Weekend Reader
(week ending 1/20/2018)

Davis to Serve as 2018 Board of Directors Vice Chair for Second Year

Prince George's County Council Member Derrick L. Davis (D) - District 6, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for the second consecutive year. Loudon County Supervisor Matthew Letourneau will serve as Chairman and  District of Columbia Council Member Robert White will also serve as Vice Chair. 
Council Member Davis says he looks forward to continuing his service on the COG Board as Vice Chair.
"I appreciate the confidence and support of my fellow COG board members, and I am honored to continue serving in this regional leadership position for the second consecutive year.  As a board member, I have the unique opportunity to work across jurisdictional lines to address a number of critical issues in our region, including transportation, workforce development, economic development and emergency preparedness. I look forward to continuing this work alongside Chairman Letourneau and Vice Chair White."

COG is an independent, nonprofit association of 23 local governments supported by financial contributions from its member governments, Federal and State grants and contracts, and donations from foundations and the private sector. COG connects leaders across borders to help shape strong communities in Metropolitan Washington.
The Board of Directors is COG's governing body and is responsible for its overall policies, functions, and funds.  Board members are appointed each year by the participating local governments and by caucuses of state legislative delegations from the region. 

The Future of Our 
Region is Our Business

Remaining focused on our future gets things done not only here at home in Prince George's County, but the region as a whole.

Metropolitan Washington is a diverse and dynamic region home to more than five million people and one of the nation's largest economies. 

More than a million new residents and jobs are forecast between now and 2045.  Managing this growth-and enhancing the region's quality of life-requires partnership. And that's why the region relies on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, also known as COG.

We grow stronger when we work together:  

Stay Winter Ready!

How did you fare during our first full blast of Winter weather?

The Prince George's County Department of Public Works has tips and resources to keep you safe and ready to tackle the next snow/ice storm that comes our way!

Visit the following web link 
to access DPW&T's Snow and Ice Quick Reference Guide
http://ow.ly/Z2d030hGf5N.  You can also print out helpful hints for snow events by visiting the following web page:  

Winter is upon us and temperatures have been exceeding frigid this 
week. In preparation for inclement weather, residents are encouraged to reach out to the nearest warming center listed below, should they 
r equire shelter and assistance:

Bowie Community Center
3209 Stonybrook Drive
Bowie, MD 20715 
Phone: 301-464-1737; 
TTY 301-218-6768

Camp Springs Senior Center
6420 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748
Phone: 301-449-0409

Kentland Community Center Park
2411 Pinebrook Avenue
Landover, MD 20785 
Phone: 301-386-2278; 
TTY 301-445-4512

Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20783 
Phone: 301-445-4508

Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, MD 20707 
Phone: 301-206-3350

Palmer Park Community Center
7720 Barlowe Road
Landover, MD 20785 
Phone: 301-773-5665

Community Center
Chillum, MD 20782 
Phone: 301-853-2005

Southern Regional Technology 
and Recreational Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744 
Phone: 301-749-4160; 
TTY 301-203-6030

Suitland Community Center
5600 Regency Lane
Forestville, MD 20747 
Phone: 301-736-3518

Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hills Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748 
Phone: 301-894-6616; 
TTY 301-203-6030

Visit the following weblink 
to access information on 
preventing hypothermia: 

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On January 3, 2018, The Prince George's County Council today convened for its three-day Annual Retreat "Start Strong, Finish Stronger," at the Hotel at the University of Maryland, in College Park.  The three-day meeting included discussions around the County's five-hour work session focused on rewriting the County's 50-year-old Zoning Ordinance, economic development and transportation improvements, the County's fiscal outlook, education, legislative priorities for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session, an overview of University of Maryland Capital Region Health, preparation around the At-Large Council seats after the 2018 General Election and administrative process updates.

Residents are encouraged to visit the official Prince George's County Council Retreat webpage to access presentations from the 3-day retreat.  You may view photos from the Council Retreat through the Prince George's County Council official  Flickr photo album ( Retreat - Day 2, Retreat - Day 3) .

Last Fall, shovels were busy all around Prince George's County breaking ground for new development and opportunities!  

View photos from the Prince George's County Council's official 
Flickr photo album .

Don't forget to 
bookmark the Prince George's County Council's official  webpage !

For direct access to the District 6 webpage, visit the following link:  http://pgccouncil.us/District6 .

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Happy New Year District 6 Residents!

The District 6 Team hopes that your holiday season was filled with happiness, laughter and good cheer.  We hope that 2018 will bring you the same joy and hope.

The District 6 community had many reasons to celebrate at the conclusion of 2017, where grand openings, ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings were THE TALK of the town.

Downtown Largo is reality being shaped into the vision that was birthed from the work driven by the Prince George's County's General Plan, 2035, where the designation and development of downtown communities are coordinated and strategically targeted to expand the County's commercial tax base by attracting and retaining new employers and workers, leveraging private investment, and capitalizing on transit-oriented development opportunities. 

