Leonardtown, MD –The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development is an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association. Established in 1961, the non-profit organization’s mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of its members, encourage partnerships and networking among people committed to bringing jobs and capital to Maryland and promote economic development as an investment in Maryland. Since taking office in 2014, the current Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have continued their focus on Economic Development as a major plank in their mission. In recognition of the overall importance Economic development plays, the commissioners held a ceremony declaring October 21 -27 Economic Development Week.

One of the county’s critical economic partners is The Patuxent Partnership (TPP). TPP is a non-profit member organization which works with government, industry and academia to advance education through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based initiatives. TPP’s mission is to also advance technology through speaker programs and networking, advance science and technology transfer through the exchange of ideas, information and data related to technologies and foster workforce development through an array of initiatives.

“The Patuxent Partnership supports the economic vitality of St. Mary’s County by partnering with schools, networking and business organizations, businesses and the U.S. Navy, to host significant events which attracts members of the business community from inside and outside of Southern Maryland while supporting efforts to diversify the county’s economic,” said Commissioner Mike Hewitt (2ndDistrict).

In proclaiming Economic Development Week, the commissioners ask citizens to join them in recognizing the contributions of The Patuxent Partnership in St. Mary’s County.

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