Picture an East Coast location neighboring the nation’s capital, with robust transportation and leading innovators. That’s Maryland. And it’s a great place to live, too, with a diverse population, one of the nation’s leading school systems, top-notch healthcare services, and a stimulating variety of world-class parks and museums, artistic and sporting events, and cultural and culinary attractions.
One look at the map shows that Maryland is perfectly positioned for international trade. We’re at the center of the East Coast, in one of the nation’s busiest commercial corridors. We’re also next door to the nation’s capital, with its 176 foreign embassies and key American and global decision makers.
Zooming in on the Port of Baltimore reveals one of the most modern and best-connected ports in the country—one of the few equipped to handle the new generation of mega-ships. It’s served by two Class I freight rail lines, and a network of interstate highways that means one third of the U.S. population is within an overnight drive.
Maryland is at the center of the East Coast, in one of the nation’s busiest commercial corridors.
When it comes to cybersecurity, biohealth and life sciences, and aerospace innovation, Maryland is a leader among the states and around the world.
Maryland is home to the NSA and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST; world-renowned medical and educational institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland; and NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center and NOAA—and many more.
This concentration of government and academic innovation attracts numerous private companies specializing in these fields—along with the diverse and skilled workforce such firms need. In fact, diversity is one of the keys to Maryland’s global success. Foreign-born residents make up 14.9 percent of the state’s population, and four Maryland cities are among the top ten in WalletHub’s 2018 Most Diverse Cities in America.
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