April 23, 2018

Montgomery County Delegation Announces 2018 Session Accomplishments for the County

The 32-member Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly has announced its 2018 legislative accomplishments for the County. Read more.

2018 Primary Election is Scheduled for June 26; Board of Elections Seeks Election Workers

The 2018 Primary Election is scheduled for June 26 and early voting begins on June 14. The Board of Elections website has information to keep you informed on many voter services including voter registration, polling places, and more.

The Board of Elections needs registered voters to serve as election workers for the upcoming primary election. Due to the diversity within the county, voters who speak multiple languages are also needed. Voters who are fluent in both English and Spanish are especially needed.

More information on election workers is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/elections.

Montgomery County to Participate in Drug Enforcement Administration’s 15th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. community members may drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs when the County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Understanding the prevalence of opioid overdoses and abuse, this event provides a means for the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted opioid prescriptions and prevent their life-threatening abuse.

The biannual event is coordinated in our County by the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD) and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Learn more and find drop-off sites throughout the County in the press release.

Bethesda Library Reopens with as the Connie Morella Library with a Fresh Look and New Name

On April 14, hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the renaming and grand reopening of the newly refreshed Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Connie Morella Library, formerly called the Bethesda Library. The library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.

The facility is renamed to honor Connie Morella who served Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1986 and represented Montgomery County and Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. Following her congressional service, Morella was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2003 until 2007. Morella is a founding member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and served as second President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

The refresh for the library includes new sit-stand circulation, information, and self-checkout desks; renovation of the public restrooms; new roof, painting and flooring; two new collaboration spaces; upgraded-lighting with improved energy-efficient and brighter LED lamps; outside enhancements which include book drops, bike racks, additional new furniture; motorized window shades, and many other enhancements.

Enhanced interior and exterior updates, including upgraded walkways and entrances that improved accessibility for people with disabilities.

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.

See the press release for more about the ceremony and refresh project.

Montgomery County’s GreenFest Returns on May 5

GreenFest, the County’s largest, annual environmental festival returns on Saturday, May 5. The event will take place at Jesup Local Park located at 900 Jesup Blair Drive in Silver Spring from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Join your friends and neighbors for this fun-filled day focused on how we can all work toward a cleaner, greener world. To learn more about the entertainment and activities go to the GreenFest website.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation to Host Community Meeting for the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

The Department of Recreation will host a community meeting on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The session will be held at the Good Hope Union United Methodist Church located at 14680 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring.

Residents are invited to provide input on the programs and services that may be provided at the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center when it opens later this year. For the first time, Montgomery County Recreation is partnering with Strathmore to provide art, music and educational activities at the new center.

Construction of the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center is underway at 14715 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring. The new facility will include a full-size gymnasium, kitchen and social hall. For more information about the status of construction, visit the project’s website, here.

Free Housing Educational Forum to be Held on April 30 in Silver Spring

April is Fair Housing Month and housing professionals and providers can join fair housing regulators in Montgomery County at the free “One-Stop Fair Housing Shop” to learn more about fair housing. The fair housing educational forum will be held on Monday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center located at 1 Veterans Place.

“One-Stop Fair Housing Shop” focuses on the fair housing requirements for people with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, use of service animals, parking requirements, common ownership communities’ responsibilities, legal updates on the county, state and federal levels, and new trends for a changing housing consumer base.

Guest speakers will include: representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Office of Human Rights, Office of Consumer Protection, Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Preregistration and more information is available HERE.

Bethesda Summer Concert Series Begins May 17

With hopes of consistent warmer weather, folks are looking forward to the return of the weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Bethesda. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts during May, June and July. The concerts offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, jazz and reggae.

The concerts begin on May 17 and will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. See the full schedule.

On April 24, Montgomery College Presents Climate Change: What Is Happening and What Can We Do About It?

On April 24 at 7 p.m., Montgomery College will present Climate Change: What Is Happening and What Can We Do About It? The free event will take place at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus in Globe Hall located in the High Technology and Science Center.

Ilissa Ocko, a climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, will discuss Earth’s climatic past; scientific views on the current warming trend, including how it affects societies and ecosystems; and what might be done to affect change. Ocko will share highlights of her research on the short- and long-term climate impacts of greenhouse gases and aerosols and mitigation measures.

The program is part of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia speaker series that features timely topics presented by leading experts.

