand their footprint in Prince George's County, about its Small Business Services such as business plan development and review assistance, entrepreneur mentorship, certification assistance, loan packing review, as well as its trainings, workshops and networking events. They also talked about the access to capital tools the EDC has at its disposal from the County's $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund to assist companies with working capital, equipment and land acquisition, and the Hire Prince George's Program which encourages the job creators to cut their training costs in half when hiring local workers to the procurement workshops it hosts with the 14 federal agencies that spend billions each year with local businesses and call Prince George's County home.

"I want to thank BECO for bringing us this information. We desperately need it, being a small business and an entrepreneur," said Tracy Everett Duncan, Owner of MentorMe Drug Testing Services in Lanham. "I also want to thank Mr. Coleman and the Economic Development Corporation because they brought so much information to us. As a small business with a suite at BECO Park, there are times when we don't know where to start to increase our net worth. Today was an excellent beginning to new opportunities for me."

"Jim Coleman is electrifying, inspiring, and really brought it home to us. It made me so excited that we chose to locate our company in Prince George's County," said Stacy Cobb, Chief Procurement Officer, Crowned Grace International, a management consulting company in National Harbor. "The opportunities available through the EDC and in the County are amazing. I am getting ideas on how I am going to replicate this with my children. The opportunities are here. There is no reason that we can't have our own businesses and grow them in PGC."

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance with writing a business plan or other business support services, contact Kisha Logan at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

Join the EDC at its signature networking event, 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" on June 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the Calvert Brewing Company, 15850 Commerce Court, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. To RSVP, contact Nicole Edwards at naedwards@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

01
Jun

EDC President Jim Coleman Talks To Future Prince George's County Leaders At "Steps To Success" Luncheon

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman speaking to 6th graders from North Forestville Elementary School at the Steps to Success Luncheon)Lanham, MD, June 1, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman was among the influential guest speakers to congratulate the 70 North Forestville Elementary School 2016 'Steps to Success' Program participants at the La Fontaine Bleu Restaurant in Lanham, MD. 'Steps to Success' is a volunteer program that promotes good manners, socially acceptable behavior and etiquette to sixth graders at the North Forestville Elementary School to help them prepare for middle school and beyond. Mr. Coleman encouraged the youth to take time to decide what they want to do when they grow up, then position themselves for success.

"Sixth grade is not too early for you to figure out what you want to do in life. Any of you can be the next President of the United States. In fact, President Obama knew that he wanted to be the President when he was in the sixth grade, and he spent his high school and college career working towards that goal," said Coleman. "Believe me, to be successful you must do your homework, be responsible for your actions, go after what you want, make sure you stick close to people who are going somewhere in life, and don't marry a dummy. It will only bring you down."

For the last 16 years, the program's founder, Mrs. Delores Hawkins has presented her "Steps to Success" program to reinforce core values to help students embrace their self-importance while learning to become responsible citizens. The programs mission stresses self-respect and respect for others, as well as self-confidence and self-reliance.

"Good manners will take you farther than money," said Hawkins. "Our youth must learn how to promote kindness and to use their talents and gifts to encourage and inspire others. If you can train a lion or a bear to do what you want them to do, then certainly we must invest in raising and training our children. They weren't born for failure, each of them was born for greatness."

Other presenters at the luncheon included North Forestville Elementary School Principal Mrs. Falecia McMillian, State Senator Joanne C. Benson, Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Karen Mason, former North Forestville Elementary School Principal Dr. Wanda Grant, Dr. Michael Taylor from the Department of Energy, Rev. Dr. Johnsie Cogman, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., Mr. Lindsey Moore, Ms. Betty Griffin, retired U.S. Park Police, Attorney Bradley Farrar, Law Offices of Shipley and Horne, and Donnee Gray, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

 

 

 

01
Jun

Swahili Village Restaurant Owner Writes Wife A Million Dollar Check

(Left to Right: Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, EVP of the PGCEDC; Kevin Onyona, Owner of Swahili Village Restaurant; Lynn Senda, Owner of Swahili Village Restaurant; Joanne A. Oport, Contract Monitoring Specialist at the PGCEDC; Martin Ezemma, Director of International Business Development of the PGCEDC) Beltsville, MD, June 1, 2016 - Last Thursday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) International Business Development team members, Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, Martin Ezemma, Director of International Business Development and Joanne A. Oport, Contract Monitoring Specialist for the EDC Workforce Services Division, were among African dignitaries and local residents at the Grand Opening of the Swahili Village Restaurant in Beltsville, MD. Owners Kevin Onyona and his wife, Lynn Senda, offer Kenyan cuisine in a swanky yet family oriented atmosphere, which seats over 100 guests. This is the second Swahili Village Restaurant location in Beltsville, MD. They are looking to hire 15 new employees to bring the operation to full maturation

"What greater birthday gift can a husband give to his wife but a brand new restaurant," said Ganguly. "The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation stands by you and with you as you promote this beautiful business to the neighborhood, the County, the Washington area and the world! We are going to partner with you every step of the way as we have many programs that can help you as you grow your business.

Also in attendance at the Grand Opening were dignitaries from several African countries including Kenya, the Republic of Cameroon, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Namibia and Ethiopia. Mr. Onyona expressed his great appreciation for the support of the Beltsville community and all of those who helped make his dream of building a new full-scale restaurant a reality.

"We are excited to be in the Beltsville Community" said Onyona. "We have great neighbors who have been very supportive in helping us build this restaurant. Several years ago, I wrote my wife a check for one million dollars and told her that one day she would cash it. Today, I am one step closer to making that happen. We are looking to hire 15 more people so that our business can continue to grow!

To learn more about employment opportunities with the Swahili Village Restaurant and other great employment opportunities in Prince George's County, contact Jeffrey Swilley, Assistant Director of Workforce Services at (301) 618-8400 or jswilley@co.pg.md.us.

 

25
May

County Executive Baker And Team EDC Meet With Premium Retailers At Worldwide Conference To Boost Access To Shopping And Restaurants For County Residents

L to R: EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, EDC Business Development Director John Mason meet with Benjamin Berman, Principal of Berman Enterprises to discuss transit-oriented development plans at New Carrollton Metro Station at the Prince George's County ICSC booth in Las Vegas.Las Vegas, NV, May 25, 2016 - Today, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and a team of executives from the County and the EDC closed out a whirlwind two-day push at the 2016 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) where they pitched premium, high-quality retail outlets to expand their brands in Prince George's County and enhance the quality of life for County residents. 

"This trip is all about providing our county's residents with access to the premium, high-quality shops and restaurants that they deserve and creating new jobs and career opportunities to make our County families sustainable," said Coleman.  "We are determined to bring every resource possible to get the job done, but we ain't grovelin'.  County Executive Baker has already laid the groundwork by streamlining the permitting process and creating the type of business-friendly environment that developers and investors are craving.  The secret is out. It's Morning in Prince George's County!  Now is the time to invest before it's too late!"

The team held nearly 20 meetings at the County's booth with high-level executives from top retailers, major developers and international food outlets and grocery stores.  Nearly 500 convention attendees representing retailers and developers stopped at the County's booth to gather more information about expanding their businesses into Prince George's County.

Throughout the convention, the team met with representatives of targeted retailers such as leading retail brokers representing Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Cracker Barrell, who were excited by the opportunity to expand in Prince George's County.  The EDC has already scheduled follow up meetings with these representatives within the next several weeks. 

"I learned a lot in the meeting today about Prince George's County. It's very exciting," said Joseph Gibbs, Starbucks Store Development Manager, who met with County Executive Baker and his team. "A lot of opportunities are coming, especially with the Metro stops and the transit-oriented development that the county is planning.  It's a great and exciting time for Prince George's County."

County Executive Baker brought decision makers from the County and the EDC to participate in the meetings in order to send a message to businesses that Prince George's County is open for business and ready to act quickly as a partner in their projects.  These key personnel included Glenda Wilson, Chief of Staff, Nick Majett, Chief Administrative Officer, David Iannucci, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development, Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO, Larry Hentz, EDC Business Development Director, Haitham Hijazi, Director of the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, and Brad Frome, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Infrastructure. 

County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, County Council Vice-Chair Dannielle Glaros and County Council Member Karen Toles actively participated in the meetings, pitching the value of their districts and the County as a whole.  EDC Board Chair Orlan Johnson and EDC Board Vice-Chair Marva Jo Camp also provided their support and expertise to business prospects in these high level meetings and throughout the conference.

"We're looking forward to expanding into Prince George's County. We got a lot of great information from the representatives of the county executive's office and the EDC," said Aisha Braveboy, Esq., Manager Government Affairs for Children's National Health System, who also met with the County's team.  "It was helpful that they understood the importance of healthcare delivery and having access to healthcare and how critically important it is for us to partner with them.  County Council Chair Derrick Davis totally gets it.  He's well-versed in all of the incentives that the County offers companies like mine and he has the desire to work together. We look forward to continuing to serve Prince George's County, but now in a bigger way."

Attendance at the conference was a record-breaking 36,000 with 120 new exhibitors.

Many retail prospects were interested in the opportunities developing in the County's 'Emerging Corridor', an area represented by County Council Member Karen Toles, including Suitland and Iverson, where the County is investing $90 million in new infrastructure and road improvements.  A new massive mixed-use community development is planned for the historic Suitland Federal Center, including 900 new residential units, 90,000 square-feet of new retail space, a 700-seat theater and performing arts space and a walkable promenade.

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill visited the County's booth to offer support on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan.  During an intensive strategy session led by County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, the team discussed ways in which the County and State could work together to address key areas of economic development, including workforce training and transportation issues.

With 3,600 jobs coming online for the MGM Resort and Casino at National Harbor by December 2016 and the capacity for 10-15 more hotels to open in the County within the next 24 months, EDC Board Vice-Chair Marva Jo Camp coordinated a special tour of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a training facility graduating thousands of Las Vegas hospitality servers annually.  The tour was designed to share best practices in preparing a local workforce for customer service-oriented occupations and to explore the development of a similar training center in the County.

To view the new video released by the EDC at ICSC 2016 entitled 'It's Morning in Prince George's County' that celebrates the County's progress and the incredible opportunities available to retailers, developer and investors, click here.

Prince George's County has scored many wins from past ICSC conferences, including Dave and Buster's, which opened at Ritchie" Station last month, Harris Teeter, Krispy Kreme and Nordstrom Rack.

The County's participation at this year's ICSC was sponsored by MGM National Harbor, Dave and Busters, Walton Development, The Peterson Companies, ARC Properties, Berman Enterprises, G.S. Proctor & Associates, Echo Realty, Iverson Mall, Petrie-Richardson, Diversified Lending, Forestville Plaza, NAI Michael Companies, Urban Atlantic, Wawa, Blueline Security Services & Blueline Video Surveillance, Royal Farms, Quantum Companies and Krispy Kreme. 

 

 

 

20
May

EDC 'Activates Prosperity' Through Matchmaking At Thirsty Thursday Networking Event

(l. to r.: Charles Wheeler, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Five Star Consulting Group: Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Councilmember Mel Franklin, D-9; Joann Romano, Co-Owner, Romano Vineyard and Winery; Joe Romano, co-Owner, Romano Vineyard and Winery; Marie Purkert, Director of Business Development, Christopher Consultants, LLC; Eric Henderson, Board Member, PGCEDC; Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, PGCEDC)Brandywine, MD, May 20, 2016 - Over 100 entrepreneurs and small business owners traveled to beautiful South County for the May edition of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT)networking event.  Last night's event was held at the Romano Vineyard and Winery and featured County Councilmember Mel Franklin and Beltsville Agricultural Center Director Dr. Ellen Harris as special guests.  Councilmember Franklin and Dr. Harris both talked about the importance of agri-business in the region and the importance of small businesses getting involved to preserve it in the rural tier.

"We're here to make you successful," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.  "Our 'Thirsty Thursday' events bring our small businesses face to face with the movers and shakers in Prince George's County so that they can become multi-millionaires.  Whether they need assistance from our EDI Fund, like the Romano's did to expand their business or are looking to upgrade their business plan, the EDC is a One Stop Shop for connecting businesses to success."

"Thirsty for Business Thursday" is well known for its ability to highlight fine dining and entertainment venues in the County and for its dynamic guest speakers who share priceless nuggets of information that give local companies an edge on the competition in this region. Councilmember Franklin encouraged attendees to partner with the Economic Development Corporation, the County and each other and to consider investing in agri-business, particularly in the rural tier. 

"I remember when the Romano's started this incredible business with nothing more than innovation and faith," said Franklin.  "Through their partnership with the County and the residents who have worked to make this winery a success, they have created a great economic destination in South County. But we need to create other agri-businesses; more bed and breakfasts, more wineries to be truly successful. You are in the right place with the right people to make this happen for you today."

The Romano Vineyard and Winery is a family owned business that is celebrating its fifth year of producing a quality variety of commercial wines.  Thanks to the $145,000 assistance from the County's Economic Development Incentive Fund, this family farm has expanded its production and is transforming Prince George's County with quality boutique wines.

"We appreciate everything the EDC has done with us with the EDI Fund and we have definitely put it to work," said Joann Romano, Co-Owner of Romano Vineyard and Winery.  "We have invested in a tasting room, expanded our initial vineyard and planted another vineyard last year.  We are growing, and we need people to spread the word.  There is a vineyard in Prince George's County and we would love to see them here."

Also along the lines of agri-business, Prince George's County is home to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the USDA's largest scientific installation.  The Beltsville Research Center is one of the 14 federal agencies located in Prince George's County that collectively solicit more than $100 billion in procurements to small businesses annually.

"The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, one of the gems of Prince George's County provides research and education to the American public on healthy crops, plants and natural resources," said Dr. Harris.  "We are continuously looking for small businesses to work with to enhance our knowledge and technologies and we look forward to hearing from local businesses in Prince George's County."

Romano Vineyard and Winery, along with Christopher Consultants, LLC, Five Star Consulting Group, NAI Michael Companies and Berman Enterprises graciously sponsored this evening's event. 

For more information about the County Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDI), contact Ebony Stocks, EDC Fund Manager at epstocks@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4650.

The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his 'posse' will be on June 16th when "Thirsty for Business Thursday" heads to the Calvert Brewing Company, 15850 Commerce Court, Upper Marlboro, MD. This event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  RSVP to Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us.

17
May

EDC Welcomes Nigerian Delegation To Prince George's County

EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden. (left front); County Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Howard Ways, (left rear); EDC International Business Manager Martin Ezemma, (center); MedTech President & CEO Robert Bruce, (3rd from right); EDC Business Development Director Larry Hentz (right)Largo, MD, May 17, 2016 - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted a delegation of ten foreign investors from Nigeria who are looking for investment opportunities in Prince George's County.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team along with EDC Board Chairman Orlan Johnson, County Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Howard Ways, and local business owner Robert Bruce, the President and CEO of MedTech Enginuity Corporation welcomed the Nigerian delegation to Prince George's County and let them know that they are here in the right place and at the right time to make an investment.

"The lights are on in Prince George's County and we are on fire with investment opportunities in every corner of the County," said Coleman.  "With 14 federal agencies in the County that procure over $100 billion annually to small businesses, and more than $10 billion in new projects in the pipeline, now is the best time to invest in Prince George's County.  People are coming to this County because they can see great things happening here. It's morning in Prince George's County and we are ready for the migration."

Members of the delegation were extremely interested in how the County was re-branding itself through the steps that the Baker Administration has taken to promote a stable and business-friendly environment that has helped fuel the County's hyper-growth economy.  Through County Executive Rushern Baker's leadership, the County streamlined its permitting process and established the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, established a $50 million Economic Development Incentive fund and implemented ethics reform to instill integrity and confidence in County government.

"We were delighted with the presentation today from the Economic Development Corporation," said Donna Wilson, Esq. representing the delegation's investment group. "We've seen that it is a wonderful place to do business and we are so pleased that this office has welcomed us and offered its assistance in ways that we could not have anticipated."

The Nigerian investors are currently looking to invest approximately $50 million and are looking for mixed use investment opportunities in Prince George's County.

"We have been in Prince George's County for three days and after hearing the presentation today, I am impressed with the prospects available here," said Kaydoe Amusan, CEO of Kamson Holdings, Ltd, in Lagos, Nigeria.  "I am convinced that this is a place I need to invest. I now know what I need to do to get moving in Prince George's County."

For more information on international investment or import/export opportunities, please contact Martin Ezemma at mezemma@co.pg.md.us or call 301-583-46950.

16
May

EDC Partners With Galilee Community Development Corporation For A Small Business And Job Seekers Summit

EDC President and Chief  'Excitement' Officer Jim Coleman with Small Business owners and Entrepreneurs at Galilee Baptist ChurchSuitland, MD, May 16, 2016 - Last Saturday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) joined the Galilee Community Development Corporation (CDC) to "Activate Prosperity" for the businesses and residents around Suitland, Maryland at its 'Small Business and Job Seekers Summit'. More than 120 job seekers, local business owners and entrepreneurs showed up to learn how to connect with the more than 122,000 job opportunities in the Maryland Workforce Exchange database and to take advantage of the business development resources available through the EDC and its partners at the State and local levels.

"The EDC is committed to making a difference in the lives of County businesses and residents, and the Galilee Community Development Corporation is a great partner," said Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO. "The programs and resources the EDC has at its disposal are transformative. Every day we look for the next, best way to get this information into the hands of the job seekers and business owners in Prince George's County who are trying to make a difference for their families and their communities. The secret is out: Prince George's County is home to some of the top industry sectors in the country with more on the way. This means jobs, jobs and more jobs for our talented workforce. MY Job, is to ensure that they are ready for the challenge."

The Galilee Community Development Corporation (GCDC) works to foster local economic development and improve the overall quality of life for the community.   The GCDC achieves this by providing affordable housing, education, entrepreneurship and business development, as well as community and economic revitalization, for the economically and socially disadvantaged families in the area.

"We are excited here at Galilee about the EDC Summit taking place today. This is all a part of our Pastor's vision," said Dennis Monroe, Vice Chair of the Deacon Board at Galilee Baptist Church. "Because of Pastor McGriff, we are working to reach and revitalize our community through our GCDC under the direction of Ms. Louise Miles and Ms. Adeline Tatum.   We hope that today will be the first of many interactions with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation."

Key executives from the EDC Team shared specific information on the financing programs, training programs and the small business development services available to help entrepreneurs and small business owners obtain supernatural abundance.

EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden led one of the small business seminar topics on how to become a celebrity and leverage the power of free media to grow your business.

"Each of our small businesses has the power to become celebrities! Gaining exposure in the media can add tremendous value to a small business by increasing their name recognition, establishing their credibility and building their brand to potential customers." said Vander Linden. "One of the services we provide at the EDC is teaching our small business owners how to secure media exposure at no cost and then how to leverage that exposure to achieve revenue growth for their companies."

EDC Team members also discussed how to write a resume, what job seekers should and should not do when going after a job, and how to successfully re-enter the workforce as an ex-offender. 

"Our goal is to attract and retain high-demand, well-paying companies to Prince George's County," said Walter Simmons, EDC Interim Director of Workforce Development Services. "To be successful in this endeavor, we need to reach as many people as possible to ensure they have the training, the capacity and the skills that are ready to occupy these positions. Our partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of Maryland allow us to provide training and workforce assistance at no cost to County residents to put them on the path to career success.

The EDC launched its 'Activate Prosperity' initiative at the being of 2016. This dynamic initiative is a year-long campaign to raise awareness about the EDC's portfolio of services and programs to promote economic empowerment in Prince George's County. Saturday's Summit demonstrated the critical need for this kind of initiative in the County and provided tangible solutions for job seekers, entrepreneurs and small businesses to achieve supernatural abundance.

"Today's Job Seeker workshop was very informative. I was able to get more information about my resume, how to do interviews and the resources available in the One Stop Career Center," said Marcus C. Archibald, Sr. "If you're sitting home doing nothing, it's best to give the One Stop Shop a call. They can set you up with an appointment to show you how to get a job, even for retired veterans like me. I have already given them my resume and I will be there on Monday."

More than 50 local small business owners jammed into the Small Business workshop to hear how they could increase their revenue, workforce and branding by partnering with the EDC.

"My company has recently relocated from New Jersey to the Prince George's County area and we are glad that we attended today's workshop," said Trina Byrd, owner of T-Bird Training and Consulting. "We have been in business for more than 20 years, but the information we received today, particularly about getting in the media for free, was something I had never heard before. What really impressed me were the presenters. They were very excited and we got the personal feeling that they truly want to help you."

Business owners seeking to learn more on how to get free media can tune in to a free webinar led by Britta Vander Linden this Wednesday, May 18th from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. Go to www.pgcedc.com/events to register.

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan, Small Business Services Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Walter Simmons, Interim Director of Workforce Development Services at 301-618-8400 or wsimmons@co.pg.md.us.

12
May

County Officials Honor Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program's 1st Graduating Class

(l. to r.: Lateefah Durant, Academic Officer, PGCPS; Alan Marroquin, Job Coach, LAYC; Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director; County Executive Rushern Baker; Dr. Robbin Fiddermon, Bladensburg YCC Coordinator; Aisha Mahoney, Principal, Bladensburg High School; Felicia Colbert, Assistant Principal, Bladensburg High School; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; Betty Hager Francis, DCAO for Health and Education; Crystal Williams, Bladensburg College Coach, PGCC; YCC Graduates from Bladensburg High School)Largo, MD, May 12, 2016 - Yesterday, County Executive Rushern Baker and Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman joined officials from the Prince George's County Public Schools and Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program (YCC) business partners in honoring the first graduating class of the YCC at the Prince George's Community College.  The Youth CareerConnect Program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce in healthcare and information technology immediately following high school.  Parents, friends and local officials came out to the Senior Celebration to highlight the accomplishments of the 44 seniors who participated in the YCC at Bladensburg and Fairmont Heights High Schools.

"What a great time to graduate!  The YCC experience that these honor roll students have received is truly a game changer in their lives," said Coleman.  "The country is looking for dynamic young people like these in the fields of healthcare and information technology.  Those are some of the top industry sectors the County is targeting to create the workforce of the future. They are the 'best of the best' and are going into important industries that will give them a unique opportunity to alter their lives for generations to come.  Having a hand up in these high-demand, high wage careers is exactly how we will keep Prince George's County moving forward. We are excited about this next generation of multi-millionaires coming out of Prince George's County Public Schools.  Our future is in good hands." 

County Executive Baker also encouraged the graduates to travel as far as their imaginations could take them, and told them that they are an essential part of the Prince George's County workforce pipeline.

"President Obama announced the YCC grant at Bladensburg High School right after our Administration launched its Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative which addresses critical needs in areas of the County that were sometimes overlooked. The timing was perfect for the Administration and this program to get more involved in education," said County Executive Baker.  "I congratulate the seniors as they move along in their careers.  We are proud of the hard work of the students and proud of the partners who have invested in this program and in Prince George's County.  This is one of many steps we are taking to move Prince George's County forward."

The EDC manages the $7 million grant the County received for this program and is pleased to be working with our business partners, Lockheed Martin and Dimensions Healthcare Systems.  The EDC also partners with the Prince George's County Public School System, Ashlin Urban Institute, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Prince George's County Community College and The Maryland Center at Bowie State University. 

"Tonight we were able to celebrate some of our rising stars that have graduated from the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program. All of them are going to college or serving in the military, and we couldn't be more proud of them," said Yolanda Tully, EDC Youth CareerConnect Program Director.  "Throughout their high school career, the students have been learning and building on their skills in the health and IT field. Some have extensive certifications in nursing and IT; skills that are competitive and in demand in today's workforce. These are the future leaders that will take Prince George's County by storm."

This year marks the second school year of the YCC; a four-year STEM program for Prince George's County Public School high school Career Academy Pathways.  The three schools participating in the program are Bladensburg, Potomac and Fairmont Heights. The program focuses on health, bio-science and information technology and has over 440 students enrolled to date.  Each of the graduating seniors, a majority of whom are honors students, have been accepted by the top colleges in the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Howard University.

"I was undecided about my career path and couldn't decide whether I should go into engineering, computer science or be a medical doctor," said Gabriel Aboragadi, from Bladensburg High School and attending the University of Maryland with a full Gates Foundation Scholarship. "Because of the YCC program, I was able to have internships and explore all types of medical and IT fields.  This helped me decide to go into the medical field and eventually pursue my Ph.D."

Companies interested in partnering with the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program for summer job opportunities, internships or mentoring contact Yolanda Tully, YCC Program Director at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.

