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Vision: A More Equitable and Inclusive Montgomery County

 

Priority Outcomes and Headline Measures:

Thriving Youth and Families

Getting all children off to a good start in life has innumerable long-term benefits for our community, including a stronger economy, lower poverty, and less crime.  Children need healthy, supportive families, great schools, and caring communities.  We will start by focusing on these three measures: 

  • Percent of children ready for kindergarten
  • Academic achievement gap
  • Life expectancy gap

A Growing Economy

Montgomery County's high wealth and low unemployment rate mask economic disparities as well as other warning signs, such as slow business growth and problems with office vacancies.  Maintaining and improving our quality of life depends on a strong local economy.  We need to have a business-friendly attitude and incubate the next generation of job creators.  We will start by focusing on these three measures:

  • Number of net new businesses
  • Number of family sustaining jobs
  • Employment gap

A Greener County

County government has committed to zero Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2035, an ambitious – but achievable – target, and necessary to combat climate change.  In the same spirit, we should endeavor to significantly reduce our waste stream and keep our county litter-free.  We will start by focusing on these three measures:

  • Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Recycling rate
  • Resident satisfaction with code enforcement

Easier Commutes

Sitting in traffic can be extremely frustrating for Montgomery County residents.  Moving people and goods more efficiently is an economic imperative, not to mention the mental health benefits.  Starting with the outcomes in mind opens many possibilities, from expanding transportation options to better utilizing our existing roadways to encouraging telecommuting.  We will start by focusing on these three measures: 

  • Average commuting time
  • Percent using alternative transportation for work, school or shopping
  • Percent of roads rated in "good" condition

A More Affordable and Welcoming County

Montgomery County's high cost of living reflects the fact that this is a great place to live.  However, it is barrier to attracting and retaining young professionals and a hardship for many of our residents, including seniors with fixed incomes and families struggling to make ends meet, to the point where some of them experience hunger and homelessness.  Even many public servants, like teachers and firefighters, can't afford to live where they work.  We need to find creative solutions to make Montgomery County a place where people across the wealth spectrum can pursue their dreams and immigrants can find a home.  We will start by focusing on these three measures:

  • Percent of households that are housing burdened
  • Access to affordable child care
  • Food insecurity rate

Safe Neighborhoods

The recent Montgomery County resident survey reinforced that safety is the foundation of our quality-of-life.  Safe neighborhoods don't just have low crime; they are walkable, active communities with places for people to congregate and have fun.  We will start by focusing on these three measures:

  • Number of gang-related violent crimes
  • Property crime rate
  • Number of pedestrian-involved traffic accidents

Effective, Sustainable Government

The survey showed that fewer than half of residents feel that the value they get for their tax dollars is 'excellent' or 'good.'  We need to restructure county government so that it is more cost-effective and ensure that it is fiscally sound for the future.  We will start by focusing on these three measures:

  • Percent of county contracts with minority, female, disabled-owned and local business
  • Resident satisfaction with value for tax dollars
  • Bond rating
 

 

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