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Wallops Provides New Economic Potential for Maryland

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ATLANTIC, Va.- A recent report released by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley highlights the benefits that the Wallops Flight Facility provides to Maryland's Lower Shore and the potential for even more economic growth moving forward.

The governor's study talks about the potential for new development, jobs and business on the lower shore as Wallops, located in Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore, continues to get more business and scientific contracts. Memo Diriker is the director of BEACON, a business and economic research and consulting unit at Salisbury University. He believes the future testing of drones at Wallops will be big for Virginia and Maryland.

"If the research is going to be done here, the companies that have that kind of commercial use in mind, they are going to be located in and around that research area," said Diriker.

According to the governor's study, Wallops already has an economic impact of $188 million and has brought over 2,300 jobs to the lower shore.  And nearly half of the workforce at Wallops lives in Maryland. Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt is a member of the Tri-County Council. He said he believes as Wallops continues to expand, the opportunities for economic growth in Maryland will grow as well.

"Not only for the associated companies that will be locating to be near Wallops.  The ones that supply the various components of the space trade, but also for our educational institutions to train the folks who will be applying for those jobs," said Pollitt.

The county executive went on to stress the importance of promoting the region as a whole when trying to bring people to live and work to Delmarva. He said Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Accomack counties can be presented together rather than individualizing each county.

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