A Message from Governor Hogan



Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you what makes Maryland a great state to live, to work and to do business. When I took office in January 2015, I pledged that we would create a culture in Maryland that would put business first by providing the tools and resources needed to succeed, ensuring that we have a highly-skilled and highly-educated workforce and reducing obstacles to growth. We are making tremendous progress and I invite you to explore why Maryland would be the ideal place for your next US venture.

Our strategic location in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region puts Maryland within an overnight drive to one-third of the US population. Washington, DC, with its key federal facilities and research labs, as well as history and culture, is in our backyard and we are driving distance from major cities like Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Our world-class Port of Baltimore is the closest East Coast port to the US mid-west. In 2014, the Port handled nearly 800,000 automobiles – the highest among all US ports for the fourth consecutive year and part of a record 9.7 million tons of cargo came through Baltimore’s public marine terminals last year. In addition, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport welcomes more than 22 million visitors each year and our international passenger traffic is continuing to grow.

Our state boasts a wealth of hardworking, talented and highly-educated people. Our public schools are among the top in the nation and we are home to world-renowned higher education institutions, including the U.S. Naval Academy and two of the top 50 universities worldwide: the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. We have more doctoral scientists and engineers in our workforce than anywhere else in the country and have one of the highest concentrations of professional and technical workers in our labour force.

Our focus on education has produced a community of innovators and entrepreneurs. High-tech, high-growth sectors form the foundation of our economy, including cybersecurity, life sciences, aerospace and defence and advanced manufacturing. Maryland is often called the “Home of the Human Genome” and we are home to more than 2,000 life sciences companies that are working on everything from cutting-edge medical devices to treatments for cancer, malaria and the Ebola virus. The growing international sports apparel company Under Armour is based in Baltimore, as are global giants like McCormick and Marriott Corp. And, we are home to the top federal research facilities in the US, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins Applied Research Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

We are proud that more than 100 British companies call Maryland home, including BAE Systems, Lipton and Unilever. At the Port of Baltimore, Aston Martins, Jaguars, McLarens and Mini Coopers roll off ships on their way to auto dealerships around the country. Smiths Detection, the engineering firm based in London, brought product development and manufacturing operations from other parts of this country and Europe and established its US headquarters in Maryland in 2012. And, British Airways makes regular flights between Heathrow and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

So come join Smiths Detection and Lipton. Join BAE and British Airways. Watch your products unloaded at the Port of Baltimore alongside Jaguars and Mini Coopers. Thank you for your interest in Maryland.

We hope to see you soon.

Larry Hogan
Governor, State of Maryland

(410) 974-3901 1-800-811-8336

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