What's Happening at MCCC

County Councilmember Mark Elrich speaks at a Feb. 24 press conference announcing the launch of the County's new Transit Task Force, as County Executive Isiah Leggett (right) looks on, along with task force members -- including the Montgomery County Chamber's Lisa Fadden at left. Rapid transit will play a major role in improving Montgomery County’s future mobility. This week, County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the launch of a new Transit Task Force, with the mission of... Read More
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gigi Godwin joined Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and an array of other elected officials, community leaders and transportation advocates for the Inter-County Connector ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 21. After more than 50 years of planning – and many decades of Chamber advocacy in support of the highway’s construction – the first phase of the ICC (now... Read More
Guest speaker Phil Alperson, Montgomery County's BRAC Coordinator (center); joined by MCCC Economic Development Committee Co-Chair Stewart Edelstein of The Universities at Shady Grove, at left; and MCCC Vice President of Public Affairs Lisa Fadden, at right. Maryland is considered one of the big economic winners in the current BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process, but Bethesda faces major transportation challenges as the consolidation process nears completion on bringing the... Read More
David J. Robertson, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), recently co-chaired a high-profile task force on the governance of the Metro system, operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Today, he presented the findings of that group's work to the Chamber's Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, chaired by Gus Bauman of Beveridge & Diamond, PC. Jointly sponsored by COG and the Greater Washington Board of Trade... Read More
MCCC President & CEO Gigi Godwin, GovConNet Committee Co-Chair Lexy Kessler of Aronson LLC, Guest Speaker Larry Davis of Aronson Capital Partners, GovConNet Committee Vice Chair Kwesi Rogers, Guest Speaker Tim Schmitt of Aronson Capital Partners, and MCCC Executive Vice President Barbara Ashe Larry Davis and Tim Schmitt of Aronson Capital Partners briefed the MCCC GovConNet Committee today on "Building Shareholder Value in Today's Government Services Market". ... Read More
The Chamber hosted its annual Legislative Reception in Annapolis on Monday evening, Jan. 31, giving members a chance to visit one-on-one with state legislators from Montgomery County, who are now in session for the 2011 Maryland General Assembly. State Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Brian Feldman, the chairs of the Montgomery County Senate and House delegations, each made brief remarks and thanked the Chamber for its advocacy on a wide range of issues, including transportation funding,... Read More
Montgomery County is facing a long-term structural budget deficit that will require major, permanent adjustments in order to achieve a balanced operating budget each year. The County’s Office of Legislative Oversight recently presented a two-part report to the County Council that outlines the extent of the challenge and provides a variety of possible solutions, most notably through reductions in “per-employee costs” for employees of all County agencies, especially in... Read More
MCCC President & CEO Gigi Godwin. I’m pleased to report that this week I joined with fellow business leaders from around Maryland to launch START – the Statewide Transportation Alliance to Restore the Trust (as in the state’s Transportation Trust Fund). We announced the launch of this initiative on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Annapolis, together at a press conference with our State Senator Rob Garagiola. Following are my remarks: Good afternoon. I am Gigi Godwin,... Read More

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