March 15, 2018

County Executive Ike Leggett Releases His Final Recommended Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett released his final recommended fiscal year 2019 operating budget of $5.56 billion on Thursday, March 15. The proposed budget increases County spending on the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) by $75 million and holds property taxes at the Charter Limit by reducing the tax rate by 1.98 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Leggett’s budget reflects the suggestions and feedback provided by hundreds of residents at County events and meetings including Leggett’s five budget forums held in January and February.

Closing Budget Falls
Closing Budget Falls
 Controlling County Government Spending
Controlling County Government Spending
 Ensuring Adequate Reserves
Ensuring Adequate Reserves
 Holding Down Property Taxes
Holding Down Property Taxes
 Keeping Down Total Tax Burden
Keeping Down Total Tax Burden
 Safer Streets by Investing in Police
Safer Streets by Investing in Police

March 14, 2018

Green Business Certification Program Expands to Include Farms Implementing Comprehensive Sustainability Practices

Farm operations certified through the USDA Organic and/or Certified Naturally- Grown programs are now included in the County’s Green Business Directory along with approximately 80 other businesses.

Both the USDA Organic and Certified Naturally-Grown standards require a full commitment to organic practices – no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or genetically engineered seeds – and include a focus on building and conserving soil nutrients through compost, cover crops, crop rotation and other practices.

The following certified Farms are now included in the County’s Green Business Directory
The Green Business Certification Program is managed by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and Montgomery College. This voluntary recognition program

helps County businesses green their operations and prosper in the new green economy by encouraging local consumers and other businesses to consider Certified Green Businesses when making purchasing decisions.

Read more about the Green Business Certification Program HERE.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Scheduled to Reopen the Montgomery County Public Libraries White Oak Branch

Montgomery County Public Libraries White Oak Library will reopen with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m. The White Oak Branch is located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring.

Partial funding for the project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Library, as authorized by the Maryland General Assembly and supported by the Montgomery County Delegation.

Foster Parents are Needed to Make a Difference for Montgomery County Children

Montgomery County children of all ages need foster homes. Foster parenting is not only a form of community service, it is a form of giving and sacrifice that can result in the most rewarding experiences one can hope for.

Last year almost two hundred children in Montgomery County were temporarily separated from their parents. These children come from a cross-section of the community--from a variety of social and economic backgrounds, from every race, religion, and nationality. Their ages range from infancy to young adulthood.

Information meetings are held monthly in Rockville, or you can learn more at

Bus Rapid Transit Open Houses

Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host three Open Houses for residents to provide information and learn more about the Bus Rapid Transit on US 29 project.

Schedule for the Open Houses:

Thursday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza

Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring

Wednesday, March 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Blair High School, 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring

Visit website for more information.

Spring is in the Air and the Cherry Blossoms are Coming to Montgomery County

Montgomery County is a great place to be if you want to enjoy and photograph the cherry blossoms this spring. The County has hundreds of cherry trees, which will bloom over the next few weeks at over two dozen locations.

For more information about the flowering trees, and a map that will guide you to the parks where they are located, visit the Montgomery Parks website here.

First County-level Green Bank’s Program Expands the Market for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Green Bank has announced the launch of its first financing program for businesses and commercial property owners. Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER), a new lending program with partners Revere Bank and Ascentium Capital LLC., aims to support commercial and industrial businesses that plan to make clean energy or energy efficiency upgrades to their properties in Montgomery County.

Through the CLEER program, these lenders, commercial contractors, and Montgomery County Green Bank will work together to bridge the financing gap for energy efficiency, solar PV and energy storage projects in office, retail, light industrial and multifamily rental properties that are not currently covered by existing programs.

CLEER is the first program unveiled by Montgomery County Green Bank as part of the organization’s overall mission to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in Montgomery County.

Read more about the Green Bank by visiting

Visit Montgomery, MD Celebrates 35 Years with New Brand Identity and Logo

Visit Montgomery, the official destination marketing organization for Montgomery County has a new brand identity and logo. The new brand offers a richer articulation of the organization’s mission and vision and uses a broad spectrum of colors and imagery to reflect the County’s diverse downtown and upcountry flavor.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the organization’s founding. Montgomery County’s close proximately to Washington, D.C., and accessibility to outdoor adventures, historic sites, local cuisine, and world-class cultural attractions are a draw for visitors seeking a comfortable and affordable weekend getaway destination.

Get a preview of the new look and read more at

BioHealth Innovation, Inc. Recognized as Leading Business Center

BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) has received the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)’s January 2018 IMPACT Award in Biotech/Cleantech for the management of four spaces for early-stage companies: the Germantown Innovation Center, the Rockville Innovation Center, LaunchLabs, and the BHI International Innovation Center. BHI supports global growth in Montgomery County by assisting foreign companies to have a starting point to create or locate their U.S.- based subsidiaries.

The award is based on a variety of metrics including affiliations and partnerships, application and graduation, facilities, mission and goals. This recognition enables this innovation activity to be considered with other leading entrepreneurial centers across the country as a finalist for the InBIA’s annual Incubator of the Year Awards.

Read more about Montgomery County’s successful global hub at the County’s Department of Economic Development website.

Read more about the award at BioHealth Innovation Receives InBIA January IMPACT Award

Sixth Annual Bethesda Film Festival Returns to Bethesda

The sixth annual Bethesda Film Festive will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. The films will screen at Imagination Stage located at 4908 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The films selected for the screening include: 
  • Aiven by Enrique Huaiquil from Silver Spring
  • Mama Rwanda by Laura Waters Hinson from Washington, D.C.
  • Pot of Gold: The Origin of Japanese Bidet by Daiei Onoguchi from Bethesda
  • Sisterly by Nina Vallado, from Silver Spring
  • Two Steps Back by R. Kayeen Thomas from Washington, D.C.
Each screening will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion with the filmmakers.