Thrive Montgomery 2050 Past Events

November 7, 2019: Briefing to the Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Department briefed the Planning Board on the progress made since May 2019. View the presentation. Watch the briefing.


November 5, 2019: Shifting the Paradigm: A Night of Collective Imagination

The Montgomery County Planning Department collaborated with the Gandhi Brigade to host a screening of  the documentary film The Paradigm Shift(s), a creative take on how decisions we make today impact the lives of future generations. Following the screening, planners shared information regarding Thrive Montgomery 2050 and engaged student film makers  in a dialogue about the role of creativity and planning in shaping the future. Planners encouraged students to explore ideas about making Montgomery County more sustainable, creative and equitable into the future.

Gandhi Brigade, Thrive 2050 – Shifting the Paradigm Event from M-NCPPC on Vimeo.


October 5, 2019: Taste of Bethesda

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at the Taste of Bethesda food and music festival in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

Woman and two girls holding up Thrive t-shirts at Taste of Bethesda


October 5-6, 2019: Burtonsville Placemaking Festival

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival at the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center.

Graphic recording artist at Burtonsville Placemaking Festival


September 22, 2019: Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at the Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival in Wheaton Veterans Urban Park.

Thrive booth at Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival


September 21, 2019: Montgomery Hills Street Festival

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at the Montgomery Hills Street Festival.

Montgomery Hills street festival -- crowds of people among tents


September 21, 2019: Poolesville Day Festival

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at the Poolesville Day Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Whalen Commons Park.

Montgomery Planning staff at Poolesville Day Festival


September 20-27, 2019: Long Branch Festival Week

The Thrive Montgomery 2050 planning effort was part of Long Branch Festival Week, held to reimagine a livelier and friendlier downtown in Long Branch.

Booths in Friendship Lane during Long Branch Festival Week


September 20, 2019: Park(ing) Day

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at Park(ing) Day when Montgomery Planning will transformed a parking space at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring.


September 15, 2019: FutureFest

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at FutureFest at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Thrive 2050 booth at FutureFest


August 23, 2019: Beer and Wine Garden Party

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at a Beer and Wine Garden Party at the Sandy Spring Museum.

Montgomery Planning staff at Beer and Wine Garden Party, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sandy Spring Museum


August 6, 2019: National Night Out

Community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County with Montgomery Planning staff at National Night Out, a community event focused on raising awareness about crime and drug prevention, at the Mid-County Regional Services Center in Silver Spring.

Community members share their ideas about the future of Mongomery County at National Night Out


June 30, 2019: Sunday Funday, Wheaton Veterans Urban Park

As part of Thrive Week, community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County. These ideas were recorded in words and pictures by a graphic artist.

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June 29, 2019: Nando’s Spicy Saturday Nights, Downtown Silver Spring

As part of Thrive Week, community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County. These ideas were recorded in words and pictures by a graphic artist.

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June 28, 2019: South Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and Mini Golf

As part of Thrive Week, community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County. These ideas were recorded in words and pictures by a graphic artist.

  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
  • Thrive Montgomery Day 3 at the Germantown Recreational Park Splash Park and mini golf in Germantown held June 28, 2019.
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June 27, 2019: Yappy Hour, hosted by Montgomery Parks, Bethesda

As part of Thrive Week, community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County. These ideas were recorded in words and pictures by a graphic artist.

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  • Graphic Recording of Yappy Hour event
  • Montgomery Planning director Gwen Wright withstaff at Yappy Hour
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  • Thrive 2050 sign: "How do you imagine the future?"
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  • Close-up of graphic recording: "Support local communities, Farmers Markets, Integrate mixed incmoe communities"
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  • Creating the graphic recording at Yappy Hour
  • Montgomery Planning staff, one holding a beachball, at Yappy Hour
  • Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson at right
  • Dog in foreground, two people and a dog at picnic table in background
  • People talking at Yappy Hour
  • Thrive 2050 tent with bags, two staff members and community member
  • Graphic recording close-up: "parks with places for people to have fun"
  • Montgomery Planning staff group photo
  • Thrive 2050 booth visitor holding up Thrive t-shirt
  • People and dogs at Yappy Hour


June 26, 2019: Shady Grove Farmer’s Market

As part of Thrive Week, community members were able to share their ideas about the future of Montgomery County. These ideas were recorded in words and pictures by a graphic artist.

  • Graphic recording of June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Group photo of Montgomery Planning staff at June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
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  • Family listens to live music at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Montgomery Planning staff talk with community membersat June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Montgomery Planning staff talk with community membersat June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Montgomery Planning staff talk with community membersat June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Montgomery Planning staff with Planning Board member Gerald R. Cichy at June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Montgomery Planning staff talk with community membersat June 26 Thrive Week event at Shady Grove Farmers Market
  • Tented seating areas at Shady Grove Farmers Market


May 13, 2019:  Montgomery County Civic Federation

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the Montgomery County Civic Federation


April 25, 2019: Communications Strategy presented to the Planning Board

Staff presented the communications strategy to the Planning Board for the General Plan. The presentation was prepared by Anne Boyle and presented by communications manager, Bridget Schwiesow.

