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Leggett Helps Celebrate Opening of EDF Inc.’s North American Headquarters in Chevy Chase

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will join EDF Inc. executives and employees this evening to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new North American headquarters in Chevy Chase.  EDF Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF International S.A. of France and an international, low-carbon energy leader.  The company signed a 10-year lease for 16,000 square feet at 5404 Wisconsin Place.  The company has approximately 25 employees at the new location.

“We are delighted to welcome a global leader like EDF Inc. to Montgomery County,” said Leggett. “A company of their caliber would have been welcomed by any jurisdiction in the nation, so we value their decision to locate in Chevy Chase and bring important new jobs to the County. No doubt our proximity to leading federal agencies, availability of a skilled and educated workforce and our culturally and industry diverse business community played a key role in their decision.”

Operating in more than 20 countries worldwide, the EDF Group is recognized as a leading expert in low-carbon energy options, including nuclear, wind, hydro and solar power. EDF Inc.’s selection of Montgomery County for its North American headquarters this past spring followed the completion of its previously announced investment in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC, which is structured as a new joint venture.

“This selection reflects EDF’s decision to choose Maryland to be at the center of our growth efforts in the United States,” said Jean-Pierre Benqué, President of EDF Inc., following the company’s spring announcement of their selection of Montgomery County for their North American headquarters.  “We appreciate the support extended to us  by Montgomery County Executive Leggett and the Department of Economic Development and we look forward to being a strong corporate citizen in the County and the State.”

The EDF Inc. opening comes on the heels of several other recent economic development successes in the County, including groundbreakings last month for a new, $200 million satellite campus of the National Cancer Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s Shady Grove Life Sciences Center campus and for QIAGEN’s 117,000-square-foot, $52 million North American headquarters and manufacturing facility expansion in Germantown.  In addition, the County celebrated the opening last week of its new Federal and Academic Technology Transfer Welcome Center at the Shady Grove Innovation Center and will help celebrate the opening of the new International Baccalaureate Center for the Americas in Bethesda later this month.