High-Tech Incubator Gets Going

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) will dedicate the county's second high-tech incubator for start-up companies today.

The Silver Spring Innovation Center on Georgia Avenue will provide office space for technology firms at prices below market rate. Since opening last month, the center has leased space to 15 companies, which have taken up 25 of the 32 available offices.

The $2 million project was funded with a combination of state and county funds. It joins the county's first incubator, the Maryland Technology Development Center in Rockville, in offering space and programming to young entrepreneurs trying to develop their businesses.

Polling Place Changes for the Disabled

Registered voters with disabilities may be assigned to an alternate polling place for this year's election if another location is more accessible than their regular voting place.

Voters can check their Voter Notification Card for the accessibility status of their precinct's polling place.

For more information, contact the Board of Elections office at 240-777-8500 no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 12., or visit www.777vote.org.

New Rockville Transportation Center

The Rockville Regional Transportation Center, which is part of the city's newest mixed-used development project, opens Tuesday. The new center, which is part of the Fallsgrove Village Center at 521 Falls Grove Dr., features city and regional maps to assist commuters, plus bike racks. Buses on a new Ride On line, Route 3, will leave the center for the Shady Grove Metro Station every half hour during the midweek peak hours of 6-9 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Rockville Department of Public Works at 240-314-8500.

Waiting List for Housing to Open

The Housing Opportunities Commission's public housing waiting list will be open from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. Public housing is available to anyone 18 years of age and older whose income falls below 50 percent of the county's median income range. For example, the maximum income for a single person is $30,450, and the maximum income for a family of four is $43,500.

Once the list closes, applicants' names are put into a pool from which names are drawn at random throughout the year as public housing units become available. About 150 units become available each year.

Applications will be available at all county public libraries, government service centers, senior centers and the commission's Web site, www.hocmc.org. In addition, a hotline will be activated Sept. 17 to provide additional information. The number is 301-929-2341.