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February 2011 - Economic Development Group Update

February 2011 - Economic Development Group Update

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   ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP UPDATEFEBRUARY 23, 2011 Andy Shulman (McShea & Co.), Vice PresidentHeather Dlhopolsky (Linowes and Blocher), Co-Chair, Economic DevelopmentEric Gates (Apex Home Loan), Co-Chair, Real Estate CommitteeDavid Krucoff (Broad Street Realty), Co-Chair, Real Estate Committee 
NEW THIS MONTH:Barbara Wilkins,
Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, has been providing reports to the Chambertracking bills that may affect businesses and is advising and assisting us regarding issues that we needto address. She has submitted letters, statements and testimonies for a number of bills including thewine corkage bill, credit card checking, transportation trust fund, etc.  A full synopsis of legislation thatthe Chamber has taken positions on during this session is attached to this summary.
  Suburban Hospital
Great news!  County Executive Leggett sent a draft resolution to the CountyCouncil recommending the abandonment of one block of Lincoln Street. The Chamber wrote a letter tothe Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee Chair Roger Berliner and hiscommittee, supporting this effort and urging them to move forward and vote in favor of the draftresolution presented by Mr. Leggett.
  B-CC Moratorium
As of July 1, 2011, no new preliminary plans with a residential housing componentmay be approved in Bethesda because the projected capacity for Westland Middle School will exceed120% of current capacity.  Heather Dlhopolsky and David Krucoff joined a team of other members whomet with Roger Berliner earlier this month to discuss strategy.  Berliner will work with us on this, but hasalso advised us to reach out to the PTA reps in the BCC Cluster to work with them for long-rangeplanning.
  Noise legislation
Working with Silver Spring Chamber and BUP to change proposed legislation(from Marc Elrich) to limit noise levels, which would have urban centers currently be in violation of thelaw.  Andy Shulman, Ginanne, Jane Redicker (GSS Chamber), Bill Kominers and others met withValerie Ervin and Roger Berliner last week to discuss proposed changes to allow urban districts to beexempt from legislation. Valerie Ervin is pursuing the legislation and is meeting with the CountyExecutive staff to work out concerns regarding the current legislation.
 Fire Marshall Inspections
Fire Safety Working Group
Work Group meeting for January was
cancelled due to the fact that the Fire Marshall’s office has not completed their work on developing
code enforcement descriptions and changes. We are basically at a standstill and have expressed ourconcerns via email. Next step is to set up another meeting with Fire Chief Bowers to raise concerns andencourage the Fire Department to move forward, as this group has been meeting for almost two years

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