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Greater Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Agenda

Marji's Letter of Opposition to House Bill 1515 - Sales & Use Tax

In opposition to House Bill 1515 - Sales & Use Tax - Rate Reduction & Service, our President & CEO Marji Graf wrote the following letter of opposition.

See the full letter here.

Read Marji's letter supporting Pepco's proposed Multi-Year Plan filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission on May 16, 2023.


Read the J.O.B.S. Act Joint Letter to Council President Friedson and Councilmembers from April 27, 2024. Full letter here...

To stay on top of current bills and their status, please view the 2024 Bill Tracker.

Please note that the Montgomery County Council withdrew their bill for tipped wages.  See the video here.

Primary Priorities:

1. Promote and support policies that will help increase and diversify Rockville employers and assist small businesses.

2. Facilitate and maintain high-quality education in Rockville-based schools and post-secondary institutions that support student career preparation in areas of high need in the region.

3. Work in partnership with the City, REDI, Morguard and Comstock, and other stakeholders to make Rockville Town Center a vibrant destination with arts and culture as a focus;

4. Promote and support policies designed to explore and improve transportation options with a focus on their economic impact on the business community.

5. Identify creative approaches to revitalize Rockville Town Center through virtual and other alternative approaches to foster community while maintaining resident safety.

6. Collaborate with the City of Rockville, the County, and the State to identify funding to support Rockville employers and businesses to recover, revitalize, and grow their businesses.

7. Encourage and support Montgomery County’s branding of being the Advanced Immunology Capital of the World.

8. Encourage and support Montgomery County’s branding of being part of the Quantum Computing epicenter of the United States.

9. Support the branding effort for the life/bio science sector being led by REDI in partnership with the County, MCEDC, USG and Gaithersburg.

10. Support the City and REDI in creating partnerships with USG and Montgomery College to provide opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to find work and remain in Montgomery County.

Goal: Support REDI in its economic development efforts to attract new businesses/employers to Rockville and retain existing businesses and to promote and support policies and legislation that increase employment opportunities and the tax base.

• Continue to encourage the City to provide incentives through REDI to new businesses/employers.
• Encourage the City to embrace flexible work arrangements and alternative uses of unoccupied office buildings that are flexible and foster safety while bringing together Rockville employers and customers.
• Encourage the City to create additional welcoming outdoor spaces that maintain safety and encourage patronage of Rockville’s businesses.
• Encourage the City to reduce the zoning restrictions and fees that deter businesses/employers from choosing Rockville and support the City in its efforts to rewrite the zoning code.
• Support making Rockville a destination for the arts and creative industries, which will in turn increase business for Rockville’s multitude of restaurants and service providers.
• Support the City and stakeholders in the exploration of the creation of an Arts and Entertainment District.
• Support investment in Rockville’s transportation infrastructure.
• Work with stakeholders on developing existing venues in Rockville as arts and culture destinations – Redgate, Stone Street corridor, Dairy Barns at King Farm, etc.
• Support the Vision Zero goals for pedestrian, bike, and traffic safety.
• Advocate for the addition of workforce/affordable housing in the City of Rockville.
• Support REDI’s efforts in promoting small-scale manufacturing in Rock East and other areas of the City.

Goal: Promote high-quality education in Rockville-based schools and post-secondary institutions.

• Advocate for smart funding of school capital and operating budgets at the County and State level.
• Advocate for better methodologies for calculating school population growth.
• Conduct a campaign to educate elected officials and the public on the effects of housing moratoriums in jurisdictions that negatively impact economic development. Demonstrate how moratoriums have hindered school construction, hurt economic development, and exacerbated the cost of housing. See the informative article on the effect of moratoriums on school construction article here.
• Support academic career preparation in disciplines that represent current and targeted industries in the City of Rockville.
• Support Montgomery College in providing experiential educational opportunities for students who want to engage with the business community or particular industry sectors.

Goal: Work in partnership with the City of Rockville, Morguard, Comstock, Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and other stakeholders to make Rockville Town Center (RTC) a vibrant destination in accordance with the ULI TAP report and with arts and culture as a focus.

• Support improving connections between Montgomery College and Town Center;
• Support the creation of more vibrant and active signage to mark the arrival in RTC including along Rockville Pike and Promenade Park.
• Encourage placemaking to attract employees and businesses across the City.
• Work with REDI, the City of Rockville, and Morguard on exploring ways to attract and retain merchants in RTC including reviewing parking rates and hours, types of merchants approached for leasing opportunities, etc.
• Support the City in exploring ways to increase development density in RTC in order to make it a vibrant and active destination.
• Work with the City of Rockville, REDI, and other stakeholders including WAMTA to improve access to the Rockville Metro station and make it more inviting and attractive through art, culture, and destination entertainment events that differentiate RTC from its competitors.

Goal: Partner with the City of Rockville, REDI and other stakeholders to review and explore transportation issues affecting Rockville residents and businesses.

• Continue working with all stakeholders on the Managed Lane Studies regarding 270 and 495 and repair or replacement of the American Legion Bridge and promote leveraging of smart technologies, review of road capacity, transit options, and telework policies.
• Continue advocating to ensure that the State Highway Administration moves forward with West End Noise Barrier Project.
• Advocate for increased investment from WMATA for Rockville metro/transportation stations.
• Support the annexation of the Shady Grove Metro Station into the City.
• Partner with the City of Rockville, REDI, the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee (RPAC), the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC), and other stakeholders to research and advocate for policies to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety.
• Advocate for actions to improve public safety in the City.
• Encourage safe distancing and connections between businesses and residents in the City of Rockville.

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