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Economic Development in the County Council is focus of Committee Meeting on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Economic Development in the County Council
is focus of Committee Meeting on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
Also on Oct. 5: Amendment on forest conservation and resolution on water supply
and sewerage system plan

ROCKVILLE, Md., October 4, 2017—The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will meet at 2 p.m. on October 5 on several topics related to promoting economic development in the County. The PHED Committee will receive an update from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, receive an update on incubators for local businesses, discuss options for updating the County’s business incentives, and review a special appropriation of $90,000 for WorkSource Montgomery.

The PHED Committee will meet in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room.  The first item scheduled for Committee review is a $90,000 special appropriation for WorkSource Montgomery.  Councilmember Leventhal is requesting this special appropriation so that WorkSource Montgomery can hire a resource development position to pursue private revenue sources to create and maintain an effective workforce delivery system in the County.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y7vmtutr


The Committee will receive an update on incubator programs in the County.  Rich Bendis, CEO of Biohealth Innovation (BHI), will present and discuss BHI’s efforts at the Germantown and Rockville Innovation Centers.  Lily Qi, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, will discuss the County’s efforts to identify a third-party operator for the Silver Spring Innovation Center.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y77lq3ql

The Committee also will receive an update from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).  The mission of MCEDC is to accelerate business growth and retention in the County.  MCEDC promotes the County as a prime location for business to thrive. 

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y83edfk6

At 9:30 a.m. the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee will meet in the Third Floor Council Conference Room. The Committee will review Bill 26-17, Forest Conservation-Amendments.  Council President Berliner is the lead sponsor, at the request of the Planning Board. Bill 26-17 would, among other things, require certain administrative and minor subdivisions to comply with the Forest Conservation Law.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y839hwph

The T&E Committee will review spending control limits for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).  In this annual process the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils agree upon certain budgetary limits for the WSSC by November 1 of each year.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/y9wdp7cd

The Committee will close out its meeting by continuing its review of the resolution to approve the 2017-2026 Ten-Year Comprehensive Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan.  In light of an Office of Legislative Oversight report, the Committee has reviewed septic system regulations in the County, as compared to other jurisdictions.



The Committee meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 .

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Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926