Current Activities & Initiatives
- Promotion of important naval and maritime projects, policies, and initiatives;
- Information exchange – industry, academia, government and congressional;
- Participation in, facilitation and sponsorship of meetings and forums;
- Interaction with congressional staffs and support of Congressional events;
- Support of US Coast Guard Yard and associated entities;
- Educational and STEM initiatives;
- Leadership role in the 4-state SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) science and technology organization.
- Developed a STEM Resource Manual for high school students.
A primary activity for MTA is to serve on the Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC), along with key State officials, representatives from all Maryland counties, other Alliance presidents and Maryland Congressional staffs.
The MMIC is dedicated to educating the Department of Defense leadership and Congress on the high value and contributions of the military bases, facilities, personnel and associated small businesses resident in the State of Maryland in order to better position these entities for any future BRAC (Base Reduction and Closure Action) initiatives.
A Maritime Region
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the US—about 200 miles long with more than 11,000 miles of shoreline with more than 150 major rivers & streams supporting more than 15 million people in the region.
The Maryland area is home to world’s foremost maritime R&D and test and evaluation facilities located at the Carderock Division’s West Bethesda, MD site. This site is supported by the greatest concentration of scientists and engineers in the country dedicated to naval and maritime technology.
The 300-year old port of Baltimore is one of the busiest ports on the East Coast, handling more than 30 million tons of cargo per year valued at more than 52 billion dollars. The port employs more than 126,000 Maryland residents, generating wages and salaries of more than 3 billion dollars annually.
The DELMARVA area is home to a vast array of premier boat builders, naval architects, and marine engineers, and our ports and harbors are a critical element of our domestic homeland security.
MTA’s strong focus is the Navy’s Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center located in Bethesda, MD and the USCG Yard in Baltimore, MD.
Related activities include working with regional companies, institutions and universities to help foster and develop funded naval and maritime initiatives to enhance the region’s economic and national security interests. MTA, in its role as the area’s point of contact for naval/maritime matters, is an active spokesman for such programs with the Department of Defense and Congress.