What is the vision for these downtown communities?  L ivable, walkable, sustainable communities that will generate  job creation, residential development, promote healthy lifestyles and quality, efficient public services.

The groundbreaking of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Largo and the historic groundbreaking of the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center are examples of 
transit-oriented development at work.

Building Downtown Largo is just one component of the County's TOD vision.  The vision of Downtown extends to development around New Carrollton Metro Station including the  groundbreaking of a new  176,000-square-foot Kaiser Permanente administrative and IT facility.  We also see that vision transforming the area surrounding Prince George's Plaza Metro Station that includes  The Mall at Prince George's, the University Town Center (UTC), multiple apartment complexes and a host of retail and dining options.  The construction of the Purple Line, the 16-mile light-rail project is another great vision enhancer.

Building Our Downtown is a holistic approach to rebuilding our communities while making our County regionally competitive.  Building Our Downtown also requires that government, developers and the community partner, thus creating thriving communities where residents can work, live, play and pray. 

Stay tuned to the forward progress being made.  We've only just begun!

Yours In Service,
Derrick Leon Davis
Prince George's County Council,  District 6 

"Access to quality health care, health promotion and disease prevention are priority concerns for the 
Prince George's County Council, in its role as the Board of Health, and for our residents. University of Maryland Capital Region Health is a game changer for Prince George's County, and today's groundbreaking is a major step forward for a joint partnership that is producing jobs, spurring economic development, transit-oriented development, and investment in our community, all while providing quality healthcare.  We are not
ust building a hospital.  We are building a future in Prince George's County and scoring a big win for healthy communities and a thriving econom
y," states Prince George's County Council Member Derrick Leon Davis.

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George's County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon the formal affiliation of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the former Dimensions Healthcare System. University of Maryland Capital Region Health operates the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital, University of Maryland Bowie Health Campus, and the University of Maryland Family Health & Wellness Center in Suitland.

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) faculty direct several University of Maryland Capital Region Health clinical programs, including anesthesiology, critical care, emergency medicine, neonatology, orthopedics and vascular surgery, and the State's second-busiest Trauma Center.  University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty also lead the highly-regarded cardiac surgery program at UM Prince George's Hospital Center. A  new state-of-the-art regional medical center is expected to open in Largo in 2021.

Grand Openings and 
Groundbreakings Galore!
Groundbreaking of the 
Homewood Suites by Hilton Largo 

On November 6, 2017, Prince George's County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis joined Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George's County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison and other county officials for the groundbreaking of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Largo/Washington, D.C. 

The 4-story, 116-key extended stay property, located at 9103 Basil Court, will feature studio 1 & 2 bedroom suites with full kitchens, free WiFi throughout the hotel, on-site laundry facilities, grocery shopping service and an outdoor patio, grill, fire pit and basketball court.  The $20 million project, scheduled for completion in late 2018, is another example of the ongoing redevelopment of the Largo Town Center area.

     Royal Farms - Westphalia 
Ribbon  Opening

On November 6, Prince George's County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis joined numerous community leaders for the grand opening of the Royal Farms store, located at 1700 Sansbury Road in Upper Marlboro.  The ribbon cutting was also an opportunity to recognize those local leaders and charities which continue to provide service to the community. 

This ribbon cutting is also notable because it welcomes the first service-oriented business to open in Westphalia in nearly 50 years.  This new Royal Farms location with its GREEN design was built to LEED standards.  The store conserves water and power beyond the operational standards of similar locations in the region.

Photos from this event are available on the District 6 Facebook page:  http://ow.ly/e17B30hEUeB.

     Westphalia Community Center 
Grand Opening

On November 17, 2017, Prince George's County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis, The Prince George's County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland State Delegates Angela Angel, Darryl Barnes and Dereck E. Davis as well as former Council Member Samuel Dean and community members were in attendance to celebrate the grand opening of the Westphalia Community Center.

This long awaited addition to the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation family of facilities includes a new community center with a gymnasium, fitness room, teen area, meeting room, multi-age playground, a loop trail with senior fitness stations and other indoor and outdoor amenities.  Attendees were granted the opp ortunity to tour the facility and participate in demonstrations of upcoming activities and classes.

Photos from this event are available on the District 6 Facebook page:  http://ow.ly/c4Pp30gSr3a.

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Nellvenia W. Johnson
Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide

Sasha E. Desrouleaux
Citizen Services Specialist

Rita D. Lassiter
Citizen Services Specialist

Lenne' D. White
Office Manager/Administrative Aide

District 6 Office :  (301) 952-3426

District 6 Email: councildistrict6@co.pg.md.us
Prince George's County Council District 6
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772