David Blair Details His Vision For Growing Good-Paying Jobs and Businesses in Montgomery County

Rockville, Md., May 25, 2022 - In order to sustain and expand much-needed services, Montgomery County needs executive leadership to grow good-paying jobs and businesses. That was the message from Democratic Montgomery County Executive Candidate David Blair at this morning’s Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

“When I think about the values of Montgomery County, I think about the best social services, the best schools, the best environmental policies. Yet, we’re struggling to pay for it. Why are we struggling to pay for it? We’re losing our jobs,” Blair said - pointing to Internal Revenue Service data that shows Montgomery County has lost $5.2 billion of net tax migration in the last 10 years. “We’ve got to get the business community flourishing.”

Blair released an Economic Development Plan that details his vision to build a stronger local economy and create good-paying jobs for County residents. The plan maximizes the county’s strengths, ensures historically underserved and underrepresented communities thrive, and better supports local small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to start a local business.

Blair spoke about the County’s incredible potential for business growth, how he has worked to foster that growth in his nonprofit work, and what he wants to do to expand it throughout Montgomery County.

“I just want to say how inspired I am by the talent in Montgomery County. What’s scary is we lag the region in new business growth, but we have this incredible entrepreneurial spirit here. A third of our residents were born outside of the United States. Think about how entrepreneurial that is - they learned a new culture, a new system, maybe a new language,” Blair said. “A couple of years ago I opened up a new Entrepreneurship Lab at The Universities at Shady Grove and it’s been so inspiring to see these young men and women come through this program…I know with the right foundation, we can harness that and we can be leading the region in new business growth, not lagging.”

The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Public Strategies, and Bethesda Magazine partnered to host the forum at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

Blair this week earned the endorsements of Councilmember and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Navarro and State Delegate Lily Qi, elected officials recognized for their work to support economic development in the communities they represent and throughout the County.

The Democratic Primary for County Executive will be July 19, 2022. Early Voting will run from July 7 through July 14, 2022.