District 6 Weekend Reader (week ending March 15, 2019)

Take a peek at the construction of UMCRMC in Real Time!


We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center to District 6! 

Shovels have been placed in the ground.  Cranes are actively moving dirt every day.  Now we have three large banner signs at the site of the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center!  Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it.  Stop by the corner of Arena Drive and Capital Centre Boulevard when
you get a chance!

Can't stop by in person?  You can keep track of the hospital's construction by tuning into the online camera portal, courtesy of Clark Construction: http://ow.ly/Ombh30loeu4.




Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for
FAME's Art Technology Lab

Council Member Derrick Leon Davis joined Council Chair Todd Turner (District 4) and Council Member At Large Calvin Hawkins for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the Foundation for the Advancement of Music Education's (FAME) newly installed art technology lab! Funded by United Parcel Service (UPS) and PEPCO, the lab will be used by FAME music students for music theory, music composition, homework, and more.



Working Smarter for
Sustainable and Livable Communities

Council Member Davis, Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant and Marva Jo Camp, legal counsel for the City of Seat Pleasant, meeting to discuss strategies on expanding the concept of smart cities throughout Prince George's County, a process by which data and technology are used to create efficiencies, improve sustainability, create economic development, and enhance quality of life factors for residents and businesses.



*photo courtesy of the Prince George's County Council Office of Communications*


Rolling Food Bank

The County Council and Legislative Branch participated in a “Rolling Food Drive,” sponsored by WHUR-FM 96.3 and FedEx on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Council Member Davis, Council Member At-Large Calvin Hawkins, II, and District 9 Council Member Sydney Harrison delivered canned goods and non-perishable donations from the Legislative Branch, and took to the radio airwaves to talk about the impact of the government hutdown in Prince George’s County.   All donations support the work of the Capital Area Food Bank, which has been hosting weekly food giveaways for workers impacted by the shutdown.

District 6 Links




Have you visited the District 6
Scholarship page?  The District 6 Team has created this useful resource for those looking for scholarship resources and/or internship/learning opportunities.  ALL ARE WELCOMED to review and apply.  SPREAD THE WORD!


Constituent Services


Visit our District 6 Constituent Services page to access information/resources related to public safety, local utility companiesstate services, workforce training and resources for senior residents.

Development Projects in District 6


Want to know what's going on with Largo Town Center, Westphalia or the Central Avenue Connector Trail Project?  The District 6 Development page provides updated information on these and other development projects in District 6, courtesy of the Maryland-National
Capital Park & Planning Commission.




From community events to neighborhood meetings, follow Council Member Davis' journey in the heart of Prince George's County through pictures.


Visit the Prince George's
County Council Online!


Are you signed up to receive, #CouncilConnection, the weekly wrap-up of the Prince George's County Council?  Read the latest newsletter and sign up to receive notifications 
from the Prince George's County Council by visiting the following web link:  http://ow.ly/tVD330hEnCK.

Don't forget to bookmark the Prince George's County Council's official webpage!

 County Council's FY2020 Budget Portal


Missed the County Council's FY20 Budget Town Hall?  Visit the County Council's FY20 Budget Portal to view the event and review the budget process: http://ow.ly/K5Bi30nPJMy.

Government Resources


Have you signed up for County Executive Alsobrooks' newsletter, Community Connections?  Be sure to click on the link to read the latest edition of Community Connections and sign up to receive updates.


Missed County Executive Alsobrooks' FY2020 Budget Hearing?  You can view the event archived on the County Executive's website: http://ow.ly/GXeV30nQCVW



Submit and access County non-emergency services using the CountyClick311 citizen portal!

County Events

"Visionary Women"
34th Annual Women's
History Month Luncheon


On March 21, 2019, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will host the 34th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon to celebrate the dynamic accomplishments of visionary women who serve in and partner with government to influence and impact our communities. The event will begin at 11:30 AM, at Martin’s Crosswinds, Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt, Maryland. Individual ticket cost is $50; additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, visit the official Women's History Month Luncheon webpage: http://ow.ly/G3xJ30nPJs8.


"Growing Green With Pride"
May 4, 2019


Each spring and fall, Prince George’s County hosts a countywide community clean up program, presented by the Department of Public Works & Transportation"Growing Green with Pride" formerly "Clean Up, Green Up," supports the County's initiative to make our community cleaner and greener by conducting individual community plantings and coordinating beautification activities throughout the County.

“Growing Green with Pride,” in collaboration with Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, demonstrates our shared commitment to keeping our communities appealing and attractive. ​

​Community organizations and groups are encouraged to participate by planning early in each season. Resources are available to help provide landscaping ideas, planting materials, proper planting instructions for trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as litter collection supplies.

