The Innovation hub of
the Washington, DC,
Producing a $49 Billion GDP
Ranking it 54th as a country
A thriving international
community of nearly one
million highly educated
One of the top
educational systems
in the country
Montgomery County Facts
Part of 12th largest U.S. Metropolitan Region—5.4 million
and growing
Largest employment center in Maryland; 2nd in DC metro
135 million square feet of commercial space
Two major technology corridors: I-270 & Rte 29 near I-95
Unique federal infrastructure of 19 research and
technology agencies, including: NIH, FDA, NIST, Walter
Reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical
Research Institute
Rich Quality of Life
Commitment to the arts:
•Strathmore Concert Hall
•American Film Institute
•Black Rock Center for the Arts
•Round House Theater
•Olney Theatre Center
•Glen Echo Park
Rich Quality of Life
A 32,200-acre, award winning park system, replete
with lakes, campgrounds, golf courses and equestrian
One third of county reserved as green space for
farming, biking, horseback riding and other activities
A full range of sports activities—soccer, golf, sailing,
hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, skiing, kayaking
and more
A wealth of cultural amenities, arts and cuisines from
around the world readily available
Foreign language newspapers and other publications
for local ethnic communities.
A Culturally Rich Population
148 languages spoken
122,000 Asian American residents
133,000 Hispanic American residents
152,000 African American residents
273,000 of Montgomery County’s 946,000
residents are immigrants.
Technology Office Parks
Montgomery County has a workforce second to none;
We are educated
 29% have graduate / professional degrees
 57% of those over 25 have bachelor's degrees
 Bethesda tops the list of’s “America’s Most
Educated Small Towns”
We are technologically advanced
Of our 377,000 private sector jobs:
 8,000 work in telecom
 12,000 work in biotech
 29,000 work in IT
 More than 71,000 work
in other high tech jobs
 In addition, we have 69,000 high-wage
federal jobs, most of which are in
the scientific and medical fields
Montgomery County Public Schools
Nationally recognized public education system
 90% of students complete high school
 130 elementary, 38 middle, 25 high schools
 Average SAT scores 105 points above the national average
 AP participation: 60%
 National Merit Scholars: 61
 National Blue Ribbon Schools: 33
 Enrollment: 139,000 (largest in Maryland)
Plus approximately 140 independent schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Among the 50 largest school districts in
the nation, Montgomery County Public
Schools tied for first place in graduation
—WTTG TV News, June 2009
Newsweek has released its annual list of
“America’s Top High Schools,” and
MCPS has four schools in the top 100.
—Newsweek Magazine, June 2009
The 400-student Science, Mathematics
and Computer Science Magnet at
Montgomery Blair High School in Silver
Spring is one of the nation's top mathscience programs…
—Washington Post, March 2009
High Concentration of Educational
Institutions Within 50 Miles
 Johns Hopkins University
 Universities at Shady Grove (University of Maryland System)
 University System of Maryland, College Park
 Montgomery College
 George Washington University
 George Mason University
 American University
 Georgetown University
 Howard University
 Columbia Union College
 Catholic University
 Uniformed Services University
 Trinity College
 Gallaudet University
 United States Naval Academy
Global Companies Thriving in
Montgomery County
Marriott Corporation
Lockheed Martin
Hughes Network Systems
Discovery Communications
Astra Zeneca/MedImmune
Human Genome Sciences
Choice Hotels
Coventry Healthcare
19 Federal Research Facilities
in Montgomery County
National Institutes of Health
Food and Drug Administration
National Institute of Standards and
Department of Energy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
 Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 Consumer Product Safety Commission
 Public Health Services
 David Taylor Research Center
Concentration of Federal agencies gives business:
 A rich research community where ideas are exchanged and honed
 Unparalleled informational and technological resources
 Access to policy and regulatory officials
Life Sciences in Montgomery County
In the 1980s and the 1990s, Montgomery County government made strategic
investments to attract and grow a life sciences cluster.
Established the highly successful Shady Grove Life Sciences Center,
the first office park dedicated to life sciences, 30 years ago
Home of the Human Genome Project and more than 230 other biotech
Home to the most Nobel Laureates per capita
Home to more than 12,000 private sector biotechnology workers
Home to the region’s most successful incubator, the Shady Grove
Innovation Center, along with four others: the Rockville Innovation
Center, the Silver Spring Innovation Center, the Germantown
Innovation Center, and the Wheaton Business Innovation Center
Life Sciences in Montgomery County
In the 1980s and the 1990s, Montgomery County government made strategic
investments to attract and grow a life sciences cluster.
Future home to three additional life-sciences parks—at White Oak,
adjacent to the FDA; on the Germantown Campus of Montgomery
College; and at the Belward Campus of JHU
Recently formed the Biosciences Task Force, led by David Mott
(former CEO of MedImmune), to shape the County’s vision for the next
20-30 years
Recently selected as the home to the new Maryland Biotechnology
Recently selected as the home to the new Maryland Clean Energy
Resources for Life Sciences Companies
Montgomery County Biotech Tax Credit
Montgomery County investing in biotech companies
Montgomery County innovation network
Montgomery County workforce initiatives
Montgomery County participates in BIO 2011
Montgomery County Contacts
Steve Silverman
Janis Pitts
Director, Life Sciences Strategy

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