ROCKVILLE, MD—Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggettis looking to hire someone to spearhead the county'seconomic development initiatives.

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The Montgomery County Council will consider legislation proposedby Leggett to create an economic development ombudsman position inhis administration. If approved, the ombudsman, to be paid anestimated $198,000 a year, will act as a liaison between developersand county and state agencies, to bring "systemic concerns to theattention of the county leadership for resolution," according tothe Washington Business Journal.

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"The purpose of this bill is to create a position to moreefficiently facilitate the approval process of commercial andresidential development projects and to help resolve conflicts thatarise related to the entitlement process, permitting, and generalregulatory procedures," Leggett wrote in a memo to CouncilPresident Craig Rice.

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A public hearing on Legett's bill is scheduled for Jan 13. Seestory in the Washington Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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