Agenda Item 24 B
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Expedited Bill 16-15, Economic Development Fund - Strategic Plan
. Expedited Bill 16-15, Economic Development Fund Strategic Plan - Amendments. The
Lead Sponsor is Councilmember Leventhal, and was introduced on April 14, 2015. A public
hearing was held on May 5.
Bill 16-15 would change the due date for the County Executive's strategic plan for
economic development from July 1, 2015 to October 1, 2015. The change would allow for
additional stakeholder input and coordination with other current Executive Branch initiatives. The
County Executive recently announced a proposal to privatize some of the functions currently
performed by the Department of Economic Development. This announcement followed a separate
initiative to consider a reorganization of the County's workforce development service delivery
system. Delaying the due date for the strategic plan would create an opportunity for strategic plan
participants (representing community and business interests) to review any implementing
legislation to be proposed by the Executive related to the privatization or reorganization of
economic development functions currently performed by County government. Delaying the due
date also provides opportunity for the County Executive to coordinate the three efforts prior to
transmittal of the strategic plan to the County Council.
Nicola Whiteman, speaking on behalf of the Apartment and Office Building Association
of Metropolitan Washington, supported the Bill to give the Executive more time to submit an
economic development strategic plan that includes reducing the fuel-energy tax. ©9-12.