Staff presentation of the communications strategy to the Planning Board


April 23, 2019:  Rodgers Consulting Staff

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to Rodgers Consulting Staff


April 17, 2019:  Silver Spring Urban District Board

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the Silver Spring Urban District Board


April 15, 2019:  Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce


March 29, 2019: Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Luncheon

As part of a conversation on the contributions of Latino small businesses, staff presented on demographic and economic changes in Montgomery County with researchers from American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the University of Maryland.

Staff presentation to the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Luncheon


March 27, 2019: MBIA Chapter Executive Committee

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the MBIA Chapter Executive Committee


March 21, 2019: Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee


March 20, 2019: Germantown Gaithersburg Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee


March 19, 2019: NAIOP Steering Committee

Staff presented key findings from the study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Staff presentation to the NAIOP Steering Committee


February 27, 2019: MBIA Ad Hoc Committee

Staff briefed MBIA Ad Hoc committee on key findings from study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Fact sheet—Montgomery County Trends: A Look at People, Housing, Jobs Since 1990


February 25, 2019: CASA de Maryland Directors

Staff provided an overview of the demographic, housing, and employment changes in Montgomery County since 1990 to staff directors at CASA de Maryland as part of a training day.

Staff presentation to staff directors at CASA de Maryland


February 13, 2019: Winter Speaker Series Session 2

What is Real Resilience? Positioning our Communities to Thrive in Changing Times

Harriet Tregoning, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and a former Planning Director for Washington DC focused on: what will our Region look like in 2050?  What are the probable disruptive technological, social, and economic changes coming our way in the next few decades and the impacts these changes may have on the county, the Region and our cities and towns?  What can we do to position ourselves to not just endure, but thrive with the changes headed our way?


Winter Speaker Series Session 2 Transcript

Presentations:

General Plan introductory presentation, Tanya Stern, Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Real Resilience: Positioning Montgomery County to Thrive Through Changing Times, Harriet Tregoning, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and a former Planning Director for Washington DC


January 31, 2019: Planning Board briefing on the Trends Report

Staff briefed the Planning Board on key findings from an extensive analysis of demographic, employment, and housing trends that looked at changes in the county primarily since 1990, when the last refinement of the General Plan was completed.

Staff Report: Demographic, Housing and Employment Trends Report
Montgomery County Trends: A Look at People, Housing, Jobs Since 1990


January 17, 2019: Planning Board briefing by the consultants

The Planning Department hired Rhodeside & Harwell of Alexandria to help develop a conceptual framework and a comprehensive communication strategy for the General Plan Update process. In this briefing, the consultant presented a draft conceptual framework for the General Plan Update based on their initial findings from interviews with leaders in the county government, academic institutions and regional entities.

Consultant’s presentation to the Planning Board, January 17, 2019


January 16, 2019: Winter Speaker Series Session 1

The Planning Department organized its 2019 Winter Speaker Series around the General Plan Update. The first session on January 16, titled Recent General Plan Updates in the Washington DC Region, comprised a panel of current and former planning directors from Washington DC, Loudoun County, and Howard County, who discussed what issues and challenges their general plan updates addressed, how they involved their communities in creating the new plans, and what we should learn from their experience in updating their plans.


Session 1 Transcript

Presentations:

General Plan introductory presentation, Gwen Wright, Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Washington, DC Comprehensive Plan, Tanya Stern, former Deputy Director of the DC Office of Planning and current Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Howard County General Plan, Valdis Lazdins, Planning Director of Howard County
Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan, Ricky Barker, former Planning Director and Zoning Director of Loudoun County and current Director of Community Planning and Development Services for the City of Rockville


December 4, 2018: Breakfast meeting at Rogers Consulting

Rogers Consulting of Germantown organized a breakfast meeting of real estate professionals and invited the General Plan staff team including the Planning Director Gwen Wright and the Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson to discuss the proposed General Plan Update process, what is a General Plan and why is it particularly important for Montgomery County’s future? how the General Plan Update would be different from other master plans, and what are the major issues, challenges and trends we should be preparing to face in the next 30 years.


July 12, 2018: Planning Board Briefing on the General Plan Update

Staff’s first briefing to the Planning Board on the start of the proposed General Plan Update process. Staff presented a brief history of the General Plan; the issues, trends, and challenges facing the county in the next 30 years that have been identified to date, and staff’s initial thinking about how they planned to undertake this project.

Staff report, General Plan Update briefing, July 12, 2018
Presentation, General Plan Update Introduction, July 12, 2018

Last Updated: November 8, 2019