Around The County

12/8/2011, 2:50 p.m.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker's Anniversary and Trip to India

One year ago, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker took office. Upon taking office Baker talked about a vision which included building the county into an economic engine. His successes include the recent passing of a $50 million dollar Economic Development Incentive Fund which will result in more job opportunities for residents.

Baker touted the EDIF as the most important and significant legislative priority of his administration. He said the EDIF will create jobs, spur development and increase our commercial tax base, which over time will bring in much needed revenues for education and public safety.

Baker returned to Prince George's County this week following his economic development trip to India. The county executive was part of a delegation led by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. During the trip, the group met with Indian business and government officials, answered questions about the County from potential business partners and investors, and witnessed a number of agreements that will bring businesses and jobs to Maryland. Three of those agreements--two signed in Hyderabad, and one in Mumbai--will directly impact Prince George's County by encouraging the growth and expansion of county businesses.

"The agreements we have signed will bring business, jobs and millions of dollars back to Prince George's County while laying groundwork for future collaboration between our County and Indian businesses," said Baker. "By establishing these kinds of business relationships with one of the world's fastest growing economies, we are making an investment in our own economic future. I want to thank Governor O'Malley for his leadership in connecting Maryland to the strength and energy of the Indian business community."

While in Hyderabad, the county executive presided over an agreement signed between ANGARAI, a Greenbelt-based management consulting firm--one of Prince George's County's fastest growing small businesses--specializing in project management, oversight and business transformation solutions, and CI, a technology product development company based in Chennai, India. The companies agreed to pursue opportunities in mobile and web applications, potentially opening up an office in Prince George's County.

Prince George's County, represented by the county executive, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and several local businesses, will continue to reach out to potential partners for the duration of the delegation's visit to India.

Mommy Focus Group

What do you think of the services offered by Prince George's County Department of Family Services? Recently, a focus group was held to engage women between the ages of 18-39 to share their knowledge about prenatal and wellness services they received.

The Affordable Care Act, In-Home Visitation Planning Committee hosted the group. Participants were selected from areas in the county with the highest level of risk factors for pre-term births and infant mortality. Those areas are Capitol Heights, Southern Hyattsville, and Lanham.

The goal of the group was to gather information from women about their family needs and concerns, their access to pre- and post-natal care, and their knowledge about infant mortality in the county

Participants also were asked to discuss their experiences with other home visiting services offered in Prince George's County, as well as share recommendations for raising the awareness about the available services for families in the County.

The information gathered will be compiled and analyzed to be used to implement evidence-based programs and services to promote positive birth outcomes.

The Fireman at your door

That's not Santa knocking at your door, but it could be a firefighter.

Fire officials in Prince George's County have launched a new smoke alarm initiative after a recent fire claimed three lives in Lewisdale. Fire Chief Mark Bashoor has tasked local Fire/EMS stations to spend two hours on Saturdays and Mondays during the month of December going door to door and making sure residents have smoke alarms. The initiative is called "Safety First, for the Holidays."

If residents have any questions about whether fire personnel knocking at their door the number to call is 301-583-2200. All Fire/EMS personnel will be in uniform and carrying departmental and personal identification.