In Brief

Prince George's County News Briefs

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bowie Offers $2,000 Help for Home Buyers

Bowie is accepting applications for two new home ownership programs that offer qualified city employees, police officers and teachers in Bowie $2,000 toward closing costs.

The city is collaborating with the Prince George's County Council and the state Department of Housing and Community Development's Maryland Mortgage Program to offer the programs. The City Workforce Program will provide $1,000 in assistance for qualified city employees, and the Bowie First program will offer the same amount for police officers and teachers. The Maryland Mortgage Program will provide matching funds.

Qualified employees who are purchasing their first home in Bowie can pick up an application packet at Bowie City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr., in the city manager's office, or download the application from Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact the city grants administrator at City Hall at 301-809-3072.

WSSC Extends Minority Business Program

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission voted Aug. 5 to extend its interim Minority Business Enterprise program for 120 days to ensure equal and fair access to contracting opportunities.

A disparity study reviewing how well the program is meeting its goals will also be conducted.

The interim program was established and followed the Board of Commissioners' reauthorization of standard procedure in 2007. State legislators authorized the commission to create policies and adopt regulations establishing a minority business utilization program to facilitate the participation of responsible, certified minority business enterprises in contracts awarded by the commission.

The commission's mandatory Minority Business Enterprise program ended June 30, 2006.

Minority businesses interested in learning more about the commission's contracting opportunities can visit or call 301-206-8800.

Governor Highlights Laurel MARC Station

The Laurel MARC Station was among 15 sites across the state named by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as Smart Sites, projects that encourage public and private investment and "green" building practices.

Developers interested in mixed-use development on state-owned property near the Laurel MARC Station can contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Office of Real Estate at 866-242-9405.

County Planning Board Seeks Budget Input

The Prince George's County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has scheduled two public forums to get feedback on the commission's budget for the next fiscal year.

The first will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd. in Landover. The second will be Sept. 14 at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd. in Fort Washington.

Individuals and representatives of community organizations who want to speak at either forum can register online at or by calling 301-952-3560.

Written comments will also be accepted until close of business Sept. 25. Comments may be addressed to Samuel J. Parker Jr., chairman, Prince George's County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772. Comments may also be faxed to 301-952-5074 or e-mailed to

-- Compiled by AKEYA DICKSON

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