HIGHTECH IN THE BALTIMORE - WASHINGTON CORRIDOR

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Title: HIGHTECH IN THE BALTIMORE - WASHINGTON CORRIDOR
Author: Hahn, Roland; Wellems, Christine
Abstract: This essay discusses the development, spatial structure, and location factors of high technology in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Moreover, some strategies for furthering high-tech industries in the Baltimore-Washington area are outlined. For about ten years this region has shown a strong increase in high-tech jobs due to the influence of federal authorities and research institutes. Furthermore, a number of research-oriented big high-tech firms located in the area for a long time function as growth poles, as customers and bases for the foundation of young high-tech enterprises and so-called "spin-off" high-tech firms in the corridor. The great importance of high-tech oriented services is a specific element of the economic structure of this region. High-tech firms are mainly concentrated in Washington D.C. , in the suburban areas of the two core cities and along axial growth areas. Important high-tech locations are the Interstate I 270 (Rockville-Gaithersburg-Frederick), the new town of Columbia, and the northern suburbs of Baltimore city (Interstate I 83 Towson - Cockeysville - Hunt Valley). A striking regional variation of the high-tech branch structure can also be observed across the entire corridor. Washington D.C. and its suburban counties (e.g. Montgomery and Fairfax County) can be typified as an area of high-tech concentration with service-orientation while Baltimore City and its suburbs (Baltimore County and Anne Arundel) represent the type of a production-oriented high-tech area. In this region high-tech companies are extremely mobile and non-high-tech areas around Washington and Baltimore might take advantage of this luring away such firms to their industrial estates. Baltimore City, too, could profit from the over-spill and the high-tech image of the corridor.
URI: http://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/32417
Date: 1988
Disclaimer: Citations of sources, conclusions, or opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the author and do not reflect the policies or views of staff or others affiliated with the Institute for Policy Studies or Johns Hopkins University.
Subject: High-tech
Baltimore, Maryland
Regional Economic Development
Federal Authorities
Technology
Washington, D.C.

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