Agenda Item 6B
June 26, 2015
Robert H. Drwnmer, Senior Legislative
Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative Analyst (/'
Bill 25-15, Economic Development - Reorganization - Montgomery
County Economic Development Corporation
The Planning, Housing
enact the Bill with amendments.
Bill 25-15, Economic Development Reorganization - Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President at the request of the
County Executive, was introduced on May 21,2015. A public hearing was held on June 9. PHED
worksessions were held on June 18 and June 22.
Bill 25-15 would:
eliminate the Department of Economic Development as a principal department of
the Executive Branch;
create an Office of Agriculture;
transfer certain duties of the Department of Economic Development to other
provide for the designation of a non-profit corporation as the Montgomery County
Economic Development Corporation;
assign certain duties to the Montgomery County Economic Development
Corporation and exempt this assignment from a certain procurement law;
provide a certain notice under the collective bargaining law;
remove the designation of the County's Business Development Corporation; and
generally amend County laws, regulations, and certain contracts governing
economic development and agricultural preservation.
The Bill would privatize some of the functions currently performed by the Department of
Economic Development (DED). These duties would be delegated to a non-profit corporation
designated as the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) by the