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UMd. Wants Employees to Call College Park Area Home

University of Maryland is conducting a study to learn what would keep its employees closer to campus.

The is conducting a study to find out where its employees live and what they are looking for in a home neighborhood, The Gazette reported.

With just 33 percent of employees living inside Prince George's County, the university wants to know what it can do to keep employees closer, the The Gazette reported.

University Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Robert Specter told The Gazette that the university isn't currently marketing surrounding communities to its employees. The county is also battling a reputation of poor performing schools and higher crime rates, he said.

Read the full Gazette story here.

Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this post, we misidentified the percent of employees living in Prince George's County. We regret this error.

Chris Larsen February 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thanks Ken. We're honing in. 1) Pre-K Schools. You are right about it being a focus. That's why i bring up the private side. On the daycare front, local licensed rates are 125-200 a week (8k per year per child). For Pre K you'd talking about 10k or 11.5k per year for the high end. These are doable for the two income family. 2) For Elementary, I understand that Catholics will meet with the HRS folks, to determine what they can pay, so that's not really something that's public. 3) Importantly though, note the difference on Berwyn vs Berwyn Heights. Berwyn is a neighborhood district in College Park. It qualifies for the city aid program "WORK & LIVE COLLEGE PARK". I do not think Berwyn Heights does. While close and sharing the same zip/PO, it also is separated by the tracks, so walking is not as feasible. Berwyn is east of US1, south of US 193, and west of the Metro/CSX tracks. It borders Lakeland neighborhood to the south, a traditionally black community with a large coop, and the Paint Branch Elementary school, which is decent but improving.
Ken Montville February 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Chris, Thanks for the clarification and that all makes sense.
Robert Catlin February 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
When you live in the Berwyn neighborhood of College Park you need to tell EVERYONE that you live in "Berwyn-not Heights", because when you say Berwyn they hear Berwyn Heights!
jack March 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
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