CfM Meeting on Regional Economic Development

We were so pleased to host a great "Conversation on Regional Economic Development" this morning at The Universities at Shady Grove. Thanks to our phenomenal panel of experts, including Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis; Victor Hoskins, who heads Arlington County's economic development and previously served in similar roles in D.C. and Prince George's County; and Holly Sears Sullivan, President of Montgomery Business Development Corporation. Huge turnout and a great audience too of members and guests.

Conversation on Regional Economic Development


MARCH 2, 2015

From 8:00am to 9:30am


Universities at Shady Grove 
Building II, First Floor Ballroom

9630 Gudelsky Dr

Rockville, MD 20850

Committee for Montgomery invites you to join us on Monday, March 2nd at 8am, at The Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, First Floor Ballroom, for an hour-and-a-quarter conversation on regional economic development.

In addition to our regular business agenda, we will convene three experts: 

  • Holly Sears Sullivan, President, Montgomery Business Development Corporation, which focuses on business advocacy, retention of existing companies and recruitment in Montgomery County,
  • Victor Hoskins, former economic development chief in both Washington, DC and Prince George's County, currently holding that position in Arlington County, and  
  • Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University and Center for Regional Analysis, pre-eminent scholar and authority on regional economic development data.

Join CfM's hour-and-a-quarter presentation/discussion of the regional data.  It's hard to plan where you want to go if you don't know where you are - and since Montgomery County does not exist in a vacuum, this regional perspective is key.

Given the policy discussions about economic development at the State and County levels, we believe this will be a very unique opportunity to hear from these very knowledgeable and highly respected experts in our region and an excellent opportunity to more deeply pursue an important component of economic development in the County. 

Please invite members of your organization and/or constituents to be our guests at this event.  Feel free to widely circulate this invitation.  This is a conversation you will want to hear.

Media Coverage for CfM 25th Annual Legislative Breakfast

Media coverage and news articles from our 25th Annual #CfMBreakfast

Election results aside, Hogan told those at the Committee for Montgomery’s annual legislative breakfast that he needs the support of county business and political leadership.
The problems that face us are great. But so is our resolve to fix them and to succeed. I’m going to need all of your help,” Hogan told the crowd. “It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation is or what part of the state you’re from or if you voted for me or not, we are all going to have to work together to turn our great state around.
Since Election Day, we have been poring over the state’s finances, and what we are learning is of deep concern. While there are pockets of wealth and growth in Maryland, particularly here in Montgomery County, overall our economy is stalled.
Restoring our economy begins with putting our budget in order,” Hogan said. “State leaders have failed to make the tough decisions and they’ve been making the wrong decisions for very long
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is scheduled to give the keynote address at a breakfast gathering of government and business leaders in Montgomery County.
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Over 800 people attended the 25th annual Committee for Montgomery Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 12 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Friday morning, the Committee for Montgomery will host Hogan at a breakfast for more than 800 county civic and government leaders. Leventhal said he knows where he will be seated —next to the incoming governor.

CfM Issues Committee Testifies at Montgomery County Priorities Hearing

Committee for Montgomery

Montgomery County Priorities Hearing

Testimony from Jonathan Sachs, Chair, Issues Committee

November 19, 2014

Senator King, Delegate Kaiser, and Members of the Montgomery County Delegation:

I join you this evening representing the Committee for Montgomery. As you already know, Committee for Montgomery (CFM) is a coalition of leaders representing a broad cross-section of Montgomery County business, labor, education, civic, arts and humanities, and community-based organizations. 

Through its membership, CFM represents more than 350,000 Montgomery County residents. CFM supports policies, programs and laws that promote development of our economy and infrastructure, the education and health of our citizens, and increased opportunities for Montgomery County’s 1,000,000 diverse residents.

Committee for Montgomery rules require that 85% of the membership must agree to take a particular stance on a piece of legislation. At our most recent meeting, CFM unanimously agreed to advocate for legislation that would create a Blue-Ribbon Commission to study ways to increase voter participation in elections. 

In both the most recent primary and general elections, voter turnout had dropped from previous elections. Despite the increase in population and voter registration, voter turnout has decreased. Many elected officials, political scientists and pundits have opined about ways to better engage voters including changes in primary voting, redistricting reform and campaign finance reform. To find the best fit for Maryland voters, the Committee for Montgomery is supporting legislation to create a Blue Ribbon Commission to review all the options and report back with recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly.

As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to find 85% support from such a diverse group on a particular issue. The unanimous vote from the Committee for Montgomery speaks volumes about how important access to our democracy is for our community. We expect this commission to consider other work that has been done involving election reform such as the Montgomery County Right to Vote Task Force, which issued 59 recommendations to the County Council earlier this year. As for the creation of this commission, Senator Raskin has graciously agreed to work with CfM to sponsor this legislation. We hope that every member of the delegation will sign on as a co-sponsor and help support the effort in any way possible. 

Thank you for your attention and congratulations to all of you on your recent elections. Committee for Montgomery looks forward to working with you.