Amazon Names Montgomery 
County a Finalist for HQ2

Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Amazon announced 20 metropolitan areas to move on to to the next phase of the process, and Montgomery County made the list as did nearby Washington, D.C.

“I am extremely pleased and proud that Amazon selected Montgomery County, Maryland, to enter into future discussions regarding locating their second headquarters,” Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said. “I want to thank Gov. Hogan and his entire team for their strong support in helping to create a compelling case for the county.

“As the only county in the country on the short list, having the ability to move forward for further consideration is a real honor. I believe our initial proposal made an extremely strong case for Montgomery County as a great place to do business, and I look forward to working with Amazon to bring jobs and investment to the county.”

In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision this year.

Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest more than $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

Other finalists were Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis, Los Angeles; Miami; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Toronto.

New Study Names Potomac Safest City in U.S. 

Homeowners in Potomac may very well be the safest in the United States, according to a new National Home Safety Rankings Index released by local home services leader SERVIZ. The list, a comprehensive analysis of data from homeowners across America, includes more than 100 United States cities, ranked according to highly specific home safety and crime statistics.

The top 10 safest cities for homeowners according to the Home Safety Rankings Index were, in order: Potomac; Keller, Texas; Aliso Viejo, California; Wylie, Texas; Laguna Niguel, California; Allen, Texas; Parker, Colorado; Poway, California; Mission Viejo, California; and Coppell, Texas. All of the top 10 safest cities received safety rankings from 83 (Potomac) to 59 (Coppell), with a 100 rating as safest.

To create its Home Safety Rankings Index, SERVIZ sent out a detailed survey to 65,000 of its customers nationwide on their home safety concerns regarding their habits from fire, air, flood and earthquake safety, to crime prevention. SERVIZ then integrated key U.S. Census data into those responses, combining the data to determine SERVIZ’s own proprietary safety grades for individual cities in more than 100 major metropolitan areas across the United States.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for New 2nd District Police Station

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Montgomery County Police Department’s new 2nd District station. The new station is located at 4823 Rugby Ave. in Bethesda.

Joining Leggett were Montgomery County Councilmembers Roger Berliner and George Leventhal, Director of General Services David E. Dise, Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger and StonebridgeCarras Principal Jane Mahaffie. 

Montgomery County partnered with Bethesda-based developer StonebridgeCarras to build the new station on an underutilized vacant lot within Bethesda’s Central Business District. The new location is adjacent to County Garage #35, which allows the project to maximize the use of public land by using a portion of the public garage for police vehicles and ancillary requirements.

By partnering with the private sector, the new 2nd District station was built largely with private funding at minimal cost to the county. In return, the county will transfer the old 2nd District site at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, only one block from Metro, to StonebridgeCarras and its financial partner in the project, Buvermo Investments, as part of a 500,000-square-foot redevelopment that will include an office building and hotel.

This new private development project returns this valuable piece of property back to the county tax base and meets the transit-oriented smart-growth goals identified in the recently adopted Bethesda Downtown Plan.

The four-story, 28,000-square-foot police station was designed by Michael Baker International, constructed by Smoot Construction Company and will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified. 

The 2nd District Police Station serves the areas of areas of Bethesda, Potomac, Pike District/White Flint, Somerset, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Garrett Park and parts of Silver Spring.