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Release: Mizeur Stands With Shady Grove Innovation Center

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mizeur Stands With Shady Grove Innovation Center

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—This morning, Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery), Democratic candidate for governor, sent a letter from her legislative office to the House Appropriations Capital Budget Subcommittee requesting budget language that would either identify an alternate location for the NIST National Cybersecurity of Excellence or ensure certain relocation in the County for more than 30 small businesses facing eviction from the Shady Grove Innovation Center.

“Pitting cybersecurity against biotechnology is a fundamentally flawed approach to growing our 21st Century innovation economy,” Mizeur said. “It is a point of pride that Montgomery County is recognized as a welcoming place for biotechnology—this is something we cannot lose.”

The decision to replace the Shady Grove Innovation Center with the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will displace the 38 companies currently operating in the facility and would represent a significant setback to the thriving biotechnology industry in Montgomery County. Since 1999, 54 graduates have expanded beyond the incubator and today, 24 of the graduated companies remain in Montgomery County and employ more than 500 people.

Last month, Mizeur was joined by seven of her colleagues in the House of Delegates on a letter to Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett requesting that the Office of the County Executive and the Department of Economic Development reconsider their recent decision to replace the Shady Grove Innovation Center.

This morning, the Capital Budget Subcommittee held hearings on funding for local capital projects, including the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. 

Text of the letter is attached to this release.

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