Prince George\’s Proud:An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

We are excited to share that we have officially kicked off another year of the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience! We launched this award-winning program during the summer of 2021 to provide summer opportunities to County youth ages 12 to 15. The program is based on three E’s: education, entrepreneurship, and experience/entertainment. 

When we started the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience, we wanted to provide our youth with engaging and productive activities during the summer months that would be both fun and educational. We structured the programming around opportunities for fun and growth in a wide range of areas that would interest our young people, such as STEM, health and beauty, self-care, mental health, trades, and entrepreneurship. This summer, we are pleased to offer more than 40 opportunities for the nearly 1,000 County youth that signed up to participate in the program.

In addition to welcoming our Summer Passport participants, we are also preparing for our Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) participants who will be joining us in the coming weeks. SYEP is an award-winning program through our Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) that provides job readiness training, career workshops, and entry-level summer employment opportunities to young people ages 14 to 22. Youth who apply and are selected for the program are placed in constructive summer work experiences in County Government agencies, private sector companies, non-profits, and other community organizations.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our community partners and sponsors for their dedication and commitment, as well as their efforts to create meaningful opportunities for our youth. We also want to thank our Office of Stakeholder Engagement and Affairs and Office of Human Resources Management for working tirelessly each year to make these programs shine. Over the past four years, we have hired over 17,000 youth through SYEP, and over the past two years, we have provided opportunities for over 1,600 youth through Summer Passport. These programs have a proven track record for our young people, and we are extremely proud of everyone who helps make them a reality year after year.

Lastly, we want to thank all of our young people who applied to participate in these programs and are eager to learn new skills over the summer. We recognize the importance of providing our youth with meaningful opportunities that help propel them into fulfilling careers and we are always so proud of those who participate. We come back every summer with new experiences to offer because we know that we can count on our youth to participate and give us their best effort. We are excited to see what adventures the rest of the summer holds for our young people.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks
Prince George’s County Executive

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Proud to Be Around Prince George\’s

1st Annual Pride Walk Recap

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The Prince George’s County Police Department hosted the 1st Annual Pride Walk on Sunday, June 4. County Executive Alsobrooks joined Chief Aziz and Prince Georgians to celebrate the County’s LGBTQIA+ community. Check out this video recap of the walk.

1000 Fathers Rally for Peace

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County Executive Alsobrooks attended the 1000 Fathers Rally for Peace, hosted by Council Member Mel Franklin on Sunday, June 11. We want to thank the many fathers and father figures who came out to this event ahead of Father’s Day weekend, including Governor Wes Moore.

Liberty Sports Park Fundraiser

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On Monday, June 12, County Executive Alsobrooks attended a fundraiser to support Liberty Sports Park as they recognized two outstanding “Walk of Fame” contributors, Former State Senator Douglas J. J. Peters and Jeff Flaig. Liberty Sports Park is increasing access to opportunity for youth sports teams in our County while becoming the premier sports destination for youth and adult tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic.

2023 State of the Economy Address

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County Executive Alsobrooks delivered her annual State of the Economy Address on Wednesday, June 14. We want to thank the hundreds of community and business leaders who joined us and the Prince Georgians who tuned in virtually. If you missed the address, you can view it here.

Lifetime Achievement Celebration for The Honorable Tommie Broadwater

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On Saturday, June 17, County Executive Alsobrooks joined the celebration honoring former State Senator Tommie Broadwater. Senator Broadwater blazed a trail for so many in Prince George’s County, and throughout his career has fought fiercely for Prince Georgians and Marylanders. The County Executive presented him with an official proclamation to thank him for all he has done for our community.

Coalition of Concerned Black Christian Men’s 36th Annual Scholarship Breakfast

County Executive Alsobrooks was proud to serve as the keynote speaker at the Coalition of Concerned Black Christian Men’s (CCBCM) 36th Annual Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, June 17. This year’s breakfast theme, “Change Starts with Me,” was a fitting charge for the 46 scholarship recipients that we celebrated, and we want to thank the CCBCM for awarding over half a million dollars in scholarships to date to deserving students in Prince George’s County.

Beautification Initiatives

Let\’s Work Together

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Enjoy the weather and make your community even greener by organizing a neighborhood cleanup! The Department of the Environment can help by providing materials and technical assistance. Learn more on the Part of It, Proud of It website here.

