Montgomery County is no longer purely a bedroom community for Washington DC. We are a growing population center with our own jobs base and several urban districts. Our future depends on attracting young workers who will help us maintain our community and standard of living. We already have great schools, super parks, beautiful neighborhoods, strong civic groups and lots of environmental resources. What we don’t yet have is a thriving night life. And until we do, young people will choose to live in D.C. or Northern Virginia, depriving us of an opportunity to build our county.

That’s why I worked with County Executive Ike Leggett to form a Night-Time Economy Task Force to study ways to build this sector. The task force drew on a variety of business, civic and governmental leaders to draft a report calling for a number of improvements that will give all of us better options for dining and entertainment, while not retreating from our commitment to responsibility. We have a lot of work to do to build our night-time economy. Let’s do it together.