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Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker, III Participates in South County Community Forum

This story comes to us from Theresa E. Dozier:

On Saturday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III participated in a panel discussion for newly elected officials, which was hosted by the South County Economic Development Association, Inc. (SCEDA).  Other participants included Senator Anthony Muse, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Council Member Obie Patterson, Council Member Melvin Franklin, Sheriff Melvin High, School Board Member Edward Burroughs, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Marilyn Bland.  

The meeting was attended by residents and community activists in the southern portion of Prince George’s County.  Topics included economic development, education, and public safety, just to name a few.  During the meeting Baker emphasized his plans for economic development and said that Prince George’s County is in a unique position with its ability to inject a stimulus into the county’s market through the use of one-time expenditures.  

“By shifting the focus from residential to commercial development, we will be able to strengthen small and local businesses,” said Baker.  “These one-time investments will grow the county’s economy and help to create opportunities that will sustain long-term jobs.  Prince George’s County is the place that’s going to grow the state of Maryland.”  Baker also discussed the county’s budget outlook and said that revenues will remain flat in FY 2012 and will be down in FY 2013.  

While Baker has already instructed department heads to reduce their budgets, he said that community input is also vital.  

“We have to make choices with limited resources and want to hear ideas from residents on ways that they think we can better serve their needs,” said Baker.   Other concerns expressed by forum attendees included improvements to Route 210 and the proposed District VII police station in Fort Washington.  Baker assured the audience that his administration is working on these projects, especially the addition of District VII, which will allow the Police Department to reallocate resources throughout the rapidly growing southern portion of the county.

“With the addition of District VII, we will be able to deter the spread of crime and provide a more stable environment for the growth of businesses,” said Baker.  “My administration will remain committed in addressing these and other issues affecting the quality of life for residents in the southern portion of Prince George’s County because it has the greatest opportunity for growth.”