“It’s a new day for Montgomery County,” said County Executive Marc Elrich at the Montgomery Manufacturing Business Connect forum on Nov. 8 at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville. The first of its kind forum, which was co-hosted by the County Executive and the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI), connected local manufacturers with state and local government resources.
There are more than 400 manufacturing companies in Montgomery County and the event helped connect manufacturing executives from key industries, such as biotech, cybersecurity, defense, electronics, industrial, information technology and pharma with subject matter experts. It also provided information on how to access resources to address workplace needs, reduce energy expenses, find grant funding, access financing and tax credit programs and more.
Manufacturers also were able to connect with federal laboratories regarding technology transfer and partnering to make operations more efficient, profitable and uniquely competitive.
Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz highlighted the importance of manufacturing in Montgomery County and across the state.
Xometry CEO Randy Altschuler was the keynote speaker, and he told the crowd that his company is based here because he loves living in Montgomery County.