Montgomery Parks Wants to Hear from You

Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at a public meeting to discuss possible improvements to the hard-surface courts in the northern section of Columbia Local Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center located at 14906 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.

Parks staffers are asking for help to determine the future uses for the existing courts. The courts are located on the northern section of the park.

More information about the project is available at the Montgomery Parks web page.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre to Expand to Clarksburg

The Board of Directors of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) announced plans to expand the 29-year-old nonprofit arts education organization to Clarksburg this summer. MBT’s current home in Gaithersburg will also continue to serve the community.

MBT’s newest location will be at 22530 Gateway Center Drive and will include more than 7000 square feet of space, with three large classroom studios. Other features include sprung dance flooring, high ceilings, and integrated audio-visual technology.

The 2018-2019 academic year will mark the first full session of educational programming in MBT’s Clarksburg space. MBT will continue to produce two professional ballets annually at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville; its 30th annual production season will open with The Nutcracker in December 2018. Read more about the new location HERE.

Affordable Housing Summit Scheduled for May 11

The Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County —a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization—will present the 27th Annual Affordable Housing Summit, on Friday, May 11. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located at 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda.

Registration information is available at HERE.

April 9, 2018

Montgomery County Council to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Residents will provide comments and suggestions on the County Executive’s recommended FY 2019 Operating Budget.

The public hearings are scheduled for:
Hearings will be held in the third-floor hearing room of the Council Office Building located at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

The number of speakers for public hearings is limited. Anyone interested in testifying can sign up online or by calling 240-777-7803. Comments and suggestions are welcome online or via email at county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov., through postal mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 or by calling the Council’s budget hotline at 240-777-7802. 

Information on the budget can be found on the Council website or by going to the Council’s web page atwww.montgomerycountymd.gov/council and clicking on “Operating and CIP Budgets”.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced an awareness and enforcement campaign regarding distracted driving and distracted walking. The “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign is part of the County’s Vision Zero initiative to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.

Distracted driving or walking is a leading cause of crashes in Montgomery County. In the County, nearly half of all drivers and four in 10 pedestrians involved in severe or fatal crashes were distracted. The good news is that this is something that can be changed.

To learn more, go to VisionZero.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Hundreds Attend Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ White Oak Branch

Hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the reopening of the Montgomery County Public Libraries White Oak Library on April 2. The library, located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring, was closed to be “refreshed” under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the County’s Capital Improvements Program.

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

The library opened immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. More information about the improvements is available HERE.

More information about the library, including hours of operation and upcoming events, is available at HERE.

Montgomery County Celebrates Earth Month with Events Throughout April; Activities Culminate at the Montgomery County GreenFest on May 5

To celebrate April as Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is hosting or participating in numerous events focused on the environment. These events offer opportunities for residents and businesses to help make the County a greener, cleaner place.

County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Hans Riemer will officially proclaim April as Earth Month in Montgomery County with a joint proclamation on April 17. With this action, County officials affirm the importance of protecting the environment, not only during Earth Month but throughout the year.

For more information about all of the activities go to Department of Environmental Protection Earth Month Activities.

"Montgomery Serves Awards" Recognizes Service to the Community

Montgomery County will honor nine individuals and groups for their exemplary service to the community at the seventh annual Montgomery Serves Awards ceremony, set for Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Imagination Stage located at 4908 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Register here.

Learn more about the winners, the awards, and ways to get involved in serving our community at montgomeryserves.org. That is the website of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, which coordinates the awards and thousands of volunteer opportunities countywide.

Fund for Montgomery provided a generous contribution from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation to sponsor the event.

Design for Life Showcase Returns to Silver Spring on May 5

The Design for Life Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Pl.

This is the event to meet building professionals who are designing and renovating accessible homes for all ages and stages of life. Whether you are a homeowner buying a new home or renovating your current home, the Design for Life program offers a variety of benefits for you.

Learn more about the Design for Life program by visiting its website. Register for the showcase, HERE.

Construction Continues at Wheaton Revitalization Project Site

Significant progress continues at the site of the Wheaton Revitalization Project, where construction is underway on a 14-story Montgomery County government office building and the public square.

You can watch the construction progress via a camera that is fixed on the downtown Wheaton construction site and posted on the project’s website at wheatonproject.com.

Demolition of the former Mid-County Regional Services Center, which began in late January, is  completed.

