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“We’re the largest
employer in the state of
Maryland and, unlike
other installations,
a majority of our
employees are civilians
who tend to put down
roots and remain in
the area longer than
service members.”
– Chad Jones,
Public Affairs Officer, Fort Meade
affairs officer at Fort Meade. “The most significant change is that Fort Meade recently became home to
the Department of Defense’s 10th Combatant Command — U.S. Cyber Command. That is big news. Having a Combatant Command here elevates the installation in ways we probably won’t fully realize for a few years.”
Between 2018 and 2024, Fort Meade projects that cyber-related growth alone will bring another 2,991 workers to the facility. In addition, 7,200 NSA employees currently working in regional leased facilities are slated to be relocated to the main post by 2028.
“We’re the largest employer in the state of Maryland and, unlike other installations, a majority of our employees are civilians who tend to put down roots and remain in the area longer than service members,” said Jones.
Fort Meade’s location in Central Maryland has been a boon for
the installation’s growth, he adds: “Location is everything. When Camp Meade was established more than 100 years ago as one of 16 new
CENTRAL MARYLAND ASSETS
BWI Marshall Airport
Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport provides more than 24,000 direct and indirect jobs to local residents and supports another 82,277 jobs through the visitors it brings to the region.
What’s more, the airport’s impact is on the upswing. In 2017, BWI set a new record for passengers served, surpassing 26 million. BWI produces more than $9.3 billion in total economic activity for the state and region and has added 8,751 jobs since 2015 alone, according to a recent economic impact study.
In July, BWI announced plans for a $60 million expansion of its Concourse A, which would add five new gates and help support record traffic.
“Our administration wants to do everything it can to showcase Maryland’s incredible assets, which is why we are so fortunate to be home to one of the most convenient, efficient and thriving airports in the nation,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in announcing the recent passenger record. “BWI Marshall has broken passenger records for 29 out of the last 30 months, and every single day we seem to be announcing new services to spur growth for our airlines, our cargo shippers, and for the entire BWI business district.”
Altogether, 36 airlines serve BWI, flying to nearly 100 domestic and international nonstop destinations.
BWI also provides a pleasant layover experience. Travelers have access to more than 50 dining options at the airport, including Gachi House of Sushi, Obrycki’s A-Bar, Pie Five Pizza and the locally sourced Silver Diner. BWI prides itself on offering “street pricing” at all dining establishments.
In addition to sampling the dining options, travelers are welcome to enjoy BWI’s children’s play area, observation gallery, art exhibits or meditation room.
www.bwiairport.com
Tipton Airport
Another local aviation facility is Tipton Airport in Fort Meade. Originally an Army airfield, Tipton was designated for privatization under Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) and is now operated by the Tipton Airport Authority. Since Tipton opened to public
use in 1999, it has resurfaced its runway and taxiways, constructed 22 T-hangars, installed new fueling systems and completed various improvements to existing hangars.
www.tiptonairport.org
FORT MEADE
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