Gaithersburg Oath of Office Ceremony Set for Nov. 10 (VIDEO)

The city of Gaithersburg will hold a swearing in ceremony for new Mayor Jud Ashman and new City Councilmember Neil Harris on Nov. 10 at City Hall. Ashman replaces Sidney Katz who recently was elected to the District 3 County Council seat. Harris fills Ashman’s vacancy on the City Council.


Transportation Planning Board Moves Forward with Potomac Bridge Study


Consultants for the Transportation Planning Board will study a northern Potomac River crossing over the objections of some of the board’s Montgomery County members. The county officially has opposed a new span for years. “We are not dictating to jurisdictions what they must do,” said Bridget Donnell Newton, the Rockville mayor who serves at the […]

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Many Local, Elected Officials Plan to Attend Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday (VIDEO)


You may see a lot of politicians at the Gaithersburg Book Festival this Saturday. Several of them are introducing featured authors at the literary event. Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman is the founder of the Gaithersburg Book Festival, an event that takes place at the grounds of City Hall. Ashman said he is not introducing an […]

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New City Council Member Yvette Monroe is Sworn in at Gaithersburg City Hall (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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It’s official: Olde Towne resident Yvette Monroe is the newest Gaithersburg City Council member, and she’s also the first African American to serve on the City Council. Monroe was sworn into office at Gaithersburg City Hall on Feb. 8. She was appointed to the position following the death of Councilmember Henry Marraffa, who died last year […]

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Wu Defends Decision to Walk Out of Gaithersburg Council Meeting

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Gaithersburg Councilmember Robert Wu returns to the dais tonight at the first City Council meeting of the new year, and the first meeting since he walked out before a Dec. 19 vote on the annexation of the Johnson Property. Wu left the meeting that night to break quorum, something that ultimately did not happen because […]

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Gaithersburg Approves Annexation of Johnson Properties (VIDEO)


Gaithersburg city leaders voted Monday night to annex the Johnson Properties, 23 acres of land located at Quince Orchard Road and Darnestown Road, into the city limits. But the 2-0-1 recusal vote was not without some controversy. The vote followed a request by City Councilmember Rob Wu to defer the discussion and the vote until […]

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Harris Elected Vice President of Gaithersburg City Council

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Gaithersburg City Councilmembers have elected Neil Harris as the new vice president of the City Council. Harris succeeds Councilmember Michael Sesma who served as Council vice president this past year. It was Sesma who nominated Harris at the Council meeting on Monday night. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Rob Wu, and the vote passed […]

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Applicants Wanted for City Council Vacancy in Gaithersburg

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Applications are now being accepted to fill the vacant Gaithersburg City Council position following the death of City Council member Henry Marraffa. Interested residents must meet the Council qualifications as provided in Section 4 of the City Charter, submit an Application for Council Member and a Financial Disclosure Statement.  According to the city’s website, the […]

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Gaithersburg Leaders to Tour School in Laurel to Learn About Construction Costs

Gaithersburg Mayor and Council

Monday may be the first day of school in Montgomery County but it is also the day several Gaithersburg city officials, and at least one Board of Education member, are touring a school in Laurel at the suggestion of a state senator. Gaithersburg City Council member Neil Harris said local officials were told that the […]

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Gaithersburg Mayor and Council Release Statement on Watkins Mill Interchange

Gaithersburg Mayor and Council

UPDATED Gaithersburg city leaders are asking residents and business owners to contact Governor Larry Hogan about the importance of moving forward with the Watkins Mill Road Interchange. On Friday, Mayor Jud Ashman and the Council released a joint statement about the project: “Late last year the City Council and I were very disheartened and disappointed […]

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GGCC Conducts Ribbon Cutting for Floor and Decor (PHOTO)

(l:r) Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg Economic Development Director; Leif Brandt, Floor & Décor Pro Sales Representative; Benjamin Whitting, Floor & Décor Chief Executive Merchant; Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director; Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early and Brewer, Chartered Attorney & GGCC Chairman; Jud Ashman, City of Gaithersburg Mayor; and Neil Harris, City of Gaithersburg Councilmember at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Floor & Decor in Gaithersburg on February 11, 2016. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Floor and Décor and celebrated their grand opening by conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony for them on Thursday, Feb. 11. Floor and Décor is located at 18501 N. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. Floor and Décor is a leading specialty retailer in the hard-surface flooring market, offering the industry’s broadest selection […]

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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach. Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.


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