Officials tout higher education, military partnerships as Southern Maryland’s economic drivers

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At the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick campus, stakeholders, military officials and educators discussed Southern Maryland’s potential economic growth during a forum titled “Southern MD Regional Update: Innovation, Diversification, Education and Anchors. It’s all about regional collaboration,” hosted by The Patuxent Partnership, Southern Maryland Navy Alliance and the Energetics Technology Center.

Speakers included U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, Vice Adm. David Dunaway — commander of the Naval Air Systems Command at Pax River — and Naval Surface Warfare Center’s acting technical director, Karen Burrows.

“Pax River, Indian Head and Webster Field have become anchors for regional growth and development,” Hoyer said. “But there’s more work that we must do to ensure that they’re there because they support the jobs that will help more of our workers make it in America.”

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