Advocacy

As the voice of business in Montgomery County and the region, MCCC works proactively with elected and appointed officials at the federal, state and local levels to promote a business-friendly environment. MCCC monitors issues of importance to the business community and takes positions on more than 100 pieces of legislation each year focused on tax reform, business climate and strategic capital investments.

Key Accomplishments:

Federal:

  • MCCC obtained extended comment period for "game changing" SBA proposed rule changes
  • MCCC opposed insourcing in government projects which led to a dramatic reduction in the rate of insourcing in government projects.
  • MCCC advocated for Federal Climate Services to be located in Montgomery County. President Obama announced it will be located at NOAA in Gaithersburg.
  • MCCC successfully advocated for including a mentor protégé program for women, SDVOSB’s, and Hub Zone Companies in the Small Business Jobs Bill.
  • MCCC Advocated for parity in SBA set-aside programs. The language was adopted into the Small Business Act.
  • MCCC Advocated for Maryland’s regional competitiveness in GSA Leasing.

State: 

  • 2015 wins
  • Tax reform resulting in the recoupling of the Estate Tax (2014)
  • Dedicated transportation funding (2013) and
  • Expanded access to opportunities for small business (2012)

County:

  • Transportation Funding – MCCC led the fight to establish a blue ribbon commission to address critical long-term funding challenges for the transportation trust fund at the State Level. The result has been more resources to address important projects at the local level, such as the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway.
  • Land Use – The Montgomery County Chamber was an active participant in the formation of two visionary Master Plans for Montgomery County in White Flint and Gaithersburg West. MCCC supports the vision of the White Oak Master Plan.
  • Operating Budgets – The Chamber provides annual guidance to County government on the Operating Budget. In addition, during FY 2011, we advocated against exorbitant increases in the Montgomery County Energy Tax and continue to work to sunset the law.

Stay Informed

MCCC offers a number of opportunities for members to stay informed and provide input into the legislative process.

THE MCCC ADVOCACY TEAM

President and CEO Gigi Godwin with Vice President of Public Affairs Ilaya Hopkins and members of the Venable LLP team Brian Quinn, Marta Harting, and John Stierhoff Venable LLP

 

MCCC Strategic Partners