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This is the future - Technology Incubator ribbon cutting

California, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led a delegation for the official ribbon cutting of the new technology incubator at St. Mary's County Airport. A large gathering of officials from the state, University of Maryland, The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, The Naval Aircraft Warfare Center (NAWC-AD), members of the local business community, members from the Southern Maryland Delegation and budding Entrepreneurs listened to Congressman Hoyer and other speakers.

Hoyer thanked the many people who had worked to bring today to a reality and said "the governor's support had been critical"

Hoyer also gave a shout out to former Delegate John Bohanan  who he described as "the visionary" who understood the synergy that this partnership of industry academia and government would provide and who throughout the years has diligently worked behind the scenes with the Navy, The Navy Alliance, the Patuxent Partnership and as a  tremendously effective state delegate to put all of the moving parts needed together.

The funding for the incubator is coming from a variety of sources including the Office of the Secretary Defense, from which Congressman Hoyer was able to secure $10,000,000 to put towards this project which will utilize the advanced technologies being developed at NAWC-AD, Indian Head, Dahlgren And in partnership with the university of Maryland, TEDCO and Economic Development agencies--technologies which can be used by entrepreneurs helping establish Southern Maryland as the preeminent Center of Excellence for unmanned aircraft. in the Nation. Hoyer said "it will provide new challenges and opportunities with the public and private sector working hand in hand to grow new companies, diversifying the economy" 

St. Mary's County Board President, Randy Guy, said "this is the future" and thanked his fellow commissioners and both Governor Hogan, Congressman Hoyer and all associated with the project . "Now we can really look to diversify the local economy and generate new jobs, not just in the service sector" said Guy.

"The incubator will focus on commercialization of Navy technology and Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) work. A business incubator is a vital part of St. Mary's County economic development strategy to diversify the economy by creating an ecosystem of innovation and technology" said the St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development"  in a written handout. In turn the Commissioners expressed their thanks to S. Hunt Aero, AirTec, NAWC-AD technology transfer office, TEDCO and the Department of Economic Development staff

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