The new town square of approximately 20,000 square feet will be built at the site of the former services center site on the Reedie Drive side of the project. The town square will provide space for public use and entertainment purposes. It will include an amphitheater and covered stage.

Major steps in the revitalization of Wheaton are evolving around the Wheaton Triangle Business District as the three-year project continues to be on schedule for completion in 2020—and it continues to be on budget.

More information is available at the Wheaton Revitalization Project website.

Montgomery College Board Approves Naming of Math and Science Building in Honor of County Executive Ike Leggett and Catherine Leggett

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees passed a resolution to name a new Math and Science Building to honor County Executive Ike Leggett and his wife Catherine Leggett. The building will be located on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

For students, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Building will be a key component in their paths to completion since every college student in Maryland must take math and science courses to obtain a degree. The Catherine and Isiah Leggett Math and Science Building will replace the out-of-date classrooms and labs in buildings that are 56 and 38 years old. The plans for this modernization have been in place for almost 15 years. The College anticipates construction of the new math and science building to start in December 2019 and to open for the fall semester of 2022.

Read more about the renaming at the Montgomery College website.

Bethesda’s Local Writers Showcase Honors Writers and Poets on April 19 and 20

Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine will host the Local Writer’s Showcase, celebrating writers from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia on April 19 and 20. The Showcase will include two award ceremonies and readings, honoring the winners of the annual Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest and the Bethesda Poetry Contest. Both ceremonies are open to the public.

The Showcase begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, with a Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading by award-winning poet E. Ethelbert Miller at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E located in Bethesda.

The Annual Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda Hyatt located at 7400 Wisconsin Ave. Winners will receive their awards and can read an excerpt from their work.

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, the Department of Permitting Services and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are alerting residents of a smoke alarm recall.

Kidde is recalling almost 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms because of a manufacturing malfunction that may compromise the alarm’s ability to detect smoke. Specifically, a yellow protective cap may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors during the manufacturing process.

For more information about the recall, visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Montgomery County Provides Opportunities for Artist to Showcase Works

With dozens of museums, galleries, and art shows, Montgomery County is a cultural hub that provides many opportunities for the artist to showcase their arts.

To reactivate the Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, have announced a call for the visual artist. For more information, go to www.bettymaekramergallery.com/mcwopcallforart. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20.

The Beacon Celebration of the Arts invites amateur artists, age 50 years and older, to enter the best works in the Beacon Celebration of the Arts competition. Original works are accepted in four categories: Painting or drawing, sculpture/jewelry/pottery/mixed media, photography and poetry. Entries will be accepted through June 29. For more information go to bit.ly/BeaconCelebration.

A-Rts Returns to Rockville Town Square May 5-6, 2018

The Sixth Annual A-RTS at Rockville Town Square will showcase the work of 150 nationally recognized artists from around the United States in a spectacular outdoor gallery. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

A-RTS will be held rain or shine at Rockville Town Square, located at 200 East Middle Lane and on surrounding streets (Maryland Avenue and E. Middle Lane). Streets are closed to traffic for the festival. The event is within walking distance from the Rockville Metro station. Parking is available at numerous garages located around the site.

More information about A-RTS is available at www.a-rts.org.

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 montgomerycountymd.gov/fosterparent.

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 mcgreenbank.org.

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 https://visitmontgomery.com/inside-new-brand/

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.

Ultimate Destination: Maryland SoccerPlex

The Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds has been named an ultimate destination and venue for soccer and lacrosse by Sports Events magazine.

The Maryland SoccerPlex has 24 fields and it is the setting for 11 soccer and lacrosse tournaments each year. The facility hosts approximately 650,000 people annually, and that generates an economic impact of over $23 million for Montgomery County and the State of Maryland from out of town visitors, according to Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger.

On Saturday, March 17, the Maryland SoccerPlex hosts the DC United home opener game against the Houston Dynamo. For more information, visit the Maryland SoccerPlex website.

Montgomery County Commission on Aging Wants to Hear From You

Come learn about how Montgomery County is becoming even more Age-Friendly! The Montgomery County Commission on Aging (COA) serves as an advocate for the health, safety, and well-being of the County's older residents. The COA would like to hear from you at the upcoming public forum scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Plaza. To R.S.V.P., please call or email Tremayne Jones at 240-777-1120.  

March 1, 2018

Resident Survey Shows Montgomery County as Desirable Place to Live, Rates County Services


An independent survey commissioned by Montgomery County shows residents rate the County as a desirable place to live, raise children, work and enjoy a good quality of life.

