June 16, 2021

‘Digitization and the Department of Permitting Services’ Will Be Theme in Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, June 25

“Digitization and the Department of Permitting Services” will be the theme from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 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.

County Executive Marc Elrich initiated the series of town halls held every other Friday to share timely updates on COVID-19 topics of interest with 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 June 25 town hall, ACAO Fletcher will welcome Mitra Pedoeem, director of the County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS). Mr. Fletcher and Director Pedoeem will discuss how DPS has embraced digitization and has transitioned many of its forms online.

In addition, ACAO Fletcher will address updates on the County COVID-19 vaccination efforts and economic recovery from the health crisis with Travis Gayles, the County health officer, and Earl Stoddard, the County’s director of Emergency Management.

If business owners, employees or residents have questions they would like to see addressed at the June 25 town hall, they can be submitted by Wednesday, June 23, to BizPortal@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.

“Under Director Pedoeem’s transformative leadership, the Department of Permitting Services is on a trajectory that will enhance the customer experience in the permitting process,” said ACAO Fletcher.

To join the broadcast, go to https://zoom.us/j/98584224354?pwd=ekdBd05kT08zRmxCekQzajkwdW9LZz09.

The webinar ID is 985 8422 4354. The passcode is 057204. Spanish interpretation is now available.

The town hall will be broadcast on County Cable Montgomery (cable station CCM), which is available on Comcast and RCN (channels 6 and HD996) and Verizon (channel 30). The town hall can be viewed live via County social media at https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycountyinfo.

Town halls are recorded and available through the Montgomery County Business Portal at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/Biz-Resources/covid19/4BizNews.html