Now is a great time to plant a tree, especially if you have a $25 coupon. Visit the Planning Department’s Leaves for Neighborhoods site to learn more about this great program designed to increase the county’s tree canopy on residential property. Trees have many environmental benefits, including protecting soil and preventing erosion; absorbing carbon dioxide and improving local air quality; and filtering stormwater runoff to improve water quality.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It’s hard to believe we are talking about Earth Month when
there is still snow on the ground, but here we go.
For more information and additional opportunities for Earth Day, call Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600 or visit the Volunteer Center website at www.montgomeryserves.org.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Forget SimCity. Try your hand at real community planning. The Planning Department at M-NCPPC has summer internships for college students interested in planning and urban development. The department has a wide variety of opportunities to provide realistic work experiences. Apply by March 31.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Get a sneak peek at the three-minute promotional video produced by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the county's Conference and Visitor's Bureau. It will be shown aboard more than 1,700 U.S. Airways and select American Airlines Business and First Class national and international flights during the month of April. It is expected to be seen by nearly 400,000 travelers during it's month-long run.
Friday, March 15, 2013
This just in from the Planning Department at
M-NCPPC: Montgomery County has reached the 1 million mark.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montgomery County’s population reached 1,004,709 last July. Recently released data shows that Montgomery County, the largest jurisdiction in the state since 1989, is now the first county in Maryland to reach the population milestone.
The Census data shows Montgomery County’s population gained over 13,000 people between July 2011 and July 2012, up from a revised 991,645 the previous year, a 1.3 percent increase.
Most of the population increase is due to births, what demographers call a “net natural increase” of 7,630 people. In the period, 13,097 births exceeded 5,467 deaths.
The rest of the increase is attributed to 8,700 people migrating into the county from abroad, offsetting the net loss of 3,100 people moving out of the county during the period. A trend of international migration that began in 1990 has not slowed.
Demographers say those changes are a result of a rebounding economy and housing market, which provides the confidence and means to set up house elsewhere. During an economic downturn, people tend to stay put.
The County Executive released his Recommended Operating Budget today, and now it is up to the County Council to consider his proposals and approve a final budget at the end of May. We will hold our public hearings on the budget on April 9 at 7:00, April 10 at 1:00 and 7:00, and April 11 at 1:00 and 7:00. To sign up to speak call 240-777-7803. If you can't make the hearings, you can also let us know your views by e-mailing email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Congratulations to Community Ministries of Rockville on their 45th anniversary. CMR improves the quality of life for the most vulnerable of Montgomery County residents by providing basic services including housing, healthcare, homecare, education and assistance. Over their 45 years, CMR has served nearly 60,000 residents. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Rockville. I was proud to congratulate them on a job well done with a County Council Proclamation today.
Learn more about poverty in Montgomery County.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Do you have ideas about the proposed Glenmont Enterprise
Zone. If so, you are invited to attend a public hearing on March 27 at 6:30
p.m. at the Glenmont Local Park Activity Building, 3201 Randolph Rd., Wheaton.
The comments from the hearing will be used to develop a recommendation to the
County Executive and the County Council prior to submitting an application to
the State of Maryland to create a new Enterprise Zone.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Business owners: sign up now for your table at the 50+ Employment Expo. This is your chance to network with thousands of mid-life and older jobseekers at an award-winning program sponsored by the Jewish Council for the Aging and Montgomery County. The event is free to all employers, community resources and participants, and this year’s speaker will be Maureen Bunyan from ABC7/WJLA-TV. You can still participate even if you have only one or two jobs available by sharing a table with others in your industry. Although the event is free, employers must pre-register. The program is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 10:00-3:00 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Please join us in this call to action signed by all nine members of the County Council:
We are writing to ask for your help. The County Council has devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy seeking a solution in Annapolis to our transportation funding needs. But we need your help in order to succeed. Our county's future is at stake.
Tell the Governor, Speaker Busch, and our County Delegation to the Senate and the House of Delegates: FUND TRANSPORTATION - OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!
Simply put, nothing is more important to our county's future than securing transportation funding from the state legislature this year. So much depends upon it:
• Our Quality of Life - Congestion consistently ranks as the Number One issue in our county;
• Our Economy - Transit is the key to our economic future. Without transit, including bus rapid transit, there is no Transit Oriented Development;
• Our Competitiveness - Virginia just passed a transportation revenue package that will raise more than $800 million a year. Maryland's competitiveness depends on our state achieving similar results;
• Our Environment - Automobile pollution accounts for a full third of our greenhouse gas emissions;
• The CCT & Purple Line - State officials have declared that unless the Legislature provides transportation funding this year, all work on these critical projects will come to a halt. In addition, important road infrastructure projects will also be jeopardized.
The County Council has been pushing as hard as we can for a transportation solution in Annapolis. With only five weeks to go in this year's legislative session, now is the time to express your support for a transportation funding solution to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President. They need to hear how important it is to you to fund our state's transportation priorities.
The Washington Post noted Monday in an editorial that Virginia, after much hard work and compromise, raised revenue and overcame regional differences to fund transportation. Our state can not afford to do less.
The Governor and the General Assembly have already heard from Montgomery County's elected officials. Now, they need them to hear from you. Tell the Governor, Speaker Busch, and our County Delegation to the Senate and the House of Delegates: FUND TRANSPORTATION - OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!
You can also spread the word by showing your support on Facebook and Twitter and using the hashtag #FundTransportation.