And, the award goes to…Heritage Montgomery

The mission of the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (a.k.a. Heritage Montgomery) is to bring the County's rich history to the attention of its residents and visitors. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the annual Montgomery County Heritage Days, the two-day event that brings together local museums and heritage organizations to celebrate the history and places that shape our County.

Now, the efforts of Heritage Montgomery in making Montgomery County Heritage Days an unqualified success have earned the organization a 2010 Maryland Preservation Award from the Maryland Historical Trust.  The awards recognize activities in historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, museums, cultural conservation, education, and related fields and represent the best of preservation in Maryland.

Heritage Montgomery received a Preservation Service Award which is presented to individuals, organizations, agencies or institutions for laudable activities or accomplishments that advance the public’s appreciation, understanding and/or involvement in historic preservation and/or conservation of living traditions at the local or regional level in Maryland.

The awards will be presented on May 21 in Easton.

For more on Heritage Montgomery and the 2010 Montgomery County Heritage Days on June 26 and 27, visit

Rockville Named A Top 10 Startup Town

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article reports that Rockville is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for new business startups.

According to the article, “The epicenter of suburban Washington D.C.'s biotech industry, Rockville benefits from nearby universities and federal facilities like the National Institutes of Health.” 

Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Chosen to Pilot Federal Grant Program

The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) was chosen as one of two sites in the country to pilot a federal grant program that seeks to enhance jail reentry services for returning offenders by building on family and social supports.  Also chosen was the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin

“We are honored to be selected to participate in this program and to partner with the Vera Institute which has developed and supported evidence-based correctional programs throughout the country for almost 50 years,” said DOCR Director Arthur Wallenstein.  “Ultimately, programs that strengthen families and communities also reduce recidivism, save taxpayer money and enhance public safety.”

For more information, call Patricia Braun at 240-773-4222 or Gale Starkey at 240-773-9769.

POSTED AT: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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