Stay tuned for additional "Growing
Green with Pride"
updates by visiting
the following weblink:  http://ow.ly/mSzR30nPrAL​.


Directory of
County Agencies and Departments.  Follow this link to access the directory.

Regionalism At Work


Council Member Derrick Leon Davis serves on the 2019 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors Leadership Team as Vice Chair, along with Chair Robert C. White, Jr. (Council of the District of Columbia), and Vice Chair Christian Dorsey (Arlington County Board)

Greetings District 6 Residents, Businesses and Stakeholders,

This January, I was given the honor of serving another term as Co-Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Board of Directors.  

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. COG’s membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress.   

It is a very exciting time to serve in this capacity, as the County continues to grow and thrive in topical areas that drive the policy discussions held within COG: transit, development, housing, health and human services; discussions that are also being held on the County level  through our Council's committee work and Board of Health discussions which drive the crux of our work as a legislative body. 

As always, we are available to address your needs via telephone (301-952-3426) or email at councildistrict6@co.pg.md.us.

Committed to Service, Committed to You!


Derrick Leon Davis
Council Member, District 6
Prince George's County Council


Council Member Davis convening with fellow members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Board of Directors (February, 2019)

A Win, Win For All
Regional Conversation with Amazon


On February 22, 2019, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments hosted a gathering of more than 100 area leaders—representatives from local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and civic associations—for a regional conversation with Amazon on its plans to locate its new headquarters in Arlington.

The conversation featured a guest panel, including Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s Director of Worldwide Economic Development, that discussed and took questions on a variety of topics, including incentives and Amazon’s economic impacts, the headquarters development, job creation and workforce development, and the company’s approach to working with the community on housing, transportation, and sustainability.

Amazon HQ2 is a win not only for Crystal City but for the Metropolitan Washington region.  We can attribute approximately 25,000 job opportunities largely due to our transit and transportation investments; investments in our regional systems of education, comprehensive housing opportunities and a highly evolved, vibrant nightlife.  To view the Regional Conversation with Amazon, visit the following link: https://www.mwcog.org/newsroom/2019/02/22/a-regional-conversation-with-amazon-economic-competitiveness-arlington-county/.

Addressing the Region's
Capacity for Additional Housing


As the region's workforce continues to grow, there is the need to meet the growing demand for housing as well.  Based on a recent analysis by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) has determined that a regional commitment to increasing the number of new housing units beyond those which are currently planned to maintain economic competitiveness and support transportation performance.  The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Housing and Planning Directors have met to discuss the various opportunities and challenges in producing additional homes to balance job and household growth, location and affordability and transportation investments.  On the county level, these discussions have taken place through the implementation of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy, designed to represent the County’s ten‐year plan to serve the housing needs of all county residents, both current and future, while expanding access to opportunity through housing investments.  The strategy looks to achieve three primary goals: support existing residents, including long‐time residents, seniors, residents with disabilities, and residents at‐risk of displacement; attract new residents, including millennials, employers, and developers; build on strategic investments & submarket conditions, including transit‐oriented development (TOD) areas like the Purple Line Corridor, areas around strategic assets and major public investments, and federal Opportunity Zones. 

The goal of increasing the region's housing supply cannot be achieved solely by government.  It will take the work of our partners in the public and private sector to address the many facets of our housing challenges.

Read the Regional Housing Memo to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors

Read "Housing Opportunity for All", Prince George's County's Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS)


District 6 In The News:
Dr. Joseph Wright featured on
Great Day Washington


Our Council’s former Board of Health liaison, Joseph L. Wright, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of University of Maryland Capital Region Health, appeared on WUSA 9's Great Day Washington program to discuss the highly anticipated medical center currentlty under construction in the heart of Largo, and what the new center means for surrounding communities and the healthcare landscape in Prince George's County.  To view the interview in its entirety, please visit the following weblink:  https://www.wusa9.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-washington/university-of-maryland-capital-health-region-is-building-a-brand-new-facility-in-prince-georges-county/65-1dd7d1d4-01cb-4f34-a191-e2798c6dbd05

Be sure to mark your calendars for 2021!

Council Committees At Work

DLDin GOFPCommittee

Operations and Fiscal Policy
In Legislative Year 2019, I have the pleasure of serving as chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee (GOFP) which is responsible for several issues and policies related to general government, labor agreements, bond issues, budget and financial management, and cable television and telecommunications.  One topic of particular importance is the county's Telecommunications Transmission Facility Coordinating Committee (TTFCC) 2018-2019 Master Plan which encourages the co-location of telecommunication facilities on existing structures and minimizes the community impact of new telecommunication facilities by promoting alternative sites and techniques to mitigate the visual impact, reviewing and making recommendations to the telecommunication carriers on their cell tower applications. 

