PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — Victoria Ballestero is a professional engineer and the operations manager for the engineering firm ATCS she does site work on development projects.
Her office is in Largo and she says her company sees a bright future in Prince George’s County and she is hiring.
“We see the potential for the kind of work that we do as professional engineers here in the county and we’re excited to be here,” explains Ballestero.
ATCS is just one of many with the help wanted signs out in the county.
Walter Simmons of the American Job Center says his employment clearinghouse has on average 10,000 job openings in the county every day. Simmons says, “This year alone we’re expecting to service over 1200 businesses. We have over 100 job fairs a year, We lead in the region in the amount of job fairs.”
Both professionals say they are not surprised to hear that according to new data from George Mason University, first reported by the Washington Post, Prince George’s County has now passed Montgomery when it comes to job creation over the last several years.
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks says there are many reasons. “We have not only human capitol we have highly educated people,” she says, “We have most undeveloped land we have great transportation with 15 metro stations we have university of Maryland College Park.”
Development is booming around those Metro stations.
The new University of Maryland Regional Health Center in Largo just one example. It is the kind of work which brought Victoria Ballastero and ATCS to the county. “We’re open for business,” Says Ballestero, “The sign is up and we are hiring!”