10
May

EDC'S 'Dolphin Tank' Companies Give Perfect Pitch
(l. to r.; Sherrell Martin, Chief Financial Solutions Officer, NITRAM Financial Solutions; John Huggins, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Last Mile Broadband, LLC; Dr. Adrienne Y. Semidey, Management Consultant, Communications and Change Management Solutions, LLC; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; Sam Medile, Managing Director, Unified Parking Partners; Kisha Logan, Small Business Manager, PGCEDC; Kimberly Crockett, Managing Partner, DMV Solutions; James Chavis, President & CEO, Renaissance Systems, Inc.; Anna Consani, Community Manager, Springboard Enterprises; Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises)Largo, MD, May 10, 2016 - Today, more than 75 local entrepreneurs were given the unique opportunity to get their feet wet at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's first "Dolphin Tank and Networking Event", hosted in partnership with Springboard Enterprises and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation. Five companies from the Economic Development Corporation Accelerator Program jumped in to pitch their business to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and influencers, all dedicated to building high-growth companies without the feeding frenzy of a shark. Panelists and attendees, in turn, shared what they liked about the company pitch, provided feedback on what the company may want to think about as its next steps, and made suggestions about who the company should connect with to improve its business model and grow.
 
"There's nothing worse than having a great idea and nobody picking up on it because you don't know how to get their attention," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "Sometimes, entrepreneurs don't know what they don't know and need help in getting on the right track.  There is no time for cooling off in Prince George's County these days. There are too many people looking for what your business is selling for you to not brag about your company, because when you are successful, the County is successful and jobs are plentiful.  It's just that simple."
 
For more than a decade, Springboard has served as a nationwide platform for recruiting, coaching, showcasing, promoting and supporting women entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies exponentially. The Dolphin Tank is a supportive, vision-expanding experience that allows entrepreneurs to get real-time advice from knowledgeable industry experts who can help them change their message to get the attention their business needs and deserves.  Combined with the networking component, the strategic connections made at today's event have the potential to catapult these businesses forward to even greater success.
 
"The Economic Development Corporation is the biggest cheerleader and champion that I have seen for small businesses around the country," said Amy Millman, President of Springboard Enterprises.  "When companies are in the throes of building their business, they are so involved in all of the details that they forget the most important reason of why they started the business - to make them successful.  We use these programs to remind these amazing entrepreneurs how incredibly valuable what they are doing is, how expert they are, and letting them know why they will be successful.  If we are nothing more than cheerleaders, I think we did our job."
 
The EDC Accelerator is a program that supports Prince George's County startups that have high-growth potential and are developing innovative products or services.  Through a combination of low overhead, one-on-one business consulting, mentorship, and exclusive networking activities, the EDC Accelerator works to take a company from startup to success within six months.
 
"I am grateful to Springboard for bringing the 'Dolphin Tank' concept to the EDC's Accelerator clients.  It is important for them to be able to clearly articulate what they do in order to sell their services to others," said Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager.  "Our job is to make sure that our local companies aren't afraid to jump from a small pond into the ocean.  Forums like Dolphin Tank are great for giving them the confidence and the edge they need in a friendly, supportive atmosphere."
 
The presenting companies, DMV Solutions, LLC, NITRAM Financial Solutions, Communications and Change Management Solutions, LLC, Renaissance Systems, Inc., and Last Mile Broadband, LLC pitched their services to panelists as well as the other businesses attending the Dolphin Tank; and the attendees were not shy with their beneficial feedback.
 
"I think this was a great event.  All of the attendees had something to gain from the comments from the panel as well as the presentations," said Kenneth Clark with Peake Financial Group. "It has allowed me to rethink how I am pitching my own company with respect to clients as well as businesses."
 
Presenters were encouraged to begin their pitch with a call to action - what they want from the audience, and state their case with clarity and simplicity, no matter how complicated.
 
"This Dolphin Tank was an awesome experience," said James Chavis, President and CEO of Renaissance Systems, Inc. in Upper Marlboro. "I love the recommendations and EDC has been extremely helpful in getting the word out about our business and getting it off the ground.  I'm very thankful."
 
"It was exciting to present my company and my idea to everyone and get great feedback as well as recommendations and opportunities," said Sherrell Martin, Chief Financial Solutions Officer of NITRAM Financial Solutions in National Harbor, MD. "I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people today telling me to come see them so that we can connect.  The EDC's networking events and small business manager, Kisha Logan, have been a great help in getting us ready to move out of the nest."
 

Today's "Dolphin Tank" was sponsored by a grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.  For more information on the EDC Accelerator Program or workshops and forums to support small businesses, contact Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us

 

 

 

06
May

EDC Hosts Roundtable For U.S. Senator Ben Cardin With Top Exec's From Local Companies
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (Center); EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (right of Cardin); Prince George's County Executive's Office DCAO David Iannucci (right of Coleman); Relocated Business CEO's; and EDC TeamLARGO, MD, May 6, 2016 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) had a very productive conversation with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin in its Largo office to talk about economic growth in Prince George's County.  During this exclusive meeting, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team introduced Senator Cardin to the CEO's of eight companies, who have recently relocated to Prince George's County, for an intimate conversation on why they decided to move to the County and how the EDC provided assistance in their relocation.
 
"We're delighted to be able to showcasefor Senator Cardin some of the economic development fire power that Prince George's County is attracting," said Coleman. "County Executive Baker has been worked tirelessly over the last five years to create a business climate that encourages hyper growth. Whether it was his ethics reform in County government, or the streamlining of the permitting process through the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, or launching the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative, or establishing a $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund, or appointing a highly accomplished CEO over the County's public schools, the business community has come to realize that Prince George's County is much more than a sleepy little bedroom community just outside of Washington, D.C. But now is not the time for cooling off!"
 
The briefing was also an opportunity for Senator Cardin to provide a legislative update on what is transpiring on Capitol Hill that may have an impact on the local business community. In addition, David Iannucci from County Executive Baker's office gave an update on the Regional Medical Center and the status of the FBI relocation.   
 
"Two of the most important projects to lead Prince George's County, and are symbolic of the rebranding of the County, are the Regional Medical Center and the FBI," said Iannucci.  "The State and County are working aggressively on infrastructure support because we are confident that we have the strongest sites for the new FBI headquarters. Having the FBI in Prince George's County will be a real game changer; similar to President Roosevelt putting the Pentagon in Northern Virginia.  It will reinvent the County and its economy by bringing 11,000 federal jobs, 3,000 additional jobs and millions of square feet in office growth."
 
In making the case for the economic growth in Prince George's County, the Economic Development Team highlighted its "Activate Prosperity" initiative,which maximizes the deployment of the EDC's efforts and financial resources in order to raise awareness about current job opportunities and helps businesses take advantage of available programs that can increase their revenues and create more jobs. 
 
"It is not an accident that Prince George's County is home to over 77,000 small businesses that provide quality services and products that support many well-paying jobs throughout the region," said Senator Cardin, member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. "It is an exciting time to be in Prince George's County.  Prince George's County's successes start at the top, with County Executive Rushern Baker's commitment to restoring the reputation of Prince George's County as a place where you would get the type of good governance that is fundamental for a business to decide to locate in Prince George's County. Then bringing in good, dependable people, like (EDC President) Jim Coleman, to build on your strengths as a County.  The companies around this table telling why they've come to Prince George's County are a testament to the energy and commitment Coleman has brought to the County."
 
The highlight of the meeting came as CEO's from eight high growth, key industry sectors companies that have recently moved to the County shared why they felt the need to be in Prince George's County. 
 
Professional services companies and developers, as well as software development and information technology cited the improved image and the new confidence in the County brand that convinced them to relocate to Prince George's County. 
 
"We came upon this great opportunity to open an office in Prince George's County through the leadership of the EDC who reached out to our company from India when we came to the County on a delegation visit," said Asheesh Jain, CEO of Creative Lipi, a digital marketing and software development company from India.  "As a part of the India Business Center (Accelerator), we have found that Mr. Coleman and Dr. Ganguly mean business and know how to get it going.  Within 48 hours of landing, I had five appointments and my business was up and running in this country."
 
Others talked about the amount of new construction taking place throughout the County, the availability of a talented workforce and the need to be in the midst of   the new Prince George's County as their catalyst. 
 
"My business has been in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years, but Jim Coleman is a difficult man to say 'no' to," said Steve Dunn, Owner, Well Dunn Caterers in Hyattsville, MD.  "When I was looking to relocate my property, I found that Prince George's County offered the best opportunity for our company to grow.  Since moving to the County in January, I have increased my workforce by 15% with County residents. We are pleased to be part of the macro growth in Prince George's County and look forward to being here for many years. "
 
There was a sense of expectancy that their businesses were going to be able to grow successfully in Prince George's County, and that they were situated where the action is going to be in this region for a long period of time. 
 
Today's visit by Senator Cardin provided further validation that Prince George's County is on the right track for being the economic engine of the State of Maryland. It is strategically aligned with its partners at the federal, State and local levels to establish competitive places for even more development, more job creation and greater prosperity for County residents.
 

For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the Pradeep Ganguly pganguly@co.pg.md.us at 301-583-4602 or visit the Economic Development website at www.pgcedc.com

 

 

 

28
Apr

Prince George's County Welcomes Dave & Buster's to Capitol Heights

(l. to r.; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; President & CEO Jim Coleman, PGCEDC; Chef Enus, Dave and Busters; General Manager Karl Zarse, Dave and Buster's; County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, Dist. 6; Mayor Marnitta L. King, Capitol Heights; County Council Member Todd Turner, Dist. 4; County Council Member Mel Franklin, Dist. 9)Capitol Heights, MD, April 28, 2016 - Last Wednesday County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman were among the 100 plus County and local government officials invited to attend the Pre-Grand Opening and Media Day at new Dave and Buster's  in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Through the tenacity and vision of the Baker Administration, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and local developer NAI Michael to seek out new, quality entertainment for Prince George's County residents, this well-known entertainment complex officially opened its first location in Prince George's County in the Ritchie Station Marketplace on Monday.

"When I talked about Prince George's County being the economic engine of the State of Maryland, and I dare say the Washington region, nobody believed it five years ago,' said Baker.  "When you think about the things that we have asked for in this great County of ours and the quality of life we are working towards, none of these opportunities would have happened if it weren't for organizations like Dave and Buster's that believed we could bring the foot traffic that will be coming here.  We will continue to grow in this County as long as we think about what we are missing in our lives, and more importantly, what our kids are missing."

County Executive Baker and his economic development team began their quest to bring Dave and Buster's to Prince George's County two years ago while attending the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Recon Convention in Las Vegas, NV.  As a result of meetings with Dave and Buster's executives during and subsequent to the convention, Dave and Buster's agreed to open its first facility in Prince George's County; the second location in Maryland.  The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation assisted the project by helping them to maneuver through the permitting process and build out in less than one year.

"This facility will be a great magnet for the County; not only for residents, but for everyone going up and down the I-95 corridor from New York to Florida.  Having a Dave and Buster's in Prince George's County is a win for the County and a win for our residents," said Coleman. "All of this success is a direct result of everything County Executive Baker has done to instill confidence in the County with ethics reform, streamlining the permitting process through the launching of DPIE, and making sure schools are heading in the right direction so that developers and retailers can see that this is the place to be in Prince George's County."

This 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex, with dining areas, sports bar and arcade represents a $15 million investment in Prince George's County.  The ribbon-cutting of the Capitol Heights Dave and Buster's in the Ritchie Station Marketplace was held on Monday, April 25th and will be open to the daily at 11 a.m.

To learn more about business development services, and other EDC initiatives and events, follow the EDC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at PGCEDC. You can also follow us on Twitter @ExpandPGC.

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CONTACT: Lori Valentine

Director of Communications 
 240.478.7336 

lcvalentine@co.pg.md.us

28
Apr

Prince George's County Welcomes Dave And Buster's To Capitol Heights
(l. to r.; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; President & CEO Jim Coleman, PGCEDC; Chef Enus, Dave and Busters; General Manager Karl Zarse, Dave and Buster's; County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, Dist. 6; Mayor Marnitta L. King, Capitol Heights; County Council Member Todd Turner, Dist. 4; County Council Member Mel Franklin, Dist. 9)Capitol Heights, MD, April 28, 2016 - Last Wednesday County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman were among the 100 plus County and local government officials invited to attend the Pre-Grand Opening and Media Day at new Dave and Buster's  in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Through the tenacity and vision of the Baker Administration, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and local developer NAI Michael to seek out new, quality entertainment for Prince George's County residents, this well-known entertainment complex officially opened its first location in Prince George's County in the Ritchie Station Marketplace on Monday.
 
"When I talked about Prince George's County being the economic engine of the State of Maryland, and I dare say the Washington region, nobody believed it five years ago,' said Baker.  "When you think about the things that we have asked for in this great County of ours and the quality of life we are working towards, none of these opportunities would have happened if it weren't for organizations like Dave and Buster's that believed we could bring the foot traffic that will be coming here.  We will continue to grow in this County as long as we think about what we are missing in our lives, and more importantly, what our kids are missing."
 
County Executive Baker and his economic development team began their quest to bring Dave and Buster's to Prince George's County two years ago while attending the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Recon Convention in Las Vegas, NV.  As a result of meetings with Dave and Buster's executives during and subsequent to the convention, Dave and Buster's agreed to open its first facility in Prince George's County; the second location in Maryland.  The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation assisted the project by helping them to maneuver through the permitting process and build out in less than one year.
 
"This facility will be a great magnet for the County; not only for residents, but for everyone going up and down the I-95 corridor from New York to Florida.  Having a Dave and Buster's in Prince George's County is a win for the County and a win for our residents," said Coleman. "All of this success is a direct result of everything County Executive Baker has done to instill confidence in the County with ethics reform, streamlining the permitting process through the launching of DPIE, and making sure schools are heading in the right direction so that developers and retailers can see that this is the place to be in Prince George's County."
 
This 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex, with dining areas, sports bar and arcade represents a $15 million investment in Prince George's County.  The ribbon-cutting of the Capitol Heights Dave and Buster's in the Ritchie Station Marketplace was held on Monday, April 25th and will be open to the daily at 11 a.m.

To learn more about business development services, and other EDC initiatives and events, follow the EDC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at PGCEDC. You can also follow us on Twitter @ExpandPGC.

 

 

 

23
Apr

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation And Spirit Of Faith Christian Center Move Mountains For 170 County Job Seekers And Business Owners
(l.to r.: PGCEDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and PGCEDC Business Development Director John Mason)Temple Hills, MD, April 23, 2016 - Close to 100 job seekers and 70 local business owners and entrepreneurs came together at the Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Temple Hills this morning for its "Moving Mountains - Small Business and Job Seekers Summit - Part II" coordinated by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman brought his team back to the Spirit of Faith by popular demand to encourage and connect job seekers to more than 122,000 job opportunities in the Maryland Workforce Exchange database and provided business owners with key specific resources for business development, access to capital and access to a skilled workforce. 

"This is my ministry. We put information directly into the hands of job seekers and business owners in Prince George's County to achieve supernatural abundance," said Coleman. "The private sector is on fire in the County and poised for even more greatness by creating jobs, jobs and more jobs.  I'm not fighting to give everyone a dollar more an hour.  That means you're still in poverty. When you're making good money, everyone in the house has braces; everyone has their choice of healthcare.  That's what I call supernatural abundance."
 
The Economic Development Corporation launched its 'Activate Prosperity' initiative at the beginning of 2016, which is a year-long campaign to raise awareness about the EDC's portfolio of services and programs to promote economic empowerment in Prince George's County. More than 150 people attended the first 'Moving Mountains' Summit, which was hosted by the Spirit of Faith Christian Center in February.  After that event, many requests were made for the EDC to provide the same information at the Spirit of Faith Temple Hills location through its I.C.E. Business Network Ministry. 
 
"We are delighted to be able to present the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation to our I.C.E Business Ministry today," said Anthony Adams, Director I.C.E. Business Network Ministry.  "They are fantastic partners of the Spirit of Faith family.  They have the resources and are eager and ready to give you the 'Holy Hook Up' to take your business to the next level."
 
The EDC Workforce Development Team walked attendees through the 'do's and don'ts' of securing the jobs they apply for with real life advice on how to get and keep a job. The participants were also provided information about transformative programs like the EDC's 'Job Club', which assists ex-offenders with removing the 'move the mountains' of shame and rejection to re-enter the workforce.

"I've been to other job seminars in the past, but none of them had the same amount of resources that the EDC has," said jobseeker Mary Jenkins.  "The EDC gave us very practical and useful information in an easy to understand way.  I will definitely be following up with them at their One-Stop Career Center on Monday."
 
Business owners were also provided with specific information and advice on a wide-range of business services, including how to write a business plan.  The EDC Team also shared with the small business owners the types of federal, State and local incentives that small, women and minority owned businesses can and should take advantage of to position their companies to grow and generate legacy wealth.
 
"The EDC has come and educated us on how to get involved and connected with what is going on in Prince George's County," said Laurie Sayles Artis, President and CEO of Civility Management Solutions in Largo, MD.  "This has been really exciting.  I have been in business for four years, am a VA verified service disabled veteran with the Department of Veteran's Affairs and have just obtained my 8A certification with the Small Business Administration.  I encourage everyone to connect with the EDC and get involved with all of the things they have to offer to help you with the business certifications and financing they have access to."
 
For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan at 301- 583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.
 
 For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Walter Simmons at 301- 618-8433 or wsimmons@co.pg.md.us. 

22
Apr

EDC 'Activates Prosperity' Through Advocacy At Thirsty Thursday Networking Event
(l. to r.: Britta Vander Linden, Chief of Staff, PGCEDC; Bernadette Walker, Community Manager, Perfect Office Solutions; Obie Patterson, County Council Member, Dist. 8; C. Anthony Muse, State Senator, Dist. 26; Nicholas Majett, Chief Administrative Officer, Prince George's County; Chiko Abengowe, Founder and CEO, Perfect Office Solutions; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager, PGCEDC)Temple Hills, MD, April 22, 2016 - Last night, State Senator C. Anthony Muse (Dist. 26) was the guest speaker for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC)"Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT) networking event.  EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman brought his 'posse' of more than 150 business owners to the Infuse Restaurant in Temple Hills for the April T4BT. "Thirsty for Business Thursday" is well known for its ability to highlight fine dining and entertainment venues in the County and for its dynamic guest speakers who share priceless nuggets of information that give local companies an edge on the competition in this region. Senator Muse gave the capacity crowd a brief overview of what the Maryland General Assembly did to enhance business development and retention during the 2106 legislative session.
 
"This is how we roll in Prince George's County," said Coleman.  "We put our business owners face to face with our local elected officials so they can talk directly to them about the issues that matter to them most.  That's 'Activating Prosperity' through advocacy and one of the ways to truly make a difference in your business's bottom line."
 
Infuse Restaurant, along with Perfect Office Solutions, NAI Michael Companies and Berman Enterprises graciously sponsored this evening's event. 
 
Local business owners from all over the County continue to make it their business every month to come out to network with government, non-profits and other local businesses in a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere.  Yesterday's event provided an opportunity for local companies to find out what type of funding would be coming to Prince George's County from the State of Maryland and how they shouldn't sleep on the opportunity to get a piece of that funding for their businesses. 
 
"My job is to be a partner with the County to ensure that Prince George's County receives its fair share of funding from the State," said State Senator C. Anthony Muse.  "While Prince George's County will receive from the State $27.5 million in capital funding for the Prince George's Hospital Center, $15 million for the new Regional Medical Center, $1 billion for public schools, $6.3 million for business assistance, and $13.7 million for financing small businesses, there is still more to do to ensure that all of our businesses can prosper in this new economy.  When business does well, everyone does well.  My job is not complete until all are prosperous and major contracts in the County hire directly in our neighborhoods."
 
Council member Obie Patterson was also in attendance and welcomed the EDC and "Thirsty for Business Thursday" to Council District 8.
 
"We need more functions like this (T4BT) to allow our businesses to dialogue and network and form real partnerships.  That's how we get things done in Prince George's County," said Council member Patterson.  "Development projects like MGM have a greater significance in the County thanks to the work my colleagues on the Council and in the General Assembly continue to do to ensure that local impact money - money set aside from the MGM proceeds to assist minority and women-owned businesses within a five mile radius of the resort - gets to the companies that need it most."
 
The next opportunity to network with Jim Coleman and his 'posse' will be on May 19th when "Thirsty for Business Thursday" heads to Romano Vineyard and Winery, 15715 Bald Eagle School Road in Brandywine, MD.  This event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  RSVP to Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

20
Apr

EDC President Jim Coleman Welcomes Courtyard By Marriott To 'Downtown Largo'
(L. to R.; Dean Manternach, Regional Vice President of Operations, Tharaldson Hospitality Management; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; and Rickey Earles, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Largo)Largo, MD, April 20, 2016 - Today, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the County and State dignitaries at the Grand Opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Largo Capital Beltway.  More than 100 well-wishers attended the official       ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 14th Marriott property in Prince George's County.  Hosted by the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, this 107 room hotel will employ 36 County residents and provide contemporary accommodations to guests in a calm and soothing environment. 
 
"Congratulations to the Marriott Corporation and welcome to beautiful downtown Largo, where great things are happening" said Coleman.  "With the investment and focus that County Executive Baker has placed on Largo, now is a great time to become a part of this vibrant community.  Marriott is investing here because they realized there is oil in the ground, opportunity is plentiful, and Largo is the future of Prince George's County.  Someday, I hope they decide to move their headquarters here."
 
Also in attendance at the Grand Opening were Prince George's Chamber of Commerce President & CEO David Harrington, Prince George's County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis (D-6), Council member Mel Franklin (D-9), Prince George's Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Nathan Gross, and Jim Estepp from the Prince George's Business Roundtable. Courtyard by Marriott Largo General Manager Rickey Earles and Director of Sales LaVonne Snowden were also among the dignitaries that came out to the Grand Opening.  Mr. Earles expressed appreciation to the Marriott Corporation, his staff and the County for the warm welcome they have received in Largo.   
 
"Prince George's County has my dedication to this hotel, this company and this community," said Mr. Earles.  "It is my intent and vision to make this Courtyard, not only the best in Prince George's County, but the very best in the United States.  
 
For information on workforce development and job placement services, contact Jeffrey Swilley, Assistant Director of Workforce Services at 301-618-8400.

 

 

 

 

15
Apr

EDC President Jim Coleman Wants To Connect ALSCO To Prince George's Dirty Laundry
(EDC President & CEO, Jime Coleman (standing) with Alsco executives and Government leaders at Alsco's Grand Opening)Lanham, MD, April 15, 2016 - Tuesday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President  & CEO, Jim Coleman, welcomed Alsco, Inc. to its new state of the art 84,000 square foot commercial laundry facility in Lanham, MD. The 127 year old family owned and operated linen cleaning company, which has operations nationwide, moved its Washington, D.C. operation to Prince George's County bringing with it 250 jobs.
 
"My mother always told me to never talk about the family's dirty laundry. But today, I'm going to break that rule," said Coleman. "I want to connect Alsco to all of the dirty laundry in Prince George's County and the State of Maryland while this wonderful company is growing. I want to double the size of their workforce from 250 to 500 over the next 24 months."
 
Alsco Inc., a linen and uniform rental services company, celebrated its official grand opening Tuesday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, lunch and tours of its new facility in Lanham, MD. The production facility cleans over 125,000 pounds of laundry daily serving over 1,600 customers. The environmentally friendly facility currently has 225 employees and is recruiting 25 more, bringing a total of 250 jobs to Prince George's County.
 
Alsco General Manager Ludovico Oriente hosted the event at which guests had an opportunity to meet Co-CEOs, Bob Steiner and Kevin Steiner, whose great-grandfather founded the company in 1889. Attendees also heard from Prince George's dignitaries including Secretary Mike Gill from the Maryland Department of Commerce and Delegate Alonzo Washington, from Maryland Legislative District 22.
 
To learn more about how to connect with the 25 job openings with Alsco and other great Prince George's County job opportunities, please contact Jeffrey Swilley, at jswilley@co.pg.md.us or (301) 618-8400. 

 

 

 

 

13
Apr

Prince George's County: Strong In Opportunity
(l. to r.: M. H. Jim Estepp, Pres. & CEO, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable; Victoria Mendoza, Miss World America; County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George's County; Derrick L. Davis, Council Chair, Prince George's County Council; Jim Coleman, Pres. & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation)Clinton, MD, April 13, 2016 - Today, County Executive Rushern Baker presented his 2016 'State of the Economy' Address to a sold out crowd of 500 local business leaders, developers and elected officials at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, Maryland.  Mr. Baker used the theme of "Opportunity" to highlight the current state of the economy, job creation and the workforce development that has taken place in Prince George's County since his election in 2010.  Today's event was co-hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Corporation and the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable.

"In five short years, we have moved from a County that was under investigation by the FBI, to a County looking forward to bringing the FBI to the County," said Mr. Baker.  "The new reality is that our economic development, crime reduction, and school system restructuring strategies are working, and we are now positioned to take advantage of the opportunities we always knew were there. Imagine what the future will be like with a town center and performing arts center in Suitland; the Regional Medical Center and government operations, including the Office of the County Executive in Largo; and creating our own 'Union Station' in New Carrollton.  Is it possible?  Absolutely!"

