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Night-Time Economy Task Force Could Get Started This Month

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 5/3/2013, 9:26am  ET

Montgomery County seal on bus stopMontgomery County’s Night-Time Economy Task Force, the county’s much-discussed effort to improve its sleepy suburban reputation, could begin its work as early as this month.

Ana Lopez Van Balen, the director of the Mid-County Regional Services Center, is coordinating the Task Force out of the County Executive’s branch. She said the group will likely have its first meeting at the end of May, with members and scope of work being announced over the next few weeks.

Expect Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At large) to be involved. Riemer has taken a lead role in discussions about Montgomery’s need to attract millenials.

Kathie Durbin, the chief of Licensure, Regulation & Education for the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control, will likely also be involved. Durbin is the chair of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, which is holding a summit on improving night-time economies in June in Silver Spring. Riemer has said looking at the county’s alcohol laws will be a focus of the group.