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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Prince George’s County – Korean Families Settle Where The School System And SAT Scores Are Rated High



Subject: Prince George’s County – Korean Families Settle Where The School System And SAT Scores Are Rated High


Prince George’s County is made up of an ethnically diverse population. Given this fact, I wondered why I didn’t see many Asian students representing Prince George’s County Public Schools. I think I got my answer in a story I heard on WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection.

The story was about the increase in the Fairfax County Korean population. It mentioned how Korean restauranteurs and other business owners have grown the section of Annandale called Koreatown which is a self-sufficient enclave onto itself. The change from the old town historic feel to a vibrant Koreatown was noted in a 2005 Washington Post story.



Koreatown outside Washington, DC

In the WAMU Metro Connection story, David Han, a travel agency owner, is quoted as saying many of the Korean business owners don’t live in Annandale where their businesses and Koreatown reside. They instead live in the western part of Fairfax County where the best schools are located.  Chang Yul Lee, a reporter for the Fairfax County Korea Times, says "When a Korean person wants to find a home, the first thing they look at is the SAT score of the high schools." This is something for Prince George’s County’s residents, government, and business community to think about. At a time when residents are rejecting the County Executives 15% property tax increase which is designated to fund improvements in education, Fairfax County is becoming more diverse and attracting international transplants that build small businesses and increase the commercial tax base.

I would like to end this post with the words of the author of this story, Michael Pope, that offers other possible reasons why Korean families are attracted to Fairfax County. 

“Opinions are divided about why Koreans keep coming to Fairfax County. Many say it's the schools. Some say it's influence of the county’s thriving churches, or the proximity to an international airport. Others say it's a self-fulfilling prophesy, now that Fairfax County is a place where Koreans can get a driver's license and vote in their native tongue.”

I see a Korean church on Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s County is 20 minutes from BWI-Thurgood Marshall which is an international airport. I don’t know if Koreans can get a driver’s license and vote in their native tongue in Prince George’s County. I guess the County Executive, Prince George’s County EDC, and Prince George’s County Public Schools should make a plan for attracting this population to our County.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce: https://www.asian-americanchamber.org/



What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Cole
Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition
Date: Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400
Ticket Info: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com/schedule-results/match-details.php?match_id=84&match=Match+8

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Prince George’s County – Chef Christ And Sous Chef Elder Lopez Win Match 3 of Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition



Subject: Prince George’s County – Chef Christ And Sous Chef Elder Lopez Win Match 3 of Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition


It’s official as of 9 pm on Monday June 22. Chef Lanydrek Christ Pandzou a.k.a Chef Christ and Sous Chef Elder Lopez of Colony South Hotel/Wayfarer Restaurant in Clinton, MD won Match 3 the “Battle Breakfast” competition and have moved on to Match 10 the “Battle AphrodisiacTuesday July 21, 2015 from 6 pm – 9:45 pm



Match 3 – Mason Dixon Master Chef – Chef Christ and Sous Chef Elder Lopez Announced the Winners

The chef battle competition is an event everyone should get a chance to attend at least once. You see how chefs work with their staff, the creative ways they prepare food, and how the limitations of things like time and not being in their home kitchen affect how a dish may be prepared. On top of that, the judges, who are great chefs in their own right, bring it! They don’t pull any punches in their critiques. 

The great thing about the event is that the event producers, Erik and Karen Folkart, have done this a few years and provide a great venue. Boordy Vineyard provides tasty wines for guests. Pastries, coffee, and hors-d’oeuvres are available for all ticket holders. The DJ plays great music during the whole event. The hotel lobby of The Inn at the Colonnade where the event is set up is beautiful as well as it leads right into the bar.

Prince George’s County residents, government, and business community needs to turn out for Chef Christ and Chef Cole at their respective events. Prince George’s County is one step closer to garnering the respect it deserves in the culinary and foodie world! When a $45 ticket is purchased that ticket holder tastes the food and fills out a point sheet. Their vote is counted along with the celebrity judges to decide the winner.

Don’t forget to stop by and congratulate Chef Christ and Sous Chef Elder Lopez on their win. While you’re their take advantage of the new outside venue overlooking the lake Chef Christ and General Manager Fernando Mayol have brought to the Colony South Hotel for your pleasure.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Christ
Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition
Date: Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prince George’s County – Travel, Tourism, and Brand USA 2015; Where Is Prince George’s County?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Travel, Tourism, and Brand USA 2015; Where Is Prince George’s County?

