May 2022
ExPGC Reimagined

Employ Prince George’s,, is Prince George’s County’s principal workforce development entity. We provide an array of FREE business services to business who are interested in hiring Prince George’s County residents. For more information visit The purpose of the Rapid Re-Employment Grant is to reduce Prince George's County unemployment rate by incentivizing the hiring of unemployed Prince George's County residents.

Apply Today to have your products sold in the Flagship "Shop Made in Maryland" Store!
Shop Made in Maryland (SMIMD) is a retail incubator with a mission to grow Maryland based makers. This modern accelerator, brought to you by the founders of Shop Made in DC/VA, serves as a platform for creativity; enabling ideas, products and people to converge and build community while creating low-entry to market opportunities for Maryland based small batch manufacturers to scale their businesses. SMIMD will launch Summer 2022, with a flagship store in College Park, Maryland. 

Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting:

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Industry News

Travel Is Becoming More Inclusive
Improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have been top of mind for many companies and businesses of late, including those in the travel sphere. The industry is well-suited to lead the way and its efforts are poised to shape the future of travel. "Travel is uniquely positioned to uplift DEI initiatives to power a future that values all cultures, embraces new perspectives and reflects the faces and ideas of our global society," U.S. Travel says.

Travel is back—so say news stories and corporate earnings calls since the summer of 2021. There are caveats though, and they represent a large share of industry revenue. International travel still awaits an improved pandemic situation and less daunting border restrictions. Corporate travel remains below 50% of prepandemic spend and faces a more complex prognosis than leisure travel.

For some parents, the desire to add a more hands-on, educational component to their pandemic-era vacation plans has been heightened following several years of lockdowns, isolation and virtual schooling. Hotels in Hawaii are leveraging the destination's ecological surroundings and cultural heritage in order to meet that demand. 
Meetings & Events

Led by MGM National Harbor, which features headline entertainment at the 3,000-seat Theater and diverse dining including Voltaggio Brothers Steak House and Asia-spanning Ginger, the Baltimore-D.C. market ranked fourth nationally for gaming revenue in 2021. 

Getting your attendees out in the local communities can have a hugely beneficial impact on both the attendee experience and the event host. 
Before diving into how to build your culture case, it’s important to understand that there are a lot of ways to define cultural experiences. To simplify it for our event context, I like to think of it as “doing as the locals do” by understanding their way of life and what they value. Cultural experiences give our attendees a chance to expand their perspectives...

The early days of Covid in 2020 brought a cascade of cancellations of big-name business conventions including the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the South by Southwest technology and music gathering in Austin, Texas.
Accommodations & Hospitality

A top priority for hotels is keeping guests happy and building guest loyalty to create repeat and return guests. When focusing on existing clients rather than attracting new guests, hotels can be more likely to increase revenue. Ensuring guests want to revisit a property goes hand-in-hand with making sure their experiences are enjoyable.

“Combining sales and service ultimately leads to better, more lasting deals. I’ve got the people to prove that selling to and servicing clients are actually complementary roles.”
Arts & Culture

Sasha-Loriene McClain ’12 likes to joke that she was the world’s briefest studio art major. Thirty-six hours after she’d rearranged her four-year plan at the University of Maryland to study art instead of economics, her parents told her if she wanted to follow that route, she could do it at community college. Immigrants who’d sought refuge from the Liberian civil war, they saw economics as the better path to a secure future.

EDMONSTON, Md. — Even though the COVID-19 pandemic closed a lot of doors, it's opened others in very unexpected ways. Artists are among those disproportionally affected by the pandemic-related shutdowns. Studios and galleries were closed and only those with a strong social media presence were able to keep in close contact with their followers. 
We Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Message Extracted from County Executive Angela Alsobrooks
"Throughout the entire month, Prince George’s County will host celebrations and events in recognition of AAPI Heritage Month. There will be opportunities for the entire family to commemorate the rich culture and heritage of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community..."

The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is operated by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC). The Saturday, September 17, 2022, Festival spans 3 city streets, will welcome an anticipated 5,000 visitors, and features over 100 artists and artisans in 5 media categories, alongside a music stage, food vendors, sponsors, community groups, and now for the third year, 9+ craft brewers.

