Sunday, August 09, 2015

PassionFish hiring in Bethesda

Is summer ending without the plum job you were expecting to land after graduating college? Not surprising, considering Montgomery County hasn't lured a single major corporate headquarters here in over a decade. If it's time for Plan B, one of the most anticipated restaurants to open this year in Bethesda is hiring.

PassionFish, which will open in September in the ground floor of the Darcy luxury condos at 7171 Woodmont Avenue, is hiring for all positions. Like neighbor Silver, they have also set up a recruiting center for prospective employees.

The PassionFish employment office is at 7187 Woodmont Avenue, and will be open Monday-Friday from 10 AM - 6 PM, and on Saturdays 12-4 PM. You can also email resumes through their Craigslist ad.

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Anonymous said...

Dyer is trolling readers so hard. HQs or bust. High paying jobs don't count if they're not part of a HQ (since, you know, HQ jobs like human resources and admin positions are way better than new biotech facilities w/$175K researcher positions).

Robert Dyer said...

3:20: The County hasn't had any major high-wage private sector job growth, even when you put their failure to attract corporate headquarters aside. So, clearly, having a promising biotech sector alone is not enough to compete or end the stagnation of our county's economy. We need corporate headquarters, and aerospace/defense/private space industry R&D and manufacturing to move forward and have high-wage job growth and revenue. Right now, the county has structural deficits as far into the future as the forecasts go. We're on the wrong track, and the first step is admitting we have a problem.

Anonymous said...

He's using the phrase "structural deficits" again. I suspect that he still doesn't know what that actually means.

Robert Dyer said...

6:43: And if you weren't a troll, most people would "suspect" you are a complete idiot. If you think Montgomery County doesn't have a structural deficit, you are the one who doesn't know what a structural deficit is.

Anonymous said...

Do you realize that your use of the phrase "structural deficit" implies that county taxes are too low?

And do you realize that we are never going to steal Boeing from Seattle? South Carolina tried doing that recently, it didn't work so well for them.

Anonymous said...

Montgomery County's most daunting economic challenge is getting robert dyer a job

Anonymous said...

Why does 5:46 AM hate small businesses? Would love to know what he does and whether it provides the same value as Dyer's reporting.

Anonymous said...

The first sentence of @ 6:16 AM is what is called a "non-sequitur".

I love the way he waited exactly 30 minutes to respond this time.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 3:20. A community needs restaurants, and a restaurant that creates jobs is not a bad thing. Why is the story about a small business hiring being twisted into an attack on the MoCo economic climate?

Anonymous said...

MoCo's economic climate is superb; our Bethesda Metro station is outstanding. The new escalator is working perfect (did I mention it's one of the longest in the world?).

I don't see any problems here. We in MoCo are healthy, wealthy and wise, all due to the hard work of our elected officials.

Anonymous said...

"The County hasn't had any major high-wage private sector job growth"

Hilarious, Dyer. Hilarious. You clearly don't follow the news...at all. There are constantly new employers, startups, and expansions happening in MoCo, e.g. VariQ just announced they're adding 250 jobs and moving to a larger space in Rockville. You must really live under a rock.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:26 AM thinks that there cannot possibly be any middle ground between "everything is perfect" and "everything sucks". Therefore it only takes one or two bits of bad news to prove that "everything sucks".

He is Dyer's perfect fanboy.

Anonymous said...

8:53 AM It's not really the media's role to applaud everything elected officials propose or do. Dyer is shining a light on some areas that need improvement (education, transportation, pedestrian access in the downtown, etc.) I think everyone agrees these are some areas to work on.

Anonymous said...

"It's not really the media's role to applaud everything elected officials propose or do."

Who exactly is doing this?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, who is applauding anyone? Except you repeatedly applauding Dyer (which is fine of course).

Robert Dyer said...

