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Cybersecurity firm BlueVoyant to open PG County facility

A rendering of the proposed project planned by the University of Maryland and a team of developers at the southern edge of the College Park campus. (Design Collective)

A rendering of the proposed project planned by the University of Maryland and a team of developers at the southern edge of the College Park campus. (Design Collective)

BlueVoyant is the most recent company to establish a presence in the Discovery District just off the University of Maryland, College Park’s campus in Prince George’s County.

The firm is working in a temporary spot, but plans to move into its new location early this year. The company will employ 25 analysts and data scientists, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“We chose this location for the center because of its proximity to the University of Maryland and its talent base of students and individuals with government and private-sector experience, as well as the chance to be a part of the College Park growth plan,” Dan Ennis, head of threat intelligence and operations for BlueVoyant, said in a statement. “The University of Maryland has made a conscious effort to develop cybersecurity talent, and we’re excited to partner with them on talent development, cybersecurity, and large-scale data analysis.”

BlueVoyant’s new center will monitor web traffic as well as the “dark web” in an effort to protect clients against hackers. The company will join a bevy of other technology companies that call the district home including geospatial consultant and service provider IIC Technologies, which signed a lease for 5,000 square feet of office space in the district in January.

The Discovery District is a 150-acre area that reaches from Baltimore Avenue to the communities along River Road, according to the university. It includes the recently completed The Hotel at the University of Maryland and is envisioned as a hub for an off-campus community, transforming Baltimore Avenue into an amenity-rich live, work and play environment.

Economic development officials at the university and Prince George’s County want to transform the area surrounding the campus into a hub for technology and entrepreneurs. The goal is to harness the products and firms being generated by the university’s students and faculty

The state Department of Commerce approved a $100,000 conditional loan via the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority And Fund to offset project costs. The Discovery District is also in a designated Regional Institution Enterprise that covers 470 acres on and around the university campus.

The RISE designation, which the district was awarded roughly a year ago, provides businesses in the zone real property and income tax credits. Existing businesses must invest at least $5 million and create a minimum of 50 jobs to receive tax credits, according to the state. Firms can also receive a tax credit for 75 percent of local real property taxes.


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