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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 08/29/2010

Levi: It begins with education

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 Gerron S. Levi

To attract more jobs and development, we must improve education and the perception of education in the county, as well as streamline and improve the processes for doing business in the county.

My administration will use the power of the county executive’s office and the various tools available to the office to engage more parents, families and community partners in education.

Specifically, I have set three goals that I believe will help Prince George’s leap ahead in education: reduce school suspensions by half, reduce school absenteeism by half and produce 50 percent more county students who are performing at an advanced level.

Also, we can create more jobs by fostering, promoting and assisting small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs to develop partnerships with the numerous research facilities in our area, such as the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, to name a few. Specifically, we can work with those businesses and entrepreneurs that are taking great ideas and new technologies developed in the research labs and build new businesses around them.

That is the type of innovation-driven job growth that President Obama talks about and our county has to promote more of it, as some surrounding counties have done and are doing.

The writer is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 29, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Prince George's County  
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