By the BF Staff
From the September/October 2017 Issue
The Maryland state legislature has allocated $7.5 million to the University of Maryland to create a green energy research center. The goal of the Green Energy Institute—a collaboration between the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC)—will be to develop and attract private investment and commercialize clean energy innovations and deployment solutions in Maryland.
The new green energy research facility is the centerpiece of Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 environmental agenda, which the governor unveiled in January. Funding for the Green Energy Institute was approved in July.
UMERC was created by UMD to spearhead its energy research across the campus, bringing together nearly 100 faculty and their students to develop game changing energy innovations. The center is a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage. MCEC was created by the General Assembly of Maryland to support innovation and technology deployment to achieve renewable energy generation, energy conservation, and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. MCEC uses statute enabled financing authority to leverage private capital investments and provide financing to assist residential, commercial, municipal, and not-for-profit consumers.
“The Green Energy Institute will integrate these naturally synergistic activities and provide a tremendous opportunity for Maryland to transition its university research into high paying energy jobs,” said Eric Wachsman, professor and director of UMERC.
“We are excited about working more closely with the people and resources of UMERC,” said Kathy Magruder, executive director of MCEC. “This collaboration will undoubtedly improve our chances to grow the energy economy in Maryland.”
Gov. Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Package includes initiatives to grow jobs in green industries, promote the use of electric vehicles, invest in renewable energy innovations and promote clean water commerce. In total, the proposals represent nearly $65 million in investment in Maryland’s environment.
HARFORD COUNTY, MD: PRIME MID-ATLANTIC LOCATION
Businesses are attracted to Harford County, MD because of its prime location on the I-95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic region. Harford County keeps businesses because of its highly skilled workforce, business-friendly environment, and quality of life creating the ideal combination for business establishment, growth, and endurance. Here’s why Harford County, MD should be home to your business:
A highly skilled workforce. Harford County is a key workforce center in Maryland, drawing employees from more than 13 jurisdictions in three states. Our local Workforce Investment Board works closely with regional industry sector leadership, and community businesses engage in collaboration among government, industry, and academia. Preparing the next generation of highly skilled workers, area high schools offer magnet programs in biomedical, homeland security, agrisciences, an International Baccalaureate program, and a Science and Math Academy. Harford Community College also offers programs in drone technology, food sciences, and an Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program, which is a designated Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Opportunities for your business. With one-third of the U.S. population accessible in an overnight’s drive, Harford County, Maryland is perfectly positioned to reach your customers. Through our help with site selection, fast-track permitting and streamlined processes for eligible projects, your business will be off to a strong start. Job creation and real property tax credits are available in our Enterprise Zones; workforce technical training grants support a skilled workforce; cost-saving energy programs are available through our utility partners; and the Harford Metro Area Network’s broadband access can provide redundancy through dark fiber and lit service.
Built for business. Easy access to major trucking routes, CSX rail, and a 35-minute trip to the Port of Baltimore make for ideal logistics in meeting supply chain demands, even in a global market. Harford Transit LINK, the County’s bus service, is tailored to multi-shift operations for employees at the county’s distribution, e-commerce and manufacturing hub on the Perryman Peninsula. The peninsula is home to more than 25 nationally recognized companies including Sephora, Clorox, Rite Aid and Bob’s Discount Furniture, employing more than 4,000 workers. Built for businesses large and small, Harford County is home to several other thriving industrial hubs, commerce centers, business and airparks. They feature a wide range of thriving companies; their success and continued growth is our best testimony for attracting new businesses.
