Room to Grow, Space to Thrive
not new to
La Plata. We grew up on it. The
mighty railroad industry at the turn of the
20th century thrust rural
La Plata Station
into the center of Maryland commerce with
not much more than a warehouse and a
passenger waiting room. In what would
ultimately emerge as one of our nation's
great economic eras, the
Railroad brought prosperity and proximity to
Charles County, as well as people and
business to La Plata.
future had clearly arrived by rail. Growth
spurred the relocation of the
courthouse to La Plata. Its designation as
the County Seat followed. Today, downtown La
Plata hosts a vital cross section of
businesses, financial institutions, major
service providers, retailers, restaurants,
professional practices and more - La Plata
offers room to grow and space to thrive.
La Plata is
also home to a vital, flourishing
center - a regional, integrated health
system that serves Charles County and the
surrounding areas of Southern Maryland.
Nurturing its community as well as regional
growth, the medical center is aggressively
expanding to accommodate the influx of
physicians, their practices, and
the energy and opportunities of the new
La Plata mapped out a vision and
redevelopment plan for its historic
downtown. It called for a better mix of
business and the creation of a
lifestyle-driven downtown that tapped in to
values that keep communities alive and
thriving. Simple, yet important, amenities
such as sidewalks to link homes, offices,
shops and restaurants were proposed.
Pleasing streetscapes and landscapes were
put on the drawing board. The plan would
take time, and it would take money.
28, 2002, La Plata's plans for growth were
swiftly and painfully interrupted by a
devastating tornado that leveled significant
portions of the town. Yet, in adversity
there is opportunity. The people of La Plata
did what they have always done. They pulled
together with unconquerable zeal and forged
ahead on their redevelopment plan, now aided
propitiously by the need to rebuild and by
the funding from state and federal agencies.
businesses have been restored and new
businesses have arrived. Town landowners
have built and expanded Class A office and
retail space. The local economy is robust
with strong parity to regional and national
economies. And, as testimony to the strength
of the region, the
2000 census listed
Charles County as the seventh fastest
growing jurisdiction among 17 in the
Washington metropolitan area.
businesses seeking relocation or expansion,
La Plata brings to market one of the most
dynamic and exciting opportunities in our
nation's capitol region. It's a town with a
vision, a can-do spirit, and a people who
want businesses to thrive ...
All we need is you.