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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 08/29/2010

Dean: The experience to get results

By washingtonpost.com editors

The Post asked the candidates in the Democratic primary for county executive in Prince George's: "What is the most important thing the county can do to attract more jobs and development?"

By Samuel H. Dean

In my eight years as a Prince George’s County Council member, I have been selected twice by my peers to serve as council chairman, plus once as vice chairman. I have served on the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee for seven of those eight years, including serving as chairman three times. Through this experience, I have accumulated deep empirical knowledge of economic and development issues. I offer a multi-pronged answer to the question:

1. Streamline the zoning and permitting process and actively market the county as being business-friendly.

2. Change the county’s image as a “pay-to-play” government staffed with cronies in leading positions. My administration will be a government of integrity, character, transparency and accountability. Departments and agencies will be staffed by managers who satisfy these criteria and possess the managerial and technical competence and job-related experience needed.

3. Attract large-scale commercial and office development, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through incentives and an expedited zoning process. Bills I have gotten passed as a council member require mixed-use development, including commercial and office development, around the 15 Metro stations in Prince George’s. As county executive, I will work tirelessly with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to ensure that commercial office development goes forward around the New Carrollton, Naylor Road and Branch Avenue stations, which have been designated by the county as priority stations for such development.

4. Assess the county’s equine industry as an economic engine to expand our economic base. The county has the fourth-largest inventory of horses in the state. I introduced legislation that was enacted to establish a task force to conduct the study.

5. Focus on the development of small businesses by providing mentoring and incubation support.

These will be my priorities in jobs and development as county executive.

The writer represents District 6 on the Prince George’s County Council.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 29, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Prince George's County  
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