Montgomery County and Prince George’s Chambers of Commerce Support Investing in the Regional Transportation Network and the Purple Line

Date: 
December 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 23, 2014
Contact: Ilaya Hopkins
301-738-0015 ext. 205
ihopkins@mcccmd.com

Montgomery County and Prince George’s Chambers of Commerce
Support Investing in the Regional Transportation Network and the Purple Line

ROCKVILLE, MD – Two of the Maryland Metro Region’s largest chambers of commerce sent a letter today to Governor-Elect Larry Hogan articulating broad business and economic development imperatives of the regional transportation network in general and calling for support of the Purple Line in particular. 

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce highlighted the significant role the Purple Line will play in further connecting these two population and job centers in Maryland.  The full letter is below.

                                  

 

December 23, 2014

Dear Governor-Elect Hogan,

The Montgomery County and Prince George’s Chambers of Commerce join together to offer you congratulations on your election as our next Governor.  Our Chambers represent interests in industries such as health care, information technology, cyber security, financial services, construction, land use, education, hospitality and government contracting.  Across this diversity, we share common economic goals including improved regional transportation to support Maryland’s economic growth.

We are writing to urge you to invest in the regional transportation network and economic strength of the Capital Region by keeping the Purple Line on schedule for the following reasons: 

  • Secure the FBI. Access to transit is a criterion used in evaluating future locations of federal agencies. For the pending decision of where to locate the FBI, support of the Purple Line strengthens Maryland’s case as the logical choice for the new facility.
  • Retain federal employees. A robust regional transportation network is a critical factor in the competition to attract and retain the dozens of federal agencies and offices owned and leased in Maryland. Maryland must continue to be a place that GSA considers desirable to locate federal employees.
  • Link higher learning institutions to job opportunities.  The connection between the University of Maryland College Park and high density population centers and the employment hubs in our counties is vital to opening access to opportunities for students and employers alike.
  • Launch the first Public-Private Partnership under Maryland’s reformed law.  This innovative approach to complete major infrastructure projects will be important throughout the state.
  • Boost Economic Development. The Purple Line, like other transit hubs, will have a return on investment attracting major retail, jobs and residential opportunities.
  • Compete in the region. The Purple Line project includes plans to expand the digital network infrastructure and support future industries that will keep Maryland competitive. Virginia worked hard to build new Metro stations in Reston, Herndon, and four in Tysons Corner. We cannot fall further behind the economic opportunities the Silver Line is already generating.

You have the opportunity to shape the destiny of the Purple Line and therefore the role Maryland will play in the region and the global marketplace for generations to come.  Our full potential will only be reached through bold vision and courageous decisions to support access to opportunity today and into the future.

Thank you for your consideration of these important points as you determine how to proceed with the Purple Line and other transportation priorities. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Georgette “Gigi” Godwin                                                       David Harrington
President and CEO                                                                President and CEO
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce                              Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce         

 

About the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce www.mcccmd.com

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) provides an effective voice for a diverse, innovation-driven economy to ensure business success. Its active membership includes small, medium, and large organizations representing a wide range of businesses and industries. Through effective advocacy, programs and events, MCCC helps its members succeed in business. A non-partisan independent 501(c)(6), the Chamber is separate from other national, state, and local chambers or other organizations.

About the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce www.pgcoc.org

The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce (PGCoC) is a non-profit alliance of over 900 businesses, representing over 300,000 employees, making it one of the largest chambers in the state of Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan region.  Founded in 1924, the Chamber works to carry out its mission of advancing the interest of business for a vibrant Prince George’s County.

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