2021 | Business

Business Notes: Bethesda-based JBG Smith names new senior vice president of investor relations

Plus: Wine store coming to Gaithersburg’s Kentlands development

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JBG Smith names new senior vice president of investor relations

Bethesda-based developer JBG Smith has named Barbat Rodgers its senior vice president of investor relations, the company announced on Tuesday.

Rodgers will “provide oversight and strategic leadership” for the business’s investor relations side and report to the chief financial officer, according to a press release.

She previously worked at the real estate investment trust Healthpeak Properties as senior director of investor relations, and worked at Kilroy Realty Corporation in multiple roles from 2012 to 2016, the press release stated.

Wine store coming to Gaithersburg’s Kentlands development

Vine Alley, a new store selling wine and beer, is planned for Gaithersburg’s Kentlands development at 114 Market St.

According to its application to the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners, Vine Alley will also feature an outdoor café and will conduct wine tastings. The board will meet on April 15 to potentially approve its liquor license.

Vine Alley’s website states that the business plans to be open Monday through Saturday.

Montgomery County unemployment rate at 5.7% in February

Montgomery County’s unemployment rate was at 5.7% in February, according to the Maryland Department of Labor.

The rate has fallen significantly since it rose to nearly 9% in May 2020 — two months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unemployment rate recently has maintained a steadier level, falling to 5.7% in December, increasing slightly to 5.9% in January, then falling back to 5.7% in February.

Montgomery County’s rate is lower than Maryland’s other two most populous jurisdictions in February, Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, which had rates of 7.5% and 8%, respectively.

Changes in Montgomery County’s unemployment rate mirror national trends. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6% in March, down from close to 15% at the beginning of the pandemic.

North Bethesda Primary Care opens direct primary care 

HealthyTenant, a healthcare tenant representation firm, has finished an evaluation and lease negotiation for North Bethesda Primary Care, a new practice.

North Bethesda Primary care is led by Dr. Adam Possner and is now open on the 10thfloor of 11300 Rockville Pike, according to a press release. The practice is accepting new patients.

The facility features exam rooms, triage and a private patient restroom, according to the press release.

Under direct primary care, patients pay a yearly fee and insurance is not billed, according to the press release.

North Bethesda Primary Care will set a 500-patient cap to maximize time for each patient, the press release stated.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com