Prince George's County has experienced exponential growth as a result of the concerted efforts by the Baker Administration to grow a sustainable economy equipped to withstand the economic downturns of the future.   The catalysts for this growth include: instilling integrity and confidence in County government by implementing ethics reform; streamlining the permitting process and establishing an agency specifically designed to address permitting, inspections and enforcement; launching the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative; establishing the $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund; and appointing a highly accomplished Chief Executive Officer to improve school performance.  

"Today was an opportunity to celebrate the leadership that County Executive Baker has brought to Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "From crime and unemployment to job creation and business growth; everything that should be down is down and everything that should be up is up.  This is the way things should be."

Prior to County Executive Baker's speech, Mr. Coleman highlighted how the Administration has positioned the County to Activate Prosperity and accentuate its valuable opportunities for County residents and businesses.  Mr. Coleman also shared with the over capacity crowd how the Economic Development Corporation continues work to retain and grow current employers, executes the County's tailored acquisition strategy targeting information technology, healthcare and life sciences, business services and federal government agencies, and is winning new businesses to the County every day.

"This is an exciting time to be in Prince George's County," said Jim Estepp, President and CEO, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable.  "Not only is the quality of life at an all-time high, but economic development is really cranking up. Without a doubt, we are going to be the regional leader in the foreseeable future."

This morning's event was sponsored by Colony South Hotel and Conference Center along with generous donations from Gold Sponsors NAI Michael, PEPCO, and Old Line Bank.

Also in attendance at today's breakfast was Miss World America Victoria Mendoza, who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the event.  Miss World America's attendance is another example of the renewed interest in Prince George's County that County Executive Baker discussed in his address.  In July, the Miss World America Pageant will be held in Prince George's County at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, which will bring the world to Prince George's County.

"I am delighted by the collaboration and partnership that is going on in Prince George's County," said Conni Evans, Co-founder and President of Ancon Group in Bowie, Maryland and EDC Board member.  "I am glad that I was able to hear, first-hand, what is going on in Prince George's County and I am looking forward to the opportunities that will be coming online."

The next opportunity to network with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation will be at its 'Thirsty (For Business) Thursday" networking event on April 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Infuse Restaurant, 6339 Allentown Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748. To RSVP contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650 or cballard@pgcedc.com.  For sponsorship information for this event, contact Nichelle Holmes at naholmes@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4621. 

 

13
Apr

County Executive Baker Announces Plan to Bring County Offices to Largo at 'State of the Economy' Address

(l. to r.: M. H. Jim Estepp, Pres. & CEO, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable; Victoria Mendoza, Miss World America; County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George's County; Derrick L. Davis, Council Chair, Prince George's County Council; Jim Coleman, Pres. & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation)Clinton, MD, April 13, 2016 - Today, County Executive Rushern Baker presented his 2016 'State of the Economy' Address to a sold out crowd of 500 local business leaders, developers and elected officials at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, Maryland. Mr. Baker used the theme of "Opportunity" to highlight the current state of the economy, job creation and the workforce development that has taken place in Prince George's County since his election in 2010. Today's event was co-hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Corporation and the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable.

"In five short years, we have moved from a County that was under investigation by the FBI, to a County looking forward to bringing the FBI to the County," said Mr. Baker. "The new reality is that our economic development, crime reduction, and school system restructuring strategies are working, and we are now positioned to take advantage of the opportunities we always knew were there. Imagine what the future will be like with a town center and performing arts center in Suitland; the Regional Medical Center and government operations, including the Office of the County Executive in Largo; and creating our own 'Union Station' in New Carrollton. Is it possible? Absolutely!"

Prince George's County has experienced exponential growth as a result of the concerted efforts by the Baker Administration to grow a sustainable economy equipped to withstand the economic downturns of the future. The catalysts for this growth include: instilling integrity and confidence in County government by implementing ethics reform; streamlining the permitting process and establishing an agency specifically designed to address permitting, inspections and enforcement; launching the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative; establishing the $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund; and appointing a highly accomplished Chief Executive Officer to improve school performance.

"Today was an opportunity to celebrate the leadership that County Executive Baker has brought to Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "From crime and unemployment to job creation and business growth; everything that should be down is down and everything that should be up is up. This is the way things should be."

Prior to County Executive Baker's speech, Mr. Coleman highlighted how the Administration has positioned the County to Activate Prosperity and accentuate its valuable opportunities for County residents and businesses. Mr. Coleman also shared with the over capacity crowd how the Economic Development Corporation continues work to retain and grow current employers, executes the County's tailored acquisition strategy targeting information technology, healthcare and life sciences, business services and federal government agencies, and is winning new businesses to the County every day.

"This is an exciting time to be in Prince George's County," said Jim Estepp, President and CEO, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable. "Not only is the quality of life at an all-time high, but economic development is really cranking up. Without a doubt, we are going to be the regional leader in the foreseeable future."

This morning's event was sponsored by Colony South Hotel and Conference Center along with generous donations from Gold Sponsors NAI Michael, PEPCO, and Old Line Bank.

Also in attendance at today's breakfast was Miss World America Victoria Mendoza, who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the event. Miss World America's attendance is another example of the renewed interest in Prince George's County that County Executive Baker discussed in his address. In July, the Miss World America Pageant will be held in Prince George's County at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, which will bring the world to Prince George's County.

"I am delighted by the collaboration and partnership that is going on in Prince George's County," said Conni Evans, Co-founder and President of Ancon Group in Bowie, Maryland and EDC Board member. "I am glad that I was able to hear, first-hand, what is going on in Prince George's County and I am looking forward to the opportunities that will be coming online."

The next opportunity to network with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation will be at its 'Thirsty (For Business) Thursday" networking event on April 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Infuse Restaurant, 6339 Allentown Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748. To RSVP contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650 or cballard@pgcedc.com. For sponsorship information for this event, contact Nichelle Holmes at naholmes@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4621.

 

 

 

11
Apr

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Request for Proposal (RFP)

Youth Service Providers 

The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Workforce Services Division (PGCEDC- WSD) is currently accepting proposals for comprehensive services to WIOA youth in need of occupational skills training to obtain jobs in high growth/high demand occupations in the region. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is available at www.pgcedc.com, beginning Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. through the submission deadline date of Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Sealed proposals must be received by the Issuing Office no later than Monday, May 9, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST at the PGCEDC located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 110, Largo, MD  20774. 

A pre-proposal Bidders Conference will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD  20774.  All potential bidders should plan to attend (Note: Due to spacing limitations, no more than two representatives per organization shall be admitted). Please submit all questions to adminandcontracts@co.pg.md.us by Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.  Any and all questions will be discussed at the conference.

PGCEDC-WSD reserves the right to reject any part of any, and all qualifications received in response to this RFP.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL, WIOA Youth Program

 

LIST OF ATTACHMENTS: 

  1. STATEMENT OF WORK (Draft)
  2. FORMS SUBMITTAL LIST BY VOLUME
  3. PRE-AWARD SURVEY
  4. PRE-AWARD FOR RELOCATING ESTABLISHMENTS
  5. W-9
  6. PROPOSAL AFFIDAVIT
  7. CERTIFIED MBE UTILIZATION AND FAIR SOLICITATION AFFIDAVIT
  8. CERTIFICATION REGARDING LOBBYING
  9. DRUG FREE WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS CERTIFICATION
  10. CERTIFICATION REGARDING ACORN PROHIBITION
  11. BUDGET SUMMARY OF COST WORKSHEET SURVEY

 Questions & Answers 

Youth Post Conference QA RFP EDC WSD 019 0416

 

Addendum 2

08
Apr

$250,000 EDI Fund Assistance "Charges" New Tech Company In College Park

(l. to r.; Michael Gill, Secretary, MD Dept. of Commerce; Ken Ulman, Chief Strategy Officer, UMD; County Executive Rushern Baker; Bob Proctor, CEO, FlexEl; Dannielle Glaros, Council Vice Chair; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, EDC; Dr. Wallace Loh, President, UMD; David Iannucci, Asst. Deputy Chief Admin Officer, Prince George's County)College Park, MD, April 8, 2016 - Today, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with state and city officials attended the grand opening of FlexEl, LLC, a custom battery solutions company that has expanded in Prince George's County.  Thanks in part to $250,000 in financial assistance from the Prince George's County Economic Development Incentive Fund and additional assistance from the Maryland Department of Commerce, FlexEl has opened a research, development and manufacturing facility that will change the face of how we power our world and create 47 jobs for Prince George's County residents.

"FlexEl reflects County Executive Baker's vision to transform our County with innovation, opportunity and prosperity through state-of-the-art technology," said Coleman.  "FlexEl is the kind of hot, new technology company that's kicking here in Prince George's County.  The word is out.  College Park is the new Silicon Valley."

FlexEl originally launched its startup out of the University of Maryland that creates state-of-the-art thin film batteries.  Today's grand opening included remarks from Maryland Commerce Secretary Michael Gill, County Executive Rushern Baker, County Council Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros, City of College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn and University of Maryland Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development Ken Ulman along with a demonstration of the technology and  a tour of the new 10,000 square-foot facility.

"For too long, the newest and best technologies originating in College Park were leaving Prince George's County for other jurisdictions," said County Executive Baker.  "We are hoping that FlexEl is the beginning of a change in that trend.  On behalf of the residents of Prince George's County, I want to welcome FlexEl to Prince George's County and congratulate them, the University of Maryland and the City of College Park on this successful development and game changing technology that will impact the world from right here in Prince George's County."

The County's Economic Development Incentive Fund was created as a $50 million fund designed to create jobs, increase the commercial tax base and at the same time, create a "Wow" factor to attract businesses and investments in Prince George's County.  Companies for the EDI Fund are businesses that are expanding within the County or are considering relocating to the County and are seeking financial assistance with construction costs, relocation costs, acquisition costs or leasehold improvements. 

To start growing your business in Prince George's County today, contact the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation at (301) 583-4650.

07
Apr

"Activate Prosperity" From The Palm Of Your Hand!

(Kisha Logan, Manager of Small Business Services conducts a webinar for Business Owners)Largo, MD, April 7,2016 - Yesterday, EDC President & CEO, Jim Coleman announced a new way for business owners and job seekers in Prince George's County to 'Activate Prosperity' from the palm of the hands or computers. The 'Webinar Wednesday!' series, which debuted on March 30th, will allow residents to learn about the Economic Development Corporation's tools and resources and participate in workshops in real time from the convenience of their home or office using their laptops, tablets or smartphones. 

"There should be no excuse for why our residents don't have the information they need to be prosperous," said President Coleman. "I am excited that we can reach thousands of our residents on their computers or even the palm of their hands by leveraging technology and utilizing the expertise of the EDC staff!"

The webinars, facilitated by EDC Small Business and Job Search experts, will take place every Wednesday from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM and will alternate between job seeker and business owner topics. 

Upcoming webinars for job seekers will cover topics including: how to find a job using the Maryland Workforce Exchange site, how to use social media to promote skills and abilities, and how to make your resume reflect your value. 

Upcoming webinars for business owners will cover topics including: how to write a business plan, how to use social media for brand building, and how to obtain free media for your business. 

Kisha Logan, EDC's Manager of Small Business Services and Vernice Gonzalez, Lead Career Consultant in the EDC's Workforce Development will be the primary facilitators of the webinars. 

Special guest facilitators will include Britta Vander Linden, EDC's Chief of Staff, R. Joshua Reynolds, EDC's Communications Specialist, and Norma Williams, Workshop Facilitator for the EDC's Workforce Services Division, who will present on topics in their respective specialty areas. 

To view the schedule of upcoming webinars and to join in, please visitwww.pgcedc.com/events. 

 

 

 

07
Apr

EDC President Coleman Taps Into Pig Farmer Roots At Eco City Farms Tour

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman and ECO City Farms CEO Margaret Morgan-HubbardRiverdale, MD, April 7, 2016 - On Friday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO, Jim Coleman and members of Team EDC paid a visit to two "ECO City Farms" sites in Riverdale and Bladensburg. The tour, led by Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms, was a follow-up to the EDC's meeting with the Prince George's County Food Equity Council Meeting in February. The purpose of the tour was to address the County's food sustainability and security and to discuss how the farm might collaborate with the EDC to create food production jobs in Prince George's County

During the tour of the farm's facilities, which includes over five total acres of vegetation, President Coleman reflected on his own experience as a farmer growing up on Coleman Crest Farm in Lexington, Kentucky (which he still owns today)

"As the owner of my family farm, Coleman Crest, I understand firsthand the challenges that farmers see" Coleman said. "I am excited that the EDC has the tools and resources available to assist 'ECO City Farms' so we can create good jobs in the farming community and meet their challenges head on. I'm going to make all of Prince George's residents healthy and wealthy!" Coleman went on

Tools available include incentive programming such as the EDI Fund, a special $50 million fund that offers specialized loans to small business owners for the purchase of land and buildings, building construction and improvement as well as working capital in order to create jobs. In addition, the EDC is currently facilitating the "Hire Prince George's" initiative. Businesses enrolled in this program enjoy the benefit of having up to 90% of the on-the-job training and hiring costs reimbursed for up to the first six (6) months of an eligible new hire's employment

ECO City Farms' CEO, Margaret Morgan-Hubbard is extremely proud of the work that her farm does to create education for youth, job opportunities for County residents and offer healthy, locally grown foods

"We have a summer youth program here. We hire chefs and teach the kids how to cook and also how to farm," said Morgan-Hubbard. "We would like to develop an effective program with the EDC to help make our farm and other farms in Prince George's County sustainable.

President Coleman and Team EDC are committed to supporting local farms and the Food Equity Council to create more job opportunities and healthy food options in Prince George's County.

To learn more about Prince George's County's incentives and resources, please contact Larry Hentz, EDC Business Development Director at lhentz@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4650.

07
Apr

EDC President Jim Coleman "Sells" Prince George's County At Women Build America National Industry Conference In Washington, D.C.

(l. r.; Caryn Boisen, President, WCOE: Hedy Leuterio Thomas, President & CEO, Leuterio Thomas, LLC; Renee Sacks, President & CEO, Sacks Communications; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation)Washington, D.C., April 7, 2016 - On Tuesday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman joined an auspicious panel of speakers from around the country to speak on the final day of the Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE) "Women Build America" National Industry Roundtable and Conference at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.  "Women Build America" is a three-day national conference on construction opportunities hosted by the WCOE that brings together national leaders and experts for an innovative and engaging conversation on new opportunities for women in the construction, transportation, infrastructure, energy and technology industries.  Mr. Coleman participated in a panel discussion entitled "Building a Personal Business Plan for Growth" and talked about the importance of being prepared, having first class presentation materials, and getting to your point quickly.  He also used this opportunity to share the value proposition of why doing business in Prince George's County could benefit their businesses, regardless of where they are currently located.

"I'm looking for all of you to do business in Prince George's County. Our development community is booming, our local incentives are attractive and my Economic Development Corporation can provide a roadmap for MWBE's, veterans, and a wide spectrum of entrepreneurs. But you've got to be able to cut to the chase, look sharp, and present marketing materials that show me know you're competitive and serious about doing business in Prince George's County," said Coleman.  "Any CEO, regardless of gender, should to be a thought leader and have an attitude of winning.  After all, you are the evangelist for your company.  If you don't tell your story, who will?

Mr. Coleman was joined on the panel by Renee Sacks, the President and CEO of Sacks Communications in New York City, who encouraged the attendees to anticipate change, trust with caution, be authentic and be you.  Conference attendees were delighted with the information that was presented at the conference and expressed a strong desire to make definitive changes in their current business plans.

"I truly enjoyed the presentation from Mr. Coleman with Prince George's County," said Janet Winkelman, President of Wink Fasteners, Inc. in Charles City, Virginia.  "We have been looking to make some changes with our business model and I am definitely considering expanding my company into Prince George's County.  They really have it going on over there."

01
Apr

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman, Team EDC And Industrial Bank Kick Off 'Activate Prosperity Banking Tour'

Jim Coleman (far left), President & CEO of the EDC, with Industrial Bank Representatives.Largo, MD, April 1, 2016 - On Thursday, the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO, Jim Coleman along with members of Team EDC including Ebony Stocks, EDI Fund Business Development Specialist, met with Industrial Bank to kick off a partnership that will enhance distribution of the Economic Development Incentive (EDI) Fund to county businesses in order to create more jobs. The $50 million EDI Fund provides low interest loans with the goal to expand the county's tax base, create jobs and develop growth in key industry sectors.

This is the first in a series of meetings to create partnerships with local banks to expand access to capital through the EDI Fund in order to create more jobs in Prince George's County. 

"Our goal at the EDC is to partner with our local banking community to better support and satisfy the financing needs of all of our local businesses in Prince George's County," said Mr. Coleman. "We are committed to growing our County's economic base by offering all of our businesses the tools they need to succeed such as financing and tax incentives that fuel growth, workforce training services, site selection, consulting and business counseling services; all of which will ultimately result in record breaking growth within Prince George's County's economy."

To learn more about more about financing through the EDI Fund, contact Ebony Stocks at (301) 583-4610 or  epstocks@co.pg.md.us.

 

30
Mar

Inaugural Municipal Appreciation Day Breeds Greater Support And Collaboration For Local Governments

(l. to r. EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman; EDC Chief of Staff Britta Vander Linden; EDC Development Manager Nichelle Holmes; Bladensburg Councilmember Walter Ficklin)Largo, MD, March 30, 2016 - This morning, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted its First Annual Municipal Open House and Appreciation Day at its headquarters in Largo, Maryland.  More than 50 municipal officials and economic development leaders came together to engage in an interactive discussion about key economic development initiatives and programs available through the EDC to support job seekers and enhance business development. 

"We are 'Activating Prosperity' in every village, and every hamlet," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.  " We are celebrating prosperity in our County today by bringing in all of our mayors, town managers, council members and economic development leaders to talk about economic development and to first, share with them the wonderful resources we have at the EDC.  Secondly, we wanted get their feedback, as their partners, on how we can help them get their residents back to work and help their small businesses to grow and attract more businesses to the County. I'm glad to have each of them as part of my EDC 'posse'. Let prosperity ring!"

Thomas Himler, Deputy Chief Administration Officer for Budget, Finance and Economic Development and David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief Administration Officer for Economic Development, top executives from County Executive Baker's office, and the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council were also in attendance.  After breaking bread with the municipal leaders with a country style breakfast, generously sponsored by CareFirst, Mr. Coleman told the attendees how forums like these are a vital part of the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative, which seeks to raise the awareness of the business and workforce development resources the EDC has at its disposal.  By local jurisdictions taking an active role in implementing the resources the EDC has for business attraction, business expansion, small business development and workforce training and placement in their communities, the EDC anticipates that home values will rise and median household incomes will increase through the creation of well-paying jobs for their residents in key industry sectors.

"It is a great time for municipal leaders to become more involved in what is going on in economic development in Prince George's County," said David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development for the Office of the County Executive of Prince George's County.  "Schools are improving dramatically, public safety numbers are spectacular, and year over year, we are increasing our job numbers exponentially. There are projects going on from north to south, and this is great news for the County and our municipalities.  Municipal leaders here today can learn how the EDC can help their residents get their share of jobs at MGM, and the hospital and the FBI when it comes.  We need your help in identifying the workers in your jurisdictions and provide them with the skills they need to become eligible for the jobs we fought so hard to get."

Municipal leaders were pleased with the open house and in particular the programs that the EDC Workforce Development Division presented such as: the One-Stop Career Center that provides job training skills and job placements to County residents; the Hire Prince George's initiative that provides financial assistance to County employer hiring County residents; and the Youth CareerConnect Program - the prestigious $7 million grant that President Barack Obama presented in Prince George's County last year focused on students in three of Prince George's County Public Schools career academies in the fields of  health and bio-science and information technology.   There was also great interest in the Arts and Humanities Council presentation on the importance of building up an arts community within each local jurisdiction.

"Arts and economic development can go hand in hand," said Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council. "Public art can be transformative, as with a gateway community, or it can engage the small business community by messaging and branding.  But having a cultural plan for a community needs to start at the municipal level and then bubble up.  We have partnered with the Economic Development Corporation on several projects in the past and are looking forward to partnering with all of you in the near future."

The team from CareFirst, who sponsored today's event, congratulated the EDC on the success of its first Municipal Appreciation Day and was extremely impressed with the program presentation and the information that was provided.

"As a sponsor and a resident of Prince George's County, I was very excited and riveted to hear about all of the positive things that the EDC is doing in the County," said Denise Dunn, State and Municipal Account Executive, CareFirst. "This is not just on a local level; it is also on a global level.  Based on what I have seen and heard, I will be sure to tell my friends who have small businesses in the County because the EDC has services that can be an excellent resource for them.  I can't wait to spread the word."

Municipal leaders concluded the forum with a discussion on how they can individually engage the services of the EDC.  There were several requests to have the EDC come to their jurisdiction and speak directly to their constituents.

"This was an amazing, phenomenal event. To bring the municipalities up to speed regarding the economic development that is going on in Prince George's County and the vision the County Executive and the EDC has to move municipalities forward is outstanding," said Councilmember Walter Ficklin, Town of Bladensburg.  "With this type of collaboration and resources available to us, I believe that in the near future we will be a County that is recognized Statewide, nationally and internationally.

For more information about EDC programs and services, go to www.pgcedc.com.

 

28
Mar

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman Speaks At Maryland Building Industry Association Prince George's County Breakfast
Jim Coleman, President & CEO of the EDC, addresses members of the Prince George's County Chapter of the Maryland Building Industry AssociationGreenbelt, MD, March 28, 2016 - This morning, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President & CEO, Jim Coleman, served as a Keynote Speaker for the Maryland Building Industry Association's (MBIA) Prince George's County Chapter Breakfast at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. Over 100 people attended the breakfast which focused on highlighting the importance of professionals with different interests working together to build a better Prince George's County.

Mr. Coleman provided an overview of the many projects that the EDC is involved in that directly affect the building industry and how the EDC has been a resource to ensure that current projects are able to be completed.

"While we have had our economic victories in Prince George's County in recent years, this is the time to continue to push for economic growth in all of our industries," said Mr. Coleman. "The EDC attends conferences and summits all over the world to bring County developers the best clients and resources for their projects. Retailers from around the globe attend these conferences and summits looking for new and profitable ways to distribute their goods and services to a wider market. We take our business community with us [virtually] by sharing sites and projects that would be a great match with what the retailers are looking to achieve. Having a close relationship with the building community is a key component of our sales pitch for these projects."

To learn more about the latest building industry and development opportunities in Prince George's County, please join the EDC on April 13th as it partners with the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable to host the County Executive Baker's 2016 State of the Economy Breakfast at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, MD. 

To purchase your ticket today, please visit: www.pgcedc.com/events. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Nichelle Holmes, Development Manager at naholmes@co.pg.md.us or (301) 583-4621. 

21
Mar

Economic Development Corporation Partners With Town Of Bladensburg For Economic Renaissance

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman (center) with EDC Team and the Better Bladensburg Block by Block and Business by Business Roundtable at Bladensburg Town Hall meeting)Largo, MD, March 21, 2016 - Today, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his team met in their Largo headquarters with top executives of the Better Bladensburg Block by Block and Business by Business Roundtable (B5 Roundtable), a group of local businesses committed to the economy and enhancing the quality of life within the Town of Bladensburg. The group discussed how the Economic Development Corporation can utilize its resources to revitalize this historically important port town and bring increased prosperity to its residents and businesses. Today's meeting was a continuation of a stakeholder meeting the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) attended with Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, Councilmember Walter Ficklin and the B5 Roundtable earlier this month, in which Mr. Coleman committed to partnering Bladensburg to revitalize its business community.

"Bladensburg is a shining town on a hill with a long and rich business community, dating back to the 1800's and it deserves to be restored," said Mr. Coleman. "We are excited about the opportunity to assist this wonderful town in bringing back its vibrant economy. My team of professionals is already at work with plans to implement the Town's business sector plan, build management skills in its workforce and expose it to the developers and the capital it needs to make its business community successful. We are using in an economic renaissance. Bladensburg's best days are just around the corner."

According to Census data, the Town of Bladensburg has had its share of challenges over the years. Its current median household income is $34,966 compared to the County's median household income of $73,623. In addition, 11.8% of Bladensburg residents are below the poverty line, while 9.4% of residents County-wide are below the poverty line. Collectively, these numbers represent a great opportunity for a renaissance to take place in the Town of Bladensburg.

Through its 'Activate Prosperity' initiative, the EDC is positioning itself to work directly with the Bladensburg business community to introduce them to the millions of dollars in resources available through the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. Over the next few months, the EDC will be partnering with the Town of Bladensburg to create its own value proposition, attract more businesses and developments to Bladensburg, prepare its residents for high wage employment and restore its historical pride.

