In -- Marriott: Marriott is the gold standard for corporate excellence, and their decision to continue growing their business right here in Montgomery County is great news.
Out -- Hate: After some incidents of inflammatory speech, vandalism and harassment, the Council passed a resolution reaffirming this County's tradition of respect for all residents.
In -- Economic Development: We launched the privatized Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to give economic development a real shot in the arm, and we have welcomed its first executive director.
Out -- Job Insecurity: Our sick and safe leave law, which requires employers to provide paid sick leave, took effect in October. New legislation expanded the law to include parental leave.
In -- Renters: Under the new landlord-tenant law, renters can look forward to greater transparency about their rights and obligations under a lease as well as an enhanced focus on inspections and enforcement with regard to health and safety issues.
In - Clean Energy: The Council Office Building's new solar panels are a part of a larger, and very successful, County initiative to generate clean solar energy on-site.
Out -- Electronic Cigarettes: In 2015 the Council approved my bill to ban the use of electronic cigarettes wherever traditional tobacco smoking is prohibited and to require child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine. Now the federal government is following our lead and taking aggressive steps to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.
In -- Gold: Montgomery County's four Olympians brought home seven medals from the Games in Rio.
In -- New Leadership: Congratulations to Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer who have been elected president and vice president of the Council. As the outgoing president, I had the opportunity to reflect on the Council's business over the past year.