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County expands role at Glen Echo Park

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20180720 142028 Glen Echo 1Senator Chris Van Hollen, speaking, and County Executive Ike Leggett (far right) were among those announcing the county’s new role in Glen Echo Park. PHOTO BY JUSTIN FITZGERALDGLEN ECHO — Montgomery County will take over the management, maintenance and operation of Glen Echo Park as part of its agreement with the National Park Service, General Services Director David Dise announced on Friday.

In an event held Friday afternoon by the park’s historic carousel, County Executive Ike Leggett and National Parks Acting Regional Director Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini signed an agreement extending the partnership between the County and the National Parks Service for another 10 years.

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GSA to decide on FDA expansion at White Oak

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Officials at the General Services Administration currently are reviewing plans and should decide by this fall whether they will greatly expand the number of employees and buildings at the Food and Drug Administration campus at its White Oak facility.

If plans are approved, the work force is expected to rise from the current 11,000 to 18,000 employees, according to a GSA spokesperson. An additional 1.2 million gross square feet of office space will be constructed on the site, which is located off New Hampshire Avenue.

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Four MoCo companies secure $2.5 billion satellite contract

satellite1Four Montgomery County companies are among 19 firms nationwide selected by the General Services Administration to provide satellite services to federal agencies.

There are at least 1,500 mostly high-tech jobs in the satellite industry in the County. That’s based on figures provided by Germantown’s Hughes Network Systems, by far the largest satellite company in the County and among the largest in the nation, as well as information from UltiSat in Gaithersburg.

The other companies selected by GSA were AIS Engineering of Silver Spring and RiteNet Corp. of Rockville. There were also 11 firms chosen from elsewhere in the D.C. area, and four firms outside the area.

Federal agencies use satellites for many functions, including communicating between and within agencies, military surveillance, earth and space observation and other scientific uses, satellite research and development, navigation, broadcasting, emergency assistance both domestic and foreign, and operational activities like employee training and fleet and asset tracking.

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