Week Ahead: County Council, Executive To Announce New Economic Development Platform

Week Ahead: County Council, Executive To Announce New Economic Development Platform

Plus: Planning Board to discuss 5G antennas; Council schedules first work session for racial equity bill

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County Council, Elrich to announce new economic development platform

Council President Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday to announce a new economic development platform for Montgomery County.

The announcement, at 11 a.m., will also feature Gigi Godwin, president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Tompkins, chief operating officer of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

The council will also introduce a resolution to adopt the platform at 1 p.m. It sets four policy areas — housing, transportation, workforce development and business development — to prioritize as a way to expand the county’s economy.

Both events are scheduled for the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Planning Board to discuss 5G antennas, e-scooter pilot

The Montgomery County Planning Board will meet Thursday to discuss a zoning amendment that would allow 5G towers in some residential areas.

The board will discuss the approval process for the towers, as laid out in the amendment, and submit questions to a council work group for further clarification.

Board members will also discuss the possibility of extending a pilot program that allowed electric scooters and bikes on certain trails in county parks.

The board will meet at 2 p.m. in the Montgomery Regional Office auditorium at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring.

Council committee to hold first work session for racial equity bill

The council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee will meet Thursday for an initial work session on the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act, a sweeping bill that aims to eliminate inequality in Montgomery County.

Council President Nancy Navarro introduced the bill in September. Community groups and activists have since proposed several changes, including modifications to a section of the bill that mandates a racial equity advisory committee.

Many advocates want the committee to include more community members, rather than public officials.

The committee will meet in the Council Hearing Room at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Friedson hosts conversation with police commander

Council Member Andrew Friedson will host a community conversation on Thursday with Capt. Sean Gagen, the commander of the Montgomery County Police Department’s District 2 station.

The event will allow residents to discuss local issues and concerns with both officials. It will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda.

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