MCEDC Scores a Hole-in-One at Quicken Loans National

The PGA Tour made its much-anticipated stop in Montgomery County earlier this month with the Quicken Loans National, held at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.  This tournament is the only appearance that the world’s best male golfers make in Montgomery County all year.  Kyle Stanley, ranked 94th in the world, was the winner of the $1.3 million purse.  The event draws a collection of business leaders and elected officials from across the D.C. region, and MCEDC made sure its presence was noticed throughout the week. 

The MCEDC chalet was filled with over 140 guests and business prospects hosted by MCEDC President & CEO David Petr, along with members of our business recruitment, growth and retention teams.  It served as a prime opportunity to showcase MCEDC’s newly branded model and vision for the county to business owners, site selection consultants, legal advisors and others who carry influence in where a business chooses to locate its operations.

Many of the guests were experienced business executives, with deep roots in the county. They were intrigued by the new approach Montgomery County is taking to economic development with the public-private partnership model of the EDC.  They also appreciated the chance to offer feedback and were grateful to be able to give suggestions on how they would like their local EDC to function and best serve MoCo companies.

The event, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, returned to TPC Potomac after spending the past 11 years at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.  TPC Potomac underwent a complete redesign in 2009, which convinced tour officials to bring the tournament back to Potomac, along with its 120,000 spectators over the four-day tournament. 

“This was a pivotal opportunity to speak with our regional economic development partners and establish synergies for attracting stimulus that benefits the entire region”, said David Petr.  Any event that allows for me to speak with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and our own Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in the same room is time well spent.”

Overall, the event gave everyone involved a chance to showcase, connect, and inform both guests and Maryland state commerce partners how MCEDC is driving economic development for the county.