TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Track Safe Surge on Red Line This Week,
Parking Restrictions along Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue

Beginning this morning, Metro Red Line trains will continuously single track between Takoma and Silver Spring , resulting in major disruptions throughout the entire Red Line until late Sunday, August 7, when the current "Safe Track" surge is completed. Metro expects service reductions by: one-half between Glenmont and Silver Spring; three-quarters between Silver Spring and NoMa; and  one-quarter between NoMa and Grosvenor-Strathmore. This surge affects the second highest number of passengers of all WMATA surges. 

WMATA has urged  Red Line passengers to seek alternate transportation, telework, ride at off-peak hours, or consider using the Green/Yellow Line as an alternative. Montgomery County Department of Transportation MCDOT will provide free Ride On "Red Line Shuttles" between the Silver Spring, Takoma, and Fort Totten Metro stations, and is extending peak-hour shuttle service to 4 1/2 hours in both the morning and afternoon to help ease congestion.

In order to increase road capacity on major commuter routes during the surge, MCDOT has temporarily prohibited all parking on Georgia Avenue (from Spring Street to the D.C. line) and Colesville Road (from Spring Street to Colesville Road) from 5 a.m. today until 8 p.m. on Friday. On Friday, GSSCC notified all members and other businesses along these routes.  Meters will be bagged indicating "No Parking 5 AM - 8 PM." Violators will be towed to a location nearby in the Silver Spring Central Business District. Parking will be available nights and weekends. 

For more details from WMATA about this week's "surge," click here.  For details from MCDOT, click here and here.  
GSSCC WORKSHOP: Using Benefits to Improve Morale and Retention

GSSCC's Non-Profit Team has scheduled a workshop on "Using Benefits to Improve Morale and Retention" from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, in the conference room at Easter Seals . The program will be moderated by Carson Henry of YMCA Youth & Family Services .  Erin Allen of Contemporaries will address "Employee Morale and Relations" and Anthony George of Easter Seals will discuss"Retention and Benefits Packages."  Click here to register.

REGISTER NOW: Joint GSSCC/GBCC Speed Networking Event
 
Mark your calendar for the sixth annual joint Greater Silver Spring Chamber/Greater Bethesda Chamber  Speed Networking Extravaganza . This year's event, once again sponsored by My Office Products , is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, at Rosensteel Hall , 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Click here to register and take advantage of early-bird pricing.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Your Chamber Working for Your Business

Proposed Ban on Temporary Signs
GSSCC has submitted a letter to the Montgomery County Council in advance of the public hearing, to oppose ZTA 16-06 , which would prohibit all non-permanent signs in public rights-of-way and specify enforcement procedures for illegal signs in rights-of-way. Based on input from GSSCC members, this measure would be problematic for residential realtors and other businesses that rely on posting signs in neighborhoods or sidewalks. Here is a link to the letter GSSCC sent. A public hearing on this bill is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. At last check, the witness list was full, but concerned members should write to the Council at County.Council@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov .

County Executive Asks, "How are we doing?"
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is asking the business community to provide feedback on County services by completing an online survey. Click here to access the survey. Business owners, this is your chance! If you have something to say about doing business in Montgomery County, please complete the survey . Businesses are also welcome to contact the project lead, Judy Stephenson, at 240-777-2012 or via email , with thoughts and feedback.
Welcome New Members!

GSSCC welcomes these organizations became Chamber members in July. 
Caroline Rodriguez
8811 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
Jeff Dee
8380 Colesville Rd. Suite 700
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
i9 Sports
Conlon Dufresne

Peter Tan
8121 Georgia Ave. Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
Christina Taylor
9507 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
 
Ken Ayers
10000 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Thanks for Renewing!

GSSCC thanks these organizations that renewed their membership during July. 
Advance Business Systems
Arrow Book Keeping
Blue Shore Inc.
Community Bridges
Habitat for Humanity- Restore
Hoover-Fisher Florist, Inc.
JK Moving Services
Nob Hill
Phoenix Consulting, LLC
Print 1
Security Industry Association
Spark Design
Steven Drake Associates, LLC
TechMoxie, LLC
Tempchin & Bowers, LLC
The Premier Apartments
Washington Property Company
Wells & Associates
Zalco Realty, Inc.
 
* Holy Cross Health  announces its new President and CEO. On August 1, Dr. Norvell "Van" Coots becomes the new Holy Cross President and CEO, replacing Kevin Sexton, who is retiring after 18 years. Dr. Coots is the former Commander of the Walter Reed Army Health Care System.  For the full article, 

* GSSCC sends condolences to the Round House Theatre family on the passing of founder June Allen. Allen started the Street 70 Theatre and brought it under the fold of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation in 1973, crafting a government-supported arts program unique to the area. In 1978, the new Round House Theatre, opened in Silver Spring as the permanent home for the Street 70 company.  

* Students from the Levine School of Music will showcase their talents at Veterans Plaza from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. 
 
* The Office of Human Resources at Washington Adventist University  is hosting its annual "Student Professionals Job Fair" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, in the Wilkinson Hall Lobby. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@wau.edu
  
See your company's news here! GSSCC would be pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Simply send us your information before close of business each Friday.     
Upcoming GSSCC Meetings

* Young Professional's Network Meeting   4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10

*Membership Development Committee Meeting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23.

* NOTE: Most GSSCC committees do not meet during August. Watch this space and your email for exceptions.

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
  Thank you to our 2016-2017 GSSCC Partners
 
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital


 
Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.


 
Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.


 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development