February 21, 2019

Everyone Counts in Montgomery

It’s time to get counted! County Executive Marc Elrich and Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro recently launched the United States 2020 Census outreach activities in Montgomery County.

Census Day is Wednesday, April 1, 2020; and Montgomery County’s theme for the 2020 integrated partnership and communications campaign is, “Everyone Counts in Montgomery.”

The Census Bureau's primary mission is conducting the U.S. Census every 10 years, which allocates the seats of the U.S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population. The bureau's various censuses and surveys help allocate federal funds each year; and it helps states and local jurisdictions make informed decisions such as where to build and maintain schools, hospitals, transportation infrastructure, and public safety departments.

Read more about the census event or view photos from the Flickr album.

Montgomery County Ranked One of the Most Culturally Diverse in the U.S.

Montgomery County’s rich cultural diversity is recognized by a 2019 WalletHub study, which ranked Gaithersburg as the nation’s second most culturally diverse city in the U.S. Germantown is ranked as the third, Silver Spring as the fourth and Rockville ranked ninth.

WalletHub took a snapshot of America’s current cultural profile, comparing more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics of ethnic diversity.

To view the WalletHub study, go to 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.

Montgomery County Business Portal Provides Business Solutions

The Montgomery County Business Portal is the place to go online for business resources and solutions.

The Business Portal has information about starting, managing and growing your business in Montgomery County as well as details about local laws, licenses, permits and regulations. The Portal features business starter kits that are industry-specific, from childcare centers to retail shops to restaurants and more. Looking for business training? Check out the Portal’s calendar of upcoming business training events.

Find answers to your business questions by visiting the frequently asked questions section of the Portal or contact the Business Solutions Group for answers.

Watch this one-minute video to learn more, and follow @MoCoBizSolutions on Twitter for the latest business news and updates.

A Library Card Gives You Free Access to the Great Courses Library Collection

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ cardholders now have unlimited access to a world of knowledge via streaming video on RBdigital’s The Great Courses Library Collection.

The Great Courses collection offers access to top university professors and experts from Ivy League and other renowned schools and institutions. With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, there is something to spark everyone’s curiosity.

The Great Courses Library Collection features unlimited access via RBdigital, which provides a broad array of content services from a single app. There are easy-to-use features with no commercials or other interruptions. New courses are added monthly. Library cardholders can sign up to start streaming courses by visiting Great Courses Collection.

Nighttime Lane Closures on I-270/Watkins Mill Road Interchange Scheduled Through Early March

Motorists can expect nighttime lane closures through early March as the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration prepares to set structural support beams at the I-270/Watkins Mill Road interchange project in Gaithersburg.

Single lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., double lane closures at 9 p.m. and triple lane closures at 11 p.m. with all lanes opening by 5 a.m. each subsequent morning.

Additionally, intermittent total lane closures will occur between midnight and 5 a.m. The work will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings. For a look at real-time commute conditions, customers are urged to visit www.md511.org and click on lane closures.

Community Meeting to Discuss Public Safety Radio Tower Scheduled for Tuesday, March 5

The Montgomery County Department of Technology Services and Maryland’s Department of Information Technology and State Highway Administration will hold a community meeting to discuss a public safety radio tower planned for the northwest cloverleaf of the Intercounty Connector at Georgia Ave.

The meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, will take place in the All-Purpose Room of Cashell Elementary School located at 17101 Cashell Road in Rockville.

County and State representatives will provide information about the site selection, what the County and State’s public safety radio systems are used for, and reasons a new tower is required at this location. There will be diagrams of the planned tower site and photo simulations showing what the tower will look like from various locations in the surrounding area.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits Applications Accepted by Montgomery Planning Through April 1

Owners of historic properties may be eligible for a 25 percent tax credit for exterior home improvements, such as fixing a window, replacing a roof or repainting exteriors The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is accepting applications from County property owners who may be eligible for the one-time property tax credit until 5 p.m. on April 1.

Information about the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit is available here. The property must be listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Search here to determine if your property is listed.

View a short video about the Historic Tax Credit program offered by the Historic Preservation Office. Download the tax credit application here.

For more information, contact Michael Kyne, Planner Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Office at the Montgomery County Department of Planning at 301-563-3403 or by email at Michael.Kyne@montgomeryplanning.org.

"Sharp Flashes of Lightning Come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson" Now Available for Purchase

Montgomery Parks is celebrating Rev. Josiah Henson’s strength and resilience in overcoming slavery by publishing an in-depth biography, Sharp Flashes of Lightning Come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson. Authored by Montgomery Parks’ Senior Historian Jamie F. Kuhns, the biography is based on Henson’s 1849 autobiography, subsequent editions, and archival materials. Kuhns spent more than 10 years researching the abolitionist.

A preacher, freedom-seeker and Underground Railroad conductor, an author, and abolitionist, Rev. Henson was enslaved on a plantation just off Old Georgetown Road at what is now Josiah Henson Park.

Books are available for purchase now, including signed copies, on MontgomeryParks.org.

February 6, 2019

Holiday Schedule for Presidents Day

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18.
  • County Offices – closed;
  • Libraries – closed;
  • Department of Liquor Control retail stores – will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m;
  • Recreation – recreation and aquatic programs and facilities are open. Senior centers and administrative offices are closed.
  • Montgomery Parks - visit www.MontgomeryParks.org;
  • Ride On – will run a modified holiday schedule. Check on route number in this link to see the timetable for each route;
  • Metrorail and Metrobus – Check the available information;
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores – closed;
  • County-provided refuse/recycling pickup – County-provided trash and recycling collection is cancelled. The collection will slide by one day with the last pickup on Saturday, Feb. 23;
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station – Open with normal hours;
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free;
  • MCPS Schools and Administrative Offices – closed;
  • State offices and courts – closed.

Montgomery County Seeks Your Input to Balance the Budget

The Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget invites you to participate in an interactive budget forum using “Balancing Act” – a new, online tool designed to increase public engagement during the FY20 budget process.

The Interactive Budget Development Forum will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Executive Office Building cafeteria – terrace level, located at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville.

Participants must bring their own laptops or tablets to the event.

Register for this free event.