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COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING HEALTH CARE AND LIFE SCIENCES DISTRICT


For Immediate Release: 6/4/2014 2:00 PM

Contact: Angela Rouson 301-952-7484 CouncilMedia@co.pg.md.us

CR-49-2014 Spurs Economic Development; Encourages Health Care and Life Science Industries in the County
 
The Prince George’s County Council unanimously adopted CR-49-2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, legislation establishing a Health Care and Life Sciences District in Prince George’s County.
 
Under CR-49-2014, the Health Care and Life Sciences District will be located in Central Prince George’s County along the Central Avenue – Blue Line Corridor, and include the Capital Heights, Addison Road, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center Metro stations.  The legislation provides for an expedited review and approval process for qualified health care and life sciences projects within the district.   
 
Council Member Derrick L. Davis (D) – District 6, sponsor of the legislation, says Prince George’s County is experiencing tremendous growth in the health care and life sciences industries, and is well positioned to capitalize on the economic development opportunities this growth will present along the Central Avenue – Blue Line Corridor. 
 
“Prince George’s County is replete with economic development opportunities surrounding the location of our new Regional Medical Center, and the County’s planned Health and Human Services Center.  Both facilities represent significant public investment in this area and this legislation will help to attract private sector investment and job opportunities; spur revitalization along the corridor; and bolster health care delivery to our residents.”
 
Council Resolution 49-2014 supports the County’s May 2013 “Economic Drivers and Catalysts:  A Targeted Economic Development Strategy for Prince George’s County Maryland Report,” which identified Health Care and Life Sciences as one of four key industry targets for advancing economic development, and high quality job creation to drive the County’s local economy. 
 
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All legislative powers of Prince George’s County are vested in the County Council.  The County Council sits as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to govern and guide health policy.  The County Council meets as a legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.  For more information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov