More people equals more jobs in this county outside the Beltway. Developers have had great success selling businesses -- and individuals -- on the reverse commute from D.C. Move here and cut your drive time in half or more, they say.
The county is gaining significant traction among small- and medium-sized firms. Tech companies are attracted to the area's dense fiber network and its low-cost, low-hassle business permitting process. Also appealing: Real estate and labor costs are cheaper than elsewhere in the area.
Berkley Net, a web-based workers compensation products firm, is investing $3.5 million and adding 14 employees there. Software company MCL Systems Ltd. recently expanded its headquarters by 1,500 square feet to accommodate 10 additional software development pros.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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