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Marriott International

Marriott International, one of the county’s largest employers, dropped a bombshell last spring when its President and CEO Arne Sorenson announced the company is likely to leave its Bethesda offices when its lease ends in 2022. Approximately 2,500 employees currently work at the suburban office park headquartered on Fernwood Road, and local and state leaders have already initiated efforts to convince the company to remain in the county. The county faces competition from the District and Northern Virginia. Sorenson said Marriott plans to move to an area that’s more urban and accessible to the Metro—local proponents of the expanding White Flint area are hoping they can woo Marriott to the Pike District.

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