Federal Contracting

Opportunities abound when all federal and military installations are within a 40-minute drive. Charles County’s low cost of business and ample workforce strategically position federal contract work for advancement.


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This sample case study is based on a local business with the following parameters:


NAICS Code Used: Industry Size: Data Pool: Available Skilled Workers:
NAICS 33451
Navigational, Measuring,
Electromedical, and Control
Instruments Manufacturing
90 Workers Charles County
Commuter Shed
(45-Minute Drive Time)




Connectivity to capital, talent, mentors, and markets is paramount to federal contracting. Accessing federal and military installations without a heavy price tag can prove to be a battle.



A NAICS 33451 - Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing firm is crafting critical tools for military use. They are looking for:





From developing bioterrorism technologies to analyzing big data, Charles County has the talent and expertise to change the world. As a gateway location to the nation’s capital and the Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Charles County is centrally located and cost-effective.


Our Skilled Workforce

Approximately 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees reside in Charles County, giving area firms instant access to seasoned professionals with broad expertise. Maryland ranks second in the nation for bachelor’s degree-holders, and Charles County residents supply the demand for top talent.

Charles County has 577,808  regional candidates ready for hire. Diverse in their skills and driven to succeed, our workforce includes engineers, managers, and professionals revolutionizing cloud computing, warfare technology, fabrication, and prototyping. Maryland maintains one of the highest percentages of engineers and doctoral scientists in the country—many of whom further the mission of installations like Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the highest concentration of energetics PhDs in the nation choose Charles.

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Our Strategic Location

Charles County companies are within a 40-minute drive of all regional, federal, and military installations, allowing easy access to clients in Baltimore, Richmond, and DC. The Naval Support Facility Indian Head, home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, encourages long-lasting partnerships.


Our Lower Cost of Business

Regionally, Charles County’s average annual wages in manufacturing are 52% lower than the DC MSA region, 34% lower than the industry average in the State of Maryland, and 41% lower than the industry average in Virginia.  For professional, scientific, and technical services, Charles County’s average annual wages are 49% lower than the DC MSA region, 29% lower than the industry average in the State of Maryland, and 33% lower than the industry average in Virginia.
With leases 40% lower than the DC metro area and low utility costs, Charles County is accessible and affordable. Shovel-ready acreage or space in an established business park provides a range of options. From zoning to simplified permitting, our site selectors and staff professionals expedite the process. View available properties.


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Lucretia Freeman-Buster
Chief of Business Development

Charles County EDD
10665 Stanhaven Place

Suite 206

White Plains, MD 20695

Phone: 301-885-1344