County News For You

Rent Stabilization Workgroup

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Earlier this year, a rent stabilization bill was passed that temporarily prevents landlords from increasing a tenant’s rent above a certain amount. As a result, the County has formed the Rent Stabilization Workgroup that will study and offer recommendations for a permanent rent stabilization bill within a year. The workgroup is jointly convened by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the County Council and will begin their work in July 2023.

As we launch this effort, we invite residents to attend three virtual sessions to learn more about rent stabilization policies and its impacts on both landlords and tenants across the country. The first session is on Friday, June 23, at 1:00 PM and will discuss local and national research. Register to attend [bit.ly/PGCRentStabilizationWorkgroupJune23]here.

Changes to Waste Collection Services Due to Independence Day Holiday

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County Government offices, with the exception of public safety agencies, will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.

Only curbside collection of yard trim and food scraps will remain on the regular schedule for Monday, July 3. For residents receiving County-provided services, there are changes to regular trash and recycling collections due to the holiday. Collections that occur Tuesday through Friday will slide by one day.

For more information on waste collection services, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

New Foodware Bill in Effect

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As of Thursday, June 1, 2023, all Prince George\’s County food establishments can only provide disposable foodware and accessories upon request or at self-serve stations for ready-to-eat foods. As a customer, ask for the items and condiments you need to enjoy your meal for all take-out and delivery orders placed in-person, on the phone, or online.

The County Bill, CB-014-2022, applies to all food service businesses, including full-service, fast food, cafés, delicatessens, coffee shops, supermarkets, grocery stores, vending trucks or carts, food trucks, and cafeterias. Enforcement of the bill will not begin until Sunday, October 1, 2023, to allow time for businesses and third-party ordering platforms to comply.

Single-use foodware items covered by the new requirements include:

  • Utensils (knives, forks, spoons, chopsticks)
  • Splash sticks and stirrers*
  • Straws*
  • Condiment cups and packets
  • Cup sleeves**
  • Napkins

*Under County law, CB-52-2019, only compostable and paper products are permitted. **Cup sleeves are permitted as deemed necessary by a business.

For more information and to read the full press release, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

Flood Awareness Month

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June is Flood Awareness Month in Prince George’s County! Home flooding is one of the worst nightmares a homeowner can experience. We cannot control the amount of rainfall, but we can mitigate the chance of home flooding.

  • Don\’t litter! Litter can cause backups and clogging in the storm drainage system.
  • Ensure your gutters are unclogged, debris-free, and leading away from your home.
  • The use of coal tar sealants is prohibited in Prince George\’s County.
  • For more information and resources, visit the Department of the Environment website here.

We’re Prince George’s Proud!

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We have a lot to be proud of in Prince George\’s County, such as our curbside composting program \”PGC Composts.\” Our County is a leader in diverting valuable materials from the landfill and protecting our environment. Learn how you can make a big change too on the Department of the Environment website here.

FSC First Showcase: Level Up Your Business

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Join FSC First on Wednesday, June 28, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia for an interactive event designed to take your business to the next level.

Get ready to experience an exhilarating celebration of small business success! The FSC First Level Up Your Business Showcase is packed with essential resources to establish, maintain, and elevate your small business. This showcase will feature breakfast with FSC First CEO Dawn Medley, a prominent keynote luncheon, interactive exhibits, invaluable networking opportunities, and a variety of breakout sessions designed to fuel business growth and scalability.

Attendees will get exposure to our signature Level Up Program, as well as innovative, solution-focused loan and financial resources, while benefiting from business counseling. In addition, if pre-qualified, attendees will be able to complete a loan application on-site! Whether you\’re a budding entrepreneur or ready to take your business to new heights, breakthroughs await. Secure your spot now and get ready to level up your small business success! Learn more and register on the FSC First website here.

Get Involved: Join Experience Prince George’s at the Prince George\’s Marketing Outlook Meeting

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Experience Prince George’s is pleased to announce that registration for the highly anticipated Prince George\’s Marketing Outlook Meeting is now live! Join Experience Prince George’s on Thursday, June 29, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at FedExField. This standout event will assemble an exciting mix of professionals from the world of tourism, hospitality, and other significant sectors that are fundamental to the economic success of Prince George\’s County, and will share valuable insights, innovative strategies, and impactful experiences that will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our County.

