Reprinted from Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation. Photo courtesy 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!”

Here’s the speakers at the 2017 State of the Economy Address with County Executive Baker, co-sponsored by the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, from right to left, Roundtable President/CEO M.H. Jim Estepp, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, EDC President Jim Coleman and County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis

Here’s the speakers at the 2017 State of the Economy Address with County Executive Baker, co-sponsored by the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, from right to left, Roundtable President/CEO M.H. Jim Estepp, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, EDC President Jim Coleman and County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis

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, led 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.

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January 9, 2017

By James R. Estepp (Photo credit to John Bechet)

The Business Roundtable’s Annual Meeting at the Colony South Hotel today was attended by not one, but both of Maryland’s United States Senators, as both Ben Cardin and then Chris Van Hollen gave us their thoughts on the upcoming year on Capital Hill.

Business Roundtable President & CEO M.H. Jim Estepp (center) is surrounded by senators, as our annual meeting was attended by both Maryland’s senior (right-Ben Cardin) and junior (left- Chris Van Hollen) Senators

Business Roundtable President & CEO M.H. Jim Estepp (center) is surrounded by senators, as our annual meeting was attended by both Maryland’s senior (right-Ben Cardin) and junior (left- Chris Van Hollen) Senators

In addition, we were joined by Prince George’s Senate Delegation Chairman Jim Rosapepe, House Delegation Chairman Jay Walker, Maryland Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Ben Wu, Prince George’s County School’s CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and County Fire/EMS Chief Marc Bashoor.

This event featured the hospitality and exquisite cuisine of the Colony South Hotel and was one of our most well-attended meetings in our history.

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The Business Roundtable Presents a Look at Economic Development in 2017 and Beyond

January 10, 2017

Thanks very much to the Prince George’s County Council for inviting the Business Roundtable to their Retreat last week to present a look at economic trends affecting businesses in the county and region. It was our honor to be part of a panel with Board Member Jim Coleman. View the Entire Roundtable presentation before the […]

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MGM National Harbor is Here, and NBC 4 Washington was there to cover it

December 9, 2016

Congratulations to Roundtable Board Member Lorenzo Creighton and the entire well-oiled machine at MGM National Harbor. The following is a story from NBC 4 Washington’s Tracee Wilkins on a one-of-a-kind night of a lifetime.

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NBC 4 Washington Covers the State of the Education System Address

October 20, 2016

Here’s the story from NBC 4 Washington covering The Business Roundtable’s October 19, 2016 event, the State of the Education System Address with Dr. Kevin Maxwell and County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. The story also features comments from Roundtable Secretary/Treasurer Steve Proctor and Board Member Gary Michael.

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News Release: PGCPS CEO Highlights Achievements, Action Plan in ‘State of the Education System’ Address

October 20, 2016

The following is the re-printed press release from the County School System for yesterday’s State of the Education System Address, hosted by the Business Roundtable at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton. UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell highlighted the system’s progress in “moving […]

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Awarding a Lifetime of Service

October 14, 2016

Congratulations to Business Roundtable President/CEO M.H. Jim Estepp, honored this week with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Prince George’s Community Foundation’s 2016 Civic Leadership Awards.

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The Business Roundtable Honors Public Safety Director Mark Magaw

September 29, 2016

Recently, the Business Roundtable had the honor of presenting Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Public Safety, Mark A. Magaw, with our Distinguished Public Service Award for his more than thirty years protecting the citizens and businesses of the county during his exemplary career in public safety. Prior to answering the call of County […]

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A nice new ‘start’ for the FBI in Greenbelt?

September 28, 2016

By Jeff Barnd, WJLA, published September 27, 2016 WJLA WASHINGTON (ABC7) — This month, leaders from The University of Maryland’s College Park and Baltimore campuses announced a new plan for the Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security. The Maryland Academy will, among other things, be able to mentor and recruit the next generation of […]

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Prince George’s County Earns 5 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards

August 16, 2016

From County Executive News, June 23,2016 County honored in Community/Economic Development, Administration Management, Justice and Public Safety, Infrastructure, Energy, and Sustainability, and Human Services categories Upper Marlboro, MD – The Prince George’s County government has been recognized for five Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government […]

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