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January 13, 2023

Raskin, Trone Secure Money for County Projects

Credit: mymcm

U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Trone secured millions in funding in the recently adopted federal omnibus spending bill for Montgomery County projects and organizations.

“I am thrilled that this monumental government funding legislation includes millions to kickstart creative projects that will strengthen our local community,” Raskin said in a news release.

“It remains a surpassing honor to represent Maryland’s Eighth District in Congress, and these projects, from bike sharing to community-based mental health programs, underscore the central importance of our strong federal-local partnership.”

Raskin obtained $3 million for the White Flint Institute for Computational Life Science, a planned partnership among Montgomery County, the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), the University of Maryland Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

Other projects include $428,000 for secure bike parking facilities in downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring; $400,000 for a family e-cargo bike lending pilot program and $1 million to retrofit low-and-moderate-income housing with more efficient electrical systems to reduce energy use.

Raskin also obtained $800,000 for the Oak View Community Connector Bridge, which will create a path across the stream valley, connecting neighborhoods and improving safety for pedestrians, particularly children who walk to Oak View Elementary School in Silver Spring.

Money secured for area nonprofits include:

$121,000 for Identity of Maryland’s “Encuentros” Community Mental Health program in Rockville. Encuentros works to increase access to mental and behavioral health support for youth and families in historically underserved Latino communities in Montgomery County.
$1.3 million to support the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County’s Building an Inclusive Health Care Workforce program.
$500,000 for the Sandy Spring Museum’s Folklife Hub Expansion.
$750,000 to help the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville improve health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
$100,000 for Arts on the Block’s creative workforce development apprenticeship program in Silver Spring.
$1 million to implement Sheppard Pratt’s Zero Suicide Initiative in Montgomery County.
$500,000 for Adventist Healthcare’s White Oak Medical Center’s Physiology Lab in Silver Spring.
Trone, who is a member of the U.S. Appropriations Committee, secured money for two projects in Montgomery County.

About $4 million will be used for the Fisher Avenue Streetscape Project in Poolesville and $1 million will help renovate and refurbish a health center at the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center in Gaithersburg.