Legislative Priorities For Montgomery County 2020

The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit member organization of more than 460 businesses and non-profit organizations, is committed to furthering a vibrant and diversified local economy in which its members, and all businesses, can grow and prosper. 

 

Our Mission

To enhance the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of our member businesses
and unrelenting advocacy on their behalf.

 

Our Vision

A prosperous business community that contributes to a vibrant greater Silver Spring.

 

We believe a thriving business community provides:

  • More opportunity for all by increasing the number of good private sector jobs for our citizens;
  • A broader tax base to support necessary public services;
  • Increased prosperity for all.

 

Through its legislative advocacy efforts, the Chamber seeks to foster the growth of existing businesses, encourage new business development, improve regional competitiveness, maintain and enhance property values, and promote consumer and investor interest and confidence in the greater Silver Spring area.

 

The Chamber advocates for:

  • Enhanced focus on safety, security, growth, and commercial development in Silver Spring;
  • A welcoming business environment that encourages economic vitality;
  • Policies that support businesses, especially small businesses, and stimulate business growth and entrepreneurship
  • Preserving an employer’s ability to manage its workforce to best suit its business needs. (maintain control over wages, scheduling, benefits, leave policies)
  • Removing regulatory barriers to business success;
  • Accountability in Montgomery County’s public school system that links spending to results and assures graduates who can read, write, and do basic mathematics
  • Enhancing workforce development programs, including investment in community college facilities and operations, that provide employees the skills needed in today's economy;
  • Providing and maintaining a transportation infrastructure that offers the right balance of public transportation, roads, and parking.

 

The Chamber opposes:

  • Increased taxes and regulations that drive business out of Montgomery County to surrounding jurisdictions;
  • Employment regulations that discourage businesses from staying in Montgomery County;

 

Who We Represent

  • Members range in size from sole proprietorships to international companies with thousands of employees. 
  • About 80 percent of GSSCC members have fewer than 25 employees; 60% have fewer than ten.
  • GSSCC member companies are located throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, from Silver Spring to Burtonsville, Bethesda, Kensington, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Wheaton, and even Washington, D.C. and areas of Prince George’s County.