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Nighttime Economy Task Force Meets on May 20

UPDATED on 5/20
Montgomery County’s new Nighttime Economy Task Force will meet on May 20 at 5 p.m. at the Civic Building in Silver Spring. For more information about future meetings, visit the county’s website here:

Who’s Who: Nighttime Economy Task Force

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced his appointments to the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force designed to evaluate and push forward changes to encourage increased nighttime business and social activity for residents, employees, and visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The Nighttime Economy Task Force will examine policies, resources and amenities that address Montgomery County’s nightlife offerings.  Specifically, the task force will address policies that can boost entertainment offerings throughout the County, increase financial prospects of employment and business development while also helping to enhance the sense of community throughout the communities that make up our county.

“This initiative reflects my vision for a 21st century Montgomery that is innovation-driven, transit-friendly, connected, and multi-generational,” said Leggett. “A thriving nighttime economy is an opportunity to enhance Montgomery’s attractiveness to all generations, businesses and visitors. In its first phase, the focus will be on Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown, and Wheaton.”

Through the Nighttime Economy Task Force, the County will examine the following questions and opportunities:

  • What kind of mix of business, entertainment and arts would make a vibrant and attractive urban center?
  • How do we attract businesses in defined geographic areas that appeal to multiple generations?
  • What are the national trends and models on nighttime economy?
  • How do we develop local models to enhance the County’s nighttime offerings in its urban centers?

The Task Force is expected to complete its policy recommendations within six months of its first meeting.


The Task Force members are:






Area they represent


1. Heather Dlholopolsky Chair Bethesda Chair of BCC Chamber
2. Henriot St. Gerard Vice Chair Wheaton Chair of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
3. Kristina Bigby Transportation lead County Barwood Transportation
4. Andy Chod Public Space and Amenities lead Upcounty Minkoff Development
5. Mike Diegel Arts & Entertainment lead Silver Spring Chair of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee
6. Miti Figueredo Transportation lead Downcounty Chevy Chase Land Company
7. Evan Glass Quality of Life Silver Spring Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Committee
8. Will Jawando Quality of Life lead Silver Spring Discovery Communications
9. Erica Leatham Public Space and Amenities lead Bethesda Ballard Spahr, Chair of Arts & Humanities Council
10. Alice Nappy Arts & Entertainment lead Rockville VisArts
11. Megan Pagado Arts & Entertainment lead Silver Spring Assistant Manager of Digital Media at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
12. Dan Reed Transportation lead Silver Spring Community Activist
13. Vanessa Rodriguez Business Engagement lead Bethesda FRIC
14. Alan Pohoryles Venue Safety lead Bethesda Tommy Joes Restaurant
15. Jonathan Sachs Business engagement lead County Adventist Healthcare
16. Holly Sears Business Engagement lead County Montgomery Business Development Corporation
17. Will Smith Public Safety lead Silver Spring Resident
18. Stephanie Steele Venue Safety lead Silver Spring Fillmore
19. Gam Wijetunge Public Safety lead Wheaton Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad & Member of Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board
20. Doug Wrenn Quality of Life lead Upcounty Rodgers Consulting
21. Linda Price   Council Staff  


Lead County staff for the effort will be Ana Lopez van Balen, Mid-County Regional Director; Kathie Durbin, Chief, Department of Liquor Control; Gabe Albornoz, Director, Department of Recreation; and Dan Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer.


Additional representatives will come from the County Council staff and local municipalities.  Additional members of the community will be involved through issue group meetings or through community forums that will be established to vet recommendations from the task force.


Serving as ex-officio members will be County Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, Nancy Floreen, and Hans Riemer.


Task Force chair Heather Dlholopolsky can be contacted at for questions related to the task force.


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