Council News

Posted on: January 4, 2018

COUNCIL CONVENES DAY TWO OF ANNUAL RETREAT


Agenda Includes Budget, Education, and Legislative Priorities


The Prince George’s County Council convened Day Two of its Annual Retreat today, January 4, with discussions on the County’s fiscal outlook, education, and legislative priorities for the upcoming 2018 Maryland General Assembly session.  The three-day meeting, which concludes tomorrow, is being held in the Terrapin Room, at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, in College Park. 


 Council Members opened today’s session with a financial overview of Prince George’s County provided by Office of Management and Budget Director Stanley Earley, and Deputy Director Amber Hendricks.  The presentation and dialogue focused on the County’s economic outlook, long-term fiscal outlook, along with the General Fund and Capital Improvement Program outlook for Legislative Year 2018.

 

Focusing on Prince George’s County’s educational anchors and their impact of the local economy, the Council also heard from Prince George’s County Community College President, Dr. Charlene Dukes; Special Assistant to the University of Maryland President, Ken Ulman; Bowie State University Business School Dean, Dr. Anthony Nelson; and Prince George’s County Assistant DCAO for Economic Development, David Iannucci.


Council Chair Glaros noted the importance of an ongoing dialogue between local government and the leadership of Prince George’s County’s flagship colleges and universities. 


 “We are fortunate in Prince George’s County to have three first-class institutions of higher learning that contribute to the growth and vitality of our workforce and communities.”


Continuing the conversation on education in the County, PGCPS Capital Programs Director Shawn Matlock addressed overcrowding and school construction. 


Council Chair Glaros also welcomed County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III noting priorities that will serve as a foundation for the future.


“Our theme is ‘Start Strong, Finish Stronger’ and this will be the last year for many of my colleagues on the County Council.  We are seeing transition happening and we want to make sure that the key priorities that have been undertaken both by your administration and this Council continue to move forward this year and beyond.”


 he day concluded with a General Assembly Outlook and overview of Legislative Priorities for 2018. 


The Annual Council Retreat is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.   For more information and updates, visit https://pgccouncil.us/468/Council-Retreat


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