Board of Regents Announces the Appointment of New University of Maryland President

It’s official.  The University of Maryland, College Park, has chosen a replacement for retiring President, CD Mote.  According to a University System of Maryland press release, the Board of Regents reported today the appointment of Wallace D. Loh as President, effective November 1, 2010.

Mr. Loh, who has over 30 years of experience in higher education, is currently the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Iowa.  He has held this position since 2008.

Although Mr. Loh was born in Shanghai, China, he grew up in Lima, Peru.   After graduating from high school in Peru, he immigrated to the U.S., where he attended Grinnell College in Iowa.  In addition to holding a PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mr. Loh holds a JD from Yale Law School.

More information can be found at the following link,

University Chooses the Cordish Company to Develop East Campus

On Friday July 23, 2010, the University of Maryland announced it had begun exclusive negotiations with The Cordish Company to develop the East Campus site.   The negotiations are expected to lead to a formal partnership with the Cordish Company becoming the project’s master developer.

Read more about this story at:

For more information about the Baltimore- based Cordish Company, use the following link:

Economic Development Update





Status:               Pre-application notice sent January 28, 2010.

Location:          9137 Baltimore Avenue

Developer:      Baywood Hotels

Description:    Replacement of the existing Howard Johnsons and Days Inn hotels with a Springhill Suites and a Homewood Suites.  Applicant is also proposing to construct approximately 8,835 square feet of commercial office and retail space on the property.

Continue reading Economic Development Update

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,


Continue reading Economic Development Update: March 31, 2010

Economic Development Update

*Indicates updated project information
New information italicized


The Chinese Bible Church has filed their Detailed Site Plan to build an addition to their existing church and to expand their parking lot.  The DSP has not been accepted.

Located at the corner of Campus Drive and Mowatt Lane, this project is proposed to be a 5-story luxury multi-family building with 250 residential units and 5,000 – 10,000 square feet of retail.  The Hanover Company will be the developer.    The developer will market the project to graduate students, young professionals, visiting professors, and empty nesters.  The project is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2012 based on a tentative construction schedule.  In July 2009, the District Council approved a zoning change from R55 to M-X-T. Continue reading Economic Development Update

City and SBDC To Hold Workshop for Struggling Small Businesses

The City of College Park and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (MDSBDC) are offering a free seminar, “Getting Your Retail Store and Restaurant in the Best Shape to Survive a Down Economy” on December 8th. The seminar will be presented by Casey Willson, a well known retail and restaurant consultant with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Willson will provide innovative strategies to help struggling retail and restaurant businesses not only weather, but succeed in current economic conditions. Whether you’re a current or prospective College Park business owner or a commercial storefront property manager you’ll want to attend this event.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, from 8 to 10am in the Small Business Development Center’s College Park offices (7100 Baltimore Avenue, 4th Floor.) Attendance will be limited. Registration for the workshop is first- come, first served and must to be received by 9 am on Monday, December 7th. For more information or to register for the workshop, please visit the Training section of or call 301-403-0501 ext.11.

Located in downtown College Park, MD, the Capital Region Small Business Development Center, provides assistance to entrepreneurs in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. In 2009, the College Park Center received several notable awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration. They were ranked the #1 performing SBDC in the Mid Atlantic Region and the #2 performing SBDC in the Nation. Marisela Villamil, the Center’s Business Consultant, won the “2009 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award” for her exceptional performance and commitment to small businesses.

College Park Economic Development Internship Available

The City of College Park offers a paid part-time (15-20 hrs/ wk) internship position with the Department of Planning’s Economic Development Section. We are seeking a graduate student with an interest in economic development, technical writing, and design. The candidate must be able to work independently, write effectively and meet with community stakeholders. Experience with Microsoft Office, including Publisher (or other graphics software) and ArcGIS is desired. For more information about the position, contact Chris Warren at

Real Estate Roundtable

The City of College Park will be holding a Real Estate Roundtable on Friday July 17, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. The event will be held at the Clarion Inn, which is located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) and Berwyn Road in College Park, MD. The keynote speaker, Ann Wylie, the new Vice President of Administrative Affairs, will discuss the status of the East Campus and M Square Enterprise Campus projects. A full breakfast will be provided. There is no cost for this event. You must RSVP for this event by emailing Christopher Warren at The last day to RSVP is July 14, 2009.