Innovation centric. Aberdeen Proving Ground is one of our nation’s oldest U.S. Army installations, celebrating 100 years of technological innovation. An epicenter of 90+ research, development, test and evaluation organizations with a primarily civilian Department of Defense population of nearly 21,000 employees, Aberdeen Proving Ground is home to six Centers of Excellence, an autonomous vehicle proving ground, and one of five national cyber test ranges in the U.S. An innovation hub is under development with the Army Research Laboratory to foster collaboration among industry and academia in advanced manufacturing materials and processes. Federal laboratories, with pioneering technologies in 3-D printing and prototyping, provide opportunities for the private sector to bring commercialization concepts to market faster. In close proximity to APG, Harford County’s Office of Economic Development is located on U.S. Route 40—the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor—where co-located resources include a Small Business Resource Office, the GroundFloor co-working space, and a defense technology commercialization office to support entrepreneurs and small business start-ups while promoting tech transfer opportunities. Under the current administration of County Executive Barry Glassman, Harford County has retained its AAA bond rating, and since December 2014, has added more than 3.7 million square feet of occupied industrial and commercial space, more than 1,900 jobs and nearly $320 million in capital investment.
Making it in Harford County. Whether they are making, assembling, or distributing products, Harford businesses have their finger on the pulse of today’s suppliers and consumers. International companies produce a range of products and services from bio and chemical defense technologies; to specialty sauces, soups and custom dry blends; to crypto-technology solutions for drivers’ licenses. E-commerce companies distribute international brands of cosmetics and fragrances east of the Mississippi River; and manufacturers produce polyurethane protective footwear, household cleaning products, nationally recognized juices and jams, and snack chips throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
A Partnership for Success. You can find what you need to be successful in Harford County. From manufacturing coalitions to job fair support, training and certification programs to professional organizations, you’ll find opportunities to network within a community committed to lifelong learning, economic vitality and a sense of place. Let our dedicated team of economic development professionals assist you in finding optimal business success in the Mid-Atlantic region. Harford County is Maryland’s New Center of Opportunity…let us make it yours!
For more information, visit our website at www.harfordcountymd.gov/oed or call (410)638-3059.
ROCKVILLE’S STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE
Rockville offers many strategic advantages to companies interested in a mid-Atlantic location. At Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), we strive to provide unmatched customer service to our clients as we highlight the reasons why Rockville, Maryland should be your business location.
First, we are in a Key Location, with close proximity to Federal agencies such as the FDA, NIH and NIST, and located less than 15 miles north of Washington, D.C. and less than 40 miles southwest of Baltimore.
Rockville is also home to many Industry Clusters, including life sciences and other technology industries. The City is a biohealth hub, with over 150 companies in the industry located in and around the City of Rockville and a strong technology hub with a growing cybersecurity sector. As the County seat, we are also home to many business and professional services firms.
We boast a Highly-Educated Workforce with over 6,000 STEM PhDs and over 10,000 Biohealth workers that help to propel Rockville’s economy already. Nearly two-thirds of Rockville’s residents aged 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree and over 37% have a graduate or professional degree.
Rockville’s Quality of Place is unparalleled. Rockville is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Live, a great Bicycle City, a great City for Women Entrepreneurs and the list goes on. Earlier this year, Forbes came out with their list of best cities for young professionals post-college and Rockville, MD is listed in the Top 20 in the nation. The rankings were based on: median salary levels for college graduates; median price to rent a two-bedroom apartment; employment prospects in the area; networking opportunities; and social outlook. The City also has over 900 acres of parkland in 65 different parks.
Our Connectivity also means we have access to clients, vendors and consumers globally. We have direct access to 3 different international airports making travel to anywhere in the world easy and accessible, we have multiple stops on the Metro line and have both MARC commuter rail and Amtrak services. We also provide direct access to customers and supply chain providers through the I-270, MD 200/the Inter County Connector and MD 355 highway access points.
A recent success story for Rockville: Champions Oncology, a company engaged in the development and sale of advanced technology solutions and products to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, opened a new lab facility in Rockville this summer. In relocating their facility from Baltimore to Rockville, the company leased over 15,000 square feet and brought over 50 employees to the area. The new lab facility provides the company with a strategic opportunity to work more efficiently, grow the business and add to their capacity for pre-clinical and clinical drug development research. The new facility includes office, conference, lab and vivarium space.
Let us know if you want to become Rockville’s next big success story—visit us at www.rockvilleredi.org or look for us on social media. We’re REDI to help!