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Workshop Held to Discuss Federal Programs in Frederick Co.

"The more the federal government invests in things like basic medical research, the more jobs that'll be created, the more jobs that are created the bigger the tax base, the bigger the tax base, the more flexibility the local governments have to provide services like education, etc. So it all ties together," said Rep. Delaney, D-MD, 6.
FREDERICK, Md. - A special workshop was held in Frederick to talk about the impact of federal programs on the county.

NCI Advanced Technical Research Facility partners with university, government, and corporate scientists to conduct lab research, diagnostic tests and treatments for cancer and AIDS.

This type of cooperation is exactly why people gathered for a workshop.

"To bring together the key leadership, to discuss what the opportunities are, make sure that the benefits were understood, identify some of the challenges that exist in terms of translating those programs into impact onto the local community, and to see how we could work better to build the partnership between the local community and the federal programs that are going on here," said President of Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., David Heimbrook.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, as well as Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney were in attendance. Part of a partnership between local and federal government.

"The more the federal government invests in things like basic medical research, the more jobs that'll be created, the more jobs that are created the bigger the tax base, the bigger the tax base, the more flexibility the local governments have to provide services like education, etc. So it all ties together," said Rep. Delaney, D-MD, 6.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the National Bio-Defense Institute, business leaders in the bio-tech community, and local community business leaders all met to talk about federal programs around the county.

"We're hoping to come up with a list of actions, concrete actions, that we can follow up on with the chamber of commerce as well as some of the other stakeholders, and then figure out how to actually track the success of these initiatives,” said Heimbrook.

He also went on to say, they have to find a way to better communicate their message to ultimately make sure that message has an impact on the community.

The point of the workshop was to start conversations between local and federal government, and to create awareness of the programs that could be at risk because of federal funding.
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