The College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
Velocity Center at Indian Head is a unique facility offering a collaborative learning space that supports workforce
and economic development in southern Maryland. The CSM Velocity Center promotes collaboration between the CSM and the
Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). It is designed
as a place for innovation, creativity, and collaboration for the CSM, Navy, and nearby communities. The Velocity Center
is intended to spur economic growth in southern Maryland by attracting new opportunities for retail and dining within
the Town of Indian Head, which also benefits residents, tourists, and the region.
The Velocity Center has many types of facilities that can be utilized both by the military and community, including conference
and meeting spaces, shared flex spaces, workspaces, and makerspaces. These are available to the host community, Navy,
and for professional development events. Navy scientists can also use the facilities to collaborate with local students
in tech transfer classes, while the community is welcome to take advantage of workforce and professional development
courses hosted by CSM.
The development of the Velocity Center was done collaboratively, involving the Charles County Board of County Commissioners,
the Town of Indian Head, and the
Charles County Military Alliance Council. Collaboration with Naval Support Facility Indian Head, the Indian Head
Explosive Ordnance Detachment at Stump Neck, the Office of Naval Research, and the Technology Transfer Partnership enhanced
its educational and outreach opportunities. The Maryland Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Community
Development provided financial support, as well as numerous local, state, and federal elected officials who helped procure
funding. Funding for the center came from multiple partners through the
Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), an endowment from the College of Southern Maryland, in-kind services,
and traditional fiscal year government budgets.
The next step in this partnership is the continued development of the Maryland Technology Center (MTC), across from the Velocity Center.
US Bomb Technicians Association (USBTA) is now headquartered at the MTC and there is additional space to support contractors and businesses.
For more information, refer to the Velocity Center case study.