A suburban community located just 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Germantown is the third most populated city in the state of Maryland and was a rural farming village until the 1970s. Experiencing extensive growth over the past two decades, the area is known as being an affordable place to live with a wide variety of housing, shopping, and business opportunities.

Home of the County's largest higher-ed institution, Montgomery College

The third most populated city in the state of Maryland

Location of the U.S. Department of Energy

Great local and state incentives and tax credits


For leading-edge companies that want to start or expand into an incredible and innovative community, opportunities abound with space for wet labs and life science centers. VIP neighbors include the Germantown Innovation Center, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Hughes Network Systems. Along with Montgomery College’s Bioscience Education Center, this area represents a virtual who’s who in health, science and technology.

A Sustainable Future

Commitments to local sustainability and environmental goals make Germantown the perfect choice for socially conscious residents. Our diversity of people, places and ideas will feed your innovative spirit.


Our companies realize value from government contracts, R & D funding, and the many secondary benefits associated with a highly skilled workforce. It’s an internationally recognized hub of biotechnology, capitalizing on its proximity to federal research facilities and regulatory agencies such as the Biological & Environmental Research headquarters.


Germantown’s closeness to Washington, D.C. translates into opportunities for local employers. Home to more than 4,000 businesses in the heart of the Washington-Baltimore region, Germantown is centered in the fourth largest retail market in the U.S. Combine that proximity with a responsive City government, and it’s no surprise that companies such as Hughes Network Systems have located here.

Holy Cross Health opened a 237,000-square-foot hospital on the campus of Montgomery College in October 2014, becoming the first hospital in the U.S. to be built on a community college campus. The new 93-bed hospital strengthens the college's medical program by giving students an opportunity for hands-on work and access to more advanced medical technology. The hospital is projected to eventually bring 5,000 new jobs to the area.

The University of Maryland, Montgomery College, as well as 13 other Universities in the Mid-Atlantic/Easter Seaboard Region give us ample access to well-qualified Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. graduates who design and build our satellite ground systems and communications products.

Pradman Kaul, President and CEO Hughes Network Systems

Germantown Opportunity Zone

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Businesses HEADQUARTERED IN Germantown:

  • Hughes Network Systems

  • Qiagen

  • U.S. Department of Energy

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More great assets:

  • A nationally ranked public school system

  • A strong local government

  • Minutes from the Shady Grove Metro station

  • The third most populated city in Maryland

  • Home to the U.S. Department of Energy


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MONTGOMERY COLLEGE is a top-ranked, open access community college with three campuses in Montgomery County. The college is noted as being one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse in the nation, with students from over 170 countries enrolled.

HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS is the global leader in broadband technology and services for home and office. Its high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1 million residential and business customers.

QIAGEN delivers Sample to Insight solutions for molecular testing—propelling customers to unlock new insights from DNA, RNA and proteins. Doctors and researchers look to their solutions for to help diagnose diseases and provide better treatments.

BUTLER'S ORCHARD is your one stop shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in season. They also offer a large selection of pick your own farm fresh produce including strawberries, blueberries, peas, tart cherries, red raspberries, pumpkins, apples and Christmas trees.

With its growing sector of businesses, Germantown has a bright future in the technology and life science industries.