Bethesda, Maryland - Home Of Major Medical Facilities and American History
National Institutes of Health
Interesting Washington DC Beltway Communities
Bethesda is a VIP (Very Important Place) in America, but it is not a city. Called a CDA or Census Designated Area, is is an unincorporated community on which the US Federal Government tracks statistics, including the US Census.It is located to the northwest of Washington DC and inside the I-495 Beltway.
The Chamber of Commerce attached to this place is the Bethesda- Chevy Chase branch and Chevy Chase is one of the richest communities in the USA.
The community of Bethesda's names originates in he name of a church - Bethesda Presbyterian Church or Bethesda Meeting House. The church was opened in 1820 and reconstructed in 1850. It was named for Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. In Aramaic, "beth hesda" means house of mercy.
Bethesda: Population Projected at 65,000+ in 2018
The State of Maryland is home to the highest concentration of US government research and development operations in America, including health and medical divisions, with many of them in the Bethesda area. Biotechnology and Nanotechnology are growing here and contributing to the international economy.
Bethesda is the Best
- Bethesda was named Number One on the list of Best Places to Telecommute, and accumulated these additional accolades:
- Most Secure Large City in the USA
- Number Two Healthiest City in America in the Centrum® Healthiest Cities Study
- Number Four for airport connection ease
- Number Seven City on the Edge of Greatness
Downtown Bethesda Development
The Bethesda Urban Development Partnership ensures that the downtown district of the area continues to grow and to provide educational, work, and recreational opportunities for residents.Military Discounts are offered by many establishments.
The fact is that the Downtown Bethesda project has developed an upscale lifestyles district full of restaurants, entertainment venues, arts and culture offerings, improved transportation, and nearby residences. As in many such developments across the country, this district offers a regular farmers market, free Wi-Fi service, and a convenient parking garage alongside street parking.
Bethesda Metro operates a station right in the center of Downtown, accompanied by the county bus line and the local free Bethesda Circulator, all at 7700 Georgetown Road. Car Sharing is available at the Metro Station on Wisconsin Avenue and if you drive there, parking is free.An additional rail line is in the works.
The Bethesda Regional Library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.
This are supports a hiking trail called The Capital Crescent Trail, which is enjoyed by bikers, hikers, joggers, and roller blade users from Georgetown to Silver Spring MD suitable. A hard paved surface is in place on this rail-trail from Georgetown to Bethesda. In 2015, work is ongoing to pave the remainder of the trail into Downtown Silver Spring.
The Bethesda free Circulator Bus travels throughout the Downtown District at no charge to passengers, running every 10 minutes from Monday though Saturday. Hours even include early morning and late night, making this service very convenient. Vacationers will enjoy that cost saving as well as the travel among museums, historic homes, monuments, restaurants, and retail places.
Bethesda Metro Station on Wisconsin Avenue
The Arts and Celebrations in Bethesda
Unique! - Tunnel Vision in Bethesda reminds me of the fine arts hung in the subways of Moscow, Russia. The Metro Tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue becomes an art gallery during this event. Bethesda supports dozens of arts, music, and dance studios -- The Metro Art in Transit Program decorates many venues. Public art is on view along many Bethesda streets. The Arts and Entertainment District is a sector within the Downtown Project., running several blocks in all directions form the Metro Station. Wisconsin Avenue runs roughly north and south through the center of the district.
March - Bethesda Film Fest: documentaries presented by nationally known and local filmmakers.
March - The Bernard and Ebb Songwriting Awards
April - The Bethesda Literary Festival brings in local and national authors, poets, and reporters for presentations and holds poetry and writing contests. Held over a weekend, the festival highlights over 20 events.
May - Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
June - Painting Awards Exhibit
September - The Trawick Prize and Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit
Military Interest and History
Uniformed Services University of the Health ScienceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dental Implants Developed in Bethesda
Of Interest to Travelers
Right beside the metro station, this high rise offers over 100 apartments, with retail footage on the first floor.
Downtown Apartments In the Works
Over 240 apartments are under construction in a building o Norfolk Avenue, with over 80 condominiums going on on Woodmont. An additional condominium complex includes three buildings with almost 400 multifamily units and a large grocery store. The newest large apartment complex in Downtown Bethesda is the upscale Solaire Bethesda at 7100 Wisconsin Avenue, due to open in early 2016. Several other buildings are under way as well.
Top 10 Local Employers With the Largest Work Pools
- The National Institutes of Health
- Walter Reed Hospital complex
- Marriott Hotels, etc.
- Lockheed Martin - Part of the NASA Commercial Crew
- Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital
- Henry M. Johnson Foundation
- Clark Construction Group
- Howard Hughes Medical Center
- Coventry Healthcare
- Comcast Sportsnet
Additional Large Employers
- University of Maryland
- Goddard Space Flight Center
- NASA - National Aeronautical and Space Administration
- Bethesda's US Naval Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
- Chevy Chase Trust
Bethesda/Navy Med Hospital Nurses
High Demand Jobs in Bethesda
During September 2015, over 100,000 open jobs required new workers on any day in Bethesda. The job ads appearing most often are:
- CDL Truck Drivers
- Travel Nurses (RN, LPN, other)
- Business Development Professionals
- Care.com - Nannies, housekeepers, babysitters, etc.
- Business Analysts
- IT Project and Program Managers
- Managers, Assistant Managers, and Shift Supervisors - Retail and Food Services
- Retail Sales People - PetSmart, Home Depot, Macy's, Target
- Harris Teeter Grocery Stores
- Food Service Workers and Baristas
World Class Higher Education in the Bethesda Metro Area
- Hood College – Cutting-edge Science and Technology Center.
- Frederick Community College
- Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc (FITCI) - Technologies business incubator for bringing new business into the area.
© 2015 Patty Inglish
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