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Elrich Announces Local Business Preference Program as He Wraps Up 4Business Listening Tour

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is forwarding legislation to the County Council for a local business preference program.

Elrich made the announcement sitting alongside County Council Vice President Sidney Katz as they wrapped up their 4Business listening tour at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, located at 12900 Middlebrook Road, in Germantown on Monday, June 10.

As drafted, the legislation proposes 10 percent preference points for businesses located in Montgomery County that are competing for County contracts.

“Government contracts are a significant part of our local economy,” said Elrich. “We want to make sure that County businesses that locate and pay taxes in the County have a fair chance to participate in County contract opportunities. We get the value and importance of Montgomery County businesses. This is a significant change from what we have been doing and that legislation will be going over to the Council very shortly.”

The 4Business listening tour crisscrossed the County as the elected officials encouraged business owners to share their experiences about opening and growing a business in Montgomery County. Their initiative, 4Business: Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business, included stops in Rockville, Bethesda, East County, Wheaton, Silver Spring and Germantown.

“We have a problem and we want you to help us solve it,” said Elrich at the Wheaton listening session. “Business as usual doesn’t serve the County well. My intent is to redevelop and improve the system we have in place now. We are going to change things.”