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July 17, 2015

Montgomery County has placed it's bet on cybersecurity, making some ambitious moves to make sure it's a major player in the young and fast-growing industry, that includes converting a biotechnology incubator in Rockville to become the home of the newly formed National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE was created under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce with a large campus in Gaithersburg) to provide solutions to cybersecurity businesses on a national level.

June 26, 2015

If you guessed that the Purple line is priority number one for Prince George’s County’s when it comes to transportation projects, you guessed wrong. But luckily the County doesn't have to choose between the two.

Although Maryland government just announced that the light-rail Purple Line will get funding, the number one request for state monies was the upgrade of the I-95/I-495 partial interchange at Greenbelt Metro station.

March 7, 2014

Still reeling from its 2013 end-of-year data breaches, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is busy reassuring shareholders, investors and even congress that it has everything under control but what about the customers including those affected by the data breaches? Besides months away, “better” anti-fraud technology and credit monitoring services, has Target replaced any of its policies that got it into this mess in the first place?

Here are three ways Target can make a bad situation better.

Target, your local DMV?

November 13, 2012

Following suit of a successful opening weekend, the rest of DC Week 2012 proved to be an outstanding gathering of the Metro-area’s brightest minds in the tech industry.

July 30, 2012

A swarm of frustrated Americans descended upon the District of Columbia on Saturday afternoon, to participate in the first national mobilization against hydraulic fracturing.  The process involves injecting incredible amounts of water and chemicals into the earth, which cracks, thus creating a pathway for trapped natural gas to escape.

July 16, 2012

GEICO, the large insurance company based in the Friendship Heights section of Chevy Chase, MD, once again, presented its case for an extension request in front of the Montgomery County Planning Board.

April 13, 2012

While the nation's capital continued its usual lead in office space construction, another surprise quarter occurred with the Maryland National Capital region leading the surrounding region.

According to March data from the Bethesda, Mid-Atlantic regional office of Transwestern and its research subsidiary, Alexandria-based Delta Associates, there was an estimated 7,204,726 square feet of office space under construction or reconstruction in the D.C. area.

January 27, 2012

On the main campus of the George Washington University, top strategists in Social Media marketing, including those from Facebook, Discovery Communications and MTV gathered for the annual What’s Next D.C. conference.

Staying true to the theme of progress and prosperity, Tod Plotkin, Principal of Green Buzz Agency, hosted the annual What’s Next D.C. conference, providing business types the chance to improve their strategies.

December 16, 2011

Times was running out for a major lease set to expire in 2013 at the Silver Spring Metro Center, but the anchor tenant -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -- has decided to stay and renew its lease for another 15 years. The administration has called the urban high-rise office buildings home since 1990.

November 7, 2011

Chevy Chase-based GEICO, one the largest insurance companies in the nation and with primary offices across the Maryland/D.C. border in Montgomery County is set to appear in front of the Montgomery County Planning Board on November 17, 2011 but for reasons not to the liking of either side.

The Planning Board is set to vote on the validity of an extension request for plans to redevelop GEICO's headquarters, and depending on which way the board votes could be a lose-lose situation for both parties.

September 14, 2011

CSC said that it has purchased what is claimed to be the largest pure-play software testing and quality management service provider in the world.

Falls Church-based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) (NYSE: CSC), said that it has purchased what is claimed to be the largest pure-play software testing and quality management service provider in the world.

September 1, 2011

Rockville Town Center is continuing to take shape with a much needed office project breaking ground in Montgomery County's seat of operations.

Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) will move 400 employees from 10750 Columbia Pike in Silver Spring to Rockville Metro Plaza II at 121 Rockville Pike, under a 15 year lease. The project is being developed, managed and owned by Foulger-Pratt.

August 31, 2011

Harbor Market Kitchen embraces green-sustainable principles not only in the build out of the space but also the in its menu.

Sodexo Inc (PINK:SDXAY), with North American headquarters in Gaithersburg has partnered with the National Aquarium to open a new dining experience at the renowned aquatic center in Baltimore.

Sodexo will operate the Harbor Market Kitchen, the result of a newly renovated space at the Aquarium's primary eating room where over 1.4 Million visitors a year have patronized the café since its opening in 2005.

August 17, 2011

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), with headquarters in Falls Church, has moved deeper into the healthcare technology business with a signed agreement to acquire Vangent Holding Corp.

August 16, 2011

Herndon-based GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI) has acquired privately held Information Systems Consulting Group, Inc. (InSysCo).

GTSI — a government contractor — bought InSysCo to help the company expand its operations in software and database development as well maintenance.

August 11, 2011

Bethesda-based RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ)the real estate investment trust (REIT) that completed an initial public offering (IPO) in May 2011-- reported its second quarter 2011 results.

Total revenue for the quarter amounted to $211.5 Million, which beat analyst average estimates of  $202.85 Million.

That total revenue was much higher than a disclosed second quarter 2010 amount of $139.4 Million

July 12, 2011

Choice Hotels International, Inc (NYSE:CHH)  has completed a lease agreement to move its global corporate headquarters to Rockville.

The popular hotel management company will take up an entire building to be constructed at 121 Rockville Pike. The 130,000 square foot Class A office building is expected to break ground shortly, for a projected spring 2013 move in.

August 13, 2015

Inc., has released it's annual list of the 5000 fastest growing companies for 2015. The list commonly known as the “Inc 500” measures the growth of U.S.-based private companies between 2011 and 2014 with a minimum revenue of $100,000 in 2011 and minimum revenue of $2 million for 2014. Inc's revenue tracking requirement for companies started in March 2011.

July 8, 2015

After a long wait in Montgomery County, Maryland, alcohol is ready to be served in salons. Montgomery County once prohibited salons from serving alcohol to their customers, but in 2014 related businesses were granted permission to obtain licenses. There have been several around the county that have taken advantage of the new law thus far, and now Lotus Nails in North Gaithersburg has been granted status at recent County alcohol beverage license meeting.

June 24, 2015

Breakfast will soon be served to more than 2,500 employees at the new National Cancer Institute Headquarters and Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

 

On the other side of Key West Avenue, 1,650 square feet is being leased by Dunkin' Donuts. The ground floor retail space is the part of the first phase of the new Mallory Square apartments.

 

April 4, 2014

Two of AvalonBay Communities Inc (NYSE:AVB) Executive Vice Presidents made the following stock transactions filed on April 4, 2014.

March 26, 2014

Hanover, Maryland-based Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) president & CEO made the following stock transactions filed on March 25, 2014.

Gary B. Smith disposed of four sets of Common Stock shares at an average price of $24.19, on March 21, 2014, as listed below under transaction code S (Open market or private sale of non-derivative or derivative security),

March 21, 2014

Washington, D.C.-based Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VNDA), has launched a couple of drugs and even recently put into place a television ad campaign. The company is now in need of extra space and will expand into an additional 8,600 square feet at its D.C. headquarters located at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Vanda will pay the landlord, Square 54 Office Owner LLC, and additional $381,000 for a 12 year and one month term lease beginning on September 1, 2014, although Vanda will get a nine month grace period.

March 20, 2014

Reston-based Comscore, Inc (NASDAQ:SCOR) President & CEO made the following stock transactions filed on March 19, 2014.