The survey gives high marks to most County services while indicating there are areas for improvement in affordable housing, cost of living and traffic congestion. Boulder, Colorado-based National Research Center conducted the study.

To read more about the study go to press release: Resident Survey Shows Strong Support for Montgomery County as Desirable Place to Live, Gives High Marks to County Services.

Leggett Hails Opening of Viela Bio, MedImmune Spin-Out

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett hails the announcement that Viela Bio, a newly-formed spin-out of MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, will be based in Gaithersburg. This will create 100 jobs within three to five years.

Viela Bio will take its place alongside the many other successful biotech firms located in the County. Viela Bio’s work will focus on developing medicines for severe autoimmune diseases by targeting critical pathways at the root cause of disease. The company has announced a Series A financing with up to $250 million in investment capital.

Read more Here.

Press release from the Office of Governor Larry Hogan at New Biotech Company, Viela Bio, Launches in Maryland

More information from Viela Bio at Viela Bio Spins Out of MedImmune; Launches with Up to $250 Million Series A Financing from Investor Consortium Led by Boyu Capital, 6 Dimensions Capital, and Hillhouse Capital

Study Shows Amazon Second Headquarters in Montgomery County Would Bring $17 Billion in Economic Activity to Maryland and Create More than 50,000 High-Paying Jobs  

On January 18, Amazon announced that Montgomery County is a finalist to be considered for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2). The company plans to invest $5 billion in the project, which will ultimately create 50,000 new direct, high-paying jobs.

A new economic impact study commissioned by the Maryland Department of Commerce and Montgomery County confirms that the Amazon’s HQ2 would bring extensive benefits to Montgomery County, Maryland and the entire region.

Amazon’s HQ2 will contribute $17 billion per year in additional activity to Maryland’s economy and $7.7 billion in annual wages when fully operational. Furthermore, the project would support 101,000 total jobs and produce $280 million in additional County tax receipts each year and $483 million in annual state tax receipts according to the analysis, which was conducted by Baltimore-based Sage Policy Group, Inc.

The analysis also examined benefits to the state while the headquarters project is being built. During the construction phase alone, HQ2 would support another 50,000 jobs, pay nearly $3 billion in wages, and spur nearly $7.4 billion in additional business sales. Tax revenues during construction are projected to exceed $110 million at the County level and $190 million at the state level, according to the study.

Former Silver Spring Library to Be Reused as a Child Care Center; Agreement Leverages Senior Housing

Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center will develop the former Silver Spring Library site for use as a child development and education center. As part of the arrangement, Global LifeSci Development Corporation agreed to provide Victory Housing a pad site in Phase 1 and the VIVA White Oak development for the construction of a senior housing project that is transit-accessible and projected to include 110 units, some market rate but most affordable.

Both Victory House and the Global LifeSci Development Corporation had submitted proposals to Montgomery County for the reuse of the old library site.

The child care center, which will serve 120 mostly low-income children, is projected to be open by the end of 2020. Victory Housing’s senior housing would be completed by 2021.

Read more at: LEGGETT ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR REUSE OF FORMER SILVER SPRING LIBRARY; Child Care Center at Former Library to Leverage Senior Housing in White Oak

Free Employment Expo for Adults 50 and Older Scheduled for April 16

Mark your calendar for the free 50+ Employment Expo coming on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will be held at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located at 5701 Marinelli Road.

Recruiters from dozens of employers, including nonprofits, government, healthcare, retail technology and more will attend the expo. In addition, there will be seminars and continuing education sessions available to assist with things such as completing applications, resume preparation, changing careers, job training, website lists and more.

Leon Harris, anchor for News4 at 4, will serve as the Keynote Speaker.

Free parking and nearby access to the Metro Red Line at the White Flint Station is available. For more information go to 50+ Employment Expo.

Silver Spring Civic Building Great Hall Renamed to Honor 92nd Infantry Buffalo Soldiers

The Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Plaza is officially renamed The Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall. Community members joined Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County councilmembers, other local leaders and County officials for a renaming ceremony on February 27.

The Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall is dedicated to honor the heroic courage and sacrifice of the 92nd Infantry Buffalo Soldiers, a segregated unit of African Americans, during World War II.

