Lexington Park, MD –  With $1,000 and bragging rights at stake, the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development is giving artists a chance to design the cover of one of the most referenced books in the county in this year’s Technology Handbook cover contest.

“Designing the cover of the Technology Handbook provides great exposure within the technology industry which advances the mission of the Naval Air Warfare Center,” said Chris Kaselemis, director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development. “This opportunity is a highly sought after chance to have your artwork land on the desk of every technology company in the area.”

The contest, open to everyone who lives or works in St. Mary’s County, ends at 4 p.m. Friday, November 6 and will be judged by the Patuxent Partnership Board of Directors based on relevance to the industry, suitability for use, mass appeal, visual appeal and overall creativity.

“Every two years we look forward to seeing the creativity, style and interpretation that artists bring to the field of technology in St. Mary’s County,” said Gene Townsend, president of The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), a nonprofit, member organization that works with government, academia and private industry to advance STEM-based initiatives. TPP is the sponsor of the $1,000 cash prize for the cover contest. “For us, the hard part begins when we have to select a winner from all the excellent entries showcasing our community’s technical capabilities.”

First printed in 1995, the Technology Handbook published biennially by the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, profiles more than 200 technology businesses in the county. The highly sought business-to-business reference tool is available both in print and in a digital PDF format as well as a searchable database at http://www.stmarysmd.com/ded/handbook/index.asp.

Participants can submit multiple entries, but each entry requires a separate entry form, available at http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/TechnologyHandbookCoverContestEntryForm_1.pdf. All entries must be original works and/or royalty free. Entries become the property of the county and could be used in future marketing.

For complete rules and guidelines go to 

http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/CoverContestRules2016-2017.pdf or contact Carly Brockinton at 301-475-4200, ext. 1401 or via email to carly.brockinton@stmarysmd.com.

TPP fosters collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and expertise across a diverse network including:  educational institutions; industry; local, state and federal governments; and TPP employees and members. TPP also promotes STEM education and workforce development within the local community by hosting programs of interest to NAVAIR, NAWCAD and the broader DoD community. Visit www.paxpartnership.org.