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Council Committee Meetings for Sept. 26

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 26, 2019

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26. Individuals interested in attending a committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at or by calling the Council’s Communications Office at 240-777-7931.

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee
Time: 8:30 a.m..
Location: Third floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (Chair), Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando
Business Advisory Roundtable, hosted by Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
This interactive discussion will highlight the federal laboratory technology transfer process, showcase local tech transfer success stories and explore ways to accelerate tech transfer activities within Montgomery County. The roundtable will include numerous federal commercialization experts, as well as business founders, technical assistance providers and funders. See Councilmember Riemer’s release here.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) update on affordable housing projects - new construction, acquisition, and renovation
The PHED Committee will recieve an update on the ongoing work of HOC to: preserve and expand the County's housing safety net; preserve at-risk affordable housing; reinvest in existing affordable housing; expand the supply of affordable rental housing; and support affordable housing reinvestment and expansion by private for-profit and non-profit providers.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Public safety (PS) Committee
Time: 9:30 a.m..
Location: Third floor conference room
PS Committee: Council Vice President Sidney Katz (Chair) and Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Tom Hucker
Police recruitment
The PS Committee will receive an update on police recruitment from Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) representatives. For the past several years, police departments around the nation have experienced difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified police officers. According to the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) recent analysis of the law enforcement workforce crisis, there are a variety of reasons why police departments are finding it difficult to hire staff. The PS Committee will discuss key points of the PERF report.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Fire Department training
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is a combined service, comprised of both career and volunteer firefighters. MCFRS responds to more than 120,000 emergency calls for service annually and is staffed by approximately 2,700 certified and trained career and volunteer responders. The PS Committee will receive an update on training practices from the MCFRS.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council 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 web site at:

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Release ID: 19-310
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931