Mission of the Office of Community Partnerships
The mission of the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) is to strengthen relationships between the Montgomery County government and the residents it serves, with special focus on underserved and emerging communities and our neighbors in need. The OCP serves as a bridge builder between the County government and community organizations serving the residents of Montgomery County, working across the barriers of race, ethnicity, income, and religion that too often diminish communities. OCP's mission is to carry out the County Executive's commitment to build a larger policy table with participation by a more diverse range and greater number of residents as we work to become America’s most welcoming community.Please click here for a list of OCP staff and responsibilities to find the person who can best help you. Please click here for bios of and contact information of the OCP staff.
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China Mission Trip
Sept. 15-23, 2013 Shanghai - Xi'an - Benxi - Beijing
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is leading a 2013 trade and Sister-City China Mission trip from Sept. 15 to Sept. 23, 2013. Sister Cities create relationships based on cultural, educational and trade exchanges, creating lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and mutual benefits through citizen diplomacy. The Mission is organized by Montgomery County Government and Maryland China Business Council (MCBC) with the support of the State of Maryland’s Maryland Center China (MCC) in Shanghai, which has been assisting local companies in China since 1996. This combination of experience and long term relationships offers a unique opportunity to explore, enter or expand in one of the world’s most dynamic and fast growing markets and destinations. For more information, click here.
2012 World of Montgomery FestivalThe World of Montgomery Festival was held on Sunday October 21 in Wheaton to celebrate multicultural Montgomery and the cultures our neighbors have brought here. There was an International Village produced by the KID Museum and featuring China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India with music and entertainment from across the globe. There were also international crafts from the Fenton Street Market, food from chefs around the world and a pupusa cook-off.
For more information, visit: http://www.worldofmontgomery.com
Montgomery County Language Corps
Did you know that 1 in 7 county residents are considered Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) and there are over 2,500 residents on waitlists to enroll in English classes? You can help by using your linguistic skills. Join the Montgomery County Language Corp.
Executive Order Signing - LEP
Sustainable Community Food System Initiative
Montgomery County is perfectly positioned to create the nation's model sustainable community food system. We have the agricultural reserve. We have the necessary agricultural, entrepreneurial, environmental, and marketing talents in abundance. We have an immigrant workforce as yet largely untapped for agriculture. We have a huge market crying out for healthy, locally produced food. We are making progress on progressive policies like the farm incubator. All we need to do is to start working together toward a shared and larger vision.
On December 20, 2010, eighty-six stakeholders held a three hour community conversation at Montgomery County 's Agricultural History Farm Park where this work was begun. For further details about the meeting, check out the links below: