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Germantown Alliance 2.0 Moves Forward



The new incarnation of the Germantown Alliance, the once powerful civic organization which brought many of Germantown’s social, civic, and church organizations together, continues to gain ground. While the Germantown Alliance had grown dormant for about a decade, Germantown Alliance 2.0 is finding its footing gaining traction in the Germantown community.

The fledgling group held its second meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Black Rock Center for the Arts. About 40 community members including Councilmember Craig Rice, and members of Congressmen Delaney’s staff, to local business owners, and members of the Germantown Historical Society, gathered to hear a presentation on the Germantown Master Plan from the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and the results of the survey which the Alliance sent to residents and business people over the summer.

The resurrection of the Germantown Alliance is the brainchild of Susan Burkinshaw, who is a member board at Black Rock Center for the Arts and was active in area Parent Teacher Associations; Trish Heffelfinger, Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex; and Marilyn Balcombe, president and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. Those three ladies have been instrumental in leading the cause to create a unifying social, cultural, civic, and political voice for Germantown.


“We were very pleased with the turnout at the last meeting,” said Balcombe. “We had 43 people show up and at least half of them had attended the initial meeting in May. With all the energy in the room, I am convinced that we have a strong enough core to move forward.”

Burkinshaw, echoed Balcombe’s sentiment. “We had such a great turnout we were literally standing room only in BlackRock’s conference room,” she said.