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Economic Development Department Submits Expression of Interest for New USDA Headquarters Location

For Immediate Release
2018-205
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:10am

Economic Development Department Submits Expression of Interest for New USDA Headquarters Location

The Charles County Economic Development Department would like to announce that on Friday, Oct. 5, it submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a proposed new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters location for both the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS).

“Charles County is well-positioned for an opportunity like this,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM. “We have the advantage of a strategic location in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with a lower cost of doing business and a high quality of life.”

According to the USDA’s Notice of Request, they desire to locate the NIFA and ERS headquarters in a community where their employees will enjoy living, recreational opportunities, educational opportunities, and an overall high quality of life. Charles County is known for its scenic outdoors, waterfront views, excellent public schools, and lower cost of living relative to the region. The community has become an attractive place for young, professional families who move to Charles County for the quality of life, and this continuing influx of talented professionals to Charles County provides businesses and companies access to a robust pool of highly skilled and educated workforce.

“By coming to Charles County, the USDA will continue to benefit from being in the Washington, D.C. metro area, in addition to achieving the cost savings they’re looking for,” said Economic Development Director Darréll Brown, Esq.

The need for a proposed NIFA facility is approximately 90,000 square feet to house approximately 360 employees; the need for the proposed ERS facility is up to 70,000 square feet to house up to 260 employees.

For more information about business locations in Charles County, contact Chief of Business Development Lucretia Freeman-Buster at BusterL@MeetCharlesCounty.com or 301-885-1344.

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About Charles County Economic Development Department

The Charles County Economic Development Department is an economic development organization that supports and promotes the economic vitality of Charles County, a dynamic and fast-growing region in the Washington D.C. metro area. We serve as the first point of contact for local businesses and for companies seeking to locate or relocate to Charles County.

With a strong collaborative network of businesses, education, and governmental partners, our organization assists companies that are looking to locate or relocate through a variety of services including site selection, workforce training, incentives packaging, introductions to businesses contacts, permit expedition and sourcing of capital.

The Charles County Economic Development Department seeks to attract entrepreneurs, talent professionals, and companies from key growth industries to the region by marketing Charles County's business, workforce, and lifestyle assets. In addition, the Economic Development Department provides resources and support for existing businesses to help them grow and expand in Charles County. 

About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive, and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.