7:39: Let's review - I said "major, high-wage". Like CEB in Rosslyn, Intelsat in Tysons, and the latest "oops" missed opportunity by Montgomery County, EY (Ernst and Young). Read the job creation numbers of MoCo vs. NoVa & DC - we're nowhere near them. It's not even close. We're continuing to fall behind.

Robert Dyer said...

5:07: No, it means that expenditures will exceed revenue in every fiscal year as far out as the County has projected. That's not just a tax problem, it's a spending problem. And the result of the county's moribund economy.

Who wouldn't want Boeing, or any other aerospace giant? Answer - the Montgomery County political cartel.

Robert Dyer said...

7:26: Whatever you're smoking, the County Council wants to legalize it.

Anonymous said...

Dyer doesn't think jobs are created, only stolen from other jurisdictions.

What a Communist.

Robert Dyer said...

1:16: Montgomery County's record shows high-wage, private sector jobs sure as heck aren't being created here in significant numbers. That's why you need to lure the firms that create those jobs here. It's not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

It's not rocket science. Even robert dyer understands it.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. Wasn't Dyer just saying that MoCo needs more rocket scientists in 3:44 PM and 12:39 PM? Then in 4:08 PM he's saying that rocket scientists aren't really needed after all.

Anonymous said...

Dyer: "Read the job creation numbers of MoCo vs. NoVa & DC - we're nowhere near them. It's not even close. We're continuing to fall behind."

No, you read the numbers, Dyer. MD has DESTROYED VA in private sector job growth for a couple years now. This isn't 2005, we're no longer fighting multiple wars and aren't funneling trillions of dollars into VA's "death sciences;" wake up and educate yourself, Dyer.

Anonymous said...

Ditto if you compare Fairfax and Montgomery head-to-head; MoCo has had a higher job growth rate every year so far this decade.

Anonymous said...

"7:39: Let's review - I said "major, high-wage". Like CEB in Rosslyn, Intelsat in Tysons, and the latest "oops" missed opportunity by Montgomery County, EY (Ernst and Young). Read the job creation numbers of MoCo vs. NoVa & DC - we're nowhere near them. It's not even close. We're continuing to fall behind."

Dyer, you moron, I cite VariQ - a leading IT cybersecurity firm - and that's not "high-wage" enough for you? You could not be more of an idiot.

Robert Dyer said...

7:49/7:53/7:57: You're just flat out lying. You're using the fake jobs data that Montgomery County used taxpayer money to generate from EMSI in Idaho, rather than the legitimate Bureau of Labor Statistics data that shows Fairfax KILLING Montgomery County in virtually every metric you can imagine regarding jobs and economic development.

You've got zero credibility using fake numbers. Fairfax is killing us, as are Arlington, Loudoun and DC.

VariQ is one company. And only 250 jobs (of what salaries, by the way - averaging six figures like the 2000 new jobs CEB is adding at its new Rosslyn headquarters? Not likely.) That's a drop in the bucket compared to the numbers out of VA and DC.

Your reference to defense and aerospace as "death sciences" speaks for itself. Not only are you on the radical fringe, but clearly a supporter of George Leventhal's infamous "put Lockheed out of business" council resolution.

You need to get some accurate job creation data in your Nuclear Free Zone.

Robert Dyer said...

From The Examiner in October 2012:

"Between August 2011 and August 2012, Montgomery County added 4,482 jobs, while Fairfax County added 11,388, according to data the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week.

Suburban Maryland as a whole -- which includes Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, Charles and Calvert counties -- added 6,600 jobs, while Northern Virginia -- which stretches from Alexandria to Spotsylvania County -- added 32,600 jobs."

You just humiliated yourself again with your fake job data. This is why I have credibility and you don't.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Dyer apply for a job at Northrop Grummman or General Dynamics in NoVa?

"Northern Virginia -- which stretches from Alexandria to Spotsylvania County"

That's a very strange definition of "Northern Virginia".

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Dyer have any statistics more recent than 3-4 years ago?

