More Federal Dollars for Local Transportation Projects

Thanks to the $14.8 million Maryland will receive under the competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, three projects benefitting Montgomery and Prince George's counties will be constructed: the Takoma Langley Transit Center, a major transit hub for Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system, and priority bus corridor enhancements along University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road. Read Press Release.

County, Johns Hopkins University Sign Memo of Understanding to Advance Biosciences Industry, Higher Education and Workforce Development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 24 that reflects Montgomery County’s and JHU’s shared objectives and vision of advancing the biosciences industry, higher education and workforce development. It will help develop collaborations between private industry, public and private higher educational institutions, and government interests involved with the biosciences industry.

The MOU is a component of the County’s recently unveiled Bioscience Strategy that recommended enhancing bioscience educational opportunities and expanding the higher education presence in Montgomery County.  The memorandum is the latest in a series of progressive, proactive initiatives by the County to support and grow the local economy.  Read Press Release

Wheaton Library: “Leave it where it is,” Leggett says

From the beginning, County Executive Ike Leggett said that his decision on where to site the Wheaton library would be based on six factors:

  1. The wishes of the current library customers;
  2. The future needs of the library in its current location versus selecting another site and constructing a new building;
  3. Comparative costs of the two options;
  4. How the project fits into the broader needs of the Wheaton community in general;
  5. Potential future use of the current library building; and
  6. The suitability of the current site to the needs of the community.

After receiving a wealth of feedback – pro and con – and reviewing the factors, Leggett has announced that the County and the community will be best served by leaving the Wheaton Library right where it is.

The County will work on a timetable for planning, design and construction of a new library building on the current site in the next Capital Improvements Program.

Volunteers Needed to Assist Sexual Assault Victims, Families

Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are now being conducted for the March 2010 training session which all volunteers must attend.

For more information about the training, requirements for volunteers or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.

Professional Jobs in County on the Rise

December figures recently released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, show that professional services jobs increased in Montgomery and Frederick counties from 126,400 to 136,800 – or by 10,400 – from December 2008.

The increase in professional jobs offset losses in retail, construction and financial services resulting in a total of 3,100 more jobs in both counties compared to December 2008.

Montgomery County’s unemployment rate -- at 5.3% in November -- was the lowest in the State and dropped from 5.7 percent in June.

Senior Nutrition Hotline

Seniors and their caregivers can get diet and nutrition questions answered by a registered dietitian by calling the County’s free Senior Nutrition Hotline at 240-777-1100. The service is available Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.

The hotline is sponsored by the Senior Nutrition Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 Pay Equity Advocate Lilly Ledbetter Speaks to Women’s Legislative Briefing

The 650 attendees at the recent 30th annual Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) heard pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter recount her struggle to achieve pay equity on her job at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Alabama, where she was employed for more than 19 years. Her story led to the introduction of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, which passed the House and Senate in January 2009 and was the first bill signed into law by President Obama in January 2009.

Coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women, the WLB was sponsored by 85 women’s and community organizations. Among the attendees were County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Valerie Ervin and District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro.

Nominations Open for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards 

The Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are presented each year by the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV). The awards recognize significant contributions of Maryland residents to the life and health of the State and its people. The awards are presented during National Volunteer Week, April 18 - 24, 2010.

Nominations are due March 1.  Guidelines and the nomination form are on the GOSV website www.gosv.state.md.us.  For more information contact GOSV's Jeanne Hegarty, at 410-767-1821 or at jhegarty@gosv.state.md.us.  

Office of Consumer Protection Annual Report Online

In FY 2009, the County’s Office of Consumer Protection  (OCP) received more than 1,800 written complaints and 11,740 information calls and obtained more than half a million dollars in restitution for residents and 28 settlement agreements.  

OCP also earned high marks from the public for its performance, with more than 80 percent saying they would be likely to use the office’s services again and 88 percent stating they were satisfied with the speed of the resolution of their complaints.  More than 90 percent stated they were satisfied with the level of the expertise of the staff. 

All this information -- and more -- about the award-winning agency is in OCP’s 2009 Annual Report. Other sections include complaint resolutions, legal action, legislative advocacy, Council collaboration, and awards and feedback.

 Pay Equity Advocate Lilly Ledbetter Speaks to Women’s Legislative BriefingCounty, Johns Hopkins University Sign Memo of Understanding to Advance Biosciences Industry, Higher Education and Workforce Development in Montgomery County
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POSTED AT: Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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