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Councilmember Craig Rice to host Economic Development Forum in Rockville on October 8

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 14, 2018

Countywide forum to focus on enhancing talent development and career pathways; will also include a Business Resource Fair 

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 13, 2018—Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice will host an Economic Development Forum in Rockville on October 8. The meeting will focus on Countywide efforts to support the local business community, as well as enhancing talent development and offering broader career pathways to young people entering the workforce. Residents will hear about County initiatives in these areas and have the chance to provide feedback and share their thoughts. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II: Gaithersburg/Bethesda Room. It will be preceded by a Business Resource Fair from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., where government organizations and local chambers of commerce will be available to provide resources and answer questions.

“Montgomery County is a great place to live, work and play,” said Councilmember Rice. “We want to continue to work on initiatives that further support all our businesses in the County as well as strategically grow our workforce talent pool to help everyone thrive and succeed.”

The speakers at the forum include Councilmember Rice; David Petr, CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; and Ellie Giles, CEO of WorkSource Montgomery.

“Great things are happening here in Montgomery County, and I am excited to share our strategic plan and recent results at the upcoming meeting,” said David Petr. “The outlook for business is very positive thanks to our talented workforce, strategic location, strong Federal agency presence and robust entrepreneurial resources. We appreciate the invitation to participate and look forward to facilitating a conversation with some of the County’s business leaders.”

“Montgomery County's greatest asset is our skilled, diverse workforce,” said Ellie Giles. “WorkSource Montgomery is dedicated to connecting the County's talent with growing industries in our area.”

For additional information, contact the Office of Councilmember Craig Rice at 240-777-7955 or Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov .

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Release ID: 18-223
Media Contact: Sonya Healy, 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931