Jan Gardner (Democratic)
We need to take advantage our opportunities to leverage job growth. We have tremendous opportunity to expand our life science and bio-tech industries by investing in our business incubator, supporting the commercialization of research completed at Ft. Detrick, joining regional efforts like BioHealth Innovation, and supporting education. We need to make sure Frederick Community College and the Maryland Higher Education Center help us to attract businesses that depend on a well-trained workforce. I support public/private partnerships to solve problems like road infrastructure and the construction of the downtown hotel conference center. Fundamentally, government should do its job.
Blaine R. Young (Republican)
Public-Private Partnerships are an important tool to build new infrastructure. They are a great way to maximize taxpayer dollars, in that they wed private and public funds together to build large projects. One note of caution, however, is taxpayer funds should never be used on projects that solely benefit the private-sector. Instead these partnerships should be used for infrastructure projects.
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