Please note that spots are filling up fast. To secure a spot and guarantee your participation, register here as soon as possible. Receive a special discount by using the code: experience.

Experience Placemaking Riverdale

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The Prince George’s County Planning Department, in collaboration with the Better Block Foundation based in Dallas, TX and Central Kenilworth Revitalization Community Development (CKAR) CDC, will host Placemaking Riverdale, creating a vibrant outdoor community space in the Greater Riverdale area. The two-day pop-up event will celebrate the arts and community, featuring activities, fun, and food for everyone. To truly bring the vision to life, volunteers are needed to assist with painting, building, unboxing, and setup. Individuals interested in volunteering are encouraged to register online here for a volunteer workshop. The workshops will culminate in public events on Friday, July 14, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, July 15, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All ages are welcome. Visit the M-NCPPC website here to learn more about Placemaking Riverdale and other Placemaking Pilot Projects.

Maryland Aviation Festival

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Celebrate all things Maryland Aviation with the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County on Saturday, July 8, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the College Park Aviation Museum! Enjoy a day of discovery and learning with aviation professionals and organizations from across the state. The festival is free and will feature aircraft displays, networking with aviation enthusiasts and professionals, activities for kids, tours, demos, and more. Explore the wonders of aviation and be inspired to soar! Prince Georgians of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website here.

311 on the Go! Lunch and Listen

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In a heartwarming display of community engagement, the Office of Community Relations’ (OCR) 311 on the Go! program hosted its 2nd Lunch and Listen community meeting with the Princess Garden/Hickory Hill Neighborhood Association. The event proved to be a valuable platform for residents to voice their concerns and engage directly with County Government representatives. Lunch and Listen events are integral to OCR’s commitment to embracing communities on an individual basis.
Community-focused initiatives not only strengthen the bond between local authorities and residents, but also cultivate a sense of unity and empowerment. By creating spaces for open dialogue and offering necessary support, Lunch and Listen events serve as catalysts for progress and foster a shared vision of a thriving and inclusive community.

Summer Expo 2023

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Prince George’s County Health Connect recently hosted its Summer Explosion on Saturday, June 10, at the Kentland Community Center in Landover. The event was attended by over 300 residents who enrolled in health insurance and took advantage of other available resources from community partners. For more information on upcoming events and opportunities to engage with Prince George’s County Health Connect as they help eliminate healthcare disparities, follow PGC Health Connect on Facebook (PGCHealthConnect), Instagram (@PGCHealthConnect), and Twitter (@PGHealthConnect).  

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Community Needs Assessment
Our Department of Family Services’ Local Management Board is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to gain input from those who live, work, worship, or provide community support in Prince George\’s County. The information gathered will be used to coordinate programs, resources, and community initiatives to address the areas of need identified through this survey. Prince Georgians are encouraged to complete the brief survey by Friday, June 23.  

President & CEO of Employ Prince George’s Receives 2023 Workforce Development Professional of the Year Award

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We are Prince George’s Proud to share that our very own Walter Simmons, who serves as the President & CEO of Employ Prince George’s, recently received the 2023 Workforce Development Professional of the Year Award at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ 39th Annual Conference in New Orleans. Mr. Simmons works tirelessly to ensure that Prince Georgians have access to quality workforce development services and job opportunities, and we want to thank him for his efforts. Please join us in congratulating him on this amazing honor!

Director of Office of Finance Named President of the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association

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We want to congratulate Stephen McGibbon, who serves as the Director of our Office of Finance, on being named the President of the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)! The GFOA is a professional association dedicated to providing training and other programs to support professionals in government finance policy and management. Please join us in congratulating him on this amazing accomplishment!

Prince Georgian Ranked #10 Tennis Player in the World

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Photo Courtesy of Marijan Murat and the Associated Press

We want to congratulate Prince Georgian Frances Tiafoe, whose latest win at the Stuttgart Open means he is now ranked as the #10 tennis player in the world! This is the first time that Tiafoe has ranked in the top ten in his career. Check out this article to learn more about his win.

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