"We are very excited about partnering with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and raise our businesses to a whole other level," said Carlyncia Peck, Co-Chair of the B5 Initiative. "We believe the EDC will allow our businesses to understand business in a way they have never understood it before and to bring prosperity right here to Bladensburg. We are truly looking forward to collaborating on a job summit and other activities later on this year."

To learn more about the Bladensburg economic renaissance and other EDC initiatives and events, follow the EDC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at PGCEDC. You can also follow us on Twitter @ExpandPGC.

 

 

 

21
Mar

Prince George's Economic Development Corporation Partners With Shabach! Ministries To Host Small Business And Job Seeker Summit

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (standing) speaking at Shabach! Ministries, Inc. at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MDUpper Marlboro, MD, March 21, 2016 - On Saturday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation hosted a Small Business and Job Seekers Summit in partnership with Shabach! Ministries, Inc. as part of its "Activate Prosperity" Tour to build awareness about the opportunities and resources within the County. More than 100 job seekers, local business owners and entrepreneurs flocked to the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro to learn about the 20,000 job opportunities, $9 billion in business resources and no cost training opportunities that residents can take advantage of through the EDC and its life changing programs.

"I appreciate the partnership that Shabach! Ministries and the Economic Development Corporation are creating for the residents of Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "We want to re-create the sense of entrepreneurship that Jesus and his disciples displayed when He walked among us. Jesus was a carpenter, Luke was a physician, James and Peter were fisherman and all of them were focused on changing the circumstances in their communities. To paraphrase Angela Davis, I urge each of you to change the things you cannot accept, instead of accepting the things you cannot change. Where I come from, that is called 'hustling backwards'."

Mr. Coleman and the EDC team gave attendees specific information on the financing programs, training programs and the small business development services available to help them obtain maximum increase in their lives and businesses. Team members also discussed how to write a business plan, and how to get certified to do business with Prince George's County.

Shelly Gross-Wade, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Financial Services Corporation (FSC First) talked about how her organization can be a resource for small business owners to gain access to traditional and non-traditional capital.

"As business owners in Prince George's County, you are in a world class community, and FSC First is here to finance your businesses," said Ms. Gross-Wade. "We are not here to measure your failures, we are focused on measuring your success. At the heart of all business, it is cash flow that pays bills; not collateral, not character. FSC First is here to finance businesses and help you speak the language of traditional banks to get to 'Yes' on a loan request."

Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager also shared her insight on how entrepreneurs and small businesses can be successful.

"I was delighted to see so many small business owners come out to the Summit today," said Ms. Logan. "It is important for business owners to have a 'go to' person to help them unravel the perceived red tape of being in business for themselves. My goal is to ensure that County businesses, regardless to what stage of development they are in, have the information and resources necessary to bid on any procurement, hire as many employees as they want to hire and increase their revenues through sound business decisions. This helps their businesses to grow and makes the County thrive."

The small business owner portion of the Summit generated many follow-up questions from the attendees, many of whom did not realize the number of free services the EDC provides for business development.

"I was truly enlightened today by the information provided at this workshop," said Carolyn Marshall, President of Carolyn's Corner, a customer service training and coaching center in Capitol Heights, MD. "I was particularly impressed by how this workshop encouraged small businesses to do our homework, have things in place and not come to the table empty handed so that we can do business professionally when we get ready to expand. I am very glad I came."

Job seekers learned about the training and certificate programs available through the County's Largo One-Stop Career Center and Laurel Regional Workforce Center to become competitive for high wage jobs, particularly in the areas of Information Technology, Health Care, Transportation and Construction. They also learned about the available grants to provide tuition, childcare and transportation assistance for residents participating in the training programs.

"Today's event was very informative and I received more than enough information on what I need to do to make better career choices," said Jane Washington of Upper Marlboro, MD "As an unemployed professional, I found out today that I can go to the Largo One-Stop Career Center to work with a recruiter, who can assist me in my job search. I will definitely be there on Monday morning!"

The EDC will continue its 'Activate Prosperity' tour at the Spirit of Faith Christian Center on Saturday, April 23rd at 9 a.m., 2261 Oxon Hill Drive, Temple Hills, MD to share its life changing programs that can provide high wage employment or produce generational wealth through business creation and expansion. To attend this electrifying event, please RSVP to Crystal Ballard at 301-883-8254 or cballard@pgcedc.com today.

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact Kisha Logan, Small Business Services Manager at 301-583-4650 or kvlogan@co.pg.md.us.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Liz Williams, Director of Workforce Development Services at 301-883-4615 or elwilliams1@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

18
Mar

Economic Development Corporation Participates In U.S. General Services Administration Women In Business Summit To Form A 'More Perfect Union'

(l. to r.: Prince George's Councilmember Karen Toles; Shaunta P. Johnson, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business; Kisha Logan, EDC Small Business Services Manager (speaking)Suitland, MD, March 18, 2016 - Today, EDC Small Business Services Manager Kisha Logan participated in a panel discussion at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) National Capital Region's Small Business Event entitled, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union - Perfecting Wins for Small Business". The GSA hosted this event in honor of Women's History Month to bring regional federal and State leaders together to share strategies for increasing procurement opportunities. The all-women panel included top executives from the GSA Special Services Division, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business, the CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, the Principal of the Elocen Group - a GSA contractor, and Ms. Logan; the only local panelists on the Prince George's County.

"Today was another great opportunity for the Economic Development Corporation to network with our federal partners and local companies and showcase the tools that small, minority and women-owned businesses have at their disposal through the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation," said Ms. Logan. "From our own networking events such as 'Thirsty for Business Thursdays' and federal agency procurement forums, to our business accelerator, certification and training programs designed for small, minority and women-owned companies to get out and meet their colleagues, their competitors and government agencies, my office is available to help local companies raise their business footprint in Prince George's County. Yesterday's competitor could become tomorrow's partner on a procurement contract. But if you don't network to learn about what the industry is in need of, there is no way to enlarge your pipeline and grow your business."

Prince George's County Councilmember Karen Toles (Dist. 7) served as the co-moderator for the Perfecting Wins for Small Business Panel, along with Julia Hudson, the Regional Administrator of the GSA National Capital Region where the panelists stressed the importance of women being prepared in the marketplace. Although women own 35% of all U.S. firms, they secure only 4% of the revenues. Forums such as this one help women-owned businesses in particular to form the more perfect union by providing the information and tools needed to remove barriers small businesses often face when trying to grow.

"Today was a phenomenal event, especially since it is taking place during Women's History Month. It brought together our State, Federal and local partners including the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation who plays a key role in assisting small businesses become a part of our economic strategy," said Councilmember Toles. "As women, we need to "perfect" our small businesses throughout the entire year, not just during Women's History Month. So, I appreciate the partnership with our Economic Development Corporation and their participation on the panel to highlight what we are doing in Prince George's County. We know there is more work to do to "perfect our union", but today was the start of many more meaningful conversations and I'm glad to be a part of it."

 

 

 

15
Mar

Local Businesses 'Activating Prosperity' By Connecting To Customers

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman Addressing Capacity Crowd at Largo, MD, March 15, 2016 - Yesterday, more than one hundred local companies attended the "Enhancing Relationships with Customers for Long Term Growth" forum; part of the 'Connections to Success' interactive panel series hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce. The event connected small business owners to the key strategies they need to expand their customer base, which in turn increases their sales. Attendees were provided with a series of hands-on, interactive scenarios designed to make the personal connections with their customers easier and more productive. The highlight of the morning was the "Perfect Elevator Pitch" role-playing exercise, which showed attendees how important first impressions can be toward gaining a strong customer base.

"A successful business owner needs to be able to talk very clearly about their company in a manner that it memorable," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "As the "Chief 'Excitement' Officer" and "V.P. of Sales" for all of the companies in Prince George's County, I am completely motivated to 'Activate Prosperity' for them by helping them focus on making a personal connection with their customers. If you truly understand the needs of that customer before you 'sell' them on your product or service, you can create a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship that 'Activates Prosperity' for the both of you."

The winner of the forum's "Perfect Elevator Pitch" contest was Sonia Srivastava, President and CEO of Diya Candles. Ms. Srivastava pitched her 100% soy candles manufactured in Bowie Maryland by telling the crowd "We all need a little help in setting the mood".

"Today's forum was like squeezing an entire semester of grad school classes into three hours," said Ms. Srivastava. "I am very thankful that the Economic Development Corporation is so willing to help the business community in this way. This was truly time well spent."

Attendees also learned that seemingly basic details in business can bring a personal touch to the sales process. A company in need of a sales boost should always remember that picking up the phone to provide clear, instant feedback, sending a personalized note of acknowledgement or thanks, or scheduling a face-to-face visit with a customer is a great way to establish trust and strengthen a relationship.

"The customer life cycle is like a marriage," said EDC Business Development Director John Mason. "A successful business gets 'married' to its customer in the same way any relationship develops. They must reach out to the customer, acquire basic information about the customer, develop the relationship with the customer to retain the relationship, and then inspire the customer to stay with you. This type of relationship breeds long term commitment and growth."

Tata Global Beverages, the makers of Eight O'Clock Coffee, was one of the sponsors of the forum. This multi-million dollar company, based in Prince George's county sells products throughout the United States and Canada. As part of the EDC's commitment to "Activate Prosperity' by connecting businesses to customers, Mr. Coleman announced that the Economic Development Corporation would work with Tata Global to create an international business plan for Eight O'Clock Coffee that will connect this company to millions of customers all over the world.

"Networking has been one of the cornerstones for Eight O'Clock Coffee in Prince George's County," said Nicole Hall, Volume Acquisition Manager, Eight O'Clock Coffee. "Our relationship with the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce has been monumental in terms of networking and outreach. To make that outreach effective, a company must figure out what they can do differently to their customer that their competitor can't. Bring something memorable to the table and your customers will not forget you."

Yesterday's forum was the 3rd of the Connections to Success breakfast series that the Economic Development Corporation and the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce began last fall. Through these forums, small businesses in Prince George's have had the opportunity meet and hear from top executives that specialize in federal and local procurement opportunities, traditional and non-traditional access to capital and key strategies to attract more customers.

"There is no better place than Prince George's County with the level of connectivity that the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation have," said Prince George's Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Harrington. "We are coming together to expand business and wealth for the residents of Prince George's County by creating a platform and environment to do amazing business and make amazing money in and around Prince George's County. No one does it better than this business community."

Other sponsors of the forum included Berman Enterprises and NAI Michael Companies.

The forum concluded with tips on how a company can become customer-centric and how communication through social media is another key component to a successful long-term relationship. Companies should always anticipate what their customers are in need of, even before they develop a business plan and share information in real time through all available forums of communication.

"Companies must distinguish between customers and users," said June Evans, Interim Director of the Prince George's Community College Center for Entrepreneurial Development. "When a customer pays for a service or product, their satisfaction with the overall experience in your company equals your success. Poor customer service, not following through on delivery dates, or not being aware your customers needs can hamper your success."

Companies interested in more networking opportunities to practice their Elevator Pitches and connect with other companies to do business should attend our next 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday on March 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Original Ledo's Restaurant, 4509 Know Road in College Park, MD. Please RSVP to Crystal Ballard 301-883-8254 or cballard@pgcedc.com today. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Nichelle Holmes naholmes@pgcedc.com or 301-583-4621 for more information.

 

 

 

01
Mar

EDC 'Activates Prosperity' By Matchmaking 300 Small Businesses With $16 Billion In Federal And County Procurement Opportunities

(l. to r.; John Mason, Business Development Director, PGCEDC; Pamela Wilson, Business Analyst, OSDBU, U.S. Dept of the Treasury; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; LaTonya Bowman, Small Business Specialist, Internal Revenue Service; Jade Haynes, Business Analyst, Prince George's County Supplier Development Diversity Division; Winston DeLattiboudere, President & CEO, Delmock Technologies)Largo, MD, March 1, 2016 - Today, 300 local companies flocked to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as top executives from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Prince George's County Office of Central Services gave specific details on how to prepare for and tap into the $16 billion in procurement opportunities available through these agencies. The EDC's IRS Procurement Opportunity Day provided local businesses with specific contracting opportunities available, including bid solicitations and procurement forecasts, as well as direction on how to submit bids on those lucrative contracts.

"We 'Activate Prosperity' through matchmaking; we 'Activate Prosperity' through contracting," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "We are creating multimillionaires here at the EDC by matchmaking our local small businesses with large federal agencies and making sure they are ready to compete to win these contracts. I want our businesses to tap into the $16 billion in contracting opportunities available from the four agencies we have here today."

Today's IRS Procurement Opportunity Day is an integral part of the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative; an aggressive three-year plan designed to rapidly grow Prince George's County businesses by connecting them with valuable resources and programs; thereby creating more jobs for County residents.

"We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that all of Prince George's County's local businesses are aware of the opportunities in their own backyards," said EDC Business Development Director John Mason. "To be able to have access to high level federal decision-makers, and an economic development team excited about matchmaking companies with key federal agencies can really boost a company's revenues. Now is the best time ever to expand a business in Prince George's County."

Panelists at today's game changing event shared with attendees the types of goods and services that are most often contracted for in each of their respective agencies. The majority of the contracting opportunities were for Information Technology consulting firms, a targeted industry sector for the County that brings high wage jobs and is on a strong growth trajectory.

"The true key to success in winning contracts with the IRS is all about doing your homework," said LaTonya Bowman, Small Business Specialist with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. "There are numerous opportunities to partner with the IRS, and thereby, assist them in achieving their procurement goals. To truly engage in those procurements, one must know what the IRS is buying, when they are buying, and then connect with the IRS Small Business Office ready to discuss your company's capabilities. Last year, the IRS bought more than $520 million in non-IT products and services and more than $1.3 billion in IT products and services."

The Prince George's County Office of Central Services also provided key information on how to do business with the County through its Contract Administration and Procurement Division that purchases everything from pencils to libraries to helicopters. Solicitations from the County can be found on the County's website as well as on the E-Maryland Market Place website.

"One of the most aggressive procurement opportunities that the County is currently soliciting for is a Public-Private Partnership with Corvias Solutions to provide services in the County's $1.2 billion stormwater management project," said Roland Jones, Director of the Prince George's Office of Central Services. "In addition, the Excelon PEPCO merger, which will bring together the top performing gas and electric utilities in the Mid-Atlantic, will also present a large number of contracting opportunities in the near future. Stormwater and the utilities are very sustainable industries that local companies should not overlook."

Mobile SEO Technologies, one of the sponsors of the event provided text-to-talk technology allowing questions from the audience to be provided via text messages. The event was also sponsored by NAI Michael Companies and Berman Enterprises.

"Today, we learned about the tools we need to enhance our opportunity to procure with the federal government. The contacts and references we received are invaluable," said Thomas and Gretta Anderson, owners of Itec Solutions in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. "We can now email a key official we've met with the IRS and be able to reference this event as a starting point for a conversation. We feel like we have an 'in' with the federal government, and that can mean great growth for our company in the very near future. We are very glad that we came out to this event."

The next EDC event will be the 'Connections for Success' forum on March 14, 2016 and will address "Enhancing Relationships With Customers for Long Term Growth", in partnership with the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Free admission and parking will be provided. All attendees for these exclusive events must RSVP to Crystal Ballard cballard@co.pg.md.us at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Nichelle Holmes naholmes@pgcedc.com or 301-583-4621.

 

 

 

29
Feb

EDC Toasts Largest Microbrewery In United States At Their Upper Marlboro Grand Opening

(1. to r.: Donna Gehart, Calvert Brewing Co.; Delegate Michael Jackson, Dist. 27B; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Maryland Senate President; Michael Scarborough, Founder & Managing Partner, Calvert Brewing Co.;_ Senator Douglas J.J. Peters, Dist. 23; Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, PGCEDC; David Lewis, Business Development Director, PGCEDC; Delegate Marvin Holmes, Dist. 23B; Katie Kerwin, Calvert Brewing Co.)Upper Marlboro, MD, February 29, 2016 - On Saturday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team welcomed Calvert Brewing Company as it opened its first production brewing facility and tap room in Prince George's County, Located in Upper Marlboro, this facility is the largest microbrewery to open in the United States within the last five years. Saturday's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting was attended by several County officials including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (Dist. 27), Senator Douglass J.J. Peters (Dist. 23), Delegate Michael Jackson (Dist. 27B) and Delegate Marvin Holmes (Dist. 23B).

"Prince George's County continues to grow everyday thanks to great new partners like the Calvert Brewing Company," said Mr. Coleman. "We are proud to welcome them to Prince George's County. Here, we 'Activate Prosperity' by helping businesses expand and matchmaking them with other businesses to make all of them successful. We look forward to partnering with Calvert Brewing Company at our June 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday' networking event."

Calvert Brewing Company founder and managing partner, Michael Scarborough, who grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland was glad to be back opening his new 28,000 SF facility in Prince George's County.

"The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation have been fantastic in helping us get to our grand opening today," said Mr. Scarborough. "I know that they are going to be a great partner in the future."

The brewing company is currently working with the Economic Development Corporation's Workforce Development team to fill 24 new positions at its Upper Marlboro facility, and is also partnering with Calvert Brewing Company for its June 'Thirsty (for Business) Thursday'.

"This is huge! This brewery is a great investment in Prince George's County," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. "Prince George's is on the cusp of greatness; it is moving up. Calvert Brewing is strong part of it. This facility means jobs and this means economic development, all to move our County forward."

For information on employment opportunities with Calvert Brewing Company, contact EDC Workforce Development Deputy Director Jeffrey Swilley at 301-618-8400 or jswilley@co.pg.md.us.

25
Feb

Local Bakery Owner To Be 1st Of 500 'Activate Prosperity' Multimillionares

(l. to r.: John Mason, Business Development Director, PGCEDC; Jim Coleman, President and CEO, PGCEDC; April Richardson, President, D.C. Sweet Potato Cake)Greenbelt, MD, February 25, 2016 - This evening, more than 100 local business owners from Prince George's County came out to Sobe Restaurant and Lounge in Greenbelt, Maryland to network with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) at their signature "Thirsty (for Business) Thursday". Tonight marked the first "Thirsty (for Business) Thursday" (T4BT) of the 2016 season for the EDC, and the first anniversary of Sobe's, one of the most unique and sophisticated dining experiences in the heart of Prince George's County. The special guest speaker was April Richardson, Esq., president of D.C. Sweet Potato Cake in Hyattsville, MD, who is achieving tremendous success through her partnership with the EDC, and is on her way to becoming the 1st of 500 'Activate Prosperity' multimillionaires.

"We are serious about growing our businesses in Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "April Richardson is an example of what a partnership with the EDC is all about. To 'Activate Prosperity' a company must first, move to Prince George's County. Second, partner with the EDC and let us provide you with access to capital and match-make you with top customers. That's how we roll; that's how we are creating 500 multimillionaires within the next three years. April is number 1. Sobe owners Tony and Josette are numbers 2 and 3, with 497 to go. Who's next?"

Richardson inspired the standing room only crowd with how her company has grown from a small, struggling bakery in the District of Columbia to a full-scale retail and manufacturing company in Prince George's County with products currently being sold at Wegman's, Starbuck's, and Honey Baked Ham. Ms. Richardson is the first woman-owned African American bakery in the region to be featured in the Starbuck's bakery case. D.C. Sweet Potato Cake has also been featured on QVC. Additionally, her products will soon be available in Safeway stores in the region, thanks to introductions made by EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.

"The EDC has definitely had a positive effect on our company," said Ms. Richardson. "Thanks to Mr. Coleman introducing me to a Safeway Executive at one of the EDC's networking events, we are gearing up to distribute our products to more than 125 stores in this region. From site selection, to the financing of our new full scale manufacturing facility (to accommodate our new clients), to allowing me to inspire you tonight, the EDC is truly making a difference in Prince George's County. Come and be a part of this movement in our County."

Ms. Richardson's plans for County expansion include a retail operation in Hyattsville, which will open in the Spring of 2016 and a large scale manufacturing facility, also in the County. She is expected to hire 25-30 County residents to keep up with the growth of her business.

Tony and Josette Simpson, the owners of Sobe Restaurant and the presenting sponsor of this evening's 'T4BT' also shared how their vision to bring upscale dining to Prince George's County has been realized. Using their own funds, the Simpson's purchased and designed their restaurant to resemble a beautiful night club in South Beach Florida. Collectively, the Simpson's employ more than 100 employees, and provide top quality employment and training in management and culinary arts to County residents.

"Prince George's County deserves 'white table cloth' restaurants, just like any other County in Maryland," said Tony Simpson. "We are delighted to be able to partner with the Economic Development Corporation to ensure County residents can have gainful employment in an upscale restaurant and enjoy delicious food in a sophisticated atmosphere. We are fully committed to helping our community grow and prosper."

In addition to Sobe Restaurant and Lounge, this evening's event was graciously sponsored by Berman Enterprises in Rockville, MD, NAI Michael Companies in Lanham, MD and D.C. Sweet Potato Cake in Hyattsville, MD.

The EDC's "Activate Prosperity" initiative is an aggressive three year plan designed to create 500 multimillionaires by connecting them with potential clients, valuable resources and assistance programs; thereby creating more jobs for County residents.

Join the EDC on March 14, 2016 as we host the 'Connections for Success' forum with the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce which will address "Enhancing Relationships With Customers for Long Term Growth". It will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Admission and parking are free. Attendees must RSVP to Crystal Ballard at (301) 583-4650 or cballard@pgcedc.com.

 

 

 

22
Feb

EDC President Jim Coleman Presents To Blue Ribbon Commission On Structural Deficit

Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC (center); Pradeep Ganguly, Executive Vice President, PGCEDC (left) and Earl Adams, Jr. Blue Ribbon Commission Chair (right)Upper Marlboro, MD, February 22, 2016 - Today, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman spoke before the 'Prince George's County Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing the Structural Deficit' in Upper Marlboro about the strategies the Economic Development Corporation is taking to contribute to the removal of the County's fiscal deficit. Mr. Coleman pointed to the results of the EDC's 'We Care' business retention and 'Operation 535' business attraction initiatives as indicators of the positive direction that is expected to expand the County's commercial tax base. An increase to the commercial tax base has a significant impact on the fiscal deficit by generating more revenue for the County.

"The EDC launched its 'We Care' initiative last summer, recognizing that we can't take any of our employers for granted," said Mr. Coleman. "But the biggest opportunities that we present to current employers, local job seekers and potential companies are that Prince George' County has 14 federal agencies, top talent and financing programs that make it the best place in the world to do business. That is what I call the Value Proposition of Prince George's County."

Since the 'We Care' initiative was launched in July 2015, the EDC Business Development Team has met with 258 of the top companies in Prince George's County. Ninety-nine percent have confirmed that they are staying in Prince George's County, retaining 144,903 jobs. Sixty-three percent of these companies confirmed that they are creating new jobs over the next six months, totaling 5,192 new jobs that will be created for the residents of Prince George's County.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing the Structural Deficit was established by the County Council last year and charged with recommending policies to the County Council and County Executive that will address the County's structural deficit - the imbalance caused when normal government spending exceeds tax revenues on an annual basis.

"I think that you are looking at a renaissance in the County and great opportunity," said Commission member Jim Estepp, Jr., President and CEO of the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable. "With all of the projects and potential projects looking to come to Prince George's County, Jim Coleman is doing a very good job and really sees the big picture. He is able to work, company by company, to bring the businesses and the talent, collectively, to Prince George's County to see that our opportunities for growth are truly realized."

To further help the County's existing businesses to grow and create more jobs, the EDC will host 'IRS Procurement Opportunity Day' on Tuesday, March 1st. at EDC Headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. The event will show local small businesses how to gain access to $10 Billion in Procurement Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Treasury and IRS. This event is free and lunch will be provided. Space is filling up very quickly, so please register today by sending your RSVP to Crystal Ballard at (301) 583-4650 or cballard@pgcedc.com.

 

 

 

22
Feb

'Activating Prosperity' At Exporting Forum

Photo: EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman Addressing Capacity Crowd at Exporting Forum (Standing Right)Largo, MD, February 22, 2016 - More than 125 local small businesses turned out on Wednesday at the Prince George's County Economic Development (EDC) headquarters to find out how to double their revenue by tapping into billions of dollars in opportunity by exporting their goods and services. The businesses packed the room at the EDC's Prince George's County International Business Export Forum to hear from a 'Dream Team' of experts from the Maryland Department of Commerce and the United States Department of Commerce. The experts showed business owners exactly which countries and sectors are most in need of goods and services, how to reach new customers through more than 100different business development agents globally, how to build capacity in their company to be able to sell and deliver goods around the world, and more.

