With a highly educated workforce, a low cost of doing business, and a focus on STEM education, Charles County is well-positioned to grow its technology industry, specifically in R&D, engineering and computing. Charles County’s workforce consists of a large concentration of managers, professionals, and highly-educated residents with jobs in advanced technology, IT, engineering services, design, fabrication and rapid prototyping. More than 94 percent of residents have a high school diploma or higher, and the County is home to the most energetics PhD’s in the nation. In addition, NSWC Indian Head has the largest concentration of PhDs working in Energetics in the Warfare Center, including the highest number of synthesis chemists, detonation physicists, and formulation scientists dedicated to the energetics National competency.
Due to its strategic location in the DC-Baltimore-Richmond corridor, Charles County has access to a potential labor force of more than 1.836 million within a 45-minute commute.
With digital transactions, virtual workplaces and teleworking becoming the norm for many companies, Charles County offers a strong applicant pool and a lower cost of doing business for companies of all sizes, including startups. Charles County boasts office lease rates that are nearly 50 percent lower than the DC Metro average, while the cost of labor is also lower, even compared to the state of Maryland.
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Ignite Entrepreneurship: Tips for Success from the College of Southern Marylandís Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute
In our newest blog series, “Ignite Entrepreneurship,” we profile local entrepreneurs to learn more about what “ignited” their success, and also gain insights about being an entrepreneur in Charles County. For the first blog of this series, we sat down with Thomas Luginbill, director of the College of Southern Maryland’s newly-established Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute (EII).
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“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures
“Charles County’s strategic location in the DC Metro region affords us networking and business opportunities with some of the top names in our industry."
Director of Business Development