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Inaugural Creating Kingdom Buildings Conference Gathers Real Estate Industry Leaders to Teach Pastors How to Build Their Houses of Worship

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by Marcus Daniels

The Inaugural Creating Kingdom Buildings Conference brought together industry leaders in real estate, civil engineering, zoning & land use, architecture, construction, finance and risk management in the Washington Metropolitan Area to educate the faith community on how to successfully grow and build their houses of worship.

Over 200 attendees representing more than 100 churches gathered at The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Capitol Heights, MD on Saturday, April 30th. They learned more about the building process for houses for worship, identifying their congregations’ needs for space, assembling a project team, preparing their finances, determining the right location,  hiring the architect & contractor, maintaining the property and managing the risks associated with their property. With seminars and speakers on how to acquire, create and maintain optimal worship spaces, the conference featured speakers from NAI Michael, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Ben Dyer Associates Inc., EagleBank, Industrial Bank, Arel Architects, SAA Architecture and more. Keep reading

Ritchie Station Marketplace Groundbreaking

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Last Friday was all about Dave & Buster’s and Phase III development at Ritchie Station Marketplace! We kicked off Phase III with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the new restaurant/arcade/sports bar, Dave & Buster’s. The 40,000-square-foot restaurant will add 250 new jobs to Prince George’s County. Council Member Derrick L. Davis opened and closed the speeches, with many in between from our own Kenneth and Gary Michael to County Executive Rushern Baker.

Mr. Davis had kind words for Mr. Michael and NAI Michael – “Ken Michael is a catalyst. He is someone who really believes in Prince George’s County. He is someone who really believes in the community and utilizing the land that we have here in Prince George’s County for the best and the good economic development…” County Executive Rushern Baker honored the late Wayne K. Curry, the former county executive and our former company president,  by stating that Wayne “saw what the county was and what the county could be by working for the Michael’s company.” After the groundbreaking, Pohanka Hyundai hosted a wonderful reception. It was a beautiful day and a great way to celebrate the upcoming development.

A video of the groundbreaking can be found here.

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Prince George’s State of the County Breakfast

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Last Thursday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation hosted a breakfast event at Colony South Hotel & Convention Center in Clinton, MD. It was a fantastic event with speeches from Prince George’s County elected officials about what’s been happening in the county and where it’s going from here. EDC President & CEO Gwen McCall talked about bringing in international business and announced that the entire county is now a Foreign Trade Zone. She also discussed Youth@Work, a summer employment program, and encouraged area businesses to use it to hire youth for the summer. We were also treated to an overview of the new EDC branding campaign, Experience, Expand, and Explore Prince George’s County.

There is a lot of activity going on in the county, from the potential FBI headquarters to MGM’s $925 million casino and resort at National Harbor. In fact, the county has $6 billion worth of development projects in the pipeline!

County Executive Rushern Baker focused on how education impacts economic development, “schools are paramount to our economic success. We can’t afford to lose sight… We need strong school systems to attract new residents and businesses.”

His entire speech can be watched here.

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Prince George’s is open for business

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Washington Business Journal – by Rushern L. Baker III

Date: Friday, April 22, 2011, 6:00am EDT

To bring about real, sustainable and positive change in Prince George’s County, we must transform our fundamental approach to economic development.

This means focusing not only on big exciting projects such as National Harbor or Konterra, but also on having a more comprehensive, holistic approach toward creating a stronger county.

I firmly believe that through economic development we can create strong, safe neighborhoods, high-performing schools and good jobs with livable wages for our residents.

The new paradigm for economic development in Prince George’s County must be:

Responsive: An economic development program must address the needs of both the business …

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