Business Notes: Regional Government Group Helping with Amazon Pitches

Plus: WorkSource Montgomery to help educate local nurses; Kensington medical office moving to Chevy Chase


A map with circles comparing the percentage of higher education levels in U.S. jurisdictions, with the Washington, D.C., area having the highest percentage, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments creates workforce maps to aid local jurisdictions’ Amazon pitches

The Council of Governments, which connects the Washington, D.C., area’s governments and develops regional policies, has been gathering data to help jurisdictions in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia make their pitches for Amazon’s new headquarters.

This week, the organization released two maps showing that the area’s population has the highest degree of education and the highest concentration of Amazon’s desired workforce compared to other U.S. jurisdictions.

The education map notes that more than 50 percent of the D.C. area’s population has at least a bachelor’s degree. About 31 percent of the regional workforce is composed of professionals in management, financial or legal fields—the type of employees Amazon was seeking in its request for proposals for a new headquarters site.

The council said it would provide maps and additional data to local jurisdictions to include in their bids to Amazon to try to land the headquarters. Amazon has asked that jurisdictions submit the bids by Oct. 19.

The tech and online retail giant is planning to invest $5 billion to construct a second North American headquarters and plans to employ about 50,000 people at the site.

Montgomery County plans to submit its own proposal to try to attract Amazon.

WorkSource Montgomery receives grant to help educate nurses

The local workforce development group WorkSource Montgomery announced Wednesday it has received a $200,000 grant from the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to help address the county’s shortage of nurses.

The group has partnered with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation and the Universities at Shady Grove to supplement the tuition of about 60 nursing students at the University Maryland School of Nursing.

“We want to focus on training Montgomery County residents for careers that build a culturally competent workforce, are in high demand and provide sustainable wages,” Ellie Giles, CEO of WorkSource Montgomery said, in a statement. “Over the next 10 years there is a projected need for more than 250 registered nurses in the county.”

Potomac Physician Associates moving Kensington location to Chevy Chase

The medical office plans to move from its Kensington location to a suite at 8401 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase on Nov. 1. The new office is near the corner of Connecticut and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. Nine doctors work out of the office, according to its website.

Potomac Physician Associates also has locations in Bethesda and Germantwon.

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