The Glass Gazette: May 2023 (en español / 中文普通话)

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May 2023

State Funding for Montgomery County

Thank you to the Montgomery County Delegation and the entire Maryland General Assembly for their hard work and dedication during the 2023 legislative session, which ended in April. I’m pleased that Montgomery County will be receiving $1.1 billion in state aid to invest in our public schools, community college and vital transportation services. 

Some of the high priority projects receiving state funding include $27 million for our growing bus rapid transit system, $1 million for the Burtonsville park and ride, $2.1 million for the Bowie Mill bike trail, $1 million for a Wheaton arts and culture center and $1 million to support the high school wellness centers. The budget also includes millions in investments to support hospital services, the Institute for Health Computing and projects like the North Bethesda Metro station north entrance. 

The collaboration with our partners in Annapolis helps to improve the quality of life for all County residents. We look forward to our continued partnership.

Maryland/Montgomery County flag

AAPI Heritage Month

The Council honored Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month highlighting this year's theme: "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity." AAPI Heritage Month is recognized nationally each May and honors the roles that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played in our history and celebrates their contributions in our own community and beyond.

For generations, AAPI residents have shaped our community with rich cultures, languages, traditions, and made significant contributions to society that have continued to strengthen our future. At the same time, it is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the stories of resilience and recommit ourselves to promoting AAPI inclusiveness, celebrating diversity and rejecting hate in all its forms.

Council President Glass, Councilmember Mink, BOE Member Yang and Del. Qi celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at the County Council.

Councilmember Mink, Council President Glass, Board of Education Member Yang and Del. Qi celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at the County Council (L to R).

Celebrating National Small Business Week

It’s National Small Business Week – a time to support and recognize the critical contributions of Montgomery County's small business owners and entrepreneurs. Did you know that more than 95% of businesses located in Montgomery County have fewer than 50 employees? These small businesses include a range of businesses, from law offices to food trucks, and are the backbone of our economic vitality.

And remember –– for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community, compared to only $43 when shopping at a national chain. Support our community and shop local today!

Watch this WJLA piece featuring The Cottage Monet in Rockville Town Square.

CP Glass speaks with Channel 7 News about supporting small businesses.

Potomac Library Renovation

The Potomac Library is now fully renovated and open to the public! The partnership between Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Friends of the Library and the community volunteers has made this a beautiful facility. The renovations include new floors, new shelves, new windows and a new service desk, among many other improvements throughout the facility. In addition, the building is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Make sure to check it (and a book) out!

Side by side: CP Glass poses with Ari Brooks and Anita Vassallo; mother and child browse books in the children’s book section.

Forest Glen Groundbreaking

More affordable housing is coming to Montgomery County. I was delighted to attend the groundbreaking for the Residences at Forest Glen, a 189-unit apartment building that is being developed by MHP. The new building is expected to be completed by 2025 and will be located in a walkable, transit accessible neighborhood. It will also have educational programming space for kids and adults.

Housing leaders and elected officials pose with shovels and hard hats for groundbreaking event.

Constituent Corner

A Bethesda resident contacted us after almost having a car accident because his view at a neighborhood intersection was obstructed by overgrown shrubbery. Our office contacted the Montgomery County Department of Transportation on the constituent’s behalf, and within a couple of days, they came out and trimmed the bushes back by two feet.

Side by side: Before and after of overgrown shrubbery trimmed by MCDOT.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Montgomery County is the healthiest County in Maryland? According to the 2023 County Health Rankings, MoCo is #1 because of our physical activity rates, lower rates of alcohol-impaired driving deaths and lower rates of uninsured residents.

Montgomery, Maryland | County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Map of Maryland with Montgomery County highlighted. Credit: OHR.

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