Learn about and provide valuable input for the Innovation District Master Plan at and around the St. Mary's County Regional Airport!
So what's an Innovation District?
The vision is for the area in and around the St. Mary's County Regional Airport to be a place where people can work, connect, innovate, play, and live. It will stay true to the County's agricultural and rural roots, while embracing the need for more walkable and connective places where people and innovative businesses want to be.
An Innovation District is a geographic area where anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with small firms, start-ups, business incubators, accelerators. They are well defined, and offer mixed use office, retail, and housing. The vision is to create an Innovation District that encompasses targeted businesses, lab-to-marketplace evolution opportunities, and easy multi-mode transportation connections to businesses, housing, retail, and meeting and gathering places. The innovation district area also requires attention to transportation by car, bike and foot.
Who will be developing the Master Plan?
Torti Gallas + Partners (TG+P) will work with St. Mary's County and regional stakeholders to create the Innovation District Master Plan for the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport and surrounding properties. TG+P is a Maryland-based business that is an internationally-recognized leader in creating vibrant, mixed-use places that foster innovation.
So what's the purpose of this meeting?
We need your input! TG+P needs to gather data and input from property owners, business owners, developers, residents, and academic institutions. Come and talk about parking, bike lanes, walking and running paths, general aviation facilities, entertainment and arts venues, business networking venues and more.
So what's the intended outcome?
The Innovation District Master Plan will align stakeholder visions for the area, ensuring multi-modal transportation options that are important for businesses and quality of life, as well as suggestions for gathering places and future manufacturing and office buildings. For St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland to showcase itself as a center of innovation and compete with more urban areas for businesses and talent.