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    The Council's Health and Human Services and Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committees met jointly with Congressman John Delaney and Executive staff to discuss social impact bonds and potential partnerships that could be formed to leverage private and philanthropic resources for long-term investment in programs that serve Montgomery County and its residents. Click for more information.

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    Dennis Kamber, who was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is congratulated by Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen as he was honored by the Council on June 23.ASCE recognized Mr. Kamber’s efforts in developing and implementing innovative design solutions, as well as for effective management of complex construction management projects.

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    HAVE YOUR SAY . . .

    The Council has partnered with Madison, a collaborative government public policy on-line tool, which opens up the lawmaking process to residents. You can now access legislation as it’s being written, leave comments, edit specific content, and interact with other civic-minded participants. This new tool brings the law-making process straight to you. Click to learn more.

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    Tune In With The Council. . .

    Daniel Parra, the executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, was on En Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery. He talked about the proposed reorganization of the County’s Department of Economic Development into a non-profit organization and the possible impact for minority and small business owners.
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    Damascus Elementary School Principal Bill Collins, left, is congratulated by Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice for creating a program in which students combined to read for more than 100,000 minutes in 14 days during its 2015 Read-a-Thon. Also at June 16 ceremonies to recognize the school’s achievements were Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Marc Elrich.

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    Gene Counihan, right, who spent more than 50 years in public service including three terms as a Maryland State Delegate, talks about his many experiences on June 16 as he was honored by the Montgomery County Council upon his retirement. Among his positions was as the first chair of the Board of Advisers of the Universities at Shady Grove, which he was instrumental in creating.


    The Montgomery County Council held a public forum, on June 15, 2015, to discuss the new public financing system that will be implemented during the 2018 election cycle. Susan Kenedy from County Cable Montgomery has the story.

    To watch the full discussion click here.

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    Searching for information and tracking the progress of Council bills is now a much-improved process via a new web tool. The new access is part of the County’s Open Data Initiative to make information more easily accessible. To find information about current bills.

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    The Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Liquor Control is charged with evaluating, reviewing and making recommendations about the County’s Department of Liquor Control and its alcohol distribution to restaurants and beer and wine stores. Committee members include: Hans Riemer, Chair; George Leventhal, Council President; and Marc Elrich, Councilmember.

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    18th County Council . . .

    The 18th County Council of Montgomery County was inaugurated on Dec. 1, 2014. Each member was elected to a four-year term. Seated, left to right: Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Tom Hucker. Standing: Roger Berliner, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Marc Elrich. Photo by Clark W. Day

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