Prince George’s County Council approves special district to lure science and tech jobs

The Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a science and technology business district as part of an effort to attract more jobs and capitalize on the county’s federal research and academic presence in the northwestern part of the county.

“Prince George’s County has a great deal to offer in the area of science and technology, and we want to take a proactive approach in promoting the types of opportunities that spur economic development and bring these types of industries to the area,” said council member Eric Olson (D-College Park), the legislation’s chief sponsor.

County officials say establishing the district is the first step to attracting more science and tech jobs to the county. The legislation will allow the county to provide tax incentives and streamline the permitting and approval process.

The district will cover College Park, Beltsville, Riverdale Park, Berwyn Heights and Greenbelt. That part of the county is home to the University of Maryland, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NASA-Goddard and the planned Howard University Research Park.

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Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.

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