Hogan joins in for Marriott groundbreaking in Bethesda

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As a sign of the amicable relationship between elected officials and one of the state’s largest corporations, Gov. Larry Hogan and County Executive Ike Leggett joined in for a groundbreaking ceremony of Marriott International’s new headquarters in Downtown Bethesda last Thursday.

The ceremony served as a victory for state and local officials, who agreed to a combined $33 million in subsidies to the global hotel chain in order to keep them based in the County. On June 21, elected leaders and representatives from Marriott said the day was about honoring Marriott’s longtime commitment to Bethesda.


"A Good Deal"

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County and governor push to get Amazon headquarters in MoCo logo1With an estimated 50,000 potential jobs hanging in the balance, Montgomery County is among the 20 communities vying to be the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, the company announced last week.

Local officials were pleased to see that the County made the cut in a competitive field composed mainly of major cities, each of which is bending over backwards to woo the retailer with a seemingly endless arsenal of tax subsidies and other incentives. 

“As the only county in the country on the short list, having the ability to move forward for further consideration is a real honor,” said County Executive Ike Leggett (D). “I believe our initial proposal made an extremely strong case for Montgomery County as a great place to do business, and I look forward to working with Amazon to bring jobs and investment to the County.”


Local GOP offices vandalized

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MC Republicans place a sign on their front law disavowing hate signs pasted on their front door 1Local Republicans place a sign on their front lawn disavowing hate signs pasted on their front door. COURTESY PHOTO  Although Montgomery County Police say they are investigating the posting of white supremacist fliers on the front door of the Montgomery County Republican Party headquarters as an act of vandalism, MCGOP Central Committee Chairman Richard Jurgena says the posting of those fliers is a hate crime against Republicans by those who aim to smear them as racists.

"It is indeed an act to smear our party with an implication that we support the beliefs of the posters, which we definitely do not believe in or support in any way," Jurgena said. "We believe this was a hate crime."

Late Saturday evening around 10:00 p.m. security footage recorded two individuals approaching the front door of the GOP office on Crabbs Branch Way with what appeared to be a jar containing a liquid mixture and white paper posters.

A photo provided by Jurgena shows four posters bearing the logo of the Patriots’ Front – a white supremacist group – as well as the address of the website attached to the office’s entrance. The website accessible at the address features a manifesto that appears to be consistent with white supremacist views.


Business Incentives at Work: Fox Comes to County, Discovery Consolidates

Fox Broadcasting Company affiliates WTTG and WDCA will move from Northwest D.C. to Bethesda in 2021, bringing more than 200 employees to the County.

Discovery Communications will consolidate 230 technical and creative people, now working on Kennett Street in downtown Silver Spring, to its headquarters on Georgia Avenue in 2018.

Economic development incentives from Montgomery County and the State of Maryland are fostering both moves. The incentives include grants from the County, loans from the State, and tax breaks from both.


MoCo makes bid for Amazon

  • Published in Local logo1Just two weeks since Amazon asked states and counties to bid for its second headquarters—a project that could mean 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment to the winning locality—Montgomery County and competitors all around the country were busy putting their proposals together.

Seattle-based Amazon asked for bids on Sept. 7, and gave just six weeks for initial proposals due Oct. 19. From those, Amazon will select finalists to compete for the prize with fully-specified bids.

According to the Seattle Times, more than 100 cities/counties and states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada are putting together proposals. Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said at this early stage in the process, “Every city is on an equal playing field.” He indicated the company will choose finalists from the initial applicants, and will select a winner next year.

Even within the state of Maryland and the D.C. area, Montgomery County faces substantial competition. On Sept. 13, Gov. Larry Hogan threw his support to a bid to bring the Amazon project to Port Covington in Baltimore, a site owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and investment firm Goldman Sachs. Hogan said he would personally lobby Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on behalf of the Baltimore bid.

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