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