While Montgomery County Maryland plans a "science city", Prince George's County continues to envision more malls and discount shopping in its plan to build low wage employment opportunities on every corner. Montgomery County works to plant a biotech science center with retail support for quality of life spaces and opportunities west of Gaithersburg so that researchers and entrepreneurs taking the new interconnector can quickly access centers of science in Maryland such as the University of Maryland, NASA and the USDA Agricultural Research Center all of which are in Prince George's County where we seek to build strip malls to supply fast food for the visitors. In partnership with Johns Hopkins, Montgomery County looks to encourage high paying jobs and technology transfer opportunities while Prince George's County quietly ignores the already existing tech transfer capabilities and possibilities in the county in favor of upscale discount shopping and minimum wage service jobs.
USDA ARS BARC, which is in Prince Georges County and completely ignored, "continually looks for opportunities to partner with businesses, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and universities. These partnerships are designed to augment research programs, expedite research results to the private sector, exchange information and knowledge, stimulate new business and economic development, enhance U.S. trade, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of life for all Americans." NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located on land once part of USDA BARC and almost on top of the University of Maryland has many valuable patents on "sale" that can help private companies gain a competitive edge. And with all of this, there is only silence from our leaders on development that takes advantage of what is already here. Instead of science centers we proudly proclaim student housing and shopping malls.
Why aren't we here in Prince George's County building a 21st century complex of next generation opportunity? Why is that the only thing we can think of as economic development are malls with a ten year life spans and low wage jobs? The answer in part may be that politics in this county is based on the wants of the few right now and not the hopes of the many tomorrow. In other word short term greed not long term need generates the county motto "Malling its way to Prosperity".
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