March 4, 2016
I am elated the Purple Line continues to move forward! The groundbreaking will take place in Prince George's County by the end of this calendar year and we anticipate it will be fully open for service by 2022.
On Wednesday, February 24, Council Member Deni Taveras and I hosted an event at Prince George's Community College's Center for Entrepreneurial Development to facilitate networking and share some of the resources available for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Prince George's County.
It was a wonderful evening in spite of the torrential rain. Council Member Taveras and I are grateful to our presenters and residents who braved the weather to join us.
I also appreciate that many were not able to attend due to the weather, so am pleased to share contact information and links to resources below. I am extremely dedicated to supporting our innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners in the County and will continue to promote and share resources for our entrepreneurs and small business owners. I hope you will connect with the organizations listed below and take advantage of all they have to offer. Also, please share your ideas for how I can support innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners in District 3 and across the County in the future.
Earlier this month my colleagues and I unanimously confirmed Henry "Hank" Stawinski as our Prince George's County Chief of Police and Gevonia "Gee Gee" Whittington as our Director of Homeland Security. I am extremely proud these two Prince George's County residents are now top public safety leaders in the County. Chief Stawinski is a resident of District 3!
Please plan to join me for a District 3 Public Safety Community Chat on Tuesday, March 15, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department, 8501 Good Luck Road, Lanham to meet, hear from, and talk with Chief Stawinski and Director Whittington. Invite your friends and neighbors!
Please plan to attend (or watch via live stream) the County Council Budget Town Hall on Tuesday, March 8, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Prince George's Community College, Largo Student Center, Rennie Forum. I welcome your comments and ideas at the Forum or via phone call or email.
This year I serve as Chair of the County Council's Rules, General Assembly and Committee of the Whole Committee and am proud that our committee voted unanimously to support the General Assembly's Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Little Reduction Act (HB862/SB367) this week. Litter is a huge quality of life and environmental issue in Prince George's County and I am confident that passage of this legislation by the General Assembly will reduce litter and improve our environment. Thank you to the many residents of District 3 who are working hard on this an other crucial bills in Annapolis this session.
In case you missed it, District 3 residents Raymon Reed and Esther Arce-Reed were recently featured in The Washington Post. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll notice that I often share #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) links on Sundays. I will be sharing links in my enews now as well. I hope you will join me in working to share local news with your friends and neighbors and I welcome your ideas on how we can better share our good news.
We're inundated with national election coverage, but I want to make sure that all our residents are aware that Prince George's County has all new voting equipment, which will be used for the first time in the April primary election. The Board of Elections has been demonstrating the equipment to civic and community meetings across the County. You can learn more about the new equipment here.
As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or 301-952-3060. You can reach my staff via the same phone number or email address on the right. I share news and updates daily on social media so please like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter if you use social media.
Together Strengthening our Community,
P.S. I am pleased to share a bit about each of the organizations from last week's event. Please connect with them to take advantage of all the resources they have to offer!
The Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) is a comprehensive business incubation program located at Bowie State University and designed to help accelerate the growth of early stage companies. Bowie BIC provides the business support programs and facilities to help focus on what is truly important-growing your business.
Maryland Women's Business Center
The Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC) helps women and men throughout our community start and grow successful women-owned enterprises positioned for long-term growth through training, resources, access to funding and individual assistance.PGCC Center for Entrepreneurial Development
All businesses begin with an idea, but moving from a concept to a full-fledged, thriving enterprises requires time, commitment and resources. Whether you are starting out as an entrepreneur or are looking to grow an established business, the CED offers comprehensive resources to meet your specific needs. From initial training to ongoing support services to networking, we are here to promote local, small, and minority businesses in all stages of growth. Our unique four-tier development model (START »POSITION » GROW » SUCCEED) will help you navigate the competitive entrepreneurial landscape and best position your company to succeed.
Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce
The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit alliance of over 500 businesses, representing over a quarter of a million employees, making it one of the largest chambers in the state of Maryland and one of the largest chambers in the Washington Metropolitan region. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the Chamber is a private organization funded primarily by membership dues. It is not a government agency and receives no tax dollars.
Recognized as the most effective voice for business in Prince George's County, the Chamber works to carry out its mission of advancing the interest of business for a vibrant County-by dedicating itself to fostering a sound and progressive business climate, as well as assuming a leadership position in identifying and resolving community issues and concerns.
Through its various programs and legislative agenda, the Chamber promotes an understanding of and appreciation for business, provides strong business community leadership, and sponsors programs of a civic, social, and cultural nature in order to improve the quality of life for Prince George's County residents and the business community.
Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation provides business services that help attract, retain, and expand businesses, create high-quality jobs, and expand Prince George's County's commercial tax base. EDC's mission of business attraction and expansion is accomplished through our main business lines, including Business Development, the Small Business Services/Technical Assistance Center (TAC), International Business Development, Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications.
Reid Community Development Corporation (RCDC), an affiliate of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private non-profit corporation established in 1994 to support the church's growing community ministries. RCDC is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to "foster economic growth and community development by establishing programs and resources that will provide relief to socially and economically disadvantaged residents of Prince George's County and the Washington, DC Metropolitan area."The Training Source
The mission of The Training Source is to provide superior training and related services, using innovative methodologies and technology, to meet individual, community and workplace development needs.
The vision of The Training Source is to ensure that adults and youth have the support and life skills, professional skills and technical skills needed to pursue higher education and careers, secure and retain employment, and achieve long-term economic stability.