Link to Brand USA: http://www.thebrandusa.com/


Link to International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals: http://www.iahmp.org/page-677254


Link to Michael Bennett who links entertainment to travel and tourism – “Stay A Day and See Our USA Program”: http://www.bge-inc.com/Our_People.php and http://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/Publications/Black-Meetings-Tourism/2012/July-August-2012/Stay-A-Day-See-Our-USA.aspx

Link to Black Meetings and Tourism: http://www.blackmeetingsandtourism.com/

I was watching Brand USA CEO Chris Thompson speak about the growth of travel and tourism as well as run down the international numbers. There is so much room to grow and markets to attract. I want to know if Prince George’s County’s Conference and Visitors Bureau is being proactive on all these fronts to make us a destination. Do they have the support of the County government and business community? 



Brand USA CEO Brief - April 2015

There are travel and travel agent associations broken into niche markets by ethnicity, race, activity, occupation, etc.. Does the Prince George’s County Conference and Visitors Bureau reach out to these associations to bring conventions and travelers? Brand USA has been putting together videos and other marketing materials such as the Great American Food Stories. Are representatives for Prince George’s County collaborating and inserting themselves into the travel and tourism conversation on behalf of the County, hotels, destinations, transportation businesses, restaurants, the commercial tax base, and residents? 



USA Discovery Training Program



How do we bring it all together?

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition
Date: Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400

Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County EDC On Facebook For All The Business Happenings



Subject: Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County EDC On Facebook For All The Business Happenings

Link to Prince George’s County EDC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PGCEDC

With all the platforms and ways to get information to the public, it’s hard for target customers to know which platform to check. I found this to be the case with the Prince George’s County EDC. I want to stay on top of what is happening with locally owned small businesses, transplanted businesses from other places, and startups. Going to the EDC’s website gives a lot of information about their programs but it doesn’t give real time data highlighting the ever changing landscape of the Prince George’s County commercial sector.

The use of video and pictures to communicate the story of what the EDC is doing on behalf of Prince George’s County residents really resonates on their Facebook page. I think the EDC should have its own in-house audio-visual staff that regularly goes out in the field to record events and do interviews with all types of business owners. The most important thing about an audio-visual staff is the ability to edit the raw footage and put it in context for the audience. I also hope whoever is currently doing the video will upload it to You Tube before putting it on Facebook or find a way to add embedding which allows bloggers like me to add video to a blog post.

**I stand corrected. The Prince George’s County EDC was at Romano Vineyard and Winery for Thirsty Thursday’s on May 28, 2015. I attended the Cork to Fork event which was a Chef cooked dinner paired with Romano wine. I didn’t see any reps from the Prince George’s County Government and that’s because they had already been to the winery! Once again, I stand pleasantly corrected.

This is a good thing because I now have a jumping off point with the new EDC Pres. James Coleman. Given that he was a pig farmer, we can speak about the County Government and business community investing in and talking about the growth of Agribusiness and agritourism. We can also talk about developing supply chains for Prince George’s County farmers and livestock producers. Leadership needs to put out the message to a diverse group of farmers throughout the country that Prince George’s County wants them to come and setup farms here. There are several programs to help train new farmers and help them acquire land. Building agricultural capacity in the era of local food movements is important and adds to the commercial tax based directly and indirectly.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Cole
Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition
Date: Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400
Ticket Info: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com/schedule-results/match-details.php?match_id=84&match=Match+8

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County Should Partner With Betamore To Grow the County’s Tech Community And Skills




Subject: Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County Should Partner With Betamore To Grow the County’s Tech Community And Skills


For those residents that want to learn computer programming/coding skills or professionals that want to transition into front end or back end web development, a non-profit 501(c3) company that offers immersive (12) week coder boot camp programs is the ticket. Immersive programs like Betamore, General Assembly , and Dev Bootcamp to name a few have taken beginning coders to entry level web developers in (3) months. The best boot camps know how important internships and job placement are for students that spend from $3,000 - $12,000 to gain quick entry into the field which is why Betamore created Betamore Works.



A Conversation with Betamore

The things I like about Betamore and why I think they would be a great partner with Prince George’s County are:

-They started off as a for-profit but realized after 1.5 years they could better fulfill the mission and commitment to the community by being a non-profit
-The ultimate goal is to train students based on the needs of tech employers which makes students employable as junior web developers at course completion
-If an Academy (Full Time) student gets hired by a “Works Partner” up to 80% tuition is returned to student
-At the very least, students can be freelancers and acquire jobs via the Internet or practice their skill set and continue building their portfolio with Prince George’s County non-profits



Getting schooled: The new Betamore Academy offers practical tech education

It is my hope that the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Workforce Services Division will add Betamore and programs like it to the approved provider list. The new president of the Prince George’s County EDC, JamesColeman, is quoted saying he wants to attract more cybersecurity and tech companies which will provide well paid job opportunities. Part of providing the workforce the tech companies need is partnering with companies like Betamore that are well aligned with employer demand.  



Betamore

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition
Date: Monday June 22, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400
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