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O'Malley: India Trip Netted Md. $60M

Rockville company, Montgomery College ink deals.

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday highlighted some of the results from his six-day trade mission to India, which resulted in nearly $60 million in business deals for the state.

Montgomery County companies were among the deals. 

"Rockville-based Sheladia Associates, an engineering, architecture and development company, will provide design and project management services valued at $3.7 million for upgrading India’s National Highway 215 to a four-lane facility in the State of Orissa," according to a press release.

And Montgomery College signed a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen vocational education and instructor capacity in India. 

"The goal of the collaboration is to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate a technical trade instructor training program and related instructional materials. Montgomery College will share its expertise in curricula, pedagogy, and learning environments. This effort will train the trainers who will, in turn, prepare India’s people for careers in the knowledge economy," the release says.

His director of communications, Raquel Guillory, wrote a blog entry, that includes a video from the trip.

The Washington Post's website has posted this Associated Press article.

While in India, O'Malley defended the trip, saying it would be "economically irresponsible" not to build relationships with India. Here's the report from MarylandReporter.com.

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