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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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