Maryland has opened for business

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

It's no wonder that Maryland is called America in Miniature. You can find just about any kind of natural feature here. We have the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, the majestic Appalachian Mountains, picturesque farms and beaches, major metropolitan centers and an ideal location in the heart of America's mid-Atlantic region, within easy reach of the country's major cities and one-third of the U.S. population.

Our administration promised to chart a new course for Maryland—one where economic development and jobs are our top priority. We are committed to making Maryland a more competitive place to do business, and we are working to ensure we use our state's countless resources and geographical advantages to make this a reality.

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Maryland is the East Coast state of choice for companies that want access to an educated workforce and world-class infrastructure and transportation.

Our state is home to some of America's hardest-working and most educated people. We rank first in percentage of doctoral scientists and engineers in the workforce and fourth among all 50 states in percentage of technology jobs in the private sector alone.

We are home to world-class universities and colleges, like the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University—giving us one of America's most highly skilled workforce.

Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
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Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

These are amazing assets—assets we want to use to expand Maryland's global footprint. And we're headed in the right direction: Exports have risen to a record $12.2 billion, and today more than 7,300 businesses export from Maryland.

Our great Port of Baltimore had a record year, handling more cars than any other port in the United States and generating 9.7 million tons of cargo.

Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will soon undergo an expansion to allow for more international service.

We've lowered tolls for the first time in 50 years, and most recently, I announced $1.97 billion in funding for highways and bridges to improve Maryland's transportation infrastructure.

Our department of transportation will also move forward with a cost-effective and streamlined Purple Line, a rail transit system that will connect Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George's County.

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Construction alone for the Purple Line will mean 23,000 new jobs for Marylanders over six years—and it will be a long-term asset to our state, attracting businesses and making Maryland a better place to live, work and retire.

Some of the biggest brands in the world call Maryland home: Under Armour, McCormick, Marriott, T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason. Each day, these companies enter more and more foreign markets.

As I was being sworn into office in January, signs all over our state were being changed to say, "Welcome to Maryland, we're open for business." That's not just a slogan; it's a commitment.

We have put together new leadership throughout our state government, attracting successful, private-sector management expertise to our Cabinet and staff.

To any company that wants to look to Maryland as a place to invest, you will find an open door in our state, a seat at the table and a friend in the governor's office.

—By Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan