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CLARKSBURG PREMIUM OUTLETS PLANS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION, OCT. 27-29 Clarksburg Premium Outlets rendering squareAre you ready to shop? The Clarksburg Premium Outlets is celebrating its grand opening on Oct. 27 – 29, and this new shopping center is expected to put Clarksburg on the map. “It will be a destination, destination shopping,” said Marilyn Balcombe, president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.  (see more)



Agricultural Reserve Power Point Presentation (click here)


Capacity crowd attends meeting on Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve Video summary now available of event organized by Councilmember Craig Rice to address program that preserves almost one-third of County land ( click here for the Press Release )

A capacity crowd turned out on Monday, Oct. 10, at The Universities at Shady Grove for a special informational meeting about Montgomery County’s unique “Agricultural Reserve.” The event was organized by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, who represents Council District 2 that includes most of the Agricultural Reserve. The meeting addressed details about the large area of protected land, discussed why it was created and why it is so important to all residents in the County...( see more)

Congratulations to  Angela Wu Montgomery County Public School 
2016 Winner
of the Montgomery County
Councilmember For A Day Contest!  ( video)

Press Release
Empowering Young People to Become More Engaged in Government!

AutBuddy Proclamation

Councilmember Craig Rice announced at the October 5, 2016 Youth Town Hall  Meeting that he had selected Angela Wu from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School as the winner of his "Councilmember for a Day" Challenge. She will shadow Councilmember Rice in November to learn what it's like to be a Councilmember. Read her winning essay here.  Other finalists recognized include: Tania Otero-Martinez from Seneca Valley High Schooll; Kimberly Nick, Danielle Nwogu, Emily "Ace" Pearce, Zeyi "Amy" Qiu, Genevieve Tan, all students from Northwest High School (Montgomery County, Maryland); Ethan Paul from Montgomery Blair High School; Matthew Pease from Richard Montgomery High School; Jamal Sam from Gaithersburg High School; and Bobbi Sherman from Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School. Thanks to all of the students who participated and the teachers and principals at Montgomery County Public Schools who helped to spread the word.

AutBuddy Proclamation

To celebrate International Walk to School Day, County Executive Ike Leggett, County Councilmembers Sidney Katz and Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith and MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh joined students, parents and community leaders as they walked to Whetstone Elementary School. Participants met at 8:30 a.m. at Centerway Park to start the walk and then gatherd at the school at 9:20 a.m. for a ceremony. Watkins Mill High School Students... See More 

Montgomery Village Community Meeting | September 28, 2016

Montgomery County is one of the Best Places to Live Work and Play!  It was wonderful to see so many Montgomery Village residents and have the opportunity to hear their thoughts and concerns relating to the Village as well as school and other county related questions.  

Don't miss my next Clarksburg Community Meeting coming up October 26th... Click here for details!

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Councilmember Craig Rice named to commission that will review MD education funding

Montgomery Councilmember Craig Rice
named to commission that will review    
Maryland State education funding.
County Council’s Education Committee Chair will serve on panel making first major review of State education funding in more than 10 years...“In every county in Maryland, funding for education drives creation of the annual operating budget,” said Councilmember Rice. “I am honored to be able to serve on a commission that will not only examine how much funding is needed to make Maryland one of the nation’s top states in education, but also how that funding can most effectively be directed for maximum benefit of our students.”  
The commission must make recommendations in a number of areas  ( Click here for more information)



Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students go back to class on Aug. 29th! County Councilmember Craig Rice chairs the Council’s Education Committee, and he has recently met with Superintendent Jack Smith about the upcoming school year. During a recent interview at Northwest High School, Rice said one of the topics that the two local leaders discussed was the need to improve work force development programs at local high schools.


CRAIG RICE ON REPORTED BULLYING OF MUSLIM STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS (VIDEO) Surveys by the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and the International Cultural Center (ICC) in Montgomery Village show that that national and international events like the tragic Orlando shooting are having an impact on students, according to a report by

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL:  August 30, 2016 Press Release
U.S. EPA agrees to impose penalties for federal facilities that continue to use pavement sealants containing coal-tar.   In 2012, Montgomery County became first county in Maryland to approve ban on certain coal-tar products used to seal driveways and parking lots.
  ( Full Press Release)   Click here for measures taken by the EPA.

 Councilmember Craig Rice’s Bill 21-12 prohibits the use and sale of coal tar pavement products in Montgomery County. Coal tar is a known carcinogen commonly used to coat asphalt and concrete areas such as driveways and parking lots. ( See September 11, 2012 Press Release here)

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice serves as Chairman of COG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee. We sat down with Chairman Rice to discuss his career in public service, and to hear how his committee is working to protect one of the region’s most important resources...Clean Water Matters!

Recognizing  CHESAPEAKE BAY AWARENESS WEEK ( Video) June 4-12, 2016

“CHESAPEAKE BAY AWARENESS WEEK . . . The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett on June 14 jointly recognized the Washington Council of Government’s celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. The County is nationally recognized for its stormwater management practices—including use of rain gardens, a focus on green streets and stream restoration projects—that help protect the Bay. At the ceremonies in Rockville, left to right, were: Lisa Feldt, director of the County’s Department of Environmental Protection; Councilmember Craig Rice; and Kit Gage, president of Friends of Sligo Creek, and her granddaughter, Kia.”

The Rice Report

In this special edition, Councilmember Rice talks about the Fiscal Year 2017 budget approved by the Council.

Councilmember Rice's comments on Council's FY17 budget agreement

Councilmember Craig Rice, Chair of the Education Committee on Council's FY17 "Education First Budget" agreement.

Councilmember Rice's Press Release On the Montgomery County Council’s FY17 Budget

As Chair of the Education Committee, I’m proud this year’s budget reflects a prodigious shift in not only the way we shaped it but the close collaboration with our education partners in doing so. The FY17 Budget was able to achieve putting education first, providing the resources needed for Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College to address the prevailing needs of lowering class size and closing the achievement gap. At the beginning of this year, I hosted, along with MCPS Interim Superintendent Bowers and Montgomery College President Dr. Pollard five Education Budget Forums held throughout the county. These forums reinforced what we knew was important to our county and its’ residents: reducing class size, addressing the achievement gap and contending with our school capacity issues. Read More...

Proclamation for Students Who Won Award for Designing App to Help Autistic Children (video)
With AutBuddy, Collaborative Learning is Re-imagined

AutBuddy Proclamation

Six students from three Montgomery middle schools got together through the Adventures in Science organization and ending up designing the app “AutBuddy,” which will help children with autism complete their schoolwork and daily tasks by utilizing customized rewards to help them stay focused.
Their app won the “Best in State Award” in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and went on to win national recognition.
On March 1, the students were recognized by the Montgomery County Council for their achievements. At the ceremonies: Raiyan Rizwan, Madhuri Kola, Councilmember Craig Rice, Neha Chandra, Eashana Subramanian, Ojas Jagtap and Saahith Tupakula.

Black History Month

Civic and Human Rights leaders of Montgomery County were present on Feb. 23 as the County Council recognized Black History Month. At the event were, Vernon and Janet Ricks, Arlee Wallace, Councilmember Craig Rice, Odessa Shannon, Director of the Office of Human Rights James Stowe, Ruby Rubens, Warren Fleming, Cherri Branson, Pat Grant and Julian Norment.

No Boundaries..

“No Boundaries” features local leaders in an open exchange of perspectives, concerns and ideas. Currently playing is a conversation between Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice (District 2) and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller.)

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