G. Money said...

Uh, I'll just leave this here: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cewqtr.pdf

Employment Change, Dec. 2013-Dec. 2014
Montgomery Co., MD: 1.4%

Arlington Co., VA: 0.0%
Fairfax Co., VA: 0.2%
Loudoun Co., VA: 1.1%
Prince William Co., VA: 1.3%

Where's your credibility now, Dyer?

Robert Dyer said...

G.Money - You're using another old MoCo political cartel trick - employment rates, which tell you about how many residents are employed in a jurisdiction, NOT where the jobs were *created* or *located* (Hint: mostly in NoVa or DC).

6:35: If you use the fake numbers from EMSI, anybody sounds like a success. Unfortunately, NoVa has been creating more jobs than MoCo in the most recent years, as well - and most especially high-wage jobs.

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, NoVa has been creating more jobs than MoCo in the most recent year"

So you're telling me NoVA with a population of over 2.5 million is creating more jobs than MoCo with a population of 1 million?

You can't compare absolute numbers like that.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:35 AM said: "Doesn't Dyer have any statistics more recent than 3-4 years ago?"

@ 12:11 PM said: "6:35: If you use the fake numbers from EMSI, anybody sounds like a success. Unfortunately, NoVa has been creating more jobs than MoCo in the most recent years, as well - and most especially high-wage jobs."

How does this in any way relate to what @ 6:35 AM actually said?

Anonymous said...

Hint to Dyer: "between August 2011 and August 2012" is not "the most recent year".

Anonymous said...

But Dyer is talking about transplanting jobs instead of creating. He confirmed that himself.

What makes you say that data is fake?

Robert Dyer said...

12:50: There was a direct comparison with Fairfax County alone in one of the stats I posted - county vs. county. Fairfax has beat Montgomery every year up to present in job creation. You can compare absolute numbers like that.

Robert Dyer said...

12:51/1:00: Hint: Just examine the data from the recent years. NoVa still beat us every year.

Robert Dyer said...

1:02: The data was proven fake. Montgomery County hired a private firm (EMSI) using taxpayer money, to generate fake job numbers to make county elected officials look good. They use all kinds of voodoo economics to generate their numbers, as was eventually exposed. The MoCo political cartel flat out lied to their constituents, and used taxpayer money to do it!

Your arguments have been totally debunked. You've lost this debate.

G. Money said...

Where are you getting these supposed numbers to compare? And what proof do you have (or does someone else have) that the EMSI numbers are fake?

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Anonymous said...

Robert, can you point out the sources that show the data was fake?

I don't disbelief you, just would like to see some proof over just your word. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

I don't disagree with that. Just pointing out you mostly talk about luring Fortune 500 companies away from other states as the important indicator of economic prosperity for a locality.

Anonymous said...

How do you know the data is fake?

Anonymous said...

Dyer and his supporters hate when we ask about his job, but as someone running for public office we find his experience an important part of his candidacy so it's really off putting he doesn't share any info.

Anonymous said...

"luring Fortune 500 companies away from other states"

Or more specifically, the headquarters of those companies. Which represent a tiny fraction of the total employment of those companies.

MoCo needs more HR staff and bean-counters!

Robert Dyer said...

5:06/G.Money/4:09: All you have to do is put the EMSI "stats" up against the legitimate, widely-accepted job creation numbers from the BLS.

EMSI uses a variety of book-cooking tactics to artificially inflate job creation numbers.

I remember being in the Council chambers when the head of the MoCo Chamber of Commerce announced the latest MoCo vs. Fairfax job creation numbers - Fairfax had so utterly destroyed us, that an audible gasp was heard throughout the room.

Then MoCo used taxpayer $ to "buy" additional fake job stats, and present them as fact.

I knew and said they were fake all along. But you don't have to take my word for it.

Bill Turque eventually wrote about the EMSI inflation of numbers in the Post in 2014. He was the only local reporter to do so.

Robert Dyer said...

