Economic development is really the result of creating a city where people want to live.
— Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City mayor
Click here to read article, Businessweek, Oct. 18, 2012
The College of Southern Maryland has its largest campus just outside of La Plata, Maryland. As such, we have partnered with the town on several endeavors. Most exciting are the new projects being envisioned that will bring our two entities together in the spirit of a Richard Florida place for the ‘Creative Class.’
— Bradley M. Gottfried, Ph.D., President,
College of Southern Maryland, 2011
La Plata’s North-West Quadrant offers two critical transportation opportunities to connect the College and the Town:
1. Complete the road network:
Rosewick Road from
Rte 301 to Rte 225
(red dashed line)
2. Create a Bike-Pedestrian path
College and Town
(green dashed line)
Change commuting patterns:
• Reduce VMT,
• Improve the Environment.
Virtual Adjacency enables us to use broadband communications networks to bring work to people instead of having to use roads to bring people to work.
Fiber optic networks deliver the bandwidth to make video conversation ubiquitous, affordable and secure.
Four fiber optic networks run through La Plata. They are not yet being used to their potential.
The College of Southern Maryland is a public community college that is strongly interested in the regional development and well-being of Maryland, its neighbor states, and the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area.”
— Dr. Elain Ryan, President,
College of Southern Maryland, 2005
is the very heart of
Leonardo da Vinci
did not paint
the Mona Lisa
using a roller.
is to facilitate
This development will be the model for the state, region, country.
The proposed development of the Northwest Quadrant continues to be consistent with both national real estate and state and local economic conditions. The College of Southern Maryland is one of the most significant economic development assets in the county, and the opportunity to bring the College and the Town of La Plata together in a mixed-use, pedestrian and bicycle friendly fashion, taking advantage of the four fiber optic networks that run through La Plata along Route 301 is a profoundly smart strategy.
— Richard Clinch, Ph.D., Director of Economic Research, The Jacob France Center, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, in letter to La Plata Mayor Roy Hale, August 18, 2011.Hi-Res Download
La Plata is poised to be the ideal “Petri dish” to serve as a regional and national model
I am particularly excited by the work Dr. Hellman has been doing with his real estate partners to make the concept of virtual adjacency a reality. Having identified La Plata, Maryland as a good location for this purpose in 1986, they have purchased enough land in the right location (between the College of Southern Maryland and the Town of La Plata, at the intersection of the major roads, with four fiber-optic networks on site) to bring the vision to fruition. And, Dr. Hellman patiently guided them to complete a comprehensive Vision Planning exercise to manage growth over the next century.
— Mark Addleson, Ph.D., George Mason University, MS Program Organization Development and Knowledge Management, in a letter written to Robert Peck, Commissioner of Public Buildings, GSA, 28 Dec 2010.Hi-Res Download