County Could Extend Evening Hours for Paid Parking in Silver Spring

The County Executive's FY18 Budget recommendation includes a proposal to extend evening hours for paid parking in Silver Spring. Currently parking in Silver Spring is free after 7 p.m. The proposed budget for the Silver Spring Parking Lot District (PLD) assumes that beginning in July of this year, paid parking enforcement will extend to 10 p.m. in all garages and lots, and on the street. During budget hearings next week, GSSCC will ask the County Council to reject the proposal. 

Montgomery County Department of Transportation officials tell GSSCC that this change is critical in order to generate sufficient revenue to support the PLD. However, the recommended budget also includes a proposal to loan, or give, $1.2 million to the Wheaton PLD over the five years beginning in FY19. GSSCC fails to understand how the County could consider transferring funds from Silver Spring to Wheaton, if the Silver Spring PLD is so in need of income that it must begin charging for evening parking.  Members interested in testifying on this and other budget proposals may do so at these times:  7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4; 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5; 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6.  Click here to register for the hearing. 
Network After-Hours at Urban Winery

. . .from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, April 5, at Urban Winery (949 Bonifant Street). GSSCC members attend for free. Click here  to register today

(Note: This information is current as of last Thursday, when the Weekly Update was drafted. )

Independent Contractor Bill Pulled - Proponents to Work with DLLR
Thanks to an outpouring of opposition, Senate Bill 1192, which would have vastly expanded the requirements for an individual to be considered an independent contractor, was taken off the hearing schedule for this week and is off the table for the General Assembly this year. This bill would have required professionals such as photographers, freelance graphic designers, even off-duty police officers serving as freelance security guards, and many others, to be treated as employees of their clients. GSSCC joined the Maryland Chamber and other business groups in urging Finance Committee Chair Mac Middleton to pull the bill. Following a meeting late last week with the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Middleton, and the proponents, all agreed to continue meeting to discuss amendments to the proposed regulations and work out a compromise.

Bill to Mandate Pay Information Provided to Employees
A House Bill that would mandate the kind of compensation information employers are required to give employees within 30 days after the first day of employment will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee this Wednesday. The original House Bill was amended to eliminate provisions that would have mandated what information must be included on an employees pay stub, as well as provisions that called for liquidated damages in the case of a violation. Most employers already provide everything mandated in the current version of the bill, so GSSCC and other business groups will testify that it is an unnecessary mandate.
Mandatory Paid Leave Bill Likely Headed to Governor's Desk
As of this writing, it is very likely that the Maryland legislature will send mandatory paid leave legislation to Governor Larry Hogan's desk in the coming days, and that lawmakers will override a promised veto. Last Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to pass all of the amendments to create a unified bill that will force employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days mandatory paid leave to employees 18 and older who work at least 12 hours a week. As reported before, even if this bill becomes law, it does not apply to Montgomery County employers.

Fair Scheduling Bill on Hold in Rules
Montgomery County Delegate Marice Morales has introduced two bills that would require employers to provide employees their work schedules 21 days before the first day of work and pay employees
 "predictive pay" if any changes are made. This legislation will be devastating for businesses that employ hourly workers who work varying shifts. While the bills are not expected to move this year, leadership has said that this subject, along with minimum wage legislation, will be a priority for the 2018 General Assembly. GSSCC encourages employers to take the time to read these bills now, and be prepared to work on efforts to defeat or greatly modify them. House Bill 1614 is linked here . House Bill 1615 is linked here .
Network and Get a Professional Head Shot

GSSCC's Young Professional's Network will host a "Professional Head Shots Workshop" presented by Adam Lowe of Adam Lowe Creative  from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  on Friday, April 21, at Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road). The workshop includes a free sitting and digital image; prints and other upgrades will be available for a fee. Registration fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Click here  to sign up
* The International Rescue Committee is launching its 8th biannual job fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza). Businesses interested in attending should email The event is free but advance registration is required.

* Congratulations to Montgomery Community Media on winning four Bronze Telly Awards, in multiple categories, at 38th Annual Telly Awards program. The winning videos were selected from more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. To see them, click here.

* The Blairs Master Plan was recently featured in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USBGC) online publication. The feature complimented the collaborative process of designing the master plan, describing how it translated to The Pearl, the newest community of The Blairs, and calling the plan "the future of sustainable urban design." To read the article, click here.

* Shepherd's Table's  annual event, "It's A New Day: A Look Back to Move Forward" will be held on Saturday, April 22, at the  AFI Silver Theatre . The brunch event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature  live and silent auctions;  a local string band playing folk, bluegrass, blues, traditional, and contemporary music; and more. For sponsorship information, in-kind donations, or questions, contact Scott Davison or 301-585-6463, ext 7.

* Silver Spring Town Center is accepting designs for its 2017 Silver Spring Blues Festival T-Shirt. The deadline is Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m.  Submissions should be sent to

* Congratulations to Creative Colony on its third anniversary.  To celebrate this milestone, the co-working community is offering a 30 percent discount to new members for the next three months. Click here for more information and to apply for a tour.
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Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

Young Professionals Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5
* Events Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 6

* Non-Profit Team Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 20 - Update on redevelopment of former Walter Reed Army Hospital property
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; 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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development