6:14: What have you found out about the other local reporters? Hint: You know way less about them than me - in fact, you know virtually nothing about them. Since their affiliations and sources of compensation indeed are an "important part" of journalism, "it's really off-putting" that you haven't delved into their personal stories. You're beyond hypocritical.

Robert Dyer said...

6:28: No, we just need aerospace and defense Fortune 500 company headquarters, their research and manufacturing facilities, and the high-wage jobs and economic development halo effect they provide.

States like Texas and Virginia are killing us, thanks to inept elected officials who share your idea that farmers markets and 9-person low-to-mid-wage offices are the foundation of economic growth.

Bob said...

I am asking not about Robert dyer the blogger but rather about Robert Dyer the politician.

You talk about breaking beyond the status quo and then anytime someone asks something about you your standard response is "well nobody else does it". So which way is it? You seem to want both ways - whichever suits you.

And you're being so rude to straight forward questions. It's not an insult to ask about your experience when you run for public office. Someone isn't being an idiot when they ask how you validate claims of fake data.

Bob said...

Can you explain the "book cooking tactics" to us laymen? Appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

General Dynamics:

#99 on the Fortune 500
-99,500 total employees
-Number of employees at headquarters in Falls Church: 500. 0.5% of total employees.

Employees at NIH campus in Bethesda: 20,000.

Advantage: MOCO MASHEEEN!!!!!1!

Anonymous said...

"elected officials who share [@ 6:28 AM's] idea that farmers markets and 9-person low-to-mid-wage offices are the foundation of economic growth."

Does Dyer ever quote his skeptics in any context other than ridiculous straw men?

Anonymous said...

So what would you do as an elected official to encourage these types of companies you suggest?

Anonymous said...

@ 12:23 PM -

You take a nice old hardcover book off the shelf. You set the oven to 350F. You gently rub the book in a mixture of olive oil, oregano, black pepper and finely-minced garlic. Put the book on a baking pan and put it in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes. Wait 10 minutes before serving.

G. Money said...

Dyer, thank you for clarifying what you mean regarding the job numbers. Unfortunately, you seem to have taken a rather hyperbolic posture regarding EMSI, which merely includes certain job categories that the BLS does not in its numbers. BLS is indeed widely accepted, but that does not mean that BLS has some sort of monopoly on job data. ESMI isn't making up jobs, it's just counting different types of jobs. In particular, it may be counting jobs categories (such as "certain federal workers") that are far more relevant to local job numbers than they would be for any other region in the country. I don't know, I'm merely speculating here.

Now, if someone were to try to compare the EMSI numbers from one jurisdiction with BLS data from another jurisdiction, that would clearly be a fraudulent use of the data. But the Bill Turque blog post does not include such an accusation. If you witnessed such a thing, it would be important to document it rather than just throwing out unsubstantiated accusations.

Robert Dyer said...

12:21: I am not currently a candidate for public office. When I have been in the past, there were numerous articles and voters guides that detailed my experience. In contrast, we know nothing about the other reporters in local media, so let's not be hypocritical.

Robert Dyer said...

2:43: NIH is government, not private. Duh!

Advantage: Common sense!!!!!!!!

Robert Dyer said...

2:45: Are you saying Hans Riemer is a straw man? He specifically has endorsed those two exact enterprises as the economic development model for the future. God help us, but that's what your straw councilmember said.

Robert Dyer said...

G. Money, I think you'd have to agree that when you look at some of the egregious data EMSI uses - and Turque included a few of the more absurd examples - that this is not credible data any serious economist would use to make decisions. It's smoke and mirrors that actually hurts our County, because they're deceiving the public using taxpayer money.

Robert Dyer said...

G. Money, By the way, your point regarding apples-to-apples comparison is what I had referred to - BLS numbers that were literally gasp-inducingly horrifying for MoCo being replaced by elected officials citing clearly inaccurate data from EMSI.

Do you find data that magically shows the overwhelming loser as suddenly a far and away winner to be credible?