"Our ultimate objective is growing our local small businesses through exporting to the point where they must create more jobs to keep up with the demand for their goods and services all over the world," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "The Commerce Department and the State of Maryland have more than 100 business development managers scattered all over the globe, ready to help our businesses connect to new customers in hot industry sectors. We are fully committed to ensuring that our local, small businesses take advantage of the State and federal resources that will help them grow and hire more residents. It's time for our local companies to connect to the world of opportunities beyond our shores. That is 'Activating Prosperity' by exporting."

The EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative, launched in January, is an aggressive three-year plan designed to rapidly grow Prince George's County businesses by connecting them with valuable resources and programs; thereby creating more jobs for county residents.

"We were amazed by the number of Prince George's County businesses who came out today to learn about exporting and accessing State and federal resources to accelerate their global growth," said Signe Pringle, Managing Director of the Office of International Trade with the Maryland Department of Commerce. "We look forward to looking back at the end of the year to see how many new markets Prince George's County businesses tapped into through our programs; how many export sales were completed how many leads you were able to gain from going to trade missions with the State or on your own, and most importantly how many new jobs have been created. Today's event proved that there is a lot of interest in exporting and we stand ready to assist."

The expert panelists provided detailed information on critical aspects of exporting, including: how to develop an international business plan, which countries are most in need of goods and services, how to access thousands of dollars in government funding to cover the cost of travel overseas and how to secure low-cost financing to help them build capacity in their company to enable them to sell and deliver goods and services to clients all over the world.

"Exporting supports sales growth by continuously providing new markets for local goods and services to be sold in. That's where I come in," said Bill Houck, Regional Manager, Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration and one of the Forum's presenters. "My office specializes in export working capital, structuring transactions and risk management assessments so businesses won't stall when going after a foreign sale. Our job is to help with the financing capacity of businesses and export credit insurance to help companies get the most out of their international deals."

Attendees were particularly interested in the U.S. Commercial Services' international business-to-business matching-making presentation which provided key information on where the greatest demand is for their local products and services. Additionally, critical information was provided on how to gain easy entry into targeted countries and industries around the world.

"The U.S. Commercial Services' office is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, with offices in the U.S. as well as overseas staffed with more than 100 market and industry specialists around the world with connections to foreign governments, industry associations and business prospects," said Aisha Jones, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center. "Our job is to connect exporting companies to trade shows, buyers, distributors, sales representatives, partners for projects and the like. By using our services, we talk to them specifically for your company. It's that simple."

The Forum met with great appreciation from all of the attendees. Many of the local companies had never considered exporting before attending last weeks Forum.

"Today's export event was very exciting and the information was invaluable," said Demetri and Kristine West, of West Construction, International. "We are glad to know about the programs available to our company. Without this Forum, we would have never thought about exporting, or about the number of customers to sell our services to across the pond. Now we are prepared to move forward with an international business plan and take our business to the next level."

If you would like more information about exporting your goods and services overseas, please contact John Mason at (301) 583-4650 or jamason@co.pg.md.us today!

 

 

 

19
Feb

EDC President Coleman Featured Speaker At "Ready For Work" Luncheon

Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGEDC speaking; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (far right)Oxon Hill, MD, February 19, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the featured speakers at the Venture Philanthropy Partners 'Ready for Work' luncheon at the Bond 45 Restaurant in National Harbor this afternoon.  The purpose of the 'Ready for Work' luncheon was to provide an opportunity for local business leaders to learn about the County's economic development strategy and plans to ensure County youth will be able to meet the related workforce needs of the business community.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, along with Wegman's Food Market CEO Danny Wegman, Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, Lauren Peterson for the Person Companies and Largo High School graduate as well as Finance Career Academy and Year Up alumni Brandon Bailey addressed the crowd of top business executives representing key industry sectors in the region about the importance of ensuring each youth in Prince George's County has the same opportunities to succeed in the workforce.

"Although Prince George's County has experienced rapid growth under the Baker Administration, now is not the time to cool off," said Coleman. "As business leaders, you are our private sector partners and must be involved in preparing the workforce of tomorrow, today. No one program can do it alone. We need more employers like you to get involved and stay involved. Our future depends on it."

The Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a network of high-performing nonprofit organizations committed to giving the children and youth of the National Capital Region the opportunity to grow into healthy, productive adults. County Executive Baker, during his first year in office invited VPP to be its partner in the implementation of his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). Prince George's County would be the first place in the region where VPP would implement its innovative Youth Connect model - a pioneering initiative that combines public-private capital, evaluation experts, and high performing nonprofits to improve life opportunities for low income youth ages 14-24 in the National Capital Region.

 

 

 

12
Feb

Mr. Coleman Goes To Annapolis

(EDC President &CEO Jim Coleman (far right) presenting to the Prince George's County Senate Delegation in Annapolis, MD)Annapolis, MD, February 12, 2016 - EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman welcomed the opportunity to speak to the Prince George's Senate Delegation in Annapolis today. In the midst of the voting sessions, committee hearings and floor debates, members of the Senate Delegation, chaired by Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-21) invited Mr. Coleman to learn more about the programs and services the Economic Development Corporation provides to the residents of Prince George's County.

"Our mission at the EDC is to retain and grow our 16,000 existing employers by identifying their current needs and providing low-cost solutions to aid their expansion," said Mr. Coleman. "We utilize the same strategy to attract new companies to the County. We ain't grovelin'! We have all confidence that our value proposition is incomparable to any in the region. So as we march into D.C. and Northern Virginia to 'free' high wage sector employers, we know that Prince George's County is the best place in the world to do business."

Mr. Coleman provided the Delegation with an overview of how the EDC is closing the gaps on key economic indicators for Prince George's County. The EDC's 'We Care' retention blitz, 'Operation 535' attraction initiative and its workforce development training and placement results met with nods of approval from the panel. The Delegation was pleased to hear of the outreach the EDC is doing in the County, across the Potomac and across the Pacific.

"It is obvious that you have been a wonderful asset to Prince George's County," said Senator Joanne C. Benson (D-24). "The enthusiasm that you have shown today is absolutely gratifying. I look forward to working with you on other issues in my district in the near future."

The Economic Development Corporation is hosting Prince George's County's International Business Export Forum next Wednesday, February 17th from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce. Companies' intent on doubling their revenue through exporting and tapping into the incredible markets outside of the United States should attend this high-impact event.

The Forum will take place at EDC Headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. Please contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650 or cballard@co.pg.md.us to reserve your seat.

 

 

 

09
Feb

Coleman: 85 Percent Of Closing The Deal Is Excitement

(L. to R.: Faye Njaka, Senior Business Development Specialist at the Maryland Department of Commerce; David Lewis, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, EDC Business Development Director; Ebony Stocks, EDC Economic Development Incentive Fund Director; John Mason, EDC Business Development Director; Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO; Britta Vander Linden, EDC Chief of Staff; Larry Hentz, EDC Business Development Director; Steve Pennington, Managing Director of Business and Industry Sector Development for the Maryland Department of Commerce)Largo, MD, February 9, 2016 - Today, top executives at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met with the chief economic development experts from Maryland's Department of Commerce to conduct a high-level strategy session to collaborate on how to attract high-wage jobs to Prince George's County. The group determined that financial incentives are less impactful in attracting and retaining businesses than selling the county's assets such as an educated workforce, prime location and Class A office space at a 40% discount. All three advantages are at the top of the list for any corporation looking to increase revenue and must be properly communicated to decision makers in the county's existing and targeted companies.

"85% of what closes the deal is excitement," says Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the EDC, also known as the EDC's Chief Excitement Officer. "If we could just help our organization sell the facts, we could close a lot of deals and make a lot of people multi-millionaires."

Coleman's team of Business Development Directors and executives met with a high-level team from the Maryland Department of Commerce led by Steve Pennington, Managing Director of Business and Industry Sector Development.

"Economic development is a team sport," said Pennington. "We want to collaborate to tell the Maryland story and the Prince George's County story to help companies find the place that fits their needs."
To learn how to grow your revenue, activate your prosperity and become supernaturally wealthy, contact John Mason, EDC Business Development Director at (301) 583-4646 or jamason@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

09
Feb

Economic Development Corporation And Asian Business Committee Welcome New Chair And Provide Opportunities For International Growth To Local Companies

(EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman with members of the Asian Business Committee, The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor of Commerce for the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Rosa Hong, Assistant Director of Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, and the EDC Team)Largo, MD, February 9, 2016 - This afternoon, members of the Asian Business Committee (ABC) gathered at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to induct their new chairman, to connect the 30 Asian business owners in attendance to billions of dollars in business resources and contracting opportunities, and to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Honorable Li Bin, Counselor of Commerce from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China and Rosa Hong, Assistant Director of the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) addressed the ABC and highlighted their respective countries' economies and the importance of the work the EDC does to connect businesses, locally and abroad, with County resources.

"It is not enough for the County to only rely on business opportunities in our own backyard to increase our economy," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. "This County is on fire with possibilities and we are focused on expanding our reach to all parts of the globe. Our 'Activate Prosperity' initiative, coupled with County Executive Baker's International Business Development Plan provides our residents with the skills necessary to become multi-millionaires within the next three years."

Sharon Jackson, Acting Executive Director of the Supplier Development and Diversity Division also spoke to the Committee about the power and importance of being a Prince George's County Certified Business.

"There are goals attached to specific minority certifications, and this information is power," said Ms. Jackson. "Companies who are registered as County businesses and principally located in the County can have access to contracts that are specifically available for County businesses. We are here to help you maximize your opportunities through certification."

Nabee Yi, head of JMF, LLC and new chair of the Asian Business Committee emphasized the importance of the EDC's efforts to inform and attract Asian business to Prince George's County.

"As an Asian business community, we should participate in the explosive business growth that is taking place in Prince George's County within the next four to five years," said Ms. Yi. "With projects on the horizon totaling $6 million to $10 million, we see this opportunity as a win/win for both the Asian business community and the County."

As part of County Executive Baker's long-term international business development plan, the EDC has been tasked with executing 12 locally hosted international development summits and to prepare local businesses to export goods and services. Today's event is the first step in operationalizing this plan and provided the framework for a Friendship Agreement between Prince George's County and Korea.

To learn more about exporting, be sure to attend County Executive Baker's County Export Forum on February 17th at 10 a.m. at EDC Headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20774. Please contact Crystal Ballard at 301-583-4650 or cballard@co.pg.md.us to reserve your seat.

 

 

 

08
Feb

Spirit Of Faith Christian Center And Prince George's Economic Development Corporation Kick Off Partnership At 'Moving Mountains Small Business And Job Seeker Summit'

Photo (l. to r.): Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's Economic Development CorporationBrandywine, MD, February 8, 2016 - On Saturday, Pastor Mike Freeman, the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 'Moved Mountains', making way for super natural abundance, for more than 200 entrepreneurs and job seekers who flocked to the Moving Mountains: Small Business and Job Seekers Summit. This high impact Summit kicked off a partnership between the Spirit of Faith and the EDC to remove barriers to success by raising awareness about business building resources and job opportunities. The event marks the first stop on the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' Tour, a year-long campaign to share the EDC's portfolio of services and programs to the community in order to promote economic empowerment.

"The EDC will visit the top 25 churches in Prince George's County this year. Our goal is to have all residents of Prince George's County successfully employed in high wage jobs or achieving generational wealth through their businesses. That's Activating Prosperity," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "There is no excuse to not enjoy a life of abundance if you are a member of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and you use the programs that the EDC has at its disposal."

This year, Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center, adopted the theme "Moving Mountains" to emphasize the importance of removing obstacles in your personal life to achieve 'super natural abundance'. According to Pastor Freeman, the bible provides business principles that all business owners should follow to ensure maximum increase.

"I am delighted that the Spirit of Faith Christian Center is partnering with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation," said Pastor Freeman. "It is important for the community to first know how God does business in order for them to prosper in their business. Learning what the EDC has to offer, being concerned about what their enterprise has to offer and being able to hear the voice of God as a business partner will certainly move any mountains you perceive in your life."

Mr. Coleman shared his own personal testimony about of how his great-grandfather's purchase of the farm he worked on as a slave in 1888 brought generational wealth to more than 300 of his ancestors. Mr. Coleman owns Coleman Crest Farm today. This is the type of super natural abundance that the EDC has pledged to provide for everyone in Prince George's County. With the tools available through the EDC, the 'Activate Prosperity' initiative is on track to create 500 multi-millionaires in Prince George's County within the next 3 years.

Business owners were provided specific information on a wide-range of business support services, including how to gain access to traditional and non-traditional capital, how to write a business plan, and how to get certified to do business with Prince George's County. More than 50 business owners registered for the certification training offered by the EDC.

"Today's experience was nothing but God," said Debra Ferguson, owner of The Empire Dynasty event planning company in Laurel, Maryland. "Many people get into business with nothing more than a dream, but they don't know where to go for resources. As a result of today's Summit and the resources the EDC told us about, I am confident I can be more successful in my business. I don't see how people can make it without you [the EDC], especially if they don't have their own capital."

The participants were also provided information about transformative programs like the EDC's 'Job Club', which assists ex-offenders to 'move the mountains' of shame and rejection to re-enter the workforce.

"I really appreciated the information provided today," said an ex-offender who attended the Summit. "I felt like I was being treated like a person instead of a number, as I did at other One Stop Centers in the area. I feel really confident that I will get the help I need and the job I want with the help of the EDC's Job Club, which helps former offenders like me."

Job seekers learned about the training and certificate programs to become competitive for high wage jobs, particularly in the areas of Information Technology, Health Care, Transportation and Construction. They also learned about the available grants to provide tuition, childcare and transportation assistance for residents participating in the training programs. Participants were given the opportunity to meet with representatives from regional companies such as Dimensions Healthcare Systems, CLP Resources Construction, Securitas Security Services and Goodwill of Greater Washington to hear about the more than 200 jobs they have available immediately. In addition, participants learned how to access 'soft skills' training to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing skills and dressing for success.

"There is clearly a need for more forums such as this one to let people know the ABC's of employment," said Elizabeth Williams, Director of Workforce Development Services for the EDC. "Our job is to transform the lives of the 24,000 job seekers in the County with a simple formula. First, get A job. Second, get a BETTER job, and third, get a CAREER. If we are successful, our job creators are successful, our County household income will rise, and we are truly 'Activating Prosperity' in Prince George's County."

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact John Mason at 301-583-4646 or jamason@co.pg.md.us.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Liz Williams at 301-883-4615 or elwilliams1@co.pg.md.us.

 

 

 

 

05
Feb

Economic Development Corporation Assists Leading European Retailer To Open First Maryland Stores In Prince George's County

(l. to r.:Brian Kearney, Real Estate Development Manager, Lidl U.S.; Alexander Ragonese, Real Estate Acquisitions Manager, Lidl U.S.; Davit Abraham, Associate Director, DPIE; Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGCEDC; David Lewis, Business Development Director, PGCEDC; Steve Proctor, President & CEO, G.S. Proctor and Associates; Joseph Green, Executive Vice President, G.S. Proctor and Associates; Bellur Ravishankar, Associate Director, DPIE)Largo, MD, February 5, 2016 - Yesterday, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Coleman, along with senior staff from the County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) met with top executives from Lidl U.S., LLC to discuss the construction of more than 15 new 40,000 sq. ft. grocery stores in Prince George's County by 2018. With the opening of these grocery stores, including one store in each councilmanic district, Lidl makes its Maryland debut in Prince George's County. This $100 million construction investment is expected to bring more than 700 new jobs to the County.

"We are delighted that the EDC could play a part in bringing Lidl, U.S. to Prince George's County," said Mr. Coleman. "Our team is always on the lookout for innovative companies like Lidl to provide our County residents with a unique, top quality shopping experience, and access to well-paying job opportunities. We welcome them to Prince George's County."

For over 40 years, German retailer Lidl has been a growing presence in the European grocery marketplace. Through its 10,000 stores in 26 countries, Lidl prides itself on delivering the highest quality products at the lowest possible price and the most efficient shopping experience.

 

 

 

03
Feb

Networking Event Puts Local Businesses Face-To-Face With State Decision Makers

(l.to r.: PGCEDC President and CEO Jim Coleman; Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller; Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer Nicholas Majett; Prince George's County Council Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros; Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford - far right) (Photo: Joe Andrucyk, Office of the Gov)LARGO, MD, February 3,2016 - Last night, business owners from across Prince George's County converged on Annapolis, Maryland for an opportunity to connect personally with some of the most powerful leaders in State and County government as the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) joined top level executives from Prince George's County at County Executive Rushern L. Baker's III '2016 Prince George's County Capitol Access VIP Reception.' More than 200 business owners, serious about growing their revenue packed into Harry Browne's restaurant on State Circle as the County unveiled its legislative priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Business owners also had the opportunity to share their feedback directly with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Prince George's House Delegation Chair Jay Walker, Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and Prince George's County Council Vice Chairman Dannielle Glaros.

"The possibilities are endless as to what this group of State and County elected officials can collectively do for the residents and businesses in Prince George's County and Maryland," said Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer Nicholas Majett on behalf of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "The County's Legislative Agenda for 2016 focuses on safeguarding the County's budget priorities. We need our legislators to know that we cannot stand further cuts to funding for essential programs that make our County better for our residents, businesses and visitors. Our success as a County, in partnership with the State, is good for Prince George's County residents and business, and for the prosperity of the State of Maryland."

Mr. Majett outlined the County's legislative priorities, which included securing previously committed State funding for the Regional Medical Center, developing incentives to attract the Federal Bureau of Investigation's headquarters, and working to protect State funding for critical road projects, mass transportation, and pedestrian safety throughout the County, as well as funding for local road maintenance projects.

"The Prince George's Economic Development Corporation is your conduit to making the radical changes you may need to take your business to the next level," said Mr. Coleman. "My team and I are here 24/7 to personally connect you to the people that can 'Activate Prosperity' for yourself and your family. The connections made in this room tonight could be transformative for your business and that is what we are here for. We are here to serve."

Earlier this year, Coleman announced the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative in which the EDC released a three-year plan to reduce the county's poverty rate, close income inequality gaps and reduce joblessness. The plan includes maximizing the State's investment in County projects, securing federal grant funding to deploy a One-Stop Career Center in the Prince George's County Correction Facility, and hosting economic development summits throughout the County to build raise awareness of the job opportunities and business resources available to residents.

"There is a new sense of optimism in Maryland," said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. "We have been working to ensure that the 'anti-business' environment, once prevalent in Maryland, has changed and that we are Open for Business. We will continue to focus on business to business opportunities and to employ more of our citizens."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller he rallied the capacity crowd on the latest development projects coming to Prince George's County.

"Not only does Prince George's County have MGM National Harbor currently looking to hire more than 9,000 people within the next six months, and the possible relocation of the FBI to Greenbelt or Landover, we are going to make sure Prince George's County has a teaching hospital by July of this year," said Senator Miller. "I cannot be more proud to be a part of the team that Prince George's County has in place today. We will work with the Governor, the House and Senate, the County Executive and County Council to get this done."

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill shared great news about local company 2U announcing their expansion into previously unoccupied space in New Carrollton and adding more than 900 new jobs in the County over the next four years.

"I'm extremely excited about the sales organization that is the State of Maryland today," said Secretary Gill. "I have always said that economic development is a team sport and I am pleased to stand here today to let you all know that Prince George's County, the State of Maryland, and the Department of Commerce have never been more on the same page as Prince George's; taking it to a place that it has never been before. You can count on Commerce to be right there for Prince George's County to make sure these business opportunities happen."

After the short program, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to meet with their elected officials on issues their businesses are in need. Collectively, the business owners seemed pleased to know about the services available at the Economic Development Corporation and how Prince George's County was so engaged at all levels of government.

"Tonight's networking event was helpful for my business on many levels," said Michael Smith, Consultant with Smithmark Research Consumer Insights who has recently relocated to Prince George's County. "It gave me a better understanding of what our (County) objectives are relative to what we do in the State House for Prince George's County. As a new resident, you want to understand not only what you can do politically, but also what we are doing to manage businesses. The wonderful team at the Economic Development Center told me about this event this afternoon when I happened to search trade initiatives. I am glad I made the trip to Annapolis."

The next networking opportunity will be on March 14th when the EDC, in partnership with the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce will host its 'Connections for Success' forum that will address "Enhancing Relationships With Customers for Long Term Growth". It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Admission and parking are free. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees must RSVP to Crystal Ballard cballard@co.pg.md.us at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Sangrea Watkins Swatkins@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4619.

 

 

 

25
Jan

County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation And Maryland Department Of Commerce Announce Partnership To Expand International Trade Opportunities For Local Companies

(l. to r. County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III; EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman; Maryland Department of Commerce International Trade Managing Director Signe Pringle; EDC Executive Vice President Pradeep GangulyLargo, MD, January 25, 2016 - This week, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman joined County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, as he announced the next phase of his Prince George's International! initiative before a select group of local and international business leaders at the AC Hotel by Marriott in National Harbor.  During the presentations, Mr. Baker announced Prince George's County's partnership with the State Department of Commerce to execute four high-impact, targeted, and co-hosted trade missions and to conduct training sessions for companies interested in exporting goods. Notable attendees at this event included the Ambassador of Malaysia and the Ambassador of Mauritius, both of whom indicated their intent to facilitate bringing native businesses to Prince George's County.

"International trade is the next frontier for Prince George's County," said County Executive Baker.  "We live in a global economy and it is important for us to be able to go into markets that we have not been in before. There are two things you can't invent anymore: land and location right next to the nation's capital. This is what Prince George's County offers the world." 

Highlights of the event included County Executive Baker unveiling his four-point, three-year plan for international business development.  Point one is to execute 12 Prince George's County locally hosted International Business Development Summits, in partnership with embassies from targeted countries.  Point two is to partner with Governor Hogan's Department of Commerce to execute four co-hosted trade missions over the next three years. The County's collaboration with the Department of Commerce ensures a greater impact at a lower cost to local companies interested in trading abroad. Point three is to complete and execute up to four County-hosted, targeted international trade missions.  Point four is to rapidly prepare and enable our local businesses to export their goods and services to the world.  To that end, the Economic Development Corporation will host a forum with the State on exporting goods and services on February 17th at the EDC's headquarters in Largo.

"We want to better position Prince George's County as the Gateway to the U.S. market," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "Through the strength and power of our partnerships with the embassies as well as the State Department of Commerce, County Executive Baker is leveraging our collective resources to bring Prince George's County to the entire world. Our goal is to provide greater opportunities for local and international businesses, which in turn translates into more job creation in Prince George's County for our residents."

Moving forward, Prince George's County will be an official partner with the Maryland Department of Commerce on its Maryland Partners in International Trade (MAPIT) program. MAPIT will give local companies the tools and services needed to 'Map Out' opportunities to market their products and services all over the world. 

"There are several reasons businesses should think about starting an export business," said Signe Pringle, Managing Director, Office of International Investment and Trade, Maryland Department of Commerce.  "Whether a company has excess capacity that they don't know what to do with, or is a new exporter or experienced exporter, the Department of Commerce has a program for them.  We have ten offices around the world, and can also provide financial assistance in the form of a travel grant for up to $10,000 to cover expenses to travel to trade shows, business missions or other international travel."

The event concluded with His Excellency Ambassador Sooroj Phokeer, U.S. Ambassador of Mauritius committing to bringing 17 business delegations from Mauritius to Prince George's County to discuss international trade and business opportunities to import technology and medicine.  His Excellency Ambassador Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin, U.S. Ambassador of Malaysia also addressed the group and committed to bringing 30 business delegations from Malaysia to Prince George's County.  

In September of last year, Mr. Baker led a 22 member delegation to China. Several from that delegation joined Mr. Baker at the luncheon. One of the former delegates, Robert Bruce, President and CEO of MedTech Enginuity Corporation, connected with the Xiamen, China tech company, AiTouch and formed a strategic alliance for the exclusive distribution of AiTouch's portable charger in the United States.  The devices went on sale in time for Christmas and were a huge success, netting more than $590,000 in revenue on the first shipment.

"The trade mission actually created an additional line of business that I wasn't expecting," said Mr. Bruce. "The relationships that were created as a result of the trade mission are spearheading more job creation opportunities for me and many of the other delegates on the trip." 

To view highlights from the International Business Luncheon, click here.  For more information on the international business opportunities and future trade missions, contact Pradeep Ganguly  at pganguly@pgcedc.com or 301-583-4650.

 

 

 

 

 

14
Jan

Plug in to Opportunities with Pepco

 Prince George' County Economic Development Corporation Seeks to Fill LARGO, MD, January 14, 2016 - The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's Workforce Services Division, in partnership with Pepco, is hosting an Open House on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the EDC headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD. Pepco representatives will be on hand to provide an overview of the available positions, job requirements and application process. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and the information session will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Pepco is looking to fill Entry Level Field Operation positions for locations in Forestville, MD, Rockville, MD, and the Benning Service Center in Washington, DC. These positions pay $19.15/hour and will include partnering with a Pepco 'mentor' to observe and assist in performing tests, maintenance, repairs and replacement of all associated equipment that relates to HVAC, electrical systems and emergency power systems.