Aimee Olivo is a dedicated community builder in Prince George’s County. She has served as Chief of Staff to Prince George’s County Council Member Dannielle Glaros, District 3, since 2014. Olivo was an active member of the Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees advocating for equity and student success. She served on, and later chaired, the Prince George’s County Commission for Education Excellence.

A celebration of spring and the diversity of cultures for the contributions they make to local communities through music and art taking place at Bowie Town Center with vendors, food trucks, a bubble station, face painting, dancers, magicians, comedy, artists, and live entertainment. Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Laurel Main Street Festival is sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade. The Festival is located on Main Street in Laurel, Maryland from Route 216 to Route 1 South. Hundreds of vendors which featuring arts and crafts, food, kids activities, 2 band stages and much, much more! To be a vendor in the festival please visit and fill application out online! Any questions email

Mother's Day Soul Celebration concert featuring The Whispers, Stephanie Mills and Freddie Jackson. Saturday, May 7 from 8:00-10:30pm at The Show Place Arena at Prince George's Equestrian Center. Purchase tickets here.

The Prince George’s Cultural Arts Foundation supports the growth and enrichment of Prince Georges County Culture through the development of collaborative platforms and community partnerships that promote music, drama, the fine arts, entertainment, sports, recreation and other activities.
Reserve your tickets now for events from Mother's Day to July.

Tricky Entertainment presents "For The Cool In You" Wine & Music Festival" at the Clinton Sports Complex. Enjoy the sounds of local and national recording artists. This two day festival will also feature, wine, food, merchandise, cigar vendors and more. Purchase your tickets now.

Check out all that summer has to offer at National Harbor! Concerts, movies, fitness, water activities, family fun and so much more...
Sports & Recreation

It's a Battle of the Beltways this week in Bowie as the Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators - Double A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals! Buy tickets here!

Come out and see this exciting competition! Bowie State University Track & Field Complex on May 6th and 7th!

BOWIE, Md. – On Monday, April 25, 2022, Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks declared April 25 as Coach Damon WilsonDay in recognition of his National Coach of the Year award as Bowie State's head football coach.
Wilson became the first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Coach to win the prestigious award back on Jan. 10 at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) convention.
Food & Beverage

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a few weeks away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly across Prince George's County as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Experience a spectacular Mothers' Day Champagne Jazz Brunch at the iconic Wellspring Manor & Spa in Upper Marlboro, MD!
This wonderful celebration of mothers features a buffet brunch, specialty champagne and mimosa bar, and live inspirational jazz performance against a beautiful, open air backdrop. This is an outdoor, tented event with open unreserved seating.
$150.00/person - Tickets available here.

Denizens Brewing Co. will partner with two restaurants on a new menu. Starting on Tuesday, May 10, the taproom and brewery in the Station at Riverdale Park will feature food developed by Chef Edward Reavis of the seafood-oriented All Set and Money Muscle BBQ restaurants.
The new menu will include some Denizens-inspired items such as beer-battered onion rings, fish filets and chicken tenders; a Bavarian pretzel with beer mustard; and beer-glazed doughnuts.

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has released the 2022 ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide. 
The ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide is now updated for the 2022 season and available to view on the ‘Get our Guides’ page at Listings feature an interactive directory of Southern Maryland and select regional farmers’ markets, farm stands, on-farm stores, and more.
Community Highlights

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a measure Tuesday that would make up to $400 million in bonds available for development around FedEx Field in the suburbs of the nation’s capital where the NFL’s Washington Commanders play — whether the team stays there or not.

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) will host author Patti Kim on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Laurel Branch Library. Author Kim will discuss what it was like growing up in America as an immigrant from Pusan, South Korea and how her childhood shaped her middle grade novels, "I'm OK" and "It's Girls Like You, Mickey." Register to attend the discussion with author Kim on the PGCMLS website.

Join the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and Dr. Julie Park, Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Tuesday, May 10, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Dr. Park will discuss the origins of the model minority myth, how it is perpetuated today, and how this myth masks the diversity and needs of the Asian and Pacific American community. To register to attend the event, visit the PGCMLS website here.
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