For this month’s edition of “Looking Local,” we spoke to Randall Williams, President of Meinhardt Properties. Established in the 1970s, Meinhardt specializes in commercial real estate: from development, to acquisition, and much more. The five-employee company has properties in both Charles and Prince George counties, including the White Plains Corporate Business Park.
Charles County Department of Economic Development (EDD): What is a “typical” day in your role?
Randall Williams (RW): No day is typical because it’s a very varied thing that we do. It all depends on what happens. Part of my day involves dealing with any issues that arise on the properties. The biggest part of my day is planning for the company: planning growth and future real estate projects. Another part of my day is managing any ongoing construction projects—we currently have a 60,000 square foot building under construction.
EDD: What is your favorite part of working in Charles County?
RW: My favorite parts of working in Charles County are the absence of traffic, nice people to deal with on a day-to-day basis, it’s clean, and there’s land. Charles County has modern retail, modern office, and modern residential, it’s got large urban quality with a country feel. It’s a great place to come to work every day.
EDD: What are the main advantages of doing business in Charles County?
RW: We have an excellent base as far as demographics are concerned. There is a high median income per household here. We’re close to Washington, D.C.—only 20 miles—so we get tons of trickle down from D.C.
EDD: What would you tell someone considering relocating their business to Charles County?
RW: I would tell them they should come, and they would make a good choice. There is easy access out of the County to wherever they need to do business. There is a strong base of intelligent folks, especially government workers, in the County. There is a ton of contracting business, as contractors usually want to be in proximity to the government. If you are seeking workers like that, you can come to Charles County and right now you could really attract some good employees.
EDD: Have you worked directly with the Charles County Department of Economic Development? If so, please describe your experience.
RW: Everything’s been good. Most recently, they helped us with the permitting process for the new building. They also assist us by featuring available properties and construction projects in the County on their website and social media. The people there are great and are doing a lot for this County.