1. Tomorrow’s diverse talent
Millennials will make up more than 50 percent of the region’s workforce by 2020. Over the past five years the number of millennials in the region’s workforce grew by more than 7 percent; the number of foreign-born millennials has grown 13 percent.
2. Location, location, location
The region’s mid-Atlantic location offers easy access to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. An international airport in its midst serves 22 million passengers annually.
3. Discovery zone
The region is home to Johns Hopkins, the nation’s No. 1 research university, as well as the University of Maryland Baltimore, major university bioparks and military labs producing groundbreaking research and discovery.
4. Innovative business culture
The region’s abundance of creative talent, business resources, network of entrepreneurs and tech expertise makes it an ideal place for the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish.
5. Smart, savvy workforce
Greater Baltimore boasts highly ranked, STEM-focused K-12 public and private schools. Colleges in the region rank among the best in the nation.
6. Unmatched health care
Led by world-renowned Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical System, hospitals in the region’s health-care networks rank among tops in the nation for 33 specialties.
7. Deep-water link to the world
The Port of Baltimore’s advantageous inland deep-water location and reputation for efficiency and shipper service drive the port’s Top 10 rankings.
8. Cyber central
One of nation’s highest concentrations of IT professionals, a well-developed high-tech infrastructure and a major federal and military presence are driving Central Maryland’s emergence as a national epicenter for cyber security.
9. Music, arts, culture, sports
The region’s many concert venues, acclaimed museums and major league teams provide residents with exceptional entertainment, arts and recreational opportunities.
Known for crab cakes, there is “so much more” exceptional eating in Baltimore, according to television’s Food Network, which characterizes the region as a place with strong chefs and a strong sense of pride.