"We are working everyday to close the unemployment gap in Prince George's County," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. "This opportunity with Pepco is open to anyone looking for a good job and potential for career growth. The EDC is all about activating prosperity and that means empowering our residents to sustain themselves economically and partnering with our businesses to help them grow."

To learn more about the Entry Level Field Operation positions, contact Charmin Lloyd at cdlloyd@co.pg.md.us or visit mwejobs.maryland.gov and search Job Order #462320 to register for the event.

For more information about the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's Workforce Services Division or the Largo One Stop Career Center, visit our website at www.pgcedc.com or call 301-618-8425.

 

 

 

 

11
Jan

Washington Redskins Legend Larry Brown Coaches More Than 100 Local Buisnesses To Build A Strong Team At 'Connections To Success' Forum

(l. to r.) Britta Vander Linden, EDC Chief of Staff; Les Hall, MD Dept. Of Commerce Program Manager for Small Business Financing; Anthony Williams, Meridian Management Group Vice President; Sharon Jackson, Supplier Development Diversity Division Acting Executive Director; Ebony Stocks, EDC EDI Fund Manager; Diane Brown, Prince George's County Federal Community Credit Union COO; David Harrington, Prince George's Chamber of Commerce President and CEO; Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO; James Cornelsen, President and CEO; Larry Brown, NAI Michael Vice President and former Washington Redskins Running Back; Cheivelle Hill, MD Dept. of Housing and Community Development Senior Loan Underwriter, Business Lending ProgramsLargo, MD, January 11, 2016 - Today, more than 100 local small business owners in Prince George's County were treated to winning advice on growing a successful business from legendary Washington Redskins running back Larry Brown at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Prince George's Chamber of Commerce's (PGCC) 'Connections to Success' breakfast, presented by Old Line Bank. This morning's breakfast was the second of a three-part series the EDC and PGCC are hosting to provide small businesses with tools and resources to grow their companies and create jobs. Attendees packed the conference room at EDC headquarters to learn, first-hand how a winning attitude and access to capital can be an unbeatable combination to make their small businesses, big businesses.

"My goal is to replicate what I experienced in my life through my ancestors purchase of a family farm more than 100 years ago," said EDC and CEO President Jim Coleman. "These forums are designed to equip small businesses with the resources they need to create the same type of generational wealth that sent me and my siblings to college. Prince George's County is brimming with prosperity. Our job is to ensure that our businesses and residents are partaking of this prosperity. There is no reason anyone should walk out of here today without a renewed sense of purpose."

Larry Brown, who spent his entire NFL career with the Washington Redskins, was drafted into the NFL in the eighth round in 1969. Through persistent hard work and overcoming numerous injuries, Mr. Brown went to four consecutive Pro Bowls during his first four seasons, was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1972, and led the Redskins to their 1973 Super Bowl appearance against the Miami Dolphins.

"Football and life have a lot of similarities. A wise business owner can learn from my life experiences," said Mr. Brown. "You must learn the playbook quickly, and work hard both on and off the field to achieve to your goals. You can't do it by yourself. Use every resource available to motivate, modify and develop your business into the winning team you want it to be."

Today's "Access to Capital" workshop is in line with the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' initiative, a three-year plan focused on optimizing Prince George's County's prime assets for the betterment of its residents, businesses and workforce.

"The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce is pleased, once again to partner with the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation to co-host this Connections to Success Breakfast", said Chamber President & CEO David Harrington. "Takeaways from this Access to Capital portion of the series will be key in helping the County's Small Businesses continue to grow, thrive & create wealth!"

Experts provided attendees with specific programs and advice on how to take advantage of non-traditional funding sources and expand their businesses. Panelists included Les Hall, Small Business Manager from the Maryland Department of Commerce, Cheivelle Hill, Senior Loan Underwriter, Business Lending Programs from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Shelley Gross Wade, President and CEO of the Financial Services Corporation (FSC First), Ebony Stocks, EDI Fund Manager from the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, Anthony Williams, Vice President of the Meridian Management Group, and Sharon Jackson, Acting Executive Director from the Prince George's County Supplier Development Diversity Division.

"We are all about small business; that's what we do and how we grew this bank," said James Cornelsen, President and CEO of Old Line Bank. "Nine years ago, we moved our headquarters to Bowie. We believed there was great opportunity in the County and that it had been underserved by the banking community. We have grown tremendously since then."

In addition to Old Line Bank in Mitchellville, MD, the Financial Services Corporation (FSC First) in Largo, MD, Berman Enterprises in Rockville, MD and Eight O'Clock Coffee in Landover, MD graciously sponsored today's breakfast and forum as part of their commitment to small businesses in Prince George's County.

"Today's event was a great opportunity to get access to capital through savvy means, outside of a bank," said small business owner Brenden Waters, CEO of Centers for Quality Care. "For those who have problems qualifying with a bank and are looking at other options, [today's] panel was very diverse. They provided great opportunity to learn and grow more."

The next 'Connections for Success' forum will be on March 14, 2016 and will address "Enhancing Relationships With Customers for Long Term Growth". It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Admission and parking are free. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees must RSVP to Crystal Ballard cballard@co.pg.md.us at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Sangrea Watkins Swatkins@co.pg.md.us or 301-583-4619.

 

07
Jan

Prince George's County EDC Rescues Union Market Wholesalers

Center: EDC President & CEO Jim ColemanWashington, D.C., January 7,2016 - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation Team held an urgent meeting with more than two dozen Union Market wholesalers that are eager to come to the promised land - Prince George's County. These companies were anxious to meet with EDC officials after 15 Union Market companies already expressed strong interest in moving to Prince George's County just last month. During the two hour meeting, EDC reps explained the cost savings of moving to Prince George's County, the ease of access to major highways, the low cost warehouse space and free business development matchmaking services the EDC provides to help them meet new customers.

"With the upcoming redevelopment of Union Market into high-end housing and office space, Prince George's County sees this as an outstanding opportunity to introduce the vibrancy of this historic market to our growing wholesale business community," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "We are delighted to be able to rescue these companies and deliver them into the land of modern low cost warehouse space, unlimited parking and ease of access to a vast highway system. This is a classic 'Win/Win' scenario. We can't wait to get them moved in."

When the Economic Development Team learned that several developers had purchased property surrounding the Union Market and had given notice to the wholesale tenants that their leases would not be renewed, the Team went to Union Market before the holidays to talk with its wholesalers about their relocation plans. The Team met with 18 companies, and after Mr. Coleman told them about his commitment to providing relocation support, lucrative workforce development and training support, access to financial incentives, and free business development matchmaking services, 15 of those companies expressed strong interest in moving to Prince George's County.

Gina Chen, the owner of Solid Gold, Inc. and the unofficial 'Mayor' of Union Market has already relocated her business to Prince George's County. She has been working with the EDC to encourage her colleagues to move as well.

"I like Prince George's County, because they have land and big buildings," said Chen. "A while ago we considered moving to Virginia, but its locations are too small. I am hoping that we will all be able to find a place where we can move everybody there and establish a new Union Market, which would help us a lot."

Additionally, the wholesalers met commercial real estate brokers from Cushman Wakefield, NAI Michael and private building owners who reviewed specific sites in Hyattsville and Lanham with ready to lease space and scheduled one-on-one tours with the business owners.

"The EDC is working with real estate brokers in the County to provide for all of the wholesalers at Union Market to relocate into Prince George's County," said EDC Business Development Director John Mason. "It is important for us to ensure that these companies can continue to have access to their customer base, as well as find new customers in a less congested atmosphere."

Companies interested in business relocation or expansion into Prince George's County should contact Pradeep Ganguly pganguly@co.pg.md.us or call 301-583-4650 today.

 

 

 

04
Jan

EDC President Jim Coleman Announces 'Activate Prosperity' Initiative

 (Center: EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman)Largo, MD, January 4, 2016 - Today, Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Coleman announced a new initiative called "Activate Prosperity" for 2016 and beyond at a packed job fair for MGM and Whiting Turner at EDC headquarters in Largo, MD. The MGM/Whiting-Turner job fair turned out more than 50 jobseekers at 7 a.m. this morning, all on time and motivated; looking for a better way of life. "Activate Prosperity" is a three-year plan geared toward increasing the median household income and assessable tax rate and decreasing the County's poverty rate.

"We've got to think differently in 2016 in order to change the world for our residents," said Mr. Coleman.  "No more status quo for Prince George's County.  I have no respect for the status quo.  It's time to stir things up and push the envelope on making radical changes to positively impact the prosperity of our residents and businesses.  They deserve nothing less."

Part of the fuel behind "Activate Prosperity" came from the need to ensure that the 27,000 residents who are currently unemployed have high paying, family sustaining wages.    An active workforce is a prosperous workforce.  "Activate Prosperity" will maximize the deployment of the Economic Development Corporations efforts and financial resources in order to raise awareness about current job opportunities and help businesses to take advantage of available programs so they can grow and create more jobs.

Effective immediately, the EDC will begin by meeting with the CEO's of the top 300 companies in the region over the next three years, discussing the value proposition of Prince George's County, which includes the ability to utilize the County's $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund and Hire Prince George's County incentives, and increasing the number of small business matchmaking forums and meetings it will hold.  

The EDC will also utilize 'Activate Prosperity' by working to maximize the State's investment in County projects, securing federal grant funding to deploy a One-Stop Career Center in the Prince George's County Correction Facility, and utilizing the EDC's Workforce Development Division to host workforce and economic development Open Houses at the County's mega churches to build maximum awareness of the job opportunities and resources within the EDC.

For more information on business development assistance or expansion, contact the Pradeep Ganguly pganguly@co.pg.md.us at 301-583-4602.  For more information on jobs, contact Brenda Gillis bgillis@co.pg.md.us at the Largo One-Stop Career Center (301-618-8425) or Adrienne Stay alstay@co.pg.md.us at the Laurel One-Stop Career Center (301-362-9708). 

10
Dec

County $400k EDI Fund Award To Create & Retain 375 Jobs At Kogok Corporation

Largo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation along with FSC First celebrated the official awarding of a $400,000 loan from the Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF) to Kogok Corporation.  Kogok Corporation is a County-based business that currently has 343 employees and will be adding 32 more positions in the near future. The EDI funding will be utilized to purchase manufacturing equipment to support the company's expansion of its operation.(l. to r. Ebony Stocks, EDC EDI Fund Manager; Jeffrey Kogok, Kogok Corp. President; Dawn Medley, FSC First VP Business Financing)

"We are very pleased that we were able to support this Prince George's County based business with assistance from our EDI Fund," said Ebony Stocks, EDC's EDI Fund Manager.  "The Kogok Corporation is a major contributor to the construction boom in Prince George's County. Having the ability to provide financial assistance to this important community contributor is exactly what the EDI fund was designed to do."

Kogok Corporation manufactures and installs commercial duct work and has been located in Prince George's County since its incorporation in 1995.  Kogok provides services to industry sectors such as education, health and industrial, as well as supports commercial and high rise residential properties throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region.  In recent years, due to the high volume of construction in Prince George's County, this rapidly growing manufacturing company has plans to move into a larger space by March 2016 in order to accommodate the number of projects they are involved in.

"The entire process for getting EDI Funding from Prince George's County has been very pleasant," said Jeffery Kogok, President of Kogok Corporation.  "From the beginning, EDC and FSC have been helpful in identifying the best financing we needed to support our expansion. Everyone we have met with has been extremely professional and made our expansion in the County very easy."

The County's Economic Development Incentive Fund was created by County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III in 2012 as a $50 million fund designed to create jobs, increase the commercial tax base and at the same time, create a "Wow" factor to attract businesses and investments in Prince George's County.  Companies eligible for the EDI Fund are businesses that are expanding within the County or are considering relocating to the County and are seeking financial assistance with construction costs, relocation costs, acquisition costs or leasehold improvements.  

There are currently 24 deals in the EDIF pipeline that represent over the next 12 months, a total of $18 million in EDI Fund requests.  If approved, these deals will result in $445 million in capital investment in Prince George's County and the retention and creation of more than 9,000 jobs, not including construction jobs. To date, the projects approved for EDI funding will generate more than $20.4 million in commercial tax revenue over the next 10 years and have substantially contributed to Prince George's County's ability to compete more effectively with its neighboring jurisdictions for companies looking to locate and relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

For more information about the Economic Development Incentive Fund, contact Ebony Stocks, EDC EDI Fund Manager at 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com

23
Nov

EDC Launches Evening Business Counseling Starting December 2

Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation announced that starting December 2, 2015, it will provide one-on-one business counseling sessions every Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to small business owners and entrepreneurs.These sessions will be offered at BLE Executive & Virtual Office Suites, 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 301, Largo, MD. The classes are designed to assist business owners with business planning, marketing, funding, certifications and contract opportunities.

"Business owners don't stop working after 5 o'clock, so neither do we," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the EDC. "The EDC is here to help small businesses become big businesses and sometimes that takes putting in the extra hours and working with them one-on-one to address their individual needs. Thanks to our partnership with BLE, we can now provide this level of service."
 
BLE provides temporary to long-term office space for rent and a full range of cost-effective office support and professional services.
 
"BLE Executive & Virtual Office Suites is excited to host these evening counseling sessions for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation," said Bernadette Clay, BLE President and CEO. "BLE office space is ideal for the kind of private counseling that the EDC offers to its clients. We are happy to help the small business community in any way we can."
 
To schedule a one-on-one counseling session, contact Toni Miles at 301-583-4650 or visitwww.pgcedc.com For more information on BLE's services for your small business, contact Bernadette Clay at 301-322-1700.

19
Nov

Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable. PGCEDC & Andrews Business and Community Alliance Collaborate to Preserve Saftey Zone of Joint Base Andrews
Yesterday, the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, and the Andrews Business and Community Alliance spearheaded an effort that would preserve the safety of the community surrounding Joint Base Andrews by collaborating with Congressman Chris Van Hollen on ways to secure $25 million in federal funds to help relocate property owners located adjacent to the base that have the greatest potential for an accident due to base operations. The effort came in response to last week's passage of a new zoning bill by the County Council, establishing a Military Installation Overlay (MIO) Zone which will regulate the development and use of the property surrounding Joint Base Andrews and could require many businesses and residents to relocate.
 
"Joint Base Andrews has been a part of Prince George's County for more than 60 years and has taken great pride in being a good partner to its surrounding business community," said Jim Estepp, President and CEO of the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable. "We want to ensure that the safety and welfare of the residents and businesses around the base are not adversely affected by their proximity to Joint Base Andrews operations. The Roundtable is united with the County Council and other business leaders in its support for the Military Installation Overlay Zone legislation and the need for federal reparations to provide for the impacted community."
 
Congressman Van Hollen expressed his support at the November meeting of the Greater Prince George's Business Round Table held Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
 
"I look forward to working with you to make sure we achieve the goal of making sure we address the safety issues of Andrews. And I look forward to try to secure federal funds for that purpose," said Congressman Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. "Where there is a will and determination, I think we can do this, and certainly when it comes to Andrews given the fact that it is a priority national military base that has unique function and capability. I look forward to working with you to achieve that goal."
 
It is estimated to cost $25 million to make whole the business owners and residents included in the MIO Zone - an amount that Congressman Van Hollen is determined to secure for the safety of Prince George's County residents and business owners.
 
"The safety of all of our residents and businesses is paramount to their ultimate success in Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "The Economic Development Corporation is pleased to work with such distinguished partners as the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable and the Andrews Business and Community Alliance to come up with innovative ways to preserve the viability one of our County's greatest assets - Joint Base Andrews. Working with Congressman Van Hollen, we will work tirelessly to ensure that they will be adequately compensated should their businesses be negatively impacted by the Military Installation Overlay Zones."
 
Last week, County Council passed CB-42-2015 - The Military Installation Overlay Zone. This legislation is a proactive solution to address the potential of casualties outside of Joint Base Andrews. The Military Installation Overlay Zone establishes standards of use, design and construction for developments in the vicinity of Joint Base Andrews that could be impacted by air operations at the base. The law creates a 'Clear Zone' right off the runway, to significantly reduce the potential for air accident casualties, reduce the high levels of from flight operations and protect base-area residents, workers and businesses.
 
"It's a pleasure to be able to partner with Chairman Franklin and Vice-Chairman Davis and business leaders, because it's the right thing to do to ensure that everything remains safe on Joint Base Andrews," said Colonel Bradley Hoagland, Commander, 11th Wing, The Chief's Own, Joint Base Andrews. "And to mitigate risk, to continue to expand and grow Joint Base Andrews, but also make sure it's safe for the surrounding area."

17
Nov

Prince George's County EDC India Business Center to Hire 50 County Residents in the Next 12 Months

Largo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation welcomed two companies to its India Business Center, a program that provides high-growth Indian businesses with low-cost office space, and access to mentoring, training, certification assistance, workforce development and networking opportunities.  Having researched and heard the value of locating a business in Prince George's County, the CEO's from Allied Deccan Service and Karmick Solutions traveled to Maryland intent on expanding their India based businesses in the United States.  Collectively, the two companies expect to hire more than 50 Prince George's County residents over the next 12 months.

 
"Today represents good news for Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.  "Whether you are looking to do business internationally or domestically, we want you here in Prince George's County to grow.  We have 14 federal agencies that do over $50 billion in procurement every year. There are companies that have grown up in Prince George's County who have started with very meager means and are now worth millions thanks to the County's value proposition and that is what we are replicating today."
 
The goal of these centers is to help international companies enter the United States, grow in revenue, create local jobs and add to the local commercial tax revenue base.
 
"Our India Business Center, a partnership with the State of Maryland, has become a successful model for Indian and other international companies because we provide tailored services and a 'soft landing' to businesses that want to rapidly grow in the United States," said EDC Vice President Pradeep Ganguly.  "We want to replicate this model for Chinese companies, African companies, Korean companies and South American companies that express an interest in growing their business in the U.S."
 
 Allied Deccan is a diversified Indian company with over 400 employees throughout India and Australia that provides a variety of services including import/export, commercial building services, facility management, wholesale trading and marketing support.
 
"I would like to thank the Prince George's County Economic Development team for encouraging us to come to Prince George's County," said Ganesh Raj Pant, CEO of Allied Deccan Services.  "It has always been our dream to open a place in the United States and sell our products directly to the American public.  Our main intention is to bring the products from the factory to the customers in the United States and with the help of the Economic Development Corporation we will bring more jobs to this area."
 
Karmick Solutions is an IT solutions provider in the area of education with more than 250 employees in India and is quickly making its presence known in the United States.  Prince George's County is their first brick and mortar office in the United States.
 
"I am glad that I have this opportunity from the Prince George's County EDC to open an office in Prince George's County," said Sourav Roy, CEO of Karmick Solutions.  "My objective has been to be closer to U.S. customers.  A physical office in the U.S. will bring more confidence and trust to our U.S. customers. Our other objective is to have a team here so that they can interact with the U.S. customers can give more value to customers.  We couldn't have done this without the assistance of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation."

To start growing your business in Prince George's County or get more information on international business development, contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) or (301) 583-4650.

13
Nov

Congressman Steny Hoyer Gives EDC a Thumbs Up On Its Advanced Manufacturing Strategy

Largo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) opened its doors to Congressman Steny Hoyer as part of his national job creation initiative "Make It In America... What's Next?" During this exclusive meeting EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team provided an overview of how the Economic Development Corporation is taking radical steps to transform the lives of County residents by encouraging private sector job creation in Prince George's County. Congressman Hoyer and the EDC Team agreed to work on a series of innovative skills training and business attraction solutions geared toward the advanced manufacturing sector, a key component of the "Make It In America" initiative.

"I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to share with Congressman Hoyer our ideas for putting more residents to work," said Mr. Coleman. "Having his support in making Prince George's County ground-zero for movement in advanced manufacturing will definitely make a difference in the lives of the 27,000 County residents looking for high-wage, private sector job opportunities that are close to home.  As the successful expansion of local manufacturing companies such as Thompson Creek Windows and the Local Motors company continues, the EDC will continue to work with Congressman Hoyer on innovative ideas to expand the infrastructure needed to attract even more companies."
 
In making the case for the growth potential of Prince George's County as a leader in advanced manufacturing, the Economic Development Team highlighted the fact that the County has four times the industrial space than Montgomery County. In addition, Prince George's County boasts an expanding manufacturing industry with more than 300 manufacturing companies employing over 6,600 workers.
 
"We are in a much more competitive environment than we were in, even 20 years ago," said Congressman Hoyer.  "If we haven't thought about it in the past, we need to now make sure that manufacturing will be here, stay here, come back here and expand here; which is exactly what you're talking about here at the EDC.  That is a top priority."
 
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer introduced "Make It In America" five years ago as a plan to encourage private sector job creation in manufacturing in the United States.  The plan was launched at a time when the U.S. economy was recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Through a series of bills enacted to cut taxes, provide loans for small businesses, speed up the patent process, train skilled workers and end tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, the unemployment rate in the United States has decreased to 5 percent and private sector job growth has increased for 68 consecutive months.
 
The collective strategies discussed by Congressman Hoyer and the EDC team included advanced manufacturing programs in high schools and colleges, code writing certificate programs for the County's reentry population and financial incentives to promote job creation and support workforce development in advanced manufacturing. 

For more information about the business and workforce development, call 301-583-4650 or visit the Economic Development website at www.pgcedc.com

Largo, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) opened its doors to Congressman Steny Hoyer as part of his national job creation initiative "Make It In America... What's Next?" During this exclusive meeting EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman and his executive team provided an overview of how the Economic Development Corporation is taking radical steps to transform the lives of County residents by encouraging private sector job creation in Prince George's County. Congressman Hoyer and the EDC Team agreed to work on a series of innovative skills training and business attraction solutions geared toward the advanced manufacturing sector, a key component of the "Make It In America" initiative.
 
"I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to share with Congressman Hoyer our ideas for putting more residents to work," said Mr. Coleman. "Having his support in making Prince George's County ground-zero for movement in advanced manufacturing will definitely make a difference in the lives of the 27,000 County residents looking for high-wage, private sector job opportunities that are close to home.  As the successful expansion of local manufacturing companies such as Thompson Creek Windows and the Local Motors company continues, the EDC will continue to work with Congressman Hoyer on innovative ideas to expand the infrastructure needed to attract even more companies."
 
In making the case for the growth potential of Prince George's County as a leader in advanced manufacturing, the Economic Development Team highlighted the fact that the County has four times the industrial space than Montgomery County. In addition, Prince George's County boasts an expanding manufacturing industry with more than 300 manufacturing companies employing over 6,600 workers.
 
"We are in a much more competitive environment than we were in, even 20 years ago," said Congressman Hoyer.  "If we haven't thought about it in the past, we need to now make sure that manufacturing will be here, stay here, come back here and expand here; which is exactly what you're talking about here at the EDC.  That is a top priority."
 
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer introduced "Make It In America" five years ago as a plan to encourage private sector job creation in manufacturing in the United States.  The plan was launched at a time when the U.S. economy was recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Through a series of bills enacted to cut taxes, provide loans for small businesses, speed up the patent process, train skilled workers and end tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, the unemployment rate in the United States has decreased to 5 percent and private sector job growth has increased for 68 consecutive months.
 
The collective strategies discussed by Congressman Hoyer and the EDC team included advanced manufacturing programs in high schools and colleges, code writing certificate programs for the County's reentry population and financial incentives to promote job creation and support workforce development in advanced manufacturing. 
 
For more information about the business and workforce development, call 301-583-4650 or visit the Economic Development website at www.pgcedc.com
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10
Nov

EDC & The Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce Connect Local Business to More Than $9 Billion Dollars in Contracting Opportunities

Largo, MD - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce brought its collective resources together to bring local businesses face-to-face with County and federal agencies to learn how to successfully secure government procurement contracts. A standing room only crowd of more than 150 small business owners packed into the EDC's headquarters to hear from top level officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Prince George's County Public School System, the Office of Central Services Supplier Development and Diversity Division and Corvias Solutions. Collectively, these five entities contracted for more than $9 billion in services last year and are well on their way to topping that number this year.

"Now is not a time to cool off for small businesses in Prince George's County," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "While most government contracts have an MBE goal of 25 percent or 30 percent that just isn't enough when you compare the quality and quantity of small businesses in this area. By bringing public and private contractors such as the FAA and Corvias Solutions who have billions of dollars to spend, we have the potential to make every small business in Prince George's County a big business by connecting them to the revenue from these contracts."

This breakfast celebrated the launch of 'Connections for Success', a three part panel series designed by the Economic Development Corporation and the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce to assist small businesses in the areas that are most in demand: contracting opportunities, capital and financing and business assistance to attract more customers.

