March 17, 2021

Montgomery County to Host COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, March 19, with Focus on WorkSource Montgomery and Jobs Opportunities

“Partnerships and Professionals” will be the theme from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 19, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of virtual town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues. The upcoming town hall will feature Anthony Featherstone, new executive director of WorkSource Montgomery.

County Executive Marc Elrich initiated the series of town halls held every other Friday as a way to share timely updates on COVID-19 topics of interest to the business community. The town halls give businesses an opportunity to hear directly from County leaders.

Jerome Fletcher, the County’s assistant chief administrative officer (ACAO) for economic development, hosts the sessions. He also provides updates on grant programs available to County businesses and offers ideas that can help economic recovery.

During the March 19 town hall, Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Featherstone will discuss getting the County’s unemployment rate back to where it was before COVID-19, which was well-below the national average.

Topics they will cover include the public workforce system, special initiatives during the pandemic, services for job seekers and services for businesses.

“Even though Anthony has been executive director for a short period of time, he has hit the ground running,” said ACAO Fletcher. “I am excited about the initiatives that he is proposing, and I look forward to working with him.”

The town hall for the first time will change to the Zoom platform. To join the broadcast, go to

The passcode will be 691810.

The town hall will be broadcast County Cable Montgomery—Channel 6 and HD 996 on Comcast; Channel 6 and HD 1056 on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The town hall can be viewed live via County social media at

Town halls are recorded and available through the Montgomery County Business Portal at