Anonymous said...

I didn't see anything about you when you were running. Your own comments said they wouldn't cover you.

So if you won't share now while you aren't running, I'll ask again when you do.

Anonymous said...

Glad MD has these government facilities that could easily be in VA!

Anonymous said...

No answer from Robert dyer

Robert Dyer said...

I'm known to the community. You've just admitted to either being a low-information voter, or you've shirked your voting responsibilities altogether. Otherwise, you'd know all about me like educated Bethesda voters do.

Robert Dyer said...

7:29: This debate is about private sector jobs, not government jobs.

Anonymous said...

1) "None of your business. I'm not running this year."

2) "The MoCo Machine-controlled Lamestream Media never got around to telling you about me."

3) "If you don't know about me, it's because you're stupid."

Looks like he has all the bases covered.

Anonymous said...

"Do you find data that magically shows the overwhelming loser as suddenly a far and away winner to be credible?"

Do you really want to go there?

Anonymous said...

Wow that's really rude. A girl tries to learn about a candidate who she thought had some good ideas and he insults me. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yes! VA is losing out on all these government jobs. MoCo has done a good job of keeping government jobs here instead of going to VA.

Anonymous said...

Who is applauding our officials?

Anonymous said...

Why do government jobs not count in your opinion again?

Anonymous said...

Watch Dyer delete your comment and try to justify it as violating some comment policy of his.

Peter said...

The Depressed Dyer quoth at 12:10 PM -- " [reply to] 6:28: No, we just need aerospace and defense Fortune 500 company headquarters, their research and manufacturing facilities, and the high-wage jobs and economic development halo effect they provide."

This does of course further expose RD's lack of knowledge of anything regarding, for example, the aerospace industry. Right, like we are going to get, say, Boeing to move lock, stock, and barrel, the entire 747/767/777/787 manufacturing facility from Seattle -- one of, if not THE, largest enclosed manufacturing spaces on Earth -- to...the airpark in Gaithersburg? How much of northern MoCo is Dyer willing to buy up via eminent domain (which requires taxpayer $$$ natch) and then bulldoze into oblivion to create the necessary space to build a factory, extend the airpark runway to ~10,000 feet, etc etc etc.

I mean, c'mon....talk about delusional...

Anonymous said...

How come Dyer stopped applauding Hogan as soon as he got cancer?

Anonymous said...

Government jobs are just as important. And MD has done a good job.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:47 AM -

You are correct, "The Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington...is the largest building in the world by volume at 13,385,378 m3 (472,370,319 cu ft) and covers 399,480 m2 (98.3 acres)", per Wikipedia.

The entire facility, NOT including the airfield, occupies a square mile of land.

Anonymous said...

"We find that people who fail in everyday affairs often show a tendency to reach out for the impossible. They become responsive to grandiose schemes, and will display unequaled steadfastness, formidable energies and a special fitness in the performance of tasks which would stump superior people. It seems paradoxical that defeat in dealing with the possible should embolden people to attempt the impossible, but a familiarity with the mentality of the weak reveals that what seems a path of daring is actually an easy way out: It is to escape the responsibility for failure that the weak so eagerly throw themselves into grandiose undertakings. For when we fail in attaining the possible the blame is solely ours, but when we fail in attaining the impossible we are justified in attributing it to the magnitude of the task."

-Eric Hoffer

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Dyer reporting that Merrill Lynch are moving out of obsolete office parks, and consolidating their regional offices in Pike & Rose?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/08/12/in-the-washington-suburbs-the-march-of-the-mini-cities/

Robert Dyer said...

11:06: They're very important, but they're placed by the federal government. Montgomery County Government has little or nothing to do with the creation or placement of federal facilities or jobs. BRAC is perhaps the most obvious example of that.

Anonymous said...

So you're saying it's just completely dumb luck if the Feds choose MD over VA?

Anonymous said...

There is a lot more to Montgomery County's success in wooing federal facilities than just the merger of Walter Reed into the Naval Medical Center.

