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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.