"Today was a giant step in the right direction toward Small Business development, procurement, securing contracts and wealth creation," said David Harrington, President and CEO of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce. "The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation are fully committed to helping businesses create and sustain wealth. More to come!"

Each presenter provided tangible contract opportunities and key advice on how to best secure procurement contracts.

"In FY 15, the GSA exceeded all of its small business goals and had spent more than $4 billion. Not only do we spend GSA dollars, but also dollars for other federal agency procurements and I strongly encourage you to get on our schedule," said A. Jerome Fletcher from the U.S. General Service Administration. "From our leadership to our staff, we are constantly looking for ways for you to be successful. It is important for small businesses to know what procurement opportunities out there and how they would qualify for a particular contract. Secondly, businesses shouldn't bite off more than they can chew; know their limitations."

Attendees from today's event, which was sponsored by Eight O'Clock Coffee in Landover, MD, BLE Executive and Virtual Office Suites, Strativia Solutions and Creative Lipi, all in Upper Marlboro, MD were extremely pleased with the presentations and information that was shared by the presenters and the business development professional in the room.

"These events definitely help small businesses stay aware of what is going on in the community," said Andre Benefield, President of F. Benefield Consulting Group. "This event has been very informative. You can clearly understand each of the requirements [needed for procurements] and they let you know what is going on in Prince George's County that you would never know without attending. I appreciate this forum and I #ChoosePGC."

"Today, I am walking away with information to take my small business to a big business," said Fredericka Cunningan with HR in Motion, LLC. "I have met many businesses in need of resource management services today. I also met federal government representatives from the FAA and GSA as well as representatives from EDC and the Chamber of Commerce and am walking away with a wealth of knowledge. As I go back to my office, not only will I get busy working on the information I received, but I am also ready to make in-roads that will give HR in Motion the effectiveness necessary to take may small business to a big business."

The second and third 'Connections for Success' forums will be held on January 11, 2016 with "Building Your Business through Access to Capital" and on March 14, 2016 with "Enhancing Relationships With Customers for Long Term Growth". Both will be from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD 20772.

Free admission and parking will be provided. All attendees for these exclusive events must RSVP to Crystal Ballard (cballard@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Toni Miles (tmiles@pgcedc.com) or 301-583-4604.

04
Nov

EDC President Announces 116 New Jobs Available in Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro, MD - Today, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation President Jim Coleman announced that there are 116 new jobs available to Prince George's County residents. The announcement was made at the monthly Planning, Zoning, & Economic Development (PZED) Committee meeting. The wide-range of jobs include Computer Systems Analyst, Software Developer, Technical Architect, Banquet Cook, Retail Associate, Delivery Driver and more. Companies hiring include

L-3 Communications, Inovalon, AMDEX Corporation, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Macy's, Papa Johns and more, at locations around the County such as Laurel, College Park, Bowie, Brandywine, Oxon Hill and Suitland. With salaries ranging from $21k to $105K, these new positions represent an estimated payroll of $5 million. Coleman also announced Prince George's County gained 4,800 jobs over the past year, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
  
"Our employers are hiring daily and that shows they are committed to Prince George's County," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "We are doing everything we can to get the word out about these new positions, so we can fill these jobs as quickly as possible." 
  
The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's Workforce Services Division connects employers with qualified candidates and provides training to enable residents to secure higher wage jobs.
  
"We encourage our jobseekers to first get a job; then, secure a better job; and, finally get a career," said Elizabeth Williams, Director of the EDC's Workforce Services Division. "We believe these open positions provide a gateway to all three."
  
Four of the open positions are with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation: Director of International Business, International Business Development Specialist, Information Specialist, and Development Director. To learn more about these positions and to apply, contact Cheryl Hills at careers@pgcedc.com
  
To find out more about all available job opportunities and how to apply, contact the Prince George's One-Stop Career Center, located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120, Largo, MD, or call 301-618-8400.

03
Nov

Make Your Small Business Big Business
Largo, MD - On Monday, November 9th the powerhouse business advocates Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce will join together to launch 'Connections for Success', a three-part panel series. The panel series kicks off with a Small Business Appreciation Day Breakfast for local small businesses seeking procurement opportunities. The event will bring County businesses face-to-face with top level representatives from County and federal organizations, including the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Prince George's County Public Schools who will provide attendees with tangible contract opportunities in their departments. 
 
The Small Business Appreciation Day Breakfast will take place on November 9, 2015 at the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation headquarters, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 140, Largo, MD from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
 
"In our meetings with business leaders from around Prince George's County, we have found three areas that are most in demand by our small businesses: contract opportunities, capital and financing, and more customers to serve," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "This partnership with the Chamber of Commerce allows the EDC to leverage its relationships with top officials at the local, state and federal levels to make smallbusinesses in Prince George's County big businesses."
 
Co-sponsored by BLE Executive and Virtual Office Suites in Upper Marlboro, MD and Eight O'Clock Coffee in Landover, MD, the 'Connections for Success' panel series is aimed at growing Prince George's County's more than 16,000 small businesses by connecting them to contracts, capital and customers. 
 
"The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce is delighted to partner with the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation to present this significant opportunity to our small business community," said Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Harrington. "This joint venture will also provide great networking and learning about opportunities in Prince George's County for small businesses to listen and learn as the panelists explain how to do business with them."
 
The 'Connections for Success' panel series will continue in January 2016 with a forum addressing access to capital and  a third forum in March that will discuss how businesses can better connect with its customers.
 
Free admission and parking and breakfast will be provided. All attendees for these exclusive events must RSVP to Crystal Ballard (cballard@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650. Attendees must come prepared to do business with their capability statements.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Toni Miles (tmiles@pgcedc.com) or 301-583-4604.

28
Oct

County Executive Baker Connects Local Companies with China Business Leaders
Largo, MD - Today, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation welcomed a 20-member delegation from Xiamen, China led by Xiamen Vice Mayor Li Dongliang, a top official from one of the most vibrant cities in China.  More than 75 local businesses came out to participate in a special business matchmaking session organized by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation.  The event connected Xiamen business owners with Prince George's County and other regional business owners; each looking for the opportunity to expand their business into a global market.
 
"It was an honor for us to have the Xiamen Delegation in Prince George's County today.  We found great success during our mission trips to Xiamen over the last two years in terms of the business relationships," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  "Today, the Xiamen delegation is meeting businesses right here in Prince George's County who are talking about their products and services.  They will be able to see all the great things we are doing here, which will make our relationship with Xiamen even stronger."
 
Front Row l. to r. Xiamen Vice Mayor Li DongLiang; CE Rushern L. Baker, III; EDC Pres. Jim Coleman; Lisa Liu, Asia Bus. Cmte ChairMatchmaking events of this type were a focal point of the last two business missions to China that County Executive Baker led.  During the last business mission in September, one of the mission delegates, Robert Bruce, President and CEO of MedTech Enginuity Corporation connected with Xiamen tech company, AiTouch and formed a strategic alliance for the distribution of AiTouch's portable charger in the United States.  The anticipated revenue from this alliance is expected to gross more than $5 million in revenue for MedTech before the end of 2015.
 
"Having the opportunity to connect companies from one continent to another paves the way for monumental success for everyone.  Our friends from Xiamen heard the good news about the opportunities in Prince George's County and insisted on seeing it for themselves," said Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation.  "County Executive Baker laid a blueprint of success before us when he stated that Prince George's County is the "Gateway to the U.S".  Companies that have the capacity to do business internationally increase their earning potential exponentially; which translates into more workers, which translates into fewer unemployed County residents.  We are delighted at the turnout and the enthusiasm we saw in the room today.  The Prince George's County "Gateway" is growing stronger every day."
 
Adeniyi Adeyiga, President of A3 Consulting in College Park, MD was one of the business owners who participated in the event.  Mr. Adeyiga met a Xiamen company called Curtain Wall Technology Co., Ltd and as a result of today's event, is now planning to import and distribute windows that are manufactured in Xiamen. 
 
"Today was a very good gathering of manufacturers, investors and businessmen who were able to exchange ideas about their products and services.  The interaction with the China delegation was well organized and coordination of the event was very good," said Mr. Adeyiga.  "I was able to interact with several companies and there is a high possibility of us doing business together in Prince George's County. Ideally, this partnership with Curtain Wall Technology will lead to the establishment of a factory in Prince George's County, which will exchange new technology and more job creation for County residents."
 
Another participant in the matchmaking session, Crystal Faison, President of Shepherd Energy also connected with a Xiamen company and is in negotiations with them to import LED light bulbs.  Additionally, Ms. Faison was able to connect with another Prince George's County company and will be working with them to provide energy efficiency services. 
 
"Today provided a lot of opportunity to grow my business.  I sat next to local companies, which initially I thought wouldn't be a good fit, but there was something in that person's business that triggered a mutual connection," said Ms. Faison.  "Being able to connect with a business from China has been wonderful, but to be able to connect with a business right here in Prince George's County really resonated with me and speaks volumes to the impact of this event. It was impressive to me."
 
For more information on connecting your business with international companies or on the EDC's China Business Center contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@co.pg.md.us) at 301-583-4650 or visit the EDC website at www.pgcedc.com.
 
 
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27
Oct

Prince George's EDC Takes Small Businesses to the Moon!

LARGO, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted its first-ever NASA IT Procurement Opportunity Day to open the door to more than $4 billion in procurement opportunities for County businesses.  More than 125 County companies gathered at EDC headquarters to capitalize on the great relationship the EDC is forging with NASA, looking for the opportunity to connect directly with representatives who can guide them toward procurements that can transform their companies.  NASA Assistant Chief of Procurement Operations E. Anne Haase, and County Supplier Development and Diversity Division Executive Director Sharon Jackson spoke to a capacity crowd of IT business owners from Prince George's County, Northern Virginia and the surrounding region about the steps required to get their businesses in line to obtain lucrative contracts with NASA and Prince George's County.

"As the EDC has moved about the County meeting with a variety of business owners, we have seen significant growth in the County's IT sector," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman.  "Today's event is just the beginning of our continued outreach to assist County's small, local and minority businesses in participating in the more than $4 billion in procurement contracts that NASA and other federal agencies award every year.  This is exactly what small businesses have been waiting for to take their businesses to the next level."

The Economic Development Corporation has seen growth in the IT sector in Prince George's County and has been reaching out to IT companies in D.C. and Northern Virginia as part of a strategic effort.

"The Economic Development Corporation is here to take small businesses to the moon! That's why today we have connected them directly with the top contract officials at NASA," said Mayank Kapur, Economic Development Director, specializing in information, communications and electronics.  "IT companies from all over the region have heard that opportunity is out of this world in Prince George's County and they are flocking from D.C., Northern Virginia and all over the region to rocket their revenues."

Pictured l. to r.: Pradeep Ganguly, Exec. VP EDC; Jim Coleman, Pres. & CEO, EDC; Sharon M. Jackson, Acting Exec. Dir. SDDD: Anne Hasse, Asst. Chief Procurement Operations, NASA; Anoop Mehta, Pres. SSAI, Mayank Kapur, Econ Dev Dir specializing in Infomation, Communications and Electronic, EDCAccording to NASA, the majority of NASA Goddard's budget enters the economy through funds obligated on contracts with commercial firms, educational and non-profit institutions, and other government agencies. NASA Goddard significantly impacts the local, state, and national economies through employment, contracting opportunities, technology development, community outreach, and public education by contributing more than $4 billion in local spending and output to the Maryland economy.

"We are delighted to be a part of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation's first NASA IT Procurement Day," said E. Anne Hasse. Assistant Chief of Procurement Operations, NASA.  "NASA has a distinguished reputation for seeking out new talent and bringing it to the forefront in the information technology sector. Today's event has both enlightened us to the talent and technologies available from the small and minority businesses in Prince George's County, and has hopefully given these local companies a blueprint to follow to get a portion of the millions of dollars in procurement contracts that NASA awards every year.  We look forward to continuing this partnership with the Economic Development Corporation for many years."

Anoop Mehta, the President of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), a leading provider of scientific, engineering and IT support in Lanham, Maryland for the last 37 years spoken to the attendees about how his company has grown from a 2 person business to a 700 person organization though strategic procurements with federal agencies like NASA.  Mr. Mehta's company has always called Prince George's County 'home'.

"Prince George's County is a wonderful place to start a business," said Anoop Mehta, SSAI President.  "We have personally found that NASA really promotes small businesses.  Our first contract was a small purchase order for $3,000.  Today, our company wins $200 million to $300 million contract awards.  This is the place you want to be if you want to be successful."

For more information about the business development, expansion or procurement opportunities contact Mayank Kapur, Economic Development Director at 301-583-4632, mkapur@co.pg.md.us or visit www.pgcedc.com.

Event PowerPoint Presentation 

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21
Oct

EDC, Your Partner in Business & in the Workforce

Networking never stops, especially for the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. This morning, EDC Deputy Director of Workforce Services Jeffrey Swilley was the featured guest at the Greater Beltsville Business Association Breakfast. He engaged the members on how the EDC recruits, screens and trains candidates for Prince George's County businesses. Currently, the Workforce Services Division serves approximately 30,000 jobseekers a year.

"Our current database includes upwards of 7,000 plus qualified applicants looking for employment," said Jeffrey Swilley. "We do the work for you - we screen, test and prepare individuals so that once they are on the job they are fully equipped and prepared to do the task at hand."

"We are very excited about the partnership we have begun to form with the Economic Development Corporation," said Howard Axelrod, GBBA President. "The EDC is that integral piece that all of the businesses in Greater Beltsville need, and I believe that the GBBA can facilitate those connections for a win-win for our local business community."

To learn more about the EDC and the services we provide for the business owners and residents of Prince George's County, contact 301-583-4650, visit www.pgcedc.com or attend The Small Business Appreciation Day on November 9, from 9am-12pm, at 1801 McCormick Drive, First Floor Conference Room, Largo, MD.

 

 

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20
Oct

County $2.5 Million EDI Fund Moves New Carrollton Metro Development Forward

LANHAM, MD - Today, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC)  celebrated the official awarding of $2.5 million from the Economic Development Incentive Funds (EDIF) to Berman Enterprises for the furtherance of its Carrollton Station project. The EDI Fund support was critical to Berman Enterprises and its mixed-use project at Carrollton Station. Anchored by the State DHCD headquarters, this second phase of the project, starting in the next three months, will include retail and residential development. The County Executive's Office led negotiations for the project, with support from EDC and FSC First.  

The County used this occasion to also announce that there are a total of 28 deals in the EDIF pipeline over the next 12 months, totaling $20 million in EDI Fund requests.  If approved, these deals will result in $670 million in capital investment in Prince George's County and the retention and creation of more than 9,500 jobs, not including construction jobs.

From l. to r. Lori Valentine, EDC Communications Director, Britta Vander Linden, EDC COS, Ebony Stocks, EDC EDI Fund Manager, David Iannucci, ADCAO County Executive's Office, Adam Berman, Partner, Berman Enterprises, Dawn Medley, FSC First VP Business Financing, Shelly Gross-Wade, FSC CEO, Council Member Dannielle Glaros, Dist. 3"We are proud to see Carrollton Station's continued progress at the New Carrollton Metro Station," said David Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development and Public Infrastructure. "Carrollton Station is a great example of the types of projects supported by the EDI Fund. This project especially supports the County Executive's economic development goals and shows our continued transformation at one of County's major transportation assets."

As the County continues to move forward to shore up its commercial tax base, the EDI Fund has remained an important incentive tool to help businesses expand in Prince George's County.  

"The Berman Family is extremely proud to be working on another great project in Prince George's County, creating quality economic development, jobs, increasing the tax base and being part of a nucleus around which the New Carrollton area will continue to grow and thrive," said Adam Berman, Partner, Berman Enterprises.  "This could not have been done without the efforts of a number of public officials that want to see the New Carrollton transit area develop to its fullest potential. Their collective efforts, along with the support of the community and countless State, County and Town agencies have thus far allowed us to deliver our development on time and on budget."

The County's Economic Development Incentive Fund was created as a $50 million fund designed to create jobs, increase the commercial tax base and at the same time, create a "Wow" factor to attract businesses and investments in Prince George's County.  Companies for the EDI Fund are businesses that are expanding within the County or are considering relocating to the County and are seeking financial assistance with construction costs, relocation costs, acquisition costs or leasehold improvements.  

"We are pleased to have such a phenomenal incentive tool to build the excitement and interest in doing business in the County," said Ebony Stocks, EDC's EDI Fund Manager.  "Of the 28 deals in the EDI Fund pipeline, we believe that 12 of them will close within the next six months, totaling $93 million in capital investment and 4,053 jobs.  This type of development is a major game-changer for Prince George's County and I am delighted to be a part of it."

The EDI Fund was created to help support all types of businesses including small, local, and minority businesses, promote development and redevelopment projects, transit-oriented development and growth of key industry sectors.  The collaboration of government and the private sector in seeing projects such as Carrollton Station come to fruition has been key in attracting even more projects from developers who see that there is a 'new day' in Prince George's County.

"This project is tremendously important to Councilmanic District 3. The opening of the Department of Housing and Community Development brought additional jobs," said Council Member Dannielle Glaros (Dist. 3)  "Because of County collaboration and the EDI Fund, we will soon see the first market-rate housing in this community in many years as well as new amenities to support the office employees and residential community."

The projects approved for EDI funding will generate more than $20.4 million in commercial tax revenue over the next 10 years and have indelibly assisted Prince George's County in competing more effectively with its neighboring jurisdictions as well as the region for companies looking to locate and relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

For more information about the Economic Development Incentive Fund, contact Ebony Stocks, EDC EDI Fund Manager at 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com.

 

$670 Million in EDI Projects to Create More than 9,500 Jobs in Next 12 Months

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13
Oct

Prince George's County Works & Plays With the MD Building Industry Association

The Prince George's County Economic Development was delighted to support the efforts of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) at their networking mixer on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Copper Canyon Grill at the Woodmore Towne Centre of Glenarden. MBIA operates with the mission to advocate for the building industry and to maximize business opportunities for its members. The County's presence at the networking mixer solidified the joint effort to become a more influential advocate in the building and development communities.

EDC President Jim Coleman touted the successes in the pipeline of development in Prince George's County, including a new $700 million regional hospital; a $1.3 billion new casino and luxury hotel and rapid transit developments at five out of 15 Metro stations that will offer luxury housing and high-end retail shopping.

"It is an asset for the County to have an organization like MBIA advocating for the industry," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "In supporting MBIA's efforts, the EDC is connecting its members to the $10 billion pipeline development opportunities in Prince George's County, and providing additional resources for their existing projects."

For more information on how your industry organization can partner with the EDC, contact 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com

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12
Oct

Community Has Faith in Economic Development in Prince George's County

EDC President Jim Coleman was the guest speaker at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCOG) on Friday, October 9, 2015, for the Christian Business Institute's monthly meeting. Mr. Coleman spoke fervently to local business owners about how the EDC is facilitating the attraction, retention and expansion of major employers using tools such as: the County's $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund; the "We Care" and "Operation 535" EDC initiatives; tax and financial incentives; and EDC's workforce development and training programs.

"Put your trust in the EDC, and we'll make you famous," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "It's my personal mission and the mission of my staff to promote your business. As we embark on one of our initiatives, "Operation 535", we are marching through the trenches to attract businesses from the District and Virginia. If Prince George's County is famous, we all are famous!"

The Christian Business Institute (CIB), a ministry in FBCOG, is dedicated to helping individuals learn to conduct an ethical Christian business that is financially sound and based on biblical principles. The CIB mission is to foster opportunities for businesses that will enable them to network and provide economic growth with an emphasis on four core components: Training and Education, Business Expo, Business Directory, and Public Relations.

To learn more about the EDC and the services we provide for the business owners and residents of Prince George's County, contact 301-583-4650 or visit www.pgcedc.com

 

30
Sep

Prince George's County Kicks Off Economic Development Week

EDC Readies with Recruitment Event, Panel Discussion and Ribbon Cutting

The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation staff was excited to receive a proclamation from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III today declaring September 28 through October 2, 2015 as Economic Development Week in Prince George's County. The EDC is celebrating the fifth annual Economic Development Week in partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), kicking off activities yesterday with an open house recruitment day for Clark Construction. More than 350 job seekers turned out to fill 400 general laborer positions.

"We are very pleased to join our partners at MEDA in celebration of Economic Development Week and to showcase just a few of the assets that Prince George's County has to offer," said EDC President Jim Coleman.  "My staff of professionals is committed to making Prince George's County the best place to Live, Work and Play."

Economic Development Week continues tonight when County Executive Baker and EDC President Jim Coleman will join a panel of developers and executives at Bisnow's "Future of Prince George's County: An In Depth Look at the Major Projects", at University of Maryland Riggs Auditorium at 4 p.m.  This event will feature the projects that are shaping the future of Prince George's County and the developers that are leading them.

In addition, on Friday, October 2, 10:30 a.m. County Executive Baker will join the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) for the official ribbon cutting of their Net Zero Green Building at 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is celebrating the completion of the first phase of construction for the $17M Potomac Watershed Study Center, which includes the grand opening of the Grass Day-Use Building and Boardwalk and Observations Stations. Prince George's County contributed $3.45 million to the project that will support AFF's ability to educate students and teachers as well as inspire future innovation.

To view the entire list of Economic Development Week activities around the state, visitwww.medamd.com To learn more about economic development and how the EDC can assist your business, visit www.pgcedc.com

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09
Sep

Prince George's Delegation Presents Value Propostion in Xiamen

Xiamen, China - Yesterday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, presented the County's Value Proposition at two events in Xiamen, the Fujian Chamber of Commerce Luncheon and the Shaanxi Business Matchmaking event. Both events included introduction of the 22-person delegation and their projects, and presentations on why Prince George's County is the gateway to the U.S. market. At the Fujian Chamber of Commerce, County Executive Baker addressed over 300 foreign and domestic guests for a dialog on, "Building a Smart and Beautiful Home With Mobile Connectivity." The roundtable discussion included a discussion on how new media can be utilized for promoting the exchanges and cooperation among sister cities. 

"We understand this is a global economy and we want to be an active participant in the world economy by developing partnerships that will lead to fair trade and investment that benefits both parties, mutual cooperation," said County Executive Baker. "We use social media vehicles to stay connected, and to better inform our citizens and our businesses. We use them for emergency management, and for community forums, for informing them of impending storms or danger in their area."

Attended by 800+ people, the Shaanxi Business Matchmaking event gave even more attention to Prince George's County as EDC President Jim Coleman shared information about the delegates projects and investment opportunities in Prince George's County.

In addition to presenting Prince George's County to various groups of Chinese investors, the 22-person Prince George's County delegation participated in CIFIT 2015 - the world's most prestigious international investment exposition. The 19th Annual China International Fair for Investment & Trade, held at Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center, attracts investment promotion agencies from more than 40 countries and regions. CIFIT provides overseas investors with comprehensive knowledge of the investment environment and policies, prospective projects and achievements in China and creates opportunities for introducing advanced technologies, management skills and specialized personnel from abroad.

This second trade mission to China hopes to attract foreign investment for County Executive Baker's economic development plans in Prince George's County and for a number of projects that members of the delegation have in their pipeline.

County Takes CIFIT By Storm

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08
Sep

Prince George's China Delegation Hits the Ground Running

Delegation Makes First Stop in China's "Silicon Valley"

 

Beijing, China - County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III is leading a 22 member delegation of business and government officials to China looking toward investment opportunities and partnerships with Chinese business owners and investors. While we were resting up for Labor Day on Sunday, the Prince George's County delegation began its first full day on the mission with a quick stop at the Great Wall of China then gathered to tour the Zhongguancun China Science Park (Z-Park) in Beijing. Z-Park is China's premier science and technology development center and was the first state-level high-tech development zone approved by the State Council in 1988. This Beijing icon is very well known in China and is often referred to as China's "Silicon Valley" because of its connections to information technology and its strategic cooperation with other science parks.

With a stack of bilingual business cards in their pockets, the delegates were treated to lunch at Z-Park by the Rechsand Science and Technology Group, and met with 40 tech companies that were eager to do business with members of the delegation. After lunch, EDC President Jim Coleman presented to the Z-Park companies the value of doing business in Prince George's County, why Prince George's County is the "Gateway to the U.S. Market", and the mission delegates' investment and partnership opportunities. Mr. Coleman also officially announced the opening of the China Business Center in the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. The China Business Center offers Chinese-based companies a successful 'launching pad' to enter the United States business market. With services ranging from office space to recruitment of local staff, the China Business Center is a turnkey solution for any Chinese based company seeking to grow sales by selling innovative products to U.S. based companies and government agencies.

