College Park Business Breakfast and Real Estate Roundtable Announcement

On Tuesday, April 20 from 8:30-10:00am, Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes (D – 21) will be hosting a “College Park Business Breakfast” at the Clarion Inn, in cooperation with the City of College Park, and the Downtown College Park Management Authority (DCPMA). The networking breakfast aims to bring local merchants and area real estate development businesses together to discuss common concerns and interests.

A continental breakfast will be provided at no cost, and attendees should register to attend at or 301 858 3141.

The featured speaker will be Peg Duchesne, Laurel businesswomen, on the subject of Linked In and other widely used social media to connect with customers to build good business relationships.

There will also be a development update from Christopher Warren, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of College Park, on the status of development projects in College Park.

The Clarion Inn is located at 8601 Baltimore Avenue in College Park. The breakfast will be held in the Meeting Room.

For more information:
Senator Jim Rosapepe
Carolyn Brenner

Economic Development Update: March 31, 2010

A bi-monthly update of business and development activity in College Park, Maryland
Prepared by Christopher Warren,


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Making East Campus A Beast Campus

GUEST POST by Rachel Hare UMD for Clean Energy

Since developer Foulger-Pratt pulled out of plans for the University of Maryland’s East Campus Development project last fall, the entire endeavor has been thrown into uncertainty.  The university has reconsidered the project’s design, the timeline, and even toyed with the idea of postponing or abandoning the plan.  But among the growing uncertainty, there is something else: an opportunity.

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Energy Efficiency Loans Help Save Both the Economy and the Environment

[guest post from Lisa Piccinini UMD for Clean Energy Media Director]

In just a few weeks Maryland legislators will hold hearings for House Bill 1014 and Senate Bill 720 –  the Clean Energy Loan Programs. Introduced by Delegate Sue Hecht and Senator Thomas Middleton, the bills hold tremendous potential for Maryland’s business owners, residents, and for our environment. If passed, the bill will go into effect June 1of this year.

The bill calls for a program providing loans to residential property owners for the financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Basically, its aim is to help residents save money by providing means to obtain a loan for the upfront costs of increasing home energy efficiency. The bill also applies to commercial property owners.

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Take a Tour of Light Rail that works. (VIDEO)

Check out this film from StreetFilms on Seattle’s newly opened Light Rail. Who says light rail can’t be completely awesome?

From The StreetFilm Post.

Right now, Seattle is making as serious a commitment to transit as any city in the nation. Recently, Streetfilms got to take a tour of the newest addition to the city’s network — the 13-station Link Light Rail, which opened in mid-2009.

The route is beautiful, swift, and has great multi-modal connections. Service is frequent, with headways as short as 7 minutes during rush hour, and never longer than 15 minutes. And like many of the newest American light rail systems, the stations feature copious art.

Seattle has a lot of car commuters, but in a sign that many are looking for more efficient and environmentally friendly ways of getting to work, the new light rail line will be followed by several more additions to the city’s transit network