Leonardtown, MD – Perhaps no one understands the important relationship between education and economic development more than University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor, Robert Caret, and Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill.  They have known one another for many years and have seen first-hand how education affects economic development. Both have worked with community leaders, educators and elected officials to make this connection. Simply stated, you cannot have economic growth and development without education.

The Patuxent Partnership, in collaboration with the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development and the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, will host Chancellor Caret and Secretary Gill during a “Brown Bag,” Tuesday, April 5, beginning at noon, at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall in Lexington Park.

This is an opportunity for the business community, the Navy and our academic institutions to learn, discuss and consider how the critical connection between education and economic development will help Southern Maryland grow and diversify its economy. With support from programs such as cyber security at the College of Southern Maryland, physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and mechanical and electrical engineering taught locally by the University of Maryland, College Park. What will it mean for our economy in the next 10 years?

Maryland consistently ranks as the top state in the nation in terms of technically skilled workers and its highly educated workforce. This highly skilled labor pool is due to having one of the nation’s top-rated public school systems and more than 55 accredited institutions of higher learning in the state. USM, with its 11 campuses, including its College Park flagship campus, is nationally ranked for its business entrepreneurship, engineering and information technology and cybersecurity curricula. It is a renowned research institution, as well.

There is no cost to attend this program. Advance registration is requested. To register, please visit www.paxpartnership.org.

The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, and supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development.  Visit www.paxpartnership.org or call 301-866-1739.