James Harden Daugherty, a longtime Silver Spring resident and Buffalo Soldier who passed away in 2015, was recognized at the dedication ceremony. Daugherty served in the Army’s 92nd Infantry Division and when he returned home wrote a book about his experiences titled, “The Buffalo Saga.” Daugherty’s book and other memorabilia are now on display at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

More information about the celebration is available HERE.

Librarian and Best-Selling Author Nancy Pearl Joins the Contemporary Conversations@ Montgomery County Public Library Series

Librarian, best-selling author, literary critic and radio and television personality, Nancy Pearl is the featured guest for Montgomery County Public Libraries next Contemporary Conversation series. The free event will take place March 25 at 6 p.m. at the Rockville Memorial Library located at 21 Maryland Ave.

Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR’s Morning Edition and author of the Book Lust books. She is the inspiration for the Archie McPhee "Librarian Action Figure.” An avid reader, Pearl has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.

Contemporary Conversations engages residents in enriching conversations about cultural and current issues with experienced authors and journalists. In this thought-provoking discussion, Pearl will share the origins of her love of reading and libraries, and what she’s discovered the perils of a life of reading can be. Along the way, she will suggest some great books to read.

Registration is required for this free event. Registration and more information are available here.

Montgomery County Ranked Most Culturally Diverse and Best Places to Live

Montgomery County continues to earn national rankings as one of the best places to live.  Montgomery County’s rich cultural diversity is recognized by a 2018 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.  The WalletHub study compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities using three key metrics: racial and ethnic diversity, language diversity and U.S. region-of-birth diversity.

Rockville is named as the best place to live in Maryland, by “Money” magazine. “Money” cited Rockville’s “low unemployment and an ultra-low crime rate” as attractive to newcomers, as well as its high-ranking schools, shopping, and amenities, which “help preserve its hometown appeal.”

To view the WalletHub study, go to 2018’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.
To view the “Money” article, go to Best Place to Live in Every State

2018 Girl Power Contest Entries Now Open

Montgomery County’s Commission for Women will begin accepting entries it's their 2018 Women’s History Month Contest on March 1. This year’s theme is “The First U.S. President”.

Short stories, poems, drawings or other creative expression mediums that convey thoughts about the first female president are encouraged for entry. Submissions will be accepted through March 31. The top entries will be featured on the Montgomery County Commission for Women website.

More information is available at 2018 Girl Power Contest.

Call for Exhibitors and Vendors for Montgomery County GreenFest Scheduled for May 5 at Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring

Area exhibitors and vendors are invited to apply to become one of the 100 groups to participate in Montgomery County GreenFest, which is the County’s largest environmental festival. The event will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jesup Blair Local Park located at 900 Jesup Blair Drive in Silver Spring.

The annual celebration attracts thousands of attendees. Businesses, non-profit organizations, farmers, artisans and food truck vendors who want to have their organization and products seen by hundreds of County residents must apply online at montgomerycountygreenfest.org/exhibit

For more information or to register as an exhibitor, go to montgomerycountygreenfest.org.

Calling Middle and High School Talented Youth for “MoCo’s Got Talent” Auditions

The County’s Department of Recreation invites middle and high school youth to audition for a chance to perform on the stage at the Fillmore Silver Spring. The top performers from each audition will be invited to the semifinals on April 28. The 12 finalists will perform at the “MoCo’s Got Talent” finale scheduled to be held at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 20.

This is the fifth year for this youth countywide talent competition that encourages students to showcase their talents. Young people are encouraged to audition in the three categories of music, dance, and visual arts.

Auditions will take place at various locations throughout the County. The auditions are free, but registration is required. Audition dates and registration information is available Here.

February 12, 2018

Holiday Schedule for Presidents Day

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for the Presidents Day holiday on February 19:
  • County Offices – Closed
  • Libraries – Closed
  • County Liquor stores – open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – aquatics programs and facilities open; all other classes and programs, administrative offices, senior centers and community centers are closed
  • Montgomery Parks - for operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, and tennis centers, go to www.MontgomeryParks.org
  • Ride On – Modified Holiday Schedule. Route information
  • Metrorail – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • Metrobus – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center – Open
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store – Closed 
  • County refuse/recycling pickup – no collection, all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later in the week. Monday collections on Tuesday; Tuesday collections on Wednesday; Wednesday collections on Thursday; Thursday collections on Friday; and Friday collections on Saturday 
  • Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station – recycling and trash drop-off open with normal hours. Recycling Center and administrative offices closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – Free
  • State offices and courts – Closed