MCCC’s Legislative Affairs Committee held a meeting on October 14, 2021, where they were joined by Maryland Delegate Kathleen Dumais. Delegate Dumais represents District 15 in Montgomery County and is the Vice-Chair of the House Economic Matters Committee.
Delegate Dumais, a member of the House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup, provided a briefing on the expected efforts by the Maryland General Assembly to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. This topic is one of the issues that will dominate the news cycle during the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session.
Montgomery County Chief Administrative Officer Briefs Legislative Affairs Committee on County Government Priorities and Budget
On July 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee welcomed guest speaker Richard Madaleno, Chief Administrative Officer for County Executive Marc Elrich.
Madaleno focused his remarks on COVID-19, the County's budget, and the County Executive's policy priorities. He shared that Montgomery County has vaccinated 91% of eligible residents with at least one dose, which is vital to economic recovery. The unemployment rate in Montgomery County prior to the pandemic was hovering around 3.1%. It peaked at 8.6% after the start of the pandemic and now sits at 5.6%.
Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Briefs Infrastructure and Land Use Committee on Thrive Montgomery 2050
On November 2, 2020, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure and Land Use Committee held a meeting featuring a briefing on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan.
Guest speakers were Montgomery County (MD) Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and Montgomery Planning staff. A discussion regarding the future of Montgomery County followed.
Special Presentation Recap: America... In The Next 90 Days: Latest Consumer Data and Insight from The Harris Poll.
Immediately following our September Board of Directors Meeting, Mark Penn (President & Managing Partner, The Stagwell Group) and John Gerzema (CEO, The Harris Poll) provided a special presentation to MCCC's Board of Directors, members, and invited guests. The presentation was titled, "America... In the Next 90 Days: Latest Consumer Data and Insight from The Harris Poll.
This presentation was moderated by Leslie Ford Weber, Immediate Past Board Chair and Director of Campus, Government, & Community Affairs, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the MCCC Board of Directors hosted a Health System CEOs Panel, joined by:
This panel was moderated by MCCC Board Member Bridget Plummer, Director of Operations for Urgent Care Services, Adventist HealthCare.
Infrastructure and Land Use Committee Hosts Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (COG) Officials
MCCC's Infrastructure & Land Use Committee was pleased to host Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Executive Director Chuck Bean and Deputy Executive Director for Metropolitan Planning Kanti Srikanth. These guests speakers led a robust discussion on the future of transportation and housing in our region, including transportation and future initiatives to support our region's growth over the next 25 years.
View this PowerPoint presentation here.
On Thursday, December 12, MCCC’s Small Business Committee – headed by Vice-Chair Erin Allen (CONTEMPORARIES, Inc.) and Co-Chair Kal Attia (CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield) hosted the final Business EXCELerator of the year. The topic was “Meet the Award Winners and Learn From the Best!” and featured the following guest speakers who were recently recognized at MCCC’s 2019 Business Awards Dinner:
On November 6, MCCC's Infrastructure & Land Use and Economic Development Committees hosted a joint meeting featuring a special presentation by Catherine Buell and Stephen Harrington from the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP). The focus of the presentation was housing in the Washington Metropolitan Region. In September 2019, GWP along with the Urban Institute and JP Morgan Chase, released a research report about the Washington Region facing serious housing challenges that undermine residents well-being.
GWP presented an overview of their study and a discussion and Q&A followed. Interesting insights included the need for housing at all levels, the need for different kinds of housing, and how accessible/affordable housing relates directly to employee attraction/retention.
View their PowerPoint presentation here.
Our October Business EXCELerator featured Montgomery County Office of Procurement Director Ash Shetty and Division Chief Grace Denno. While Director Shetty and Division Chief Denno provided attendees with information about new and updated processes within Montgomery County Procurement, they dedicated much of the time to fielding questions from attendees.
Some of the key takeaways: