Northeastern Maryland has transformed into a major national research and development center. Anchored by Aberdeen Proving Ground, the region supports a variety of economic activity, with defense science and technology development being the fastest- growing sector.
Aberdeen Proving Ground is considered by Army leaders to be a “megabase” and one of the most important science and technology centers of gravity in the military. In recent years, APG has added nearly 3 million square feet of laboratory, test, and office space to its inventory. The number of people working on post is rising to about 22,000. Furthermore, it is estimated that contracts awarded from APG will rise from $500 million pre- BRAC to $20 billion post-BRAC.
Both on and off-post, the region surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground is going through a major transformation. On-post, old World War I and II-era buildings are coming down and modern facilities are going up. New office buildings are springing up around the region. In addition to the 3,000,000 square feet of new space on post, there is another 5,000,000 square feet of office space in development off-post.