A strong economic environment will fuel the County’s ability to deliver services and raise our property values. Economic development in District 6 means attracting jobs and opportunity while diversifying our tax base. This is will be accomplished through smart planning and aggressive execution.
Smart Growth at Largo Town Center
Executing the vision of Largo Town Center as a genuine transit oriented development (TOD) site is important to economic development, not only in District 6 but also throughout the County as a whole. As Council Member, one of my first actions was to pull the planning process for the Largo Town Center front and center. This action reactivated the development process and ultimately lead to the Largo Town Center Sectional Map Amendment. This process coupled with the successful attraction of the new Regional Medical Center to Largo Town Center elevated Largo Town Center to becoming one of the top 3 economic development nodes in the County-- in the same league as Hyattsville and National Harbor.
Focused on The Future:
To ensure accelerated growth, I will propose that County government, now anchored in Upper Marlboro, to move to Largo, ensuring that a 24-hour economy creates around this vital metro terminal.
Vision: Create a life sciences and County Government employment center for Prince George’s County and District 6.
Successful groundbreaking of new Regional Medical Center at Largo Town Center designated site
Move County Seat out of rural Upper Marlboro and into the new Urban Largo Town Center
Revitalizing Existing Commercial Centers
Repurposing, reoccupying, or removing unused or empty commercial centers must occur to ensure sustainable economic advancement and repair our property values. As County Council representative to the Economic Development Corporation, I was a strong supporter of two key actions: 1) Updating the County’s economic development plan; 2) Building a stronger presence at the International Council of Shopping Center’s REcon . In order to achieve this goal, Prince George’s County must aggressively pursue retail vendors, while continuing to streamline its business permitting processes by fully funding the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) so that they can do their jobs at the level they were envisioned.
Focused on The Future:
Prince George’s County must strengthen its ability to attract retail vendors and job providers by enhancing PGEDC and doubling down on DPIE.
Vision: fully take advantage of economic upswing to diversify our retail economy, by attracting more national vendors and providing framework to support small and local retail vendors.
Attracting a diverse retail base through aggressive search and incentive creation
Fully implement Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement by providing 100% necessary funding.
Engaging in Focused Corridor-Centered Approach to Redevelopment
District 6 has some of the most attractive corridors in need of revitalizing. Economic development should encompass whole communities rather specific properties or people. My approach to our economic challenges has been to leverage collaboration between neighboring Council Districts, leveraging State and Federal funding and multi-developer interest and resource to achieve our goals.
This focus on partnerships and collaboration is key to the sustainability of the region. Using this approach, I have rallied the resources to rekindle economic development across the District, with specific focus on Largo Town Center and Westphalia. Together, those two projects will bring up to 2 billion dollars in investment and activity to Prince George’s County. In the future, I plan to focus on the following: