Sunday, May 8, 2016

Prince George’s County - University of Maryland Brings Silicon Valley And Virtual Reality to Prince George’s County

Subject: Prince George’s County - University of Maryland Brings Silicon Valley And Virtual Reality to Prince George’s County

Link to U of MD Page: https://iribe.cs.umd.edu/home

Link to Oculus: https://www.oculus.com/en-us/

I attended the groundbreaking of The Brendan Iribe Center at the University of Maryland College Park campus. This project has been in the making for about 3 years. It’s the brainchild and vision of (3) students that met as freshman at the University of Maryland College Park. They are the founders of a Silicon Valley company called Oculus. Oculus is a leader in virtual reality (VR) which allows humans to experience things in 3-D without physically being in that space. Virtual reality has many applications to include video games, the military, medicine, etc.



The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation

Because VR has many real life applications, it has great value and untapped potential. Luckily for Prince George’s County the investment of the co-founders of Oculus, the State of Maryland, the mother of one of the co-founders, and about 100 other donors, our county will be ground zero for VR. The amenities of the Brendan Iribe Center, the Rooftop (named after a deceased friend and colleague), and Antonov Auditorium are vast and this facility will benefit many populations.



President Loh: Turn Imagination into Innovation

It’s my sincerest hope that Prince George’s County government and public school leadership will continue to build strong relationships with school president Dr. Wallace Loh and the faculty. This will allow public school students to take advantage of the opportunities the center presents. If Prince George’s County grade school, middle school, and high school students are exposed to the resources and learning that will be available at the Brendan Iribe Center, they will be the trailblazers in VR. They will spin off start-up businesses that create VR applications in the next decade. They will get internships and start careers at the tech companies Mr. Iribe said will develop because of the Brendan Iribe Center.



UMD Celebrates Historic Gift

It was good to see Council Member Glaros, whose district University of Maryland College Park resides, at the groundbreaking. I did not see the County Executive, EDC President, or Director of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) but I hope they were in attendance to show support for this project that will pay dividends in business growth, jobs, and tax revenue for the County. It’s investments in tech like the Brendan Iribe Center that will allow government and economic development officials to travel the world and make the case for why tech companies need to relocate or start-up in Prince George’s County.



UMD Announces Largest Gift in University History

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Prince Georges County – 2016-2017 Maryland Senatorial Scholarships Deadline



Subject: Prince Georges County – 2016-2017 Maryland Senatorial Scholarships Deadline 

This post is an announcement to have students that will attend a Maryland college or university apply for Senatorial scholarship. The application must be completed and in your State of Maryland Senators office by May 31, 2016. 

I received notification via mail through my State Senator Ulysses Currie.



Legislative Scholarships - 2015-2016

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Prince George’s County – Maryland Based Company Sells “Ugly Produce”



Subject: Prince George’s County – Maryland Based Company Sells “Ugly Produce”



Did Prince George’s County traditional and urban farmers know they have the option to glean their imperfect/ugly produce or sell it to companies that specialize in imperfect produce? A Columbia based-company, Hungry Harvest has created a business model based on imperfect/ugly produce. They are generating revenue, growing, and expanding by selling what was once a negative revenue generator for farmers. They have 2,500 customers and sell over 60,000 pounds of this type of produce per month.



Local man gives ugly produce a purpose with Hungry Harvest

Prince George’s County farmers that want to both help feed those in need by gleaning their fields after the harvest and generate revenue by selling imperfect/ugly produce  can now do so. County traditional and urban farmers should call Hungry Harvest and other companies that have a similar business model to get into their supply chains.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Prince George’s County – County Executive Rushern Baker’s 2016 State Of The Economy Breakfast




Subject: Prince George’s County – County Executive Rushern Baker’s 2016 State Of The Economy Breakfast

The event will be held April 13, 2016 at the Colony South Hotel. If you attend this event, you will be able taste the cooking of Chef Christ who was a finalist in the 2015 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. It will also give you a chance to see the newly launched Sweetgrass: Low Country Cooking Restaurant.



Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's State of the Economy Breakfast Promotion

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Prince George’s County - Learn To Code And Make $60K - EDC Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) James Coleman

Subject: Prince George’s County - Learn To Code And Make $60K - EDC Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) James Coleman

Prince George’s County You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMcr8_3A6stfIFnfa9Jetg/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=0

Prince George's County EDC Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/PGCEDC/

In a video (2 min 36 sec), I heard the President and CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) say he wants residents and Re-Entry/Returning Citizens to learn how to code/program. He was very specific about Re-Entry/Returning Citizens learning to code/program because they face discrimination from employers that don’t want to hire them because they’ve been incarcerated. If a Prince George’s County resident learns to code/program, they have the option to work as a freelancer and get jobs via the Internet, start there own company, or work for a company as an employee. As the jail program The Last Mile is trying to show, if a person can write clean code, in most cases they are a hot commodity regardless of their prison experience.



‘Moving Mountains’ Small Business and Job Seeker Summit'

In this video, James Coleman rattles off to Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of Spirit of Faith Christian Center (SOFCC), the resources and programs the Prince George’s County EDC has available for unemployed residents, career transitioning residents, and Re-Entry/Returning Citizens. The EDC has support programs that will help with such things as transportation if that’s your challenge. We all need a little help at different stages of our lives and careers. Team EDC gets this. They have worked to put these resources in place and to promote what they have to offer through as many media channels as possible. Check out James Coleman on radio, TV, and social media. They don’t want any resident of Prince George’s County to miss the message of #Activate Prosperity.



Jim Coleman Announces "Activate Prosperity 2016"

Under the leadership of James Coleman, Team EDC has a goal to raise the average median income for Prince George’s County residents from $73K to $98K by 2019. This will be done by helping residents find high paying jobs, start new businesses, and build capacity in existing businesses. It will also be done through partnerships and collaborations such as the one between the EDC and Spirit of Faith Christian Center. For all of us to succeed, the business community, faith community, non-profits, government, and residents must break down the silos and work together to solve problems.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Prince George’s County – Can Food Be Sourced Ethically And Still Make Money?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Can Food Be Sourced Ethically And Still Make Money?


As usual, Kojo Nnamdi delves into the local food production question and brings necessary information to locales like Prince George’s County. The information discussed in this segment by Brett Schulman of Cava Grille and Mark Bittman of Purple carrot can be used as a guide for Prince George’s County farmers and retail outlets scaling a supply chain. I felt this segment would be of interest to producers and buyers.

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