May 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

This is an extremely busy time for the Prince George's County Council and many exiting initiatives are moving forward across District 3.

On Monday, May 1, I joined  the Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization CDC Board, staff, and partners for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and grand opening of the Greater Riverdale Career Empowerment Center (GRCEC) .

GRCEC, located at 6801 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale Park, offers holistic workforce development and training to the residents of Riverdale and the surrounding community. 
Connecting residents looking for gainful employment with the new job opportunities coming to District 3 is very important to me.  On Friday, May 5, I hosted   the fourth meeting of my Workforce Development Conversation initiative. I initiated this on-going work to bring together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss the workforce needs and opportunities across District 3 and to ensure that local  residents are ready for and knowledgeable abo ut the opportunities coming to the area. I am especially pleased about the numerous partnerships that are growing out of this initiative, including Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization CDC identifying  new partners for GRCEC in these conversations.

On May 2, I joined w ith with union members, elected officials, and residents from Pri nce George's and Mon tgomery Counties to demand a decision and funding for the Purple Line. We are counting on the Purple Line to  connect residents to jobs and rejuvenate aging inner-Beltway suburbs.  Every day without a decision costs taxpayers money, and means lost economic development opportunities along the line. 

Even as we wait for Judge Leon to make a decision, many items are moving forward. This project is truly "shovel ready." 

On Saturday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the P3 partner, Purple Line Transit Partners, is hos ting an Open House for job seekers and small businesses interested in contracting opportunities at 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 100, Riverdale. The Purple Line is an incredible opportunity for new jo bs in our communities where many are struggling. Please plan to attend this open house and share the 
information with your friends and neighbors.

If you would like an update on the status of the Purple Line, please join me on Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to meet the concessionaire and view designs for the Purple Line stations, at at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park.

At my Town Hall and in my print newsletter, I shared information about the County budget. While the public hearings have already taken place, I welcome your comments on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Learn more about the  budget process and email me at to share your thoughts. I anticipate the County Council will vote to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 budget on Thursday, May 25.

I am thrilled that Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation will offer the Summer XTreme Teens program at William Wirt Middle School and the Summer Playground program at Templeton Elementary. Both of those locations -- and several more across District 3 -- are open for registration now!

These are reasonably priced drop-in programs, which take place from June 26 - August 4 at locations across the County. Registration is required.  Summer Playground is described as a large group activity for children ages 6-12 who live in Prince George's County. Playgrounds operate Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Summer Xtreme Teens is described as a large group activity for teens ages 13-17 who live in Prince George's County. Xtreme Teens sites operate Mondays-Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration today via  SmartLink, or check out 2017 locations by clicking here then clicking "Summer Playground & Teen Centers" on the left menu.

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Together Strengthening our Community,
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U pcoming Events

District 3 Nonprofit Networking Bkfst
Friday, May 12
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ctr. for Educational Partnership
6200 Sheridan Street

Friday, May 12
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ritchie Coliseum 
7675 Baltimore Ave College Park

Thursday, May 18
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pavilion next to
6811 Kenilworth Avenue

Purple Line: Job and Small Business Opportunities
Saturday, May 20
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6811 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 100

Purple Line: Meet the Concessionaire, View Station Designs 
Tuesday, May 23 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
College Park Comm. Ctr
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park

Visit the County Council's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Portal

Learn more about the Vehicle Use Review Board and share your comments.

LINK allows all Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) students access to library services using their 9-digit ID Number with PGCPS in front, no sign-up needed!

Register today for Summer and Fall 2017 Classes at Prince George's Community College.

Contact Us!


Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at or call (301) 952-3060.