Watch Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee Meeting (2/14/2019)

Watch County Council Session (2/19/2019)


Education and Workforce Development Committee
I am also afforded the opportunity this Legislative year to serve as co-chair for the Council's Education and Workforce Development Committee (EWD), focusing on oversight of the Prince George’s County Public Schools System (PGCPS); Community College; Memorial Library System; and Workforce Development programs, enabling a focus on the shared priority of college and career readiness.


Last month, wewelcomed  Prince George's County Public Schools Interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and her executive team to the first committee meeting of the year for a briefing of the school system and an overview of the proposed budget; a very robust, educational and much needed dialogue on what the priorities are, what is needed to fund those priorities and the work it will take between this legislative body and our state elected officials to keep those priorities at the forefront.

Watch Education and Workforce Development Committee Meeting (2/9/2019)

2019 Council Standing Committee Assignments

To obtain upcoming committee meeting details and agendas, please visit the Council's Calendar/Agenda webpage: https://princegeorgescountymd.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.


Prince George's County Council
Budget Process | FY2020


As trustees of Prince George's County, we want to empower all residents to be informed and actively engaged in the FY20 budget process. The following link will provide you with a detailed timeline of the budget process, along with dates for upcoming 2020 county budget public hearings: https://pgccouncil.us/DocumentCenter/View/3963/Council-Budge-Process-Timeline-FY-2020.

Let your voice be heard!

District 6 Publications


District 6 Progress Report

From economic development and updates around the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center to legislative priorities and the formula for transformation, the District 6 Progress Report provides a narrative of our continued commitment to improving the quality of life for ALL Prince George's County residents: http://ow.ly/QEDh30mtM4w

County Council Publications


Prince George's County Council
2017 Legislative Annual Report

It is my pleasure to share the 2017 Legislative Annual Report for the Prince George's County Council, which tells our remarkable story of progress in the County, and highlights how, as a community, we are continuing to "Move Forward with Purpose." http://ow.ly/QoOS30lo9Gy.  As you page through this report, you will see our County Moving Forward with Purpose! You’ll read about projects that create the jobs and business opportunities we need to grow, provide enormous economic benefits for local businesses, and poise our County to become the regional economic powerhouse we all know it will be.



Prince George's County Council
2016 Legislative Annual Report

Investment. Vision. Growth. | Three guiding principles representing the work of the Prince George's County Council.  The 2016 Legislative Annual Report is a representation of the work of the Prince George's County Council.  Our work on zoning matters and land use policy, governing and guiding health policy, improving services and program for residents, or fulfilling our roles as faithful fiduciary stewards of County tax dollars are pieces of the larger puzzle and fulfills our vision in making Prince George's County the thriving powerhouse in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region:  http://ow.ly/MLx130kVuTN.



Blue Ribbon Commission - Final Report

Established by Council Resolution 26-2015 as a part of the approved FY 2016 County Budget, the Blue Ribbon Commission was charged with recommending policies to the County Council and County Executive over the next year that would address the County's structural deficit - the imbalance caused when normal government spending exceeds tax revenues on an annual basis.

This final report is the culmination of the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission members regarding Prince George's County's fiscal health; policies and practices that affect Prince George's County's revenue structure and the strength of its tax base; the structure and fiscal dynamics of the Prince George's County Government; and feedback from community stakeholders concerning the County's budget and tax structure:  http://ow.ly/1pWF30loaIZ.



Continuous Business
Process Improvement Study

The long-awaited Continuous Business Process Improvement Study, also called the Performance Audit, is the first comprehensive assessment of County school operations in 18 years.   This initiative reflects a transformative partnership between the County Council, County Executive, Board of Education, CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools, and all stakeholders to ensure appropriate operations in five key areas of our public school system - Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction, Supporting Services, Business and Management Services, and Information Technology - and offers a critical barometer for progress as we continue our work together to achieve the world-class school system students and Prince George's County deserve.  The Continuous Business Process Improvement Study, a continuous and ongoing process, will result in a more efficient and effectively run education system and ensure the highest return on the significant investment citizens consistently make in education in Prince George's County.  To access the final report and appendix, visit the official Council portal for the Continuous Business Process Improvement Study by visiting the following weblink:  http://ow.ly/pTzY30kVnbr.


Connect With Us!

Nellvenia W. Johnson
Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide

Rita D. Lassiter
Citizen Services Specialist

Lenne' D. White
Office Manager/Administrative Aide

Jeffery A. Taylor
Citizen Services Intern

District 6 Office:  (301) 952-3426

District 6 Email: councildistrict6@co.pg.md.us