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


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.


"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.


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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