Robert Dyer said...

6:59/8:06: Montgomery County isn't wooing anybody. Even the office space report, which was hugely biased to favor the outcome County elected officials wanted, acknowledged that MoCo will continue to lose massive amounts of federal office space in the next few years alone.

Meanwhile, as I said earlier, the debate on this page is regarding private sector job creation, not federal jobs.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, let's add federal jobs to the conversation. You say VA is adding more private jobs than MD. Are they doing better than MD at wooing federal jobs also?

Anonymous said...

Everything that contradicts Dyer's preconceived notions is "hugely biased".

Anonymous said...

Actually, the debate was about Montgomery County's moribund economy and its efforts and efforts in creating jobs. So yes the federal government is just as relevant as Fortune 500 companies and small businesses and coffee shops and retail and restaurants and such.

Peter said...

@Anon 9:52 AM -- personally I would say that it's a wash. For example -- HHS is consolidating SAMHSA, AHRQ and some other agencies back over to Parklawn when the building reno is done. NIH/NIAID consolidated into the massive new construction across the street from Parklawn a couple years ago also. WaPo just reported this morning (Friday) that TSA is moving from Arlington to Alexandria. As we know from BRAC, Walter Reed moved from DC over to Bethesda and a number of related military functions consolidated at Fort Belvoir. There is probably some overall net positive effect, since many of these things do wind up involving assorted public infrastructure improvements, tech purchases, some other construction, etc., but I'd think it's hard to quantify exactly what that amount truly is.

Frankly if Dyer wants to opine that the (natural) process of consolidating federal agencies into more appropriate spaces will lead to "massive amounts of [lost] federal office space in the next few years"....well that certainly is his right to do so. However it does not reflect the reality that the GSA has been aggressively pushing to consolidate agencies into more appropriate, adaptable, and efficient spaces.

Anonymous said...

NoVa:

-General Dynamics headquarters: 500 employees
-Northrup Grumman headquarters: 500 employees

MoCo:

-Merger of old Walter Reed and Naval Medical: 2,500 employees

Advantage: MoCo Machine!

Robert Dyer said...

6:44: Walter Reed = federal government jobs. We're talking about private sector job creation. That's what economic development is all about. You're just embarrassing yourself, and only making more clear that you've thoroughly lost the debate.

Robert Dyer said...

Furthermore, your cherry-picked numbers for Northrup and GD are ridiculous, when as I pointed out long ago, the number of jobs created by any NoVa county far exceeds MoCo's number.

Robert Dyer said...

11:16 AM: Nobody, including me, has any clue what you're talking about. Everything I'm advocating for is longstanding and attainable. Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Terry McAulife, like me, support a new Potomac River crossing. Hillary Clinton, like me, supports universal Pre-K.

Are you saying Mark Warner and Hillary are nuts? You sound like a nut job yourself with that kind of crazy talk.

Anonymous said...

How are federal jobs not part of the equation of economic development again? Why only limit the conversation to private companies when federal jobs are obviously playing a role? Excluding government jobs would be like saying you can't count Dulles into the NoVa equation.

Anonymous said...

So Dyer accuses data of being fake without proof and then says someone else can't use specific data because it doesn't suit his needs and points. Ha. Why hypocrisy!

Anonymous said...

"Only data which supports my ridiculous hyperbole will be permitted here!"

Peter said...

Quoth the Depressed Moribund Dyer @ 8:56 PM: "...when as I pointed out long ago, the number of jobs created by any NoVa county far exceeds MoCo's number."

No offense but since you are so obsessed with what high-wage, Fortune 500 companies go to MoCo....please elucidate on what high-wage Fortune 500 jobs have moved to VA in the past, say, 12 months, and provide sources on said.

Anonymous said...

Of the approximately 500 staff at each of the headquarters of General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, I'm sure that a high percentage of them are lobbyists. Our local economy totally needs those kinds of jobs.