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Shabbat Services with Guest Speaker Councilmember Andrew Friedson

Saturday, December 3, 2022 9 Kislev 5783

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for Shabbat service with guest speaker Councilmember Andrew Friedsonto hear about his leading Montgomery County’s economic recovery, affordable housing, Green Buildings, and general county updates.

Please let us know if there are any issues you'd like Councilmember Andrew Friedson to address in his talk.

Andrew was elected in 2018 as the youngest councilmember in Montgomery County history. Serving on the Planning, Housing, & Economic Development and Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committees, he has become known as “the economic and fiscal center of the Montgomery County Council.”

As the Council’s Lead for Parks, he promotes open space and has become a widely respected advocate for walkable communities. His commitment to enhancing quality of life and growing our economy, and his data-driven approach have delivered results during one of the most challenging periods in County history. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Andrew was the driving force behind the Public Health Emergency Grant program to support hard-hit small businesses and nonprofits, the Telework Assistance Program to help businesses transition to telework, and the Reopen Montgomery program to aid businesses in safely resuming operations. He worked with his Council colleagues and the County Executive to create, fund, and implement relief programs for childcare providers, renters who lost income during the pandemic, and arts and cultural institutions. 

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce named Andrew Legislator of the Year for his leadership in helping local employers weather the worst period of COVID-19. 

He is now helping to lead the County’s economic recovery, by establishing a new Montgomery County Strategic Economic Development Plan and boosting the County’s global leadership in bio health innovation. 

Andrew has also been tackling affordable housing and climate crises. He established a $100 million Housing Opportunity Fund to increase the affordable housing supply, co-authored legislation to bring more transit-oriented housing to Metro stations and has led efforts to increase options to provide affordable housing for seniors. He co-authored the largest climate investment in Montgomery County history, the Green Buildings Now Act, and a first-of-its-kind Green Building Tax Credit program that incentivizes reductions in carbon emissions.

 

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