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November 17 workshop to explore opportunities for growth along the Purple Line Corridor

Stakeholders with an interest in the Purple Line light rail corridor will reconvene Monday, November 17 to hone the interim draft of the Purple Line Community Compact, a common vision for economic and community development along the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) planned transit system. Led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), in partnership with officials from the state of Maryland and Prince George’s and Montgomery County leadership, the Compact will present a livability strategy, identify opportunities for economic growth, and mobilize multiple stakeholders for vibrant communities along the 16-mile corridor.

The Compact addresses four corridor objectives: preserving a balance of housing choices, supporting and growing small businesses, building a thriving labor market and celebrating neighborhood identities. At the workshop, participants will build on work completed during an October 25 workshop and subsequent feedback. Stakeholders will further develop strategies, take stock of existing programs and policies, and identify additional steps that will help achieve the intended goals.

More than 150 area stakeholders, including leaders of local governments, community organizations, civic associations, employers, workforce and labor organizations, faith communities and merchant associations will participate.

WHEN: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Felegy Elementary School, 6110 Editors Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Follow the workshop on Twitter starting at 3:30 PM at #PLCC.

Stakeholders must register to attend.

The PLCC welcomes media to cover the workshop. Please contact Maggie Haslam at maggiehaslam6@gmail.com or 202-258-8946 for more information.


The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC) is a partnership of regional stakeholders across Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and state leadership working to ensure that investments in the MTA’s proposed light rail, the Purple Line, will achieve the maximum economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents and businesses along the corridor. Formed in 2013 by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG), the PLCC seeks to identify methods for preservation and growth, revitalizing and stabilizing neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses, connecting workers to jobs and creating healthy and vibrant communities. Sourcing a mix of stakeholder input, research and regional trends from the NCSG, and models from cities across North America, the PLCC will identify strategies to help guide the actions of developers and government. Learn more at smartgrowth.umd.edu/PLCC.