Monday, March 2, 2015

Marriott Cites Accessibility to Metro as Essential to Drawing Young Talent

Photo: Washington Post
Bethesda-based Marriott International, according to a recent Washington Post report, is emphasizing accessibility to Metro as a means to attract talented employees and as a primary criterion for a planned relocation of its corporate headquarters within the region. In announcing the plan, Marriott chief executive Arne M. Sorenson said the company was looking for a location that would appeal to and attract the best talent. 

Sorensen said, “I think it’s essential we be accessible to Metro… [and] our younger folks are more inclined to be Metro-accessible and more urban.” Marriott’s headquarters is currently housed in a suburban office park located near Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway. It is about three miles from the nearest Metro stop, which could be easily covered on bike if the infrastructure were available. According to a Montgomery County official, the county will try to work with Marriott on accessibility and other amenities to keep the headquarters in Maryland.

Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors is focusing future development around transit, knowing that employees of all ages want transportation options; access to transit and the ability to walk and bike to nearby destinations. The county is slowly transforming but even some of our new mixed use centers, like Mosaic, are still not very accessible by transit or walking and biking. We need to make some major investments in transforming these places.

By Steve Ward and Bruce Wright

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