Final Winter Speaker Series Session on March 20 Will Focus on Regional Transportation Strategies

March 6, 2019

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Policy expert Joe McAndrew will discuss seamless mobility connections and their importance to the region’s economy

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold the third and last session of its three-part 2019 Winter Speaker Series, “Imagine the Future of Montgomery County,” on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6 p.m. The series focuses on the upcoming General Plan update for Montgomery County and the broad trends and challenges facing the county over the next 30 years.

Speaker Joe McAndrew, director of transportation policy for the Greater Washington Partnership, will present highlights from the organization’s Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility report, a strategy for prioritizing smart policies and investment in infrastructure. McAndrew will discuss why seamless, efficient transportation connections are critical to a productive and prosperous regional economy, and will examine our region’s most pressing transportation challenges.

The session will take place at the Montgomery County Planning Department’s auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) and will be livestreamed at

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The 2019 Winter Speakers Series aims to offer lessons from jurisdictions in the DC region that have updated, or are currently updating, their comprehensive plans. It focuses on today’s best planning practices to address issues such as resilience, mobility and equity that will inform Montgomery County’s General Plan update.

The Winter Speaker Series is free and open to the public and planning professionals. Approved for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the sessions are 1.5 credits for certification maintenance (CM). Attending landscape architects can earn 1.5 credits for the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).

About the General Plan

The General Plan for the Maryland-Washington Regional District in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, also known as the Wedges and Corridors Plan, was first adopted by the M-NCPPC in 1964. The plan has been revised and amended numerous times through local area master plans and countywide functional plans. Its core concepts of wedge-shaped areas of land situated between major road corridors connecting different communities have shaped the county for the past 54 years.

About the Speaker

Joe McAndrew is the director of transportation policy at the Greater Washington Partnership where he develops and drives all activity related to transportation initiatives. Prior to joining the partnership, he served as legislative assistant for the United States Senate Commerce Committee and US Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). Before working on Capitol Hill, Joe served as the policy director for Transportation for America where he led federal and state policy efforts, and supported state and local partners. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Luther College and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon, and lives in Washington, DC.