In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing what makes Charles County such a loveable location for business. Here are the top five reasons why businesses love Charles County:
- There’s No Need for Long Distance Relationships Here.
While some say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, businesses in Charles County don’t need to worry about being far from clients or key partners. Strategically located in the heart of the DC-Baltimore-Richmond corridor, Charles County is just a 30 minute drive from Washington, DC, giving Charles-based businesses and companies access to more than 10 million people within a two-hour drive.
- A Night Out in Charles County Doesn’t Break the Bank.
While the prices of drinks, dinner and a movie can add up quickly in other places, Charles County’s low costs are certainly within the date night budget. Businesses operating in Charles County can take advantage of property costs that are lower than the DC Metro’s average: office lease rates are nearly 40 percent lower; retail space is 32 percent lower and industrial space is more than 20 percent lower. Charles County also helps businesses save on labor costs, electric costs, gas rates and other utilities. In addition to low business costs, Charles boasts a cost of living that is among the lowest in the DC metro area. Housing, in particular, is less than elsewhere in the region, and median real-estate taxes are among the lowest in Southern Maryland.
- There Are Endless Options for Date Night.
In Charles, there’s no need to worry about getting stuck in a relationship rut. The County is known for its high quality of life including its rich history, great dining and outdoor amenities. From dining on seafood at one of the many waterfront restaurants after catching a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game to visiting one of many historic landmarks like the Thomas Stone House, there is no shortage of things to do in the County. With Washington, DC just 30 minutes away, there is always an opportunity to try something new.
- We Have Beauty and Brains.
Charles County is the full package. In addition to its affordability and high quality of life, the County offers boundless scenic views, whether from the miles of scenic trails, the 30 county parks or the nearly 10,000 acres of state parks and natural wildlife areas located in the County. But, we’re not just a pretty face. The County boasts a highly-educated workforce: a result of our high-quality, award-winning educational programs and institutions including St. Charles High School, which is home to the James E. Richmond Science Center. The Science Center includes a state-of-the-art 60-foot diameter, 184-seat Digital Dome Classroom, a 6-foot diameter NOAA Science On a Sphere® and an experiential learning center.
- We’re the Perfect Partner.
Here at the Charles County Department of Economic Development, we have all of the resources businesses need to succeed. Our team provides services like workforce training, sources of financing, networking and more. We’re even part of a “Circle of Services” that includes experts who can provide assistance and information on a range of business issues. For companies looking to make a long-term commitment—considering Charles County for business location or relocation—we streamline the process: providing support for site identification, identifying qualified incentives and making connections to key contacts. In short, we make for a reliable partner—an important aspect in every successful relationship!
- We Have Beauty and Brains.