Hundreds of business leaders met with seven of the 10 members of Maryland’s congressional delegation this week to discuss important business issues like economic competitiveness, cybersecurity, transportation and infrastructure spending, immigration reform and more.
“The other delegations around the nation don’t have the same relationship that our delegation has with the Chamber,” Senator Ben Cardin said. “It’s a very open exchange of views and it is very much appreciated by all. We don’t always agree on every issue, but we know where we stand, and we know we can get reliable information about Maryland business from the Maryland Chamber.”
Senator Barbara Mikulski praised the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition’s work to develop a vision to make Maryland a national and global leader in economic growth and job creation. “I think this is an excellent beginning for us to have a framework to keep the jobs we have and attract new ones,” She said.
The delegation discussed its efforts to strengthen Maryland position as a national leader in cybersecurity. “We have a tremendous amount of cyber jobs. There is an anticipation just next year for cyber command, another 1,000 jobs. That doesn’t include all the private sector jobs. In fact, there are close to 2,000 cyber jobs that have yet to be filled,” Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said.
Congressman John Delaney said that he thinks nonfederal cybesecurity market could be a $600 billion market in 10 years. Unlike other growing markets where there are physical limitations as to how big the market share is, there are no physical limitations to how big Maryland’s market share can be in the cyber business. “If you think about the inherent advantages we have as a State, and if you think about our forward leaning approach to making sure we are prepared for this stuff, it should remind us all that we should be doing everything possible to make sure that Maryland is the No. 1 cyber market in the country. There is no bigger growth opportunity in the private sector than in this industry, Delaney said.
In addition, Congressman Steny Hoyer discussed the positive impact comprehensive immigration reform could have on the economy. The U.S. Senate passed a reform bill, but there has been no action in the House of Representatives. “There is overwhelming support in the country for immigration reform, both from an economic standpoint, where CBO scored this as growing the economy, creating jobs and helping the GDP, but also from a moral standpoint there is a compelling reason to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
Thank you to all of the Maryland Chamber members who attended the event, and thanks to our sponsors, especially Lockheed Martin, Holy Cross Health and We Work for Health Maryland. You can view photos from the event online here.