DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES THRIVE AROUND THE COUNTY
From vibrant urban districts to rural communities with wide open spaces and unique histories, MoCo has a neighborhood for you. Businesses are flourishing throughout the county, surrounded by an exciting arts scene, town centers bustling with activity, world-class dining and entertainment to spare.
Bethesda is a dynamic urban district brimming with vitality and a surge of new businesses moving into the neighborhood. With more than 200 restaurants, two live theatres, 20 art galleries, and some of the hottest shopping in the area, Bethesda is highly desirable for both business and pleasure. Metro accessible, this fast-growing area is home to Marriott, the Bethesda Naval Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and Bethesda Green—a nonprofit devoted to improving sustainability in the region.
One of the area’s first fully planned communities, Chevy Chase is situated between Bethesda and Friendship Heights, and home to some of the region’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods. Their high-end retail shopping includes fashionable names like Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, along with specialty stores and restaurants. The National 4-H Conference Center is a local landmark of Chevy Chase, MD—not to be confused with the adjacent Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
The I-270 corridor of Gaithersburg is a magnet for cyber, tech and biohealth companies, along with the federal presence of the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is the renowned NCCoE, a collaborative hub addressing today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges. Fast-growing Gaithersburg is also home to popular mixed-used communities including the RIO Washingtonian Center and downtown Crown, both premier shopping and dining destinations.
A fast growing community, many new businesses, commercial centers, neighborhoods and schools are popping up. Home to the administrative arm of the U.S. Department of Energy and headquarters for its Biological and Environmental Research, Germantown has many IT and biohealth companies. Sports and entertainment are well covered with the BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Maryland SoccerPlex. Wide open spaces for lush farmland is part of the appeal, including the popular Butler’s Orchard and Button Farm.
With spires that rise majestically skyward, the castle-like Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marks the spot as Kensington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kensington is known for its antiques row district, art galleries, music and a renowned farmers’ market. On the edges of a vibrant business district, find beautiful 19th century Victorian homes. A prime location just 4 miles from D.C. and 2 miles from the Capital Beltway.
Olney has a rich and colorful history, established in the early 1800s as a community of artisans and merchants. Today, Olney is bustling with easy access to both Baltimore and D.C. Historic homes and shops blend in with museums and galleries. The landmark Olney Ale House is popular with the locals, and a quick walk across the street brings visitors to the award-winning Olney Theater Center. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center resides in Olney, along with golf courses and a large swim center.
The county seat of Montgomery, Rockville recently ranked among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live,” per livability.com. Major companies in IT and biohealth call Rockville home, along with BioHealth Innovation, an innovation intermediary which connects life science companies to capital, talent and information. Theater buffs enjoy the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, kids flock to Adventure Park, and many enjoy the restaurants and entertainment at the walkable communities of Pike & Rose and Rockville Town Square.
Businesses find good company among the many ethnic restaurants, arts venues, free concerts and festivals in Silver Spring’s vibrant, urban district. The Fillmore and AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center serve as popular entertainment destinations—while companies like Discovery Communications, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and United Therapeutics make Silver Spring their corporate home.
An original main street runs through Takoma Park with a unique blend of specialty retail and ethnic restaurants, many locally owned and independent. One of the area’s first commuter suburbs due to its proximity to the nation’s capital, Takoma Park dates back to 1883 with a historic business district, while also embracing its progressive values and ethnic and cultural diversity. Annual festivals and events contribute to the vibrant and growing business environment, supported by an active business association.
Designated one of the state’s 24 Arts & Entertainment districts, Wheaton is an ethnically-diverse, artist-friendly area that’s also business friendly with its metro accessible and close to D.C. location. Well-known for valuing cultural diversity, Wheaton is home to the beautiful Brookside Gardens and an incredible array of ethnic restaurants and activities. Wheaton Regional Park features a carousel, mini-train and great hiking and picnic areas. Wheaton is a welcoming community to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The White Flint area has grown into a vibrant, walkable district with a mix of restaurants, shops and entertainment, from the exciting Pike & Rose to the North Bethesda Market. Minutes from metro and highways I-270 and I-495, it’s an ideal location for businesses large and small. A true business mix with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to the north and Strathmore Music Center to the south. A community development and innovation leader, White Flint is the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association for creating a dynamic, pedestrian-friendly community.
White Oak, named for the Maryland state tree, is home to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and surrounded by a growing biotech hub in the area. A culturally diverse community, White Oak offers flavors of the world at its many ethnic restaurants. In exciting news, Viva White Oak is in the planning, a walkable, mixed-use community slated to become a great hub for life sciences research and discovery, strategically located next to FDA. Also in the works, Adventist Healthcare is building a world-class hospital, in the same location.