Letter from the Director
The budget picture has caused many of us to re-think our priorities. Accordingly, the B-CC Regional Services Center, founded in the 1980s to improve local problem solving and communications, has eliminated many direct services while preserving our core mission. While there challenges remain the Center is poised to make progress on behalf of residents in our area with the help of volunteers, board members, and partners.
Much of this is due to new energy brought to the Center by volunteers who are pitching in to help make a difference: Lynn Barclay is editing Neighborhood News; Randy Blaustein has been a consultant on better utilization of social media as a means of communication; thanks to Nicole Glassman, I can now see my desk; Peter Vaslow is helping to sketch out a new initiative to help civic associations better manage conflict; and Kayvan Vakili has helped me with everything from the advisory board annual report to analysis on the proposed curfew.
The Regional Services Center will come alive this Fall with new programs and partnerships. Oasis is expanding classes and programs; Suburban Hospital is building upon the success of its community health and wellness offerings; and the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County will relocate their offices and programs here.
The citizens advisory board has added six new faces - all very talented with deep ties in the community. Through a streamlined committees, the board hopes to efficiently tackle emerging issues and accurately represent diverse community views to County leaders.
Finally, a talented group of business and civic leaders are working with me and former center director Gail Nachman to create the County's next downtown district in White Flint.
Stay turned for more information about these and other activities in coming editions of Neighborhood News. As always - your opinions, feedback, and readership is deeply appreciated.
Ken Hartman, Director