"I am delighted by the response we have been getting from China's business and government leaders," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "With the investment opportunities that our delegation is presenting this year, we are hoping to duplicate the Rechsand partnership model and confident that these projects will be coming to fruition very soon."

The Rechsand Science and Technology Group is a company that the Baker Administration touts as one of its successes from the 2014 China Mission. Through the partnerships that were created on that mission, the County facilitated an alliance between Rechsand and Corvias Solutions - the company that won a $2 billion contract with the County for storm-water management project. This alliance has generated a partnership/presence with Prince George's County and helped create the "Sponge City" initiative where Rechsand's technology (based on a model from Prince George's County) will be used in 16 cities around China to improve water quality.

If you are interested in doing business internationally, contact Elizabeth Crittenden (eacrittenden@pgcedc.com) or 301-583-4650.

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08
Sep

Prince George's Delegation Signs Friendship Agreements with Changping District

'Friendly School Agreement' with Beijing school district one of several milestones for Prince George's County Public Schools on mission

 

Changping, China - County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and 22 government and business delegates on his China mission were on hand yesterday to witness a historic moment for Prince George's County Public Schools children.  Prince George's County Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell signed a 'Friendly School Agreement' with the Changping District Commission of Education at a ceremony held at the Auspicious Business Hotel in Changping, a district of Beijing, China's capitol city. The agreement, the first of its kind in Asia for the county school system, will enable the two districts to share best practices in education, engage in cultural and language exchanges and broaden student learning opportunities.

"Our businesses depend on a highly educated workforce," said County Executive Baker. "This historic educational agreement between our schools and the Changping District Commission of Education will strengthen Prince George's County schools and prepare our kids to be the leaders of tomorrow."

The agreement was borne out of relationships forged by County Executive Baker during his previous mission to China. During the 2014 mission, the Baker administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Changping District and promised to return to China each year of his administration. Two delegations from the Changping District have visited Prince George's County, since Baker's 2014 mission.

"I am very happy to sign this agreement with the Changping District Commission of Education," said CEO Kevin Maxwell. "This agreement begins a new partnership for our students and teachers to expand cultural and language opportunities. With students and teachers from literally all over the world, our County must celebrate our diversity and provide innovative programs like this to ensure that all students are great by choice."

CEO Maxwell as well as Christian Rhodes, Chief of Office of Strategic and External Affairs for Prince George's County Public Schools, are among the 22 delegates traveling with County Executive Baker on the mission. This agreement is one of several key milestone anticipated for the school system during the mission. Today they also met with school officials in Xiamen and later in the week in Shanghai.

With 211 schools and more than 129,000 students and over 20,000 employees, the Prince George's Public School System is the second largest in the state of Maryland; the third largest school district in both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore-Washington Area, and it's one of the top 20 largest school districts in the nation.

The Changping District Commission of Education has 50,000 students enrolled in 100 schools.

Prior to the signing, County Executive Baker and Changping Mayor Zhang Yanyou met to discuss how to further the relationship between the two municipalities.

"It gives me great pleasure to have County Executive Baker here," said Changping Mayor Zhang Yanyou. "This meeting will enhance our friendly relationship and continue to bring mutual prosperity and friendship."

County Executive Baker's delegation is in China through Friday, continuing to the cities of Xiamen and Shanghai.

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25
Aug

County Executive Baker Launches Prince George's International!

Oxon Hill, MD - Today, Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Coleman joined County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III as he announced the County's new global marketing initiative, Prince George's International! Joined by a group of local and international business leaders, non-profit organizations and educational leaders at the AC Hotel by Marriott at National Harbor, this initiative will pull together all of the County's international marketing, outreach and partnerships to brand Prince George's County as an international investment and tourism destination.  County Executive Baker and Mr. Coleman told the interested group that their partnership and participation in this initiative are paramount to its success.

"As partners of Prince George's International! we expect to work closely with each of you expand relationships around the world and create jobs for Prince George's County residents," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "County Executive Baker is exactly right when he says that Prince George's County is the 'Gateway to the World'. With the growing number of international businesses and residents calling Prince George's County home, our focus needs to be ensuring that they are well-equipped to be successful in this region and throughout the globe."

The Prince George's International! global marketing initiative will consist of:

  • Growing international businesses located in Prince George's County.
  • Securing foreign direct investment into Prince George's County.
  • Attracting new businesses to relocate to Prince George's County.
  • Strengthening relationships with the trade attachés of embassies in Washington D.C.
  • Guiding our local & regional businesses on how to go global.
  • Supporting County international missions & visiting business delegations.
  • Promoting Prince George's County as a tourism destination and a great community to live.

Mr. Coleman also took this opportunity to announce the Economic Development Corporation's newly created China Business Center.  The China Business Center, located at the EDC headquarters, will offer Chinese based companies a successful launching pad to enter the United States market.  As more Chinese companies look to Prince George's County as a landing site, not far from the nation's capital, this turnkey solution will offer hands-on support and guidance to companies seeking to grow sales by selling innovative products and solutions to U.S. based companies and government agencies.

For more information on the China Business Center, contact Pradeep Ganguly (pganguly@pgcedc.com)  or 301-583-4650.

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21
Aug

EDC & County Officials Celebrate Youth CareerConnect Successes

EDC Salutes County Youth CareerConnect Student Performance and Encourages More Business Collaboration

"We are excited to be a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared at providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school graduation and I congratulate all of our honorees," said EDC President Jim Coleman.  "The private investment from the business community is vital to the success of the YCC initiative. Our business partners not only provide job opportunities but serve as mentors to our students and also help to learn the skills needed to succeed in the workplace."

Bladensburg, MD - Yesterday, the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program (YCCP) hosted its Summer Showcase Celebration at Bladensburg High School.  The  Youth CareerConnect Program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school.  Dr. Kevin Maxwell, the CEO for the Prince George's County Public School System gave inspiring remarks to the students, parents and business officials gathered, stressing the importance of the YCC partnership and the tremendous resources offered through the YCCP to assist the students at Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights and Potomac High Schools be more competitive for the workforce and gain the support to attend college.

The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation is the manager of the $7 million grant the County received for this program last year and is pleased to be working with our business partners,  Lockheed Martin and  Dimensions Healthcare Systems.  The EDC is also in partnership with the Prince George's County Public School System, Ashlin Urban Institute, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Prince George's County Community College and The Maryland Center at Bowie State University.  

"This is a great program and very important for our school system, our students and our partners," said Prince George's County Public School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell.  "Nothing benefits the students more than the opportunity to see the real world and how their education relates to it."

Space is still available to enroll in the PGC-YCCP. Please call the Prince George's County Public Schools, Office of College and Career Readiness and Innovative Programs at 240-455-3824. Applicants must be students 9th through 11th grade students from Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights or Potomac high schools.

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19
Aug

PGCPS CEO & EDC President & CEO To Address YCC Summer Showcase

PGCPS CEO DR. KEVIN MAXWELL AND EDC PRESIDENT & CEO JIM COLEMAN WILL SPEAK AT PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY YOUTH CAREERCONNECT PROGRAM SUMMER SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY 

Obama Administration Initiative Highlights Student Performance and Business Collaboration

80 to 100 Parents, Youth and Business Owners to Attend

 

WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bladensburg High School Auditorium | 4200 57th Avenue | Bladensburg, MD 20710

WHAT: EDC President Jim Coleman and Prince George's County Public School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell will attend and provide remarks at the Prince George's County Youth CareerConnect Program's Summer Showcase.  The Youth CareerConnect initiative is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education, to strengthen America's talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, post-secondary, workforce investment systems, and employer partnerships.  

At the Showcase, current YCC students who participated in the YCC Summer Employment Program will be acknowledged for their hard work, corporate sponsors will be acknowledged for the job opportunities they provided, and outstanding student leaders from each of the YCC school.  The focuses of the Showcase is to stress the importance of the YCC partnerships and the tremendous resources offered by the YCC grant to help Prince George's County students be competitive in the workforce and gain support to attend college.

WHO:                        

James (Jim) Coleman, President & CEO, Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO, Prince George's County Public Schools

Betty Hager Francis, DCAO for Health, Human Services and Education - County Executive's Office

Space is still available to enroll in the PGC-YCCP. Please call the Prince George's County Public Schools, Office of College and Career Readiness and Innovative Programs at 240-455-3824. Applicants must be students 9th through 11th grade students from Bladensburg, Fairmont Heights or Potomac high schools.

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18
Aug

EDC Pres Jim Coleman Speaks to 75 Indian Business Leaders at IT Opportunities Forum

Economic Development Corporation joins Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to Highlight Value Proposition 


(l. to r:  Mr. Tyagi, Deputy Director STP India; Mr. Steven McAdams, Exec. Dir. GOCI, Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General STP India, Mr. Saumen Chakraborty, Chairman ESC, Mr. Jim Coleman, EDC Pres., Mr. Nalin Kolhi, Chair IndiaSoft, Jessica Reynolds, Maryland DBED, Mr. D>K Sareen, Exec. Director, ESC, and Pradeep Ganguly, EDC Exec. VP)

Today, the Economic Development Corporation, along with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, hosted the Maryland-India IT Business Opportunities Forum at its headquarters in Largo, Maryland. More than 75 leaders from leading IT companies in the United States attended this valuable forum to learn more about business opportunities in India. Indian IT companies were also in attendance looking to explore business opportunities in Maryland, specifically Prince George’s County. The event was attended by Maryland Deputy Secretary of State, the Honorable Louis Berunda and GOCI Executive Director Steven McAdams. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, organizer of the forum, welcomed Indian delegates and invited dignitaries, and highlighted the strong partnership EDC has forged with ESC, ASMKI and DBED. The forum also provided an opportunity for small and medium sized IT businesses to learn about IndiaSoft - India’s premier IT Conference and Marketplace that will take place in Mumbai, India in March 2016.

“It was a pleasure to speak with such a distinguished group of business leaders today,” said EDC President Jim Coleman. “Our mission at the EDC is to attract and support solid companies to Prince George’s County, wherever they are from, so that they can grow and employ more of our residents. With our countywide foreign trade zone and our proximity to
the Nation’s Capital, we believe that the value proposition Prince George’s County represents in this region is second to none.”

Nalin Kolhi, Chairman of IndiaSoft and President of the Association of Small and Medium Knowledge Industries (ASMKI) also addressed the forum. He stated “The IT business between the U.S. and India is growing rapidly. There are huge opportunities on both sides. We want to encourage small and medium companies in India and the U.S. to look at this opportunity to get ahead. I fully agree – we must strengthen ESC/ASMKI ties with DBED and EDC.”

If you are interested in doing business internationally, contact Elizabeth Crittenden (eacrittenden@pgcedc.com) or 301-583-4650.

 

17
Aug

MGM Presents $100,000 to PGCC for Hospitality Program

EDC partners to provide Training Opportunities 

 (l. to r.Denise Ware, PGCC, Bill Boasberg, Gen. Mgr, MGM-NH, Camye Mackey, Regional V.P. Talent & Workforce Development, MGM, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Pres. PGCC, Logan Gaskill, V.P. Human Resources, MGM -NH, and Dr. Yvette Snowden, Dean of Workforce Dev & Comm Partnerships)Largo, MD - Today, MGM National Harbor presented a $100,000 check to Prince George's County Community College for a scholarship program where eligible County residents will be able to take a Hospitality Express Course to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry. EDC President Jim Coleman joined Prince George's Community College President Dr. Charlene Dukes at the event which also highlighted the importance of the coordination between the EDC's Workforce Development Services, the curriculum set by the Prince George's Community College, the employment needs in the hospitality industry and the County residents seeking employment at MGM National Harbor.

"This partnership is vitally important to our County residents looking for new jobs or better jobs," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "This series of classes is the place for any serious job seeker to be. Not only will it improve their job skills, these classes can also provide a significant leg up to a position at MGM National Harbor or beyond."

The Hospitality Express Course is a 13 week program consisting of five classes and five certifications, all of which are compatible with the hospitality industry. Workforce Development Services, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, provides workforce training opportunities in high demand industries at no cost to qualified residents. Through this program, qualified residents who are looking to pursue a career in the hospitality industry may be eligible for training assistance through workforce services. Hear Workforce Services Director Liz Williams talk about this grant opportunity.

"We are delighted that MGM has given Prince George's Community College a $100,000 scholarship for students in the hospitality industry," said PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes. "This scholarship program will enable students to begin their journey toward employment at MGM and we are glad to be a part of it."

For more information on workforce development training, contact Deputy Director of Workforce Services Jeffery Swilley (jswilley@pgcedc.com) or 301-618-8400.

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17
Aug

Prince George's County Boasts Record Increases In Jobs and Housing Prices

EDC Pledges Continued Support for Businesses and Families

Economic Development Corporation President Jim Coleman was on hand this morning as County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced Prince George’s County’s first major increase in job numbers since 2003. Speaking in front of the County’s latest mixed use, residential site, the Tapestry at Largo Station, County Executive Baker, Assistant DCAO David Iannucci, EDC President Jim Coleman and Desiree Callender, President of the Prince George’s County Association of REALTORS all touted the collective successes Prince George’s County has seen since the beginning of the Baker Administration. With overall employment numbers experiencing a 1341% increase since the 4th quarter 2010, the unemployment rate decreasing by 25.3% decrease, and the residential real estate market showing a 48.8% increase in median sales price, the County is definitely experiencing the strongest improvement in recent history and is now seen as an attractive competitor in the region.

“County Executive Baker is doing an outstanding job with taking Prince George’s County to the next level,” said EDC President Jim Coleman. “The EDC is operating with a fierce sense of urgency to see that these key indicators continue to move in a positive direction. Our office stands committed to taking care of the needs of our existing businesses, attracting those businesses who are looking for more out of their current market, and ensuring all of our residents are gainfully employed in well paying, family sustaining jobs.”

For more information on available employment opportunities or job training in the County, contact Liz Williams (elwilliams1@pgcedc.com), Director of the EDC Workforce Development Services Division or Jeffery Swilley (jswilley@pgcedc.com) at 301-681-8400.

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14
Aug

EDC President Invites MACo To Prince George's County for 2016 Conference

Ocean City, MD - This week, EDC President Jim Coleman spoke at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference to talk about Prince George's County, and how far it has come under the leadership of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. MACo's Summer Conference is an annual event, held in Ocean City, MD, where county elected officials, county staff, state and federal officials, and business representatives convene to study best practices in local governance and explore partnerships to better serve the people of Maryland.    

Mr. Coleman joined an auspicious panel of economic development experts from across the State to talk about ways economic development can create opportunities to transform lives. Mr. Coleman revealed the strategies that Prince George's County is employing to capitalize on the success of National Harbor. To view Mr. Coleman speaking at the MACo Conference, click here.
  
"This has been a great opportunity to let the State of Maryland and our neighbors know that Prince George's County is serious about economic development," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "The growth of Maryland will be in Prince George's County. People don't invest in places that are not sustainable. If you wait, it will be too late to get in here."
  
Mr. Coleman then invited MACo to hold their next conference at National Harbor because it is the place to be. He shared that developers are realizing there is gold in Prince George's County, and they are coming there to replicate the success of National Harbor with similar mixed-use, high density development. "This type of transit-oriented development will target upscale, high wage companies representing industry sectors such as IT, life sciences, federal agencies and business services for stabilization and growth around Metro stations," stated Coleman. He also stated that with MGM coming online, a new regional hospital in the near future, the possibility of the FBI coming to one of two sites in Prince George's County, and more than $8 billion in development in the pipeline, creating the five new 'downtowns' around Metro makes sense in this new economy.
  
As a keynote speaker for the midday luncheon, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, talked about the successes of his first term in office and the challenges he continues to face, and his goals for the future of Prince George's County. Baker declared that Prince George's County is 'the economic engine of the State of Maryland,' and we are poised for rapid growth with over $10 billion in new construction projects over the next five years.
  
For more information and to learn how the EDC can help to relocate or expand your business, go to www.pgcedc.com or contact our offices at 301-583-4650.

07
Aug

Thirsty for Business Thursday’ (#T4BT) at the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s signature event, ‘Thirsty for Business Thursday’ (#T4BT) has held yesterday at the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Largo, Maryland.  More than 150 business owners, community leaders, government officials and non-profits gathered to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of this unique networking event.  Shelly Gross-Wade, President and CEO of Financial Services Corporation First along with Liz Williams, Director of Workforce Services in the Economic Development Corporation joined EDC President Jim Coleman in welcoming the attendees and letting them know about the business development services available in Prince George’s County.  Sponsors from previous T4BT’s joined in the festivities and talked with attendees about the opportunities and excitement that the Economic Development Corporation has generated for them and in the business community. https://youtu.be/QHC74UCCe6k

“We have had a wonderful year meeting with businesses and stakeholders that make Prince George’s County a great place to live, work and play,” said EDC President Jim Coleman.  “My team and I are excited about how many businesses are “Thirsty” for assistance.  We can’t wait to see how many businesses we can touch within the next 12 months.  It is morning in Prince George’s County and we are pumped to serve our business and residents with the services they need to be successful.”

Join the EDC for its next networking opportunity when we partner with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, and the Prince George’s County Council for ‘Prince George’s International!’, our Global Business Cocktail Reception on August 26, 2015 at the Sunset Room in National Harbor.  To register for this Black Tie or Traditional Foreign Dress event, contact Lucas Green at 301-583-4650 or lgreen1@co.pg.md.us  

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07
Aug

EDC Workforce Division hands "KEYS' to the Future to 16 Graduates

Yesterday, the Workforce Services Division of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation held its 9th Annual KEYS (Knowledge Equals Youth Success) Graduation and Employment Awards Recognition Ceremony at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.  Pictured (above) with EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman are several of the graduates and honorees. Sixteen of the more than 200 students participating in the program on an annual basis graduated yesterday.  The ceremony recognized the graduates, as well as the youth who are still in the program and making significant contributions to their community.  In addition, the event recognized the job trainers and employers who work diligently with the youth all year long. 

“We are very proud of each of you in this room today and I fully expect you to go out and do great things,” said EDC President Jim Coleman.  “With the support of the EDC and the training experiences you have received through the KEYS program, I am confident that the inventor of the next “Google” or “Facebook” is in this room. Make the best of what you have been given and never give up on anything.”  

The KEYS program is one of several youth service programs designed to prepare youth for life after high school. The services offered under KEYS program are offered year-round and designed to keep youth on track and meeting their goal of achieving a high-school diploma and moving on to college, occupational skills training, and/or employment.  Funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act, the program offers work readiness training, employability skills, job retention and remediation in math and reading.  In addition, youth participate in a 20-40 hour paid internship, followed by 12 months of follow-up services and assistance for placement in permanent jobs, training programs and educational opportunities.

Former KEYS graduate Triauna Hall gave an inspiring testimonial on how the program positively impacted her life.  “Prior to the program, I was just living life.  Through the help I was given from the job trainers and mentors in the KEYS program, I now know how to dress professionally, have a much better work ethic and more confident to do what my job requires of me.”

For more information on our Workforce Services Division Youth Programs, visit www.pgcedc.com or contact Liz Williams (elwilliams1@co.pg.md.us) at 301-618-8400. 

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06
Aug

EDC Works To Bring Film Studio To Prince George's County

County Executive Baker's China Mission seeks funding for $125 million Sound Stage Project

Largo, MD - Thanks to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and entrepreneur A.K. Adams, Prince George's County is one step closer to having its first full-service, state-of-the-art film and television studio that will create more than 1,400 jobs and raise the profile of the County as a creative arts and cultural center.  This $125 million mixed-use development project featuring creative industrial production, office and retail space is one of several targeted investment opportunities for which County Executive Baker is seeking to secure funding on his upcoming trade mission to China. 

EDC Pres. & CEO Jim Coleman (standing) preps China Mission delegates and staff. Pictured (l. to r.)David O'Ferrall, IATSE Local 487 Business Agent, Chuck Clay, Pres. IATSE, Local 22, Richard Powell, Jr., Pres. Benjamin Banneker Development Corp, A.K. Adams, Dir. of Potomac Entertainment Opportunities, LLC, and Howard Ways, Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County. Rhonda Dallas, Exec. Dir of Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council (not pictured)Mr. Adams, Director of Potomac Entertainment Opportunities, LLC, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Banneker Development Corporation, along with other partners in this project, including Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, David O'Ferrall, Business Agent, IATSE Local 487, and Chuck Clay, President, IATSE, Local 22, met with the EDC international team yesterday to learn how the EDC would assist them in getting connected with the right foreign investors & partners for their project.  Mr. Adams and his colleagues heard the call of business investment potential at County Executive Baker's Pre-China Mission kickoff last month and came into the EDC office to discuss their expectations for the mission. 

The $36.4 Billion dollar global film and television industry has a high growth potential for Prince George's County. Currently, there are at least seven television productions with storylines centered on the District of Columbia, including the award-winning series "House of Cards" and "Veep", which have generated thousands of jobs and millions in economic impact., thanks to Maryland's successful Film Tax Incentive program.  Yet the region currently lacks the necessary infrastructure to support additional productions.  Mr. Adams and his colleagues look to capitalize on this demand with the assistance of the Economic Development Corporation., and a seasoned team of international experts in film studio design, development and marketing.

"This is how we roll in Prince George's County," said EDC President Jim Coleman.  "Having a well prepared delegation of serious business leaders and developers sends an important signal to the international community that Prince George's County is serious about development.  It also shows our business community that the County is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that your projects are successful and able to generate tax revenue to sustain and improve Prince George's County."  

Partnering with China provides the potential for an enormous boost in distribution and employment for this Prince George's County-based company, because of the scales of economy in China. With over 1 billion in population, in 2014, the China Box Office generated $4.8 billion in sales, and is one the fastest growing markets for film & television content. 

"We have been impressed by how the Economic Development Corporation has been 'hands-on' in cultivating the success of this project and preparing us for all aspects of this mission," said A.K. Adams. "We are excited to learn about the market opportunities and partnerships we will be exposed to on this mission. This preparation will be critical to the success of our project. Our goal is to create an exciting haven for the creative economy to thrive at National Studios and share unique stories out of this studio that provide a significant cultural impact."

If you are interested in doing business internationally, contact Elizabeth Crittenden (eacrittenden@co.pg.md.us) or 301-583-4650 and plan to attend County Executive Baker's Global Business Reception on August 26, 2015 at National Harbor.  For ticket information, please visit www.pgcedc.com

03
Aug

The EDC Welcomes CoreLogix Consulting, Inc. To The Technology Assistance Center (TAC) Incubator

The Economic Development Corporation is delighted to welcome CoreLogix Consulting, Inc. to its Technology Assistance Center (TAC) Incubator today.  CoreLogix Consulting is a global IT consulting services company headed by its President Inderbir Singh and Chief Executive Officer Vivek Bali.  With a tenured staff and combined 15 years of IT industry experience, they provide a wide variety of IT services on-demand to customers throughout the United States at highly competitive prices.

CoreLogix came to the TAC Incubator by way of one of the informative training sessions EDC conducts for its Small Business Development Division.  Excited about the upcoming opportunities available in Prince George’s County, CoreLogix sees the EDC Technology Assistance Center Incubator as an opportunity to hire local employees and for business growth and continued success.

“We are excited to have a company such as CoreLogix Consulting come to our TAC Incubator,” said EDC President Jim Coleman.  “We look forward to providing them with real-time assistance that will enhance their business and take it to the next level.  I am confident that this ‘incubator’ experience will be a mutual benefit to the CoreLogix team as well as the businesses and residents in Prince George’s County.”

For more information on our TAC Incubator program, contact Toni Miles at 301-583-4650 or MAMiles@co.pg.md.us. 

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30
Jul

Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Summer Capstone Challenge

The Maryland Center at Bowie State University and Lockheed Martin hosted the Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Summer Capstone Challenge Finale at Bowie State University today.  Pictured are the winners of the 2015 Summer Capstone Challenge – Team Gold Tech, along with County Youth CareerConnect Program (PGC-YCCP) Director Yolanda Tully (r.), Maryland Center at Bowie State University Executive Director Terry Lawlah (pictured in pink) and the guest judges from Lockheed Martin, Andre Thornton, True-IA, Steven Covey, and Radius Technology Group, Christopher Archer (c.).

The Youth CareerConnect initiative is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education, to strengthen America’s talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, postsecondary, workforce investment systems, and employer partnerships.  The program promotes robust employer engagement and work-based learning, focuses on high-demand industries, including STEM, and integrates post-secondary education and training of students for job preparedness. Overall, the PGC-YCCP will serve 2,500 students over 4 years at Bladensburg, Potomac and Fairmont Heights to succeed academically and graduate career-ready in the high-demand fields of information technology and health care. The Maryland Center is one of the partners of the Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect Program. 

“As the grant recipients for the PGC-YCCP, the EDC was delighted when President Obama came to Bladensburg High School last year to announce that